Amidst the excitement of selling a home, staging can seem to be another inconvenience on a growing to-do list. Yet, it is important to remember that it can be an invaluable tool in increasing a home’s value and decreasing the time it spends on the market.
Furthermore, years of significance lie within the walls of your home. Staging thus becomes a logical and sensical way of honoring personal belongings and memories while simultaneously creating a space that is highly enticing to the imaginations of prospective buyers.
The soaring popularity of real estate and home design television shows has created a new standard for buyers. According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) 2021 Home Staging Report, 61% of participants reported having higher expectations of how homes should look and 71% reported having unrealistic or higher expectations of the buying process at large because of media perceptions. However, these numbers do not reflect the further influence of social media on the homebuyer journey.
More than ever before, homebuyers have unfettered access to more information, more inspiration and more properties—all increasing what they expect to find on a walkthrough. At the end of the day, homebuyers are looking for beautiful homes and are willing to pay more for them. Staging your home will help it stand out both aesthetically and psychologically, because, yes, everyone notices those small details. A thoughtfully selected faucet here and a paint color there can establish the positive psychological reaction from prospective buyers that will ensure they leave your house determined to call it ‘home’. Investments in staging can make a big difference—even when the smallest things are swapped out and touched up.
The following is a home staging guide to help prepare you for bringing your home to market.