Staging your home is worth the time and expense. All good realtors know this and will insist on a staging. First, let me say that some homes may not need a complete staging. Some may be better off with what is called a “home re-arrangement”. So how is a home re-arrangement different from a staging? A home staging normally refers to the home being emptied of the seller’s contents and replaced with staging furniture and accessories. A home re-arrangement refers to clearing the seller’s home of non-essential items and having the home accessorized with items which will allow the home to be shown in the best possible light.
There is a substanial difference in price between the two. Stagings can run $3,000-$5,000, or more, depending on the size of the home and the duration of the need for the staging to remain in place. Home re-arrangments can cost $750-$2,000, mostly depending on the size of the home.
If your realtor tells you that your home needs to be staged…..do not take it personally. You may have the most beautiful furniture ever made, but if it will not appeal to most buyers, your realtor should insist that it goes. The objective of staging is simple: portray the home in the best possible light in a manner that will resonate with the greatest number of buyers. Again, don’t take it personally….your realtor is simply trying to get you top dollar for your home.
It has been my experience that an investment between $750-$5,000 to enable the home to looks its absolute best, has paid off with huge dividends for my sellers. First impressions are everything when buyers first look at your home. If they like the initial impression they are more likely to stick around and ask more detailed questions, giving your property a chance to show its underlying qualities as well.
I have to say, I am not a big believer in staging. I think the average buyer can see through other people’s furniture and decorating…and see their own possibilities. We staged our home when we sold 3 years ago and I do not think it made one bit of difference. $5,000 to stage??? I am not seeing the payoff.