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Should You Stage Your Home Before Listing?

Should You Stage Your Home Before Listing?

You have heard it on every HGTV renovation real estate show: Staging Matters, but unlike the lucky sellers on HGTV you don’t have an unlimited budget and army of designers to pull of the same level of WOW!

Staging can be a turn-off for sellers who assume it is too expensive or that their house doesn’t need it.

 In reality, all sellers benefit from staging. A lot of people don’t realize that there are varying levels of staging and they come with varying cost and effort!  Staging can be free and simple in many cases.  There are many ways to stage a home. It can be as simple as following guidelines to de-clutter and give your home a consistent traffic flow, or it can involve a complete design renovation.  Every home is unique which is why we offer a custom staging plan for your home.

 Here are five levels of staging options you may see included in one of our custom plans:

One-time in-home consultation

A home stager will offer advice about how to best showcase your home.  They may suggest a fresh coat of paint with a color palate, types of flooring, fixtured or simple landscaping to bump up your curb appeal. Many stagers are designers by trade so they know what looks good, what buyers care the most about when touring a home and how to get the highest asking price quickly!

Think a professional will cost big bucks? Think again. We can refer you to a full time designer who works with you and charges by the hour.  We find for many sellers this is the best investment of a few hundred dollars they can spend prior to listing their home.

Partial Staging

Partial staging is working with a stager to mix what you already have with a few pieces that really show off your space.  This process may be as small as adding accent pieces, or adding throws and pillows to give your home more texture.  It may be a bigger project like swapping out outdated furniture with newer pieces or over sized furniture with smaller pieces that showcase how big some of your rooms are.

Fluff Staging

Fluff staging is the art of using what you have and optimizing it to showcase your home. Our professionals are experts at walking you through this process and work with many sellers at this level when it is not necessary to bring in a stager. You may have some outdated furniture or bare walls. You may use a bedroom as an office and move a small bed in to illustrate that room’s full potential.  Maybe you have a family room with furniture that is not positioned to optimize traffic flow.  Perhaps areas of your home are under-utilized where furniture can be re-positioned to optimize the floor plan.  These small changes pay big dividends when buyers walk through the various rooms in your home.

Full Staging

Do you need to move out before listing your home and don’t want to put your home on the market without furniture? Full staging is your best option.

Buyers can have a difficult time imagining how they would live in a home. A home without doesn’t provide that vision that a lot of buyers are hoping  for.  A home without furniture can feel empty and cold.  Full staging is what it sounds like! A team of professionals will fully outfit the home with furniture, accessories and wall art.  They have impeccable taste so your home will look like a model home and buyers will find it easy to fall in love with their next home!

Full Staging Plus Renovation

If you are moving out of your home before selling and it needs a little updating, bringing in a stager plus a contractor can be the way to go.   Giving a kitchen or bath a face-lift can significantly increase the value of your home and sell it quicker. Stagers will  work with contractors to work quickly and within budget to get your home ready to list!

Staging is all about first impressions.  We assist our sellers with recommendations that fit their timeline and budget so that they can sell their house quickly!

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