When you decide to sell your home, one thing to consider is whether or not you want to have someone stage your home. Is it worth the cost, or will it be like throwing money in the garbage? You could always learn about home staging and find the resources to do it yourself, which saves money but requires other considerations.
The goal of home staging is to show the home in the best possible light. Home staging individuals or organizations charge a couple of hundred dollars for their services. Some charge by the month and others charge by the number of rooms you want to be staged. Realtor.com reports that staged homes sell for up to 20% more and 88% faster than non-staged homes.
The entire purpose of staging is to paint a picture for potential buyers. Buyers want to be able to imagine themselves in the house with their furniture and decorations. You should have some furniture, so the home doesn’t appear empty, but kept to a minimum so the house doesn’t look like it’s lived in. It’s smart to have a combination of rugs, artwork, furniture, and accessories to draw in prospective buyers. Staging can also give them an idea of how to organize an extra room or an awkward space.
If you want to do the staging yourself, you’ll need to figure out where to get the furniture and materials to complete the look. Do you want to buy the furniture? Can you rent it? What are you going to do with it after the house sells?
After evaluating your situation, you’ll likely determine that it’s cheaper and much more useful to hire a staging company to take care of this part of the home selling process. Stagers have entire warehouses full of furniture, rugs, and art in different sizes and styles to find the perfect look for your home. They also set everything up and take it all down for you, which gives you more time to take care of your other responsibilities.
Having someone stage your home can cost a few hundred dollars but might increase your selling price by a couple thousand dollars. Carefully evaluate your needs and determine whether you’ll benefit from hiring a home staging company.