The benefits of staging a home for sale are evident as an agent, but sometimes it does take numbers and surveys for people to understand how vital something is. When I am representing a seller, I will stage with existing furniture or stage the home in its entirety (with rare exceptions). The home should give just enough of a visual impression that a potential buyer can figure out how the house could work for them, but it also should not be cluttered or look like there is too much furniture in the home. Too much “stuff” can make the house look small.
One of the benefits of staging a home is that the buyer is able to get a picture of how he/she could live in the space. Without staging, the home looks lived in by another person or family, and this can become too personal and unique to that one resident for a prospective buyer to visualize anything else. Another one of the many benefits of staging a home is that the property will look more open and clean, and even larger. When you have too much furniture, a property can look smaller than it really is. Staging resolves a number of problems from personalization to space, and this is why it is so vital.
In a recent report from the National Association of REALTORS:
- 77% of buyers’ agents said that staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home for them
- According to buyers, the most important room to stage is the living room, followed by the master bedroom and kitchen
Here’s what your staging should not look like:
Check out the infographic below for more insight into the benefits of staging a home for sale. If you are thinking about selling, pay special attention to what the buyers are saying they want, because this is what will help you the most!