Over the last several years, home staging of vacant properties has become very common. Some consider it a must-do for sellers to help prospective buyers visualize the house as a future home.
But, what exactly is home staging? Should I do it? How do I do it? At Raleigh Cary Realty, we’re here to answer those questions.
Home staging is the furnishing and prepping of an inhabiting home that is for sale on the market. Think of a model home that builders use in a newly developed subdivision as a perfect example. Each room is furnished and accessorized.
Proponents of home staging say that using this practice can increase a home’s selling price and expedite the sales cycle. However, it comes with a cost. The companies that provide these services charge various prices and have terms that can include initial set up fees in additional to daily rental charges.
There are other advantages to home www. Because 93% of all buyers look at properties online (according to the National Association of Realtors), having photos of a staged home vs. a vacant one does make the staged home more appealing and stand out. Generally, if people don’t like what they see online, there is a good chance they’ll pass on seeing it in person.
Various studies have shown that staging vacant homes increases the dollar value offered for the property. It also decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market.
It is possible to stage the home yourself instead of paying a professional stager. However, unless one is a seasoned interior designer, they may not do it as well. If looking for a professional stager, be sure to do your research. Ask about pricing, terms, contracts, references and for sample photos of prior stagings.
There is no doubt that home staging has tremendous benefits for sellers especially since real estate in the Triangle is currently booming. Staging allows buyers to go that extra mile and receive offers way above their asking price. For more tips on the home-selling process, contact the professionals at Raleigh Cary Realty today.