Most Realtors will agree that home staging offers a distinct advantage for sellers and a faster sale.
According to the new “2017 Profile of Home Staging” issued by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 62% of Sellers’ Agents believe staging a home cuts down the time it spends on the market. 77% of Buyers’ Agents believe staging a home helps buyers envision themselves living it a home and 40% believe it prompts buyers who first saw the home on-line to actually visit it in person. Approximately 60% of Realtors agree staging can also have a positive effect on home values.
However, it is also felt that staging is only beneficial if the home is staged to appeal to general, not specific, preferences. Most agents believe the living room is a key space to stage, as well as the kitchen, the master bedroom and the yard. They also believe decluttering, depersonalizing and a deep clean -beyond staging – are essential for a show-ready home. If I could only count the times that buyers start to become engrossed in the seller’s personal photographs out on display and forget to look at the house. Awards, certificates and photographs are a major distraction and should be put away.
Realtors know how important it is for buyers to be able to picture themselves living in a home. A home shown at its best assists the buyers in making the decision. So while it might be somewhat of a chore, staging truly pays off in the end!