I get this question a lot when I list a house. “Do I need to shell out tons of money to have a professional stager come into my home so it will sell?” The easy answer is no. Studies have shown that you don’t net any more money by paying someone to stage you home than you would without. However, just because you don’t pay someone doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do some staging. Staging can mean a multitude of things, de-cluttering to renting furniture to removing furniture. I can be a big job or a little one.
If you plan to sell your home the best “staging” tips to go by are these: clean and de-clutter. Remove the nick-nacks from the shelves, family photes, and other personal items. You want your home to appeal to buyers and seeing another family on the wall can make it tough for a buyer to visualize it as their home. Make sure the vacuuming, dusting and sweeping are done daily so your home shows in the best light. No one likes to rush home in the middle of the work day to do dishes or put away laundry so a showing can happen. The rule of thumb is pretend like your in-laws are on their way to visit!
There is no secret formula of furniture arrangements that will get your house sold quicker, a clean, clutter-free home can be all the staging you need. Partnering with a knowledgeable REALTOR and pricing your home for the current market conditions are the most important things you can do to get your home sold.