All signs point to spring of 2019 as a sellers market again. Thus, I was recently asked, “In a sellers market, do I really need to stage my home?” My honest answer… yes!
Staging is necessary for two reasons. First, a staged home results in better photos. Photos are your home’s currency online, and the more appealing they are the more views your listing will receive. A new listing gets three times more views in its first week on the market than at any time after that. First impressions matter.
Tip: Launch your home’s debut listing fully staged, rather than waiting to “see how it goes” and investing in staging if the home doesn’t sell.
Second, staging allows buyers to understand how they would actually live in the home. The typical person shopping for a home isn’t a trained designer and won’t naturally envision how an empty space could function.
Staging can also help overcome challenges such as odd angles or demonstrate how creating “zones” within a small space make it more functional than it may appear when vacant.