Staging has a wealth of benefits for selling a home. Just as a car salesman boasts about the safety and luxury of buying a specific make of vehicle, a homeowner too wants to boast about their home to potential buyers.
A professional real estate agent will tell you to market your home so that buyers can see themselves living in the space. Staging certainly sets the tone for achieving this. Without a total renovation or making drastic (and costly!) changes to the look of a home, staging provides an effective way of "decorating" to highlight the very features that make your home a must-buy.
So exactly what is staging? In technical terms, staging is "the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers."
Staging helps to sell a property more quickly. By staging, you improve the aesthetic appeal of a home by upgrading the space. While not a complete list, below are some of what you might expect to happen when a home is staged before being listed for sale.
- Mix one part water with one part bleach and spray onto moldy shower doors and walls
- Paint dated bathroom tile
- Replace worn sink with a pedestal
- Add a new light fixture
- Stain old cabinets
- Replace dated cabinet hardware
- If affordable, replace appliances with newer stainless steel models
- Add recessed lighting throughout
- Paint over worn brick on fireplace
- Add decorative area rug and decorative pillows to furniture
- Appeal to both sexes with color: paint neutral
- De-clutter the room of non-essentials
- Add crown molding for a dramatic effect