One way that homeowners can sell their homes more readily is by home staging, which can have the added benefit of driving up the selling price of your home. There’s more to home staging than just decorating. The general idea behind home staging is to depersonalize your home so that a prospective buyer will be able to imagine him or herself living in it.
The main benefit to staging is appealing to a broader scale of home buyers. This can consist of removing personal items and family photos, choosing neutral colors for your home’s carpet and paint, and/or investing in new appliances. It is always best to have a staging professional view your home and offer suggestions based on the location, city, layout, etc. A home staging survey of over 3,500 homes sold showed an average 1000% return on investment when the seller spent a mere 1% of the value of their home.
A staged home helps potential buyers visualize themselves in your space, as they can get a glimpse of how they might use each of the different rooms, from the office to the playroom and living room to the finished basement. In fact, it has been reported that 83% of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home. This piece is why it’s important to de-personalize your space, removing family photos and other personal items.
Plus, a staging company will often add neutral furniture and décor that appeals to the masses, steering clear of an obscure style that limits your buyer options. Believe it or not, a room with furniture can feel larger than an empty room. This may seem counterintuitive, but it’s true! An empty room provides no spatial context, whereas a furnished room allows potential buyers to understand the dimensions of furniture in relation to the room size. It’s hard for people to imagine how much room a king-sized bed might take up, and they may think they’ll need a much larger bedroom than they actually do. Similarly, they can compare the size of a dining room table or sofa in relation to their own furniture to make sure it will all fit nicely.