Some people are active when they want to sell their home, while others are passive. The active ones end up getting a better deal in the end. One of the “active” things you can do when thinking of selling your home is to have it “staged.” This is where the house gets spruced up to look magazine-worthy. Cleaning out the clutter, bringing in some nice, new furniture (which can be rented, by the way), and perhaps painting some walls to freshen up the place can truly make it more inviting and alluring to potential buyers.
Ultimately, if you want to get the highest price for selling your home, staging is going to help you do just that. You want to make your place look and feel so good that buyers desire to have it. You want them to feel compelled to buy it because it’s so perfect.
Staging not only helps up the purchase price of a place, but also helps it sell better. Staged homes sell more quickly than non-staged homes, and that’s no surprise. If you’re in the market to buy a place, and you find two similarly priced ones but one’s prettier and nicer looking than the other, you’re going to go with the nicely staged one.
Meanwhile, staging can be good for sellers because it essentially forces them to finally clean up all their stuff and figure out what they want to do with it. For some people, this means putting stuff in boxes and storing it out of sight. For others, it means having a big garage sale and/or donating stuff that’s no longer useful or needed in their lives. As a bonus, staging helps teach people about decorating rooms to make them have a strong visual impact. It informs people of how to make rooms feel more open, too. This can come in handy when moving to a new place.
Finally, staging a place helps create a favorable first impression. Buyers, once they walk through the door, will sense right away whether they could see themselves living there easily… or not. Staging puts people’s minds at ease because things are arranged nicely and in a pleasant and open way. Non-staged homes, on the other hand, give buyers too many things to think about as they make a long mental list of things they’d have to change and/or do to make it look and feel the way they’d want it to.