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Do vacant houses sell quicker or slower than "staged" houses? How much does it cost to stage a house

I own a 4BR, 2BA home in southern FL (north of WPB) on east coast and it has been vacant for 2 years. Would staging it help it sell quicker and for more money in this market? How much should it cost?
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December 18 2008 - Jensen Beach
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This post is from 2008, so I certainly hope Ron got that house sold by now. lol.

Anyway, it's a good post for others who may have a similar issue.  I, personally, feel that as long as the house is well kept and updated, it'll sell better, regardless if it's staged or empty. However, some people have no imagination and need to see furniture arranged in a room to understand its capacity and use, so if a home has been well maintained and updated but has been empty for a while, then staging it would likely be a good decision.
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March 04 2011
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Yes it will help it get sold faster, and for more money. Many companies will charge roughly $1psf of the home each month. Our company does the staging at no cost and we have expanded to the southern market. You can reach me at 813-344-2300 x.209  if you'd like to discuss in further detail. 
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March 04 2011
STAGE YOUR HOME!  It will show better- and it's easier for buyers to "see" the purpose for each room- and picture living there-  empty rooms do not look inviting and tend to look smaller then they are-  ask a Realtor or a friend who they would recommend-  Good luck!
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March 03 2011
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As you can see... Everyone agree's with Staging the Home to sell. 

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March 01 2011

Hello Ron,

Without doubt staging your home will help sell it faster. And it is much cheaper to stage than to continually lower your asking price.
A vacant house does not show well.  It appears cold and uninteresting.I am not sure what professional stagers charge in your area, however, I am confident that they probably offer their clients several options.
Rule of thumb would be a % of the retail price of the furnishings with a 3 month minimun charge.  Cort is a large furniture rental company located across the U.S and they list pricing on their website.  
However, there are a number of ways to stage without furnishing the entire home.  Often, placing vignettes in the main living areas, addressing any architectural details such as fireplace mantles or built-ins and the use of small props can bring amazing results.
I have recently started a blog to help educate the public about staging.  I have a short article that explains the different levels of staging.  I am not sure if I can give this web address or not but here but here you go:
www.nationalredesigninstitute.wordpress.com 
It also helps explain the difference between what professional stagers do and what we see on some of the television programs.
Hope this helps
Victoria
 

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December 18 2008
Stage it!  But above all...be sure it is CLEAN...every corner, the garage, the closets, the woodwork, tile, grout, CLEAN from top to bottom.  It's easy when doing that kind of cleaning to ream out all the junk too. 
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December 18 2008
As a successful realtor, even in this market, I have found staging to be tantamount to selling a home in the shortest period of time. Add to that, my staged listings seem to get more $$ as well. There are many accredited professionals that can assist you in getting your home to appeal to the widest possible audience. Yes you can watch TV shows, but its no substitute for a pro. Staging your home is not enough though, it will take the right asking price to garner buyers. As I practice in CT and not FL, I do know that its a tougher market where you're at. Consider pricing your home 5% ahead of the market from the get go. Looking great when the home hits the market is important to show up on serious buyers and agents radar. There's a dearth of buyers and a virtual ocean of choice. Its a beauty contest and a price war. You need to win both. 
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December 18 2008
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  Watch HGTV (Home&Garden); they have a program completely about staging.  It appears that they sell faster and better. They do it for under $2000.
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