I hope you can give me some advice. I’m getting ready to sell my house and the listing agent I’m working with is insisting that I stage the house. I didn’t even know what that meant but she explained that she brings in furniture and art work so that the home looks inviting and attractive. Frankly, I don’t think that’s necessary and I don’t want to pay extra for it. Do you think it’s really needed?
When we started to stage homes here many years ago, I also thought it was unnecessary. But I learned that it makes a huge difference. Many buyers can’t visualize well, and the furniture and art work make it clear what could be done with the spaces and the intended use of each space. I have actually had buyers stand under a chandelier, in an empty room next to the kitchen (which is obviously a dining room) and ask me what that room is used for.
Empty houses can feel cold and unwelcoming. Buyers often find it hard to understand how their furniture will fit in the rooms. A well-staged home that is light and warm absolutely sells faster than a cold, dark, empty one. I’ve seen it many times.
The staging companies have good quality furniture and art work that gives a home a very gracious appearance. Even having them work with you if you keep your own furniture in the house can make a huge difference in how it feels to a potential buyer. They can rearrange your belongings to achieve a look that will appeal to the largest number of people even if it isn’t how you have lived in the house.
Don’t forget to pack away personal belongings. Some buyers can even be offended by something you have in your home. The photos on the refrigerator, the wall full of collectables, the funny posters, political or religious objects, and even the cat toys should be out of sight. Buyers should spend their time imagining their own furnishings in the space, not being distracted by your stuff. Good luck.