Staging your home to sell is critical; here’s why you shouldn’t do it

Many sellers are influenced by television shows or sell-it-yourself books that say home staging will boost sales prices. While this may be true in some cases, such as with luxury homes, the majority of the time, it doesn’t work because most homes are staged incorrectly to begin with. For those who do decide to go all out with staging, they may see some success if they stage everything perfectly, but it all starts with the right preparation. 

Preparing for the staging process

The first step is to take down anything that is not a permanent part of the home, such as wall decorations and furniture. In addition, you may want to consider removing floor coverings. The point of staging is to be able to see the structure and potential of the home without the distractions that are normally there.

The next step is to make sure everything in the home is clean, neat, free of clutter, dust-free, and in working order. This means all carpets must be steam cleaned, bathrooms spotless, appliances gleaming, etc. before staging begins. You’ll want to repair or replace anything that is broken as well.

DIY vs. Hiring a professional

Once these steps are completed properly, then the home is ready to be staged. A professional stager can do everything for you or help you with your own efforts if that is what you want to do. In today’s market, homebuyers are often looking at homes online before they ever go out in person to visit one. They also have a very short attention span and don’t have a lot of time to spend looking at a home. This is why it could be beneficial to have a professionally staged home, especially if there is a lot of competition in your area, but it is usually not a necessary requirement to get a fair price for your home.

Staging your home on your own

Whether you decide to completely change numerous aspects around your home before listing it or just make a few changes, many sellers ultimately opt to do their own staging. If sellers go the do-it-yourself route, there are some basics that they must follow if they want their efforts to be successful. First of all, they have to keep in mind that the home doesn’t look like their own. They must keep clutter to a minimum and furnishings minimal, but still functional.

One good tip for staging is to put the home’s key features in each room. For example, if it has hardwood floors, display an area rug with coordinating pillows to showcase this feature. If it has crown molding, place a vase of flowers on top of the fireplace to draw attention to it. If it has an open floor plan, then large furniture pieces in each room can highlight this characteristic that many buyers are looking for today.

Another important aspect of home staging is to add accent pieces that highlight major selling features of the home. For example, if the home has a swimming pool or large fenced yard, these selling features should be highlighted with things like non-cluttered pathway lighting and furniture for outdoor entertaining.

You can also consider placing neutral colors in the rooms that highlight the other colors in the home’s color scheme. Neutral wall paint and window treatments can help give a clean and crisp appearance to the home, but depending on how many rooms you’re looking to change, this cost can add up quickly.

Knowing the limits

Many people often wonder just how time and money they should be investing when it comes to staging a home. It is usually a waste of money to buy new appliances, paint numerous rooms, and purchase an excessive amount of furniture just for a sale. If you have been in the house for less than twelve months, it is not necessary to spend any significant amount of money on updating it. 

In the end, most homes have no problem selling if priced properly and don’t have any major issues. In today’s market, buyers are often more motivated than sellers, so it is important to price competitively with similar homes that have sold recently. Once this is achieved, the house will sell quickly because buyers will be eager to see it and make an offer.

A better way

Staging can really mean different things to different sellers: For some, it’s simply following some of the basic tips we outlined here. For others, it’s going all out and spending a considerable amount of time and money into a home before putting it on the market. Some people will go ahead and hire higher professional stagers before listing their home. Not only is this added expense unnecessary, but at Honest Home Solutions, we offer a much simpler way for you to sell to your home. 

We buy homes in all states and conditions, even if there are significant and costly repairs that need to be made. If you want a hassle-free, fast and easy transaction that involves little to no effort on your part, we’re the solution you’re searching for. We understand your time is valuable and you just want to sell your home and move on with your life, rather than focus on any type of staging or preparation, or investing money that you may not see a return on.

Contact us today to learn more about our services and begin the process of selling your home to Honest Home Solutions.

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