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Is staging really necessary?

  • July 21 2010 - US
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In our are with a vacant home it is the best way to make a property stand out!
  • July 21 2010
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Yes, staging makes a difference. I've been saying this over and over, that putting a house on the market is like going on a beauty pageant and the prettiest one wins. Home stagers are creative and they can come up with ideas to transform your home without costing an arm and a leg. You can also hire a home stager for a consult and they can provide you a detailed to do list, so you can do the work yourself.

Many times I've staged homes that have been sitting on the market, vacant, for weeks and not selling. Then after the first or second price reduction(s), they ask me to stage their home. Then within two weeks, the houses are sold after being staged. My fees are a fraction of the first price reduction.

Right price+staging=results
  • October 31 2010
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I think it's easier for people to visualize the size of the room when there is furniture, lamps, etc in the room.  Sometimes the rooms look smaller when the room is empty.  Other times the furniture placement, design, etc is to distracting and buyers can't get past it.  I do think a house will sell quicker with furniture in the house though. 
  • October 25 2010
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I think it is a good idea, but you can do it yourself and here is a video link for some good staging ideas...

http://www.youtube.com/us ... 7QCZAxidY
  • October 25 2010
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I prefer to use the term "romancing". I ask my clients interested in selling quickly to take a walk outside with me first and ask themselves would they "buy their home if they were in the market". Curb appeal is truly the best place to begin staging or romancing a home. Once one creates the "wow' factor outside the interest on what may be inside is heightened. Inside, I recommend my clients take a look at home magazines such as Metropolitan Home, House Beautiful and others to see current paint colors and gain ideas for decorating utilizing their current furnishings. Just moving a few pieces of furniture and adding a few well-placed accesories and artwork can make a boring room into something special. My clients enjoy the input and I often lend a hand moving furniture if needed.
  • October 25 2010
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Yes, if you do not put staging up when you are replacing the roof it is a lot more dangerous and you could get hurt. Staging is a safety must!
  • October 20 2010
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It is critical that you home look it's very best when in the selling process.  This is especially true right now when the market is competitive and there are so many listings.  Staging, when done right, can make a substantial difference in the sale price.  There is a common misconception that this is a very expensive process - it needn't be if done right with the advice of an experienced professional.
  • October 20 2010
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I cannot undeemohasize the imporatnce of staging your home and doing sproperly. Sure you can sell without doing it but you cannot expect to get the same sales price unless you are incredibly LUCKY!
  • October 15 2010
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Not every listing needs to be staged.  A good agent can help some buyers go through their homes and make subtle changes that will improve the homes' positive image for buyers.  The first impression for buyers is so important but many homes are just fine the way they are!
  • October 15 2010
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In today's market, it is probably the easiest, cost effective way to put your property in a "1st choice" position.  Buyers are very savvy today, in part due to the many home selling programs on TV.  They know what to expect and its value.  For the same reason, more sellers are getting with the program and doing what it takes to make their property memorable.  If you don't use all the resources available to you in selling your house, giving the buyer what they're looking for, another seller will.  Staging typically provides a quicker sale and/or higher sales price.  Staging can only improve on the best points of your home.
  • September 25 2010
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Staging is an absolute competitive advantage in a slow market.  In fact, a Real Estate Staging Association study tracked 126 un-staged homes that went an average of 263 days unsold. The same homes were then staged and sold in 60 days on average after staging.

Also, consider the financial implications.  Many listing agents will advocate significant price drops before recommending a stager. An investment in home staging will always be less than even a 1% price reduction on a home listed at $300,000!

Best wishes for a fast sale!
-Anna Sample





  • September 20 2010
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Staging is a great way to demonstrate the size or potential of a room. It gives context to rooms. Vacant homes can be staged virtually online increasing website views.
  • September 16 2010
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Staging is never a wasted expense for a seller when the staging is done with style, class, and conviction! Homes in my area are shown more frequently and sell faster than vacant or cluttered homes. :)
  • September 16 2010
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Yes, I think it is very important to stage a home.

I see buyers "love" the house because it looks like a model home...while they overlook a better home because of unappealing furnishings or clutter.

Eve in Orlando
  • September 16 2010
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If you are going to stage it, just remember the furniture needs to compliment the home, I've seen some that the home would have looked better without any furniture.

  • September 15 2010
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In my experience, a little character can go a long way. My staged homes ahave sold faster than ones that are not.
  • September 07 2010
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It is proven that a staged home sells faster than a non staged home, whether it is vacant or occupied.
A home that is occupied can have the furniture arranged to better show it off by using a mixture of new and existing furniture.
On the other hand, strategic placement of furniture and  accessories  in a vacant home appeals to potential buyers.
  • September 04 2010
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It really depends how appealing the current situation is. Sometimes you can stage with the furniture you already have, just reposition it.
  • September 01 2010
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After reading some of the other comments, there seems to be a little confusion about what "staging" involves.

If the property is vacant, renting furniture and accessories is usually required to give potential buyers a better sense of the home's spaciousness (it's harder to imagine how your furniture will fit in a room that has nothing in it), and to highlight the features of each room.

Staging an occupied home is almost the opposite: people accumulate a lot of stuff while they live in a home, and staging maximizes the home's livable space and appeal by de-cluttering, de-personalizing, and neutralizing the decor, so more things are taken out than put in. In the vast majority of occupied stagings, the homeowners' furnishings are used, with updated accessories added only as needed.

Vacant home staging is typically more expensive because furniture needs to be rented, but staging an occupied home is affordable for and beneficial to most homeowners, regardless of the value of their home.
  • September 01 2010
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Staging isn't really nessary if the home is vacant the buyers can imagine their own personal belonging. When the home is staged they are stuck with that picture of a fake sense of living, like something on HGTV. It's another way for people to make money off you, I don't suggest it.
  • August 31 2010
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Yes, Yes, Yes!

Why in a 2 year old neighborhood of tract homes do the ideniticle model homes sell for so much different when they in same condtion......STAGING.

Even vacant homes should be staged...for example, blinds open, electric on so buyers can see what they looking at, yard mowed, edged, trees trimmed, pamphlets/garbage picked up off the front porch.

If you or your Realtor cant get a pro in there to help then couple basic tips are
1. what can I do to make the home look cleaner (makes think in better condtion)
2. what can I do to make it look bigger (more sqft better & floorplan flow cost morre $).......more wall space, more floor space & more light accomplish this.....remove the throw rugs, open blinds/curtains, remove out of season clothes from closets, get rid of unnecessary stuff pushed against the wall in all the bedrooms so the wall shows thru to the floor and this expands the look of floorspace.
3. Can you add something to make a feature more noticable.....flower vase on fireplace mantle of vacant home, 4 x 6 index card (printed in red ink Big Walk-in attic) on the walkin attic door so they will open it and see all the extra storage 

there is so much you can do........start thinking and acting on your ideas! 
  • August 31 2010
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Seems there is a split amoung agents on the value of staging.  Use-What-You-Have is the name of the game in my opinion.  There is no reason to spend money on staging when some creative replacement and usually a lot of clean up can handle the job.  If the property is vacant I would prefer it to stay unfurnished so a prospective buyer can visulaize their own furnishings. 

Simon Mills
Mills Realty
  • August 28 2010
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It is essential to getting your best price possible, a must!
  • August 28 2010
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This question has already been answered but I am trying to wrap my head around the BA.  One unoriginal sentence with a typo.
Wow.
  • August 28 2010
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Staging a vacant or lived in home is a critical element to getting the best possible price.
  • August 28 2010
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No, it is not necessary, but in certain cases, it might not be a bad idea.
  • August 25 2010
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Staging is a good idea even if you use your own furniture.
  • August 25 2010
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Staging is expensive,, and empty home allows the buyer to visualize their furniture in the space   Good Luck
  • August 25 2010
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Absolutely!  Nothing sells faster than a tastefully staged home. It does not have to cost much money.  Consider about $5,000.  That will be the best money you every spent and you'll get it all back and then some when you sell.
  • August 24 2010
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Helps most when furniture is "rough" or if vacant and house is dated.
  • August 23 2010
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