Do you want to make sure your home sells as fast as possible when you put it up on the open market? Staging it ahead of time could be the trick to a speedy sale.
Experts say that staged homes tend to sell up to 87% faster than homes that aren't staged. This should be reason enough to make you strongly consider staging your home prior to selling it.
Staged homes sell faster than homes that aren't staged for a variety of different reasons. Learn about them before making a final decision as far as whether or not you're going to put your home through the staging process.
Here are the secrets behind why staged homes tend to sell so much faster than unstaged homes.
Staged Homes Look a Lot Less Cluttered
The average American home has about 300,000 items scattered around inside of it. Three. Hundred. Thousand!
That's a lot of items, and if those items aren't all put away, it's going to make your home look cluttered when buyers walk through it. It's also going to make it look like your home is bursting at the seams if it appears as though you don't have room for everything.
When you stage your home, you won't have to worry about clutter deterring people from wanting to buy it. You'll be forced to clean up any clutter that exists while staging it.
Staged homes look cleaner as a whole than ones that aren't staged. You should keep this in mind when you're trying to decide if staging is right for your home.
They Give Each Room a Clear Purpose
There are some rooms in your home that already have a very clear purpose. People aren't going to be confused about the purpose of, say, your kitchen or your bathrooms.
But what about that spare room in the back of your house that's served as everything from a home office to a kids' playroom over the years? People might not know what to make of it, and they could see it as a room that they'll struggle to use.
By staging it, you can show them exactly what they can use it for. You can place everything from furniture to Loloi Rugs in it to make it a more purposeful room that people will see as an asset.
They Suggest a Home Has Been Well-Maintained
When someone buys a home, it's one of the biggest investments they'll ever make. So they want to know that they're buying a home that's been taken care of by those who have lived in it in the past.
They'll judge how well a home has been maintained by how the roof and siding on it look. They'll also judge it based on what kind of condition the HVAC system is in and how much it's been updated in recent years.
But the cleanliness of your home is going to be one of the things at the top of people's lists when it comes to trying to figure out how it has been maintained. If everything is neat and organized, people will have no reason to think that you haven't maintained it well.
It's yet another way in which staging your home helps. People won't be apprehensive about buying your home when they know the work that you've put into it.
They Allow People to Picture Themselves Living in a Home
During the home staging process, one of the key things a home stager will work on is depersonalizing it. They'll take down family photos and put away knick-knacks that show off the personality of those who live in the house now.
They don't do this because they don't like the way your family looks or the interior design touches you've added to your home. They do it because it provides people with a blank slate while they're walking through your house.
Instead of picturing you living in the home, they're able to picture themselves doing it. They have a much easier time imagining what it would be like to live in a home that has been staged from top to bottom.
They Leave a Lasting Impression on People
At the end of the day, buyers might decide that your home isn't right for them despite all the staging that you did. It might be too big, too small, or just too expensive for them.
But your home will leave a lasting impression on them, and they might tell others about it. You could very well find that your home generates a strong buzz throughout your city or town when you stage it and make the right impression on people.
This will create more interest in your home and get more people walking through it. And the more people who walk through your home, the better off you will ultimately be with regards to selling it fast.
This is a luxury that you won't enjoy with an unstaged home. People won't be banging on your front door begging to see it and lining up to make offers on it.
But as you've seen, that could be a small price to pay when you consider all the benefits that come along with it. You could bring in better offers for your home and sell it in a hurry by staging it with help from a professional.
Buyers respond so much better to staged homes than unstaged ones, and that's not going to change anytime soon. So if you're preparing to put your home up for sale soon, you should look into staging it first. It could be the difference between selling your home fast for a lot of money and having it sit on the market for months.
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