I am selling my house, should I stage my home?
Twenty years ago, sellers did not worry about “staging” their home before putting it on the market. Sellers would give the house a good scrub and hide the kitty litter box and their realtor would put a “For Sale” sign in the front yard. But all has changed, as more and more home sellers enlist the services of home stagers to make their home look amazing to potential buyers. A well-dressed, sparkling house can garner lots of attention from buyers and potentially sell your house very quickly. Their goal is to make your home be the hot commodity in the area and make buyers go crazy in their efforts to outbid each other.
What do home stagers do?
A home stager is similar to an interior decorator. They have an expertise in planning and choosing colors, fabrics and furniture, and arranging them all in a way that makes your home look its best. Their goal is to decorate a home in a way that makes it appealing to a broad range of tastes and help people fall in love with your home and want to buy it.
More specifically, here is what a stager might do to get your home ready for sale:
- Examine your home from top to bottom and determine what should be done to get it ready to be listed for sale. They will offer recommendations and costs and develop a plan of action that works the best for you.
- Identify specific ways to highlight your homes best features and compensate for its shortcomings. For example, a stager may recommend removing curtains from a window with a view or in a small bedroom, replacing a bigger bed with a smaller one to make the space look larger.
- Recommend which items of your furniture and household possessions should stay in the house and which should be removed to de-clutter and de-personalize your home.
- Help you arrange any repairs or other major work that needs to be done on your home.
- Bring in new furniture, artwork, curtains, carpets, pillows, flowers, fruit and a welcoming doormat. The stager will bring in items that have been carefully matched and chosen to make your house feel like a place where people can live.
Should you stage it yourself?
Of course, you may already own well-chosen furniture and gorgeous home accessories and have an eye for decorating. If so, you might be able to reproduce the work of a stager and save the money. But like any of the tasks involved in selling your home, you need to ask yourself whether doing it yourself is worth your time and effort. Even if your home is in pretty good shape, you’ll still find yourself working on basic things like choosing new paint colors, hiring contractors and shopping for the perfect decoration. Your time can be sucked up very quickly, while hiring a stager means that most of it will happen like magic, while you can turn your attention to the many other things you need to do while selling your home.
The decision is entirely up to you. If you decide to hire a stager, make sure to interview several before making your choice. You want someone who can get the job done and make your home look amazing for potential buyers.