As a professional property consultant, I am constantly asked for home staging advice. Luckily, I love to help anyone who is going through the perilous and stressful process of selling their home. Teaching people about the many benefits of home staging is the easy part. It is obvious that a well staged property will sell far faster and for more money than a “lived in” looking house. However, many people simply do not realize how easy home staging can be and how little money they will have to invest in order to make some really huge changes in the appeal of their home.
This resource section contains essays that provide practical advice regarding a vast selection of staging-related topics.
Preliminary Home Staging Advice
Some home owners are completely confused by all the activities which need to be accomplished in order to sell their home for a good price. They feel overwhelmed and sometimes do not take the time to even consider staging the property. They simply feel it is an optional service which they can probably do without. Well, 8 months later when they have still not sold their house, and they have already reduced their asking price 2 times, they begin to see the error of their foolish ways.
Other people want to stage, but simply feel they can not afford it. This is completely understandable, as some staging companies do charge quite a bit of that hard-earned cash to do a good job. While I personally feel that even large amounts of money spent on staging are generally excellent investments, since the cost is tax deductible and more than likely to increase the asking price considerably, many sellers simply do not have the money to lay out.
Finally, some home owners simply take to the idea of staging like a fish to water, understanding that they require excellent décor and curb appeal with universal appeal, if they are to sell their home on their terms.
Don’t know where to start? That’s ok. Learning how to stage your home can be easy by investing a bit of effort.
Staging Advice Topics
Our home staging faq provides answers to many of the common questions regarding property enhancement.
Minor home repairs should be performed prior to placing the property for sale.
Updating your home may or may not be necessary prior to listing it for sale. If updating is appropriate, it is best to spend as little as possible in order to recoup the most profit from the monetary expenditure.
Mobile home staging can optimize the appeal of any residential trailer.
Staging an RV is one of the best ways to get a recreational vehicle sold quickly and profitably.
Staging in a down market can still be extremely rewarding and is virtually always worth the minimal investment needed to beautify the home.
Staging in an up market is a great way to distinguish your property from its competitors and derive even more money from the sale.
Luxury home staging is a necessary marketing strategy, since high-end home buyers expect the best and do not have to settle for less.
Staging large houses may require a more substantial investment in the marketing plan, especially if many decor items need to be rented or purchased towards completion of the staging design.
Staging small houses must be done with finesse in order to maintain proportion and functionality in diminutive spaces.
Home staging for empty nesters can help older buyers and sellers with their real estate aspirations.
Staging investment properties requires specialized tactics that can benefit both seller and the new buyer going forward.
Staging a historic home requires special care to maximize value and retain the original character of the property.
Practical Home Staging Advice
Ok, so maybe you have already decided that staging is right for you and maybe you are still trying to figure it all out. That’s fine. Please, take your time. That is the right way to do it. You are actually following my first piece of practical advice: Take your time to learn the facts about staging and how it will help you to sell. Next, plan and implement a home staging timeline.
Decide if you are going to do DIY staging, hire a consultant or hire a full service staging company. This confusing choice is particularly important for families with young children or pets.
Make a home staging checklist to help you plan the project.
Plan your budget and start the process of enhancing the saleability of your home. Remember to work hard to create an emotional connection between prospective buyers and your home.
Final Home Staging Advice
It is crucial to remember that home staging should be completed prior to actually listing your home for sale. This way, all is in order to take the photos which will represent your home on the web, on MLS and in print ads. Additionally, your house will sparkle and be ready to impress real estate agents and buyers alike. This is the best way to a fast sale.
However, it is never too late to stage a home. If you are not having much success trying to sell for a fair price, consider implementing more aggressive staging at any point during the sales process. These efforts can only help you to achieve your goal of finding the right buyer for your house and moving on with your life, with a nice profit.