Is home staging a good investment?
Home staging takes an investment of both time and money. It requires planning to ensure that when the stage is set, it feels like a home and not a movie set. When you are selling a house, home staging is one of the most important things you will do as it creates an ambiance that visitors to your home can see their lives playing out within.
Boiled down to dollars and cents, home staging is worth every penny, minute and thought you invest in the process. A member of the Association of Home Staging Professionals typically charges a few hundred dollars to provide a list of suggestions to get you started. Added services will naturally cost more, however, when you consider the time you will save, and the offers you can expect, it is well worth springing for the added assistance.
A professional home stager knows the real estate market and what buyers are going to be looking for. Their experience gives them insight into the latest trends, design styles and consumer tastes. They can ascertain which pieces are missing and incorporate them so that when you are selling your house and preparing for visitors, they will see exactly what they are looking for.
Not everyone lives in a model home, and whether the home is a year old, or twenty years old, it is going to have some flaws. Maybe the paint is discolored or the masonry chipped. Whatever the flaw, a professional home stager can help conceal these within the decor so that prospective buyers won't focus on the imperfections they discover.
Home staging involves multiple steps. The first and most important step is removing clutter from the rooms. Decluttering serves several purposes when you are selling a house, including making the rooms feel larger and removing excess decor that may not fit buyer tastes. It also makes it easier for you to move because it removes some "stuff" that you may no longer want or need.
In addition to removing clutter, home staging depersonalizes the rooms. This makes it easier for prospective buyers to envision their pictures on the wall and furniture within the rooms. While it may feel uncomfortable to create such a neutral environment, it is essential for ensuring that prospective buyers don't get turned off by imagery or decor that may not suit their personal tastes.
Finally, a home stager will reposition furniture so as to maximize the flow and layout of the rooms. The effect this has is tremendous and can make the rooms feel more spacious and inviting. To prospective buyers, making sure each piece of furniture is properly positioned is akin to rolling out the red carpet and saying "welcome home" as they walk through the door.
Our team of REALTORS® at RE/MAX DFW Associates has the skills and experience to make selling a house a straight forward deal. Contact us to learn more about our real estate services in the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex.