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If you’ve browsed home listings or toured homes for sale, you’ve likely seen images of beautifully decorated homes.  They make the home look so beautiful that potential buyers can see themselves loving life in the home, and that’s kind of the point.  Home staging showcases your home’s best features so that the maximum number of buyers can imagine themselves living happily ever after in the home.   Ultimately, home staging is a marketing strategy.  It’s adding and rearranging furniture and decor.  It’s giving the exterior a facelift to increase curb appeal. It’s doing everything to dress up the house so it sells fast and for the most profit.

Home staging allows you to minimize the home’s flaws and highlight its best features.  In a way, you are packaging your home to be attractive to potential buyers. When done correctly, home staging creates an inviting atmosphere that the majority of buyers can’t resist. 

What are the benefits of staging a home?

  1. Staging helps potential buyers visualize what their everyday life could look like living in the home.
  2. Staging can increase the number of offers as well as the amount offered.
  3. Staging can significantly shorten the amount of time the home is on the market.

With so many benefits, it makes sense for sellers to consider staging their homes.  The good news is, it may not be as costly as you might think.

How do you go about staging a home?

When it comes to staging your home, you really have three options.  You can go the DIY route, especially if you have a knack for design and decor.  You could also ask your real estate agent to help or for advice.  Lastly, you could hire a professional home stager to handle it all for you. The route you take is contingent upon your specific circumstances and budget.

DIY Home Staging

If you want to save money and have the time and skillset (perhaps with the help of Pinterest), staging the home yourself may be the best option. The things you’ll need to address include repairs and home design.  You’ll want to declutter, remove personal photos and decor, arrange furniture, add some new curtains and pillows, fresh paint, etc.  Adding special touches like flowers and plants can go a long way.  Lastly, you’ll want to be sure your home smells wonderful.  Candles, fresh-baked cookies, and oil diffusers will be a tremendous help with that.  Just make sure it’s not too overpowering.

Real Estate Agent Assistance for Home Staging

It’s important to note that in most cases, it’s not your real estate agent’s job to stage your home, but they are motivated to sell your home, so they’re most likely able to give you advice on what prospective buyers are looking for.  They may also be able to connect you to a professional stager if you’re looking for hands-on help. 

While most real estate agents will be able to connect you with stagers, some agents are actually professional home stagers themselves.  So, if staging your home is something you know you’d like to get done and you haven’t found an agent yet, it may be worth exploring this route.

Hiring a Professional Home Stager

If you have the budget to have a professional handle the staging, they will have the design and decorating experience that does wonders for your home. Professional home stagers usually have an inventory of decor they can use to stage your home.  They will also have connections to rent furniture for the staging if necessary, though those rentals come at an additional cost.

Is Home Staging Worth It?

According to the 2021 Profile of Home Staging by the National Association of Realtors, a massive 82% of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for a buyer to see the property as a future home. Additionally, the median dollar amount spent on staging services was $1500.  If you’re not sure if staging is the right choice for you, talk with your Realtor to get their perspective. 

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