The Power of Home StagingDid you know that people form an impression of home in just 7 to 10 seconds? Did you also know that only 1 out of every 10 people can envision a space in another way than it’s presented? In other words, people form first impressions quickly. What’s more, only 10 percent are able to see a space in another way in their minds than they see it with their own eyes. These are two of the most powerful reasons home staging works.
If you want potential buyers to choose your property over that of the competition, home staging — the act of making a home look visually appealing to buyers — can make your house stand out from the crowd. That stronger perceived value often translates into a higher selling price. In a survey, real estate Web site HomeGain found that home staging resulted, on average, in a $1,780 price increase or a 586 percent return on investment. —Bankrate.comIn fact, home staging is so effective, there are plenty of statistics which clearly show staged homes sell in far less time than non-staged homes. Plus, staged homes often sell for more. Furthermore, staged homes sell more often for listing price or closest to asking price. But, too many home sellers forego this marketing strategy. They wrongly believe it’s too time consuming, too expensive, ineffective, or just unnecessary. That fact is, none of those notions are correct.
Super Effective Home Staging Tips Sellers can UseThe challenge with staging a home is believing you can do it on your own. After all, you already know what makes model homes look so beautiful. So, just copy what works and reap the rewards. Here are the most effective home staging tips you can use:
- Declutter and purge junk. Junk and clutter are big time buyer turn offs. Think about it this way — you probably don’t like either. That means identify the junk and get rid of the clutter. The house will appear more organized and larger as a result.
- Get everything organized. Once the junk and clutter are cleared out, it’s time to fine tune the organization. This means every single room in the house and even the garage. When all spaces are organized, you’ll definitely see the difference.
- Depersonalize the every room. Perhaps the single biggest benefit of home staging is that it forces you to depersonalize. Potential buyers are interested in purchasing a new home, not your old life.
- Arrange the furniture for better flow. Most homeowners arrange their furniture to make television viewing easy. But, that usually compromises the visual flow of the room. So, rearrange the furniture to maximize flow.