I often hear from sellers and realtors who do not see the benefit of home staging. Here are some of the main objections and misconceptions I hear from sellers about home staging.
It Cost Too Much
On average staging your home will cost between 1-3% of the home’s asking price. A staged home on average, is sold faster and for more money than a home that isn’t staged. This saves money on holding cost and brings in more money at closing. Staging your home is an investment that pays for itself.
It Is Too Much Work
Selling is stressful and moving is absolutely a lot of work, however, this is work that you will have to do eventually anyways. De-cluttering and sorting through your stuff now will just make things easier come moving day.
Our House Will Sell Without Staging
It is a fact that staged homes sell 79% faster than homes that are not staged. The longer your home sits on the market, the less desirable it becomes. Buyers and agents will wonder if there is an issue with the property or see it as a negotiating tool to buy the home for less than it is worth. In today’s market, potential buyers look for their next property online. If your pictures aren’t amazing, fewer buyers will want to actually see your home in person. Properly staged homes look more attractive in pictures than vacant homes. You only get one chance to come to market so why risk it? Also the first price drop is usually more expensive than the cost of staging.
I Can Stage The House Myself
Yes, you can de-personalize and de-clutter but it is hard to be objective about your own home and the stuff that is in it. We don’t just make things look pretty, we create better traffic patterns and furniture placement. We change room functions and focal points and we are professionals that can assess your home without all the personal feelings attached. Which leads me to my next objection…
My House Already Looks Great
Your home is unique to you but our job as stagers is to create a home that appeals to the largest number of people possible. Buyers don’t want to see you in the home they want to see themselves. Remember you are selling your home not your stuff.