Home staging is one of the steps in the process of preparing your home to make the best first impression and therefore attract potential buyers. For instance, the curb appeal is one of the first things buyers will notice when they decide to check out your home because it is noticeable from the street. Staging does the same when it comes to the interior of your home. In fact, your curb is just the appetizer while the inside of your home is the main dish.
Purpose of Home Staging
The end-goal of home staging is to make your home appear more appealing, spacious and brighter. If this step is done right, it will offer an atmosphere that would make your home irresistible to home buyers. It will tickle their imagination of living there. Home stagers know how to showcase your home despite its imperfection because they know how to emphasize its strong points while downplaying the weak points.
How much would home staging cost and what are its benefits?
Generally, professional home staging may initially be expensive to consider since it could cost thousands of dollars. However, the benefits outweigh the cost. For example, if the cost of home staging is $500, you will get net benefit of almost $2000 once your home sells. The cost generally depends on how big your home is and the extent of staging necessary to make it more appealing. Investing in home staging is well worth the price because you’ll reap the rewards when the house sells.
In addition, home staging can make the process of selling faster. According to experts, staged homes stay in the real estate market not longer than a month.
Staged homes have more value thus they sell for more money when compared to homes that are not staged. On the average, around 60% of homebuyers agree to buy a staged home up to 60% more.
How do you choose a professional home stager?
Interview at least 3 home stagers before you decide. If you’re selling your home privately, home staging is even more necessary. During the interview process, you need to determine whether you can get along with the stager or whether you have similarly compatible personalities since you’re going to spend a lot of time together. This may be too much to ask but observing the person is key to identifying their great qualities. It is not enough to hire them only because they have the talent and expertise but personality makes a big difference. If you don’t get along well with the stager, the entire process will be long and tasking.
Trust your gut feeling and instincts because then you’ll know whether the home stager is right. On initial interaction, you’ll notice the chemistry – you’ll almost immediately click. It is almost the same as walking into a home and knows right then that you’re going to live there for a long period of time. The right stager has similar beliefs, principles, values and concepts like you do though you might still want to ask questions so all your concerns are addressed carefully. Any worries or issues you’d like to deal with must be answered right before anything is done.
Don’t brush off home stagers without affiliations to associations or even those who still haven’t received their certifications. More often, these stagers receive training or finished their courses but were not able to get certified or join any association but this does not mean they cannot stage your home properly just the same. As you know, joining associations entail paying yearly fees, which they could otherwise save. Since they are not members of associations, they will be able to share their expertise at a very reasonable rate that is often lower than professional stagers with affiliations or certifications. Remember: Certificates are not equivalent to skill and expertise. Sometimes, the best knowledge comes from experience although you might still want to verify where they trained.
Written by: PrivateHouseSales.biz – a private real estate.