Have you ever toured a vacant home and found it difficult to envision how it would look with furniture? Often an empty home can look bland or lifeless. After all, it’s usually the people who live in a home that select furnishings and arrange them in an appealing way.
Thankfully, a home doesn’t have to be occupied to have beautiful furniture arranged in a pleasing way! Professional staging is the perfect solution to have your property stand out from the competition, especially in that crucial first impression: the photos. With the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be finding that buyers who are trying to limit their exposure are more selective about the homes they choose to visit, and photos are often the first encounter someone has with a property. Photos (or virtual tours!) usually help them decide whether or not to tour a home in person. Appealing staging has an enormous impact on creating that initial favorable impression. As a professional stager, I’ve learned some powerful effects that professional staging can have on a property.
Increased Value While a seller’s agent can never guarantee what a buyer will offer, there is strong evidence that professionally staged homes create an emotional connection with buyers that can result in the seller receiving an offer more quickly and often at a higher price than unstaged homes. According to the National Association of Realtors, 40% of buyer’s agents said that staging affected the buyer’s perception of a home. In fact, according to the 2019 NAR Profile of Home Staging, 32% of seller’s agents reported that staging increased the value of a property!
Faster Sale Anyone who deals with real estate knows that the longer a property is on the market, the lower its eventual sales price. This is simply economics at work, but it’s a crucial thing for any home seller to keep in mind. Invest in home staging to make a positive impact on the time it takes your home to sell and increase profits from the sale. According to the same report from the NAR, over 50% of agents reported that staging decreased the time that a home was on the market. Staged rental properties are also more likely to quickly find a renter thereby lowering your time between paying tenants.
Affordability When you consider the factors discussed above, it becomes clear that investing in professional staging for your property can be a great option! I offer affordable pricing and flexible scheduling so that you can take advantage of staging’s competitive edge. I recommend staging rooms in the home that are particularly appealing to buyers such as the living room, kitchen, dining room, and master bedroom. Also, with many people and businesses exploring the possibilities of working from home, home offices are quickly becoming a popular feature in many homes. I consult with you to help select a staging layout that complements these, and other areas of the home. Whether you’re a seller looking to improve the appearance of a home before sale or a landlord seeking a renter, call me today to find out how home staging is the one of the best tools to get you a faster sale for a higher price. For more information and to check out my latest work, like my Facebook page Sky Allgayer-Home Staging