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Staging-Is it important ?

I am speaking from an agent prospective to sellers... do I need to stage? Yes... it is vital. I have a listing that could have sold 5 months ago.. and the sellers refused to de-clutter. We have now reduced the listing $30k... and still we are getting the same comments. ( to much clutter to see ourselves in the home... we can not see the detail in the home, ) It is IMPERATIVE... that you listen to the experts. It is not how we LIVE.. it is how we all want to see ourselves living.  HGTV does not spend so much on this topic.. just for entertainment.. it is REAL.
  • January 13 2011 - Cypress
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Yes, very important and no matter the price of the house.  A well presented house, clean and declottered is imperative if you want to sell the house fast and at a good price.
  • January 13 2011
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Critical! Set your home apart from all others. Staging helps the Seller see their home through a buyer's eyes.
Alway recommended.
  • January 13 2011
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I agree, staging is important to sell listings.  I have a professional stager stage all my listings and it works very well.
  • January 13 2011
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It is of vital importance to put "your best foot forward" when listing your home. Clean it, clear it out...make it welcoming and neutral enough that prospective buyers can see themselves living there. The time and money used to stage and get your house ready for sale reap HUGE rewards in lower listing time and money at close.
  • January 13 2011
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From experience showing clients homes, at the very least, a poorly staged home, or an unstaged one, will just make it that much harder for a potential buyer to look past the clutter or personality of the seller and imagine it as a home for themselves.  Since so much of the decision to buy is influenced by emotion, I'd say "yes", staging is important!
  • January 13 2011
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Staging is very important not only for walkthroughs but also photos.  Great advice by all on this and HGTV is a great source for this.

Smell is also a huge part of the selling process, it is smells good it sells better!
  • January 13 2011
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Staging is what makes a home feel like a place to hang your hat. I notice that my buyers stay longer in a well staged house than in an empty house. Worth the investment!
  • January 13 2011
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What I don't understand is why so many Realtor's are resistant to Home Staging.  Any ideas
  • January 14 2011
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We recommended it to builders last week that have a subdivision that they are needing to close out. It just helps the buyer view the space better and may help them think about how their furniture will work in the house.
  • January 14 2011
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It will set your house apart from homes that are not staged. First impressions are everything and when the door opens to a staged home the
impression the buyers gets is critical!
  • January 14 2011
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Last year I sold a home that was professionally staged.  It was a renovated flip.  It was purchased in February for $105,000 and four months later sold for $235,000.  If this home was vacant I can tell you that my buyers interest level would have been much lower.  But the seller maximized space, style and highlighted "quality." 

Many sellers have said to me that the next owner will change things so why should I spend the money to fix the place up.  Several reasons.  Everything the buyer sees that has to be fixed up will cost the seller $1000.  CaChing! CaChing!  I have seen this in buyers eyes so many times.  Since they don't know how much it is going to cost they figure it is safe to figure $1000 for each thing - no matter what it is.  But reality is that a new hot water heater is only $180.  Paint is only $200.  Cleaning solution is only $5.   Another misconception is that Sstaging means renting NEW furniture and accessories.  Wrong.  Most of the time it is removing excess furniture, positioning what is left to maximize the space, decluttering and cleaning.  A seller can get more money for a home that is clean, decluttered, clean, spacious and priced to sell. 
  • January 14 2011
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There are stagers who can quote you all kinds of statistics about how much faster and for how much more a staged home sells than an unstaged one.
But from a buyer's agent perspective, there's nothing better than going into a professionally staged home with your buyers.  They can see how the rooms can work for them, they can see how well the furniture fits, they can see themselves in the home.  An unstaged house is just a big empty box.  A staged one looks like a home.
  • January 14 2011
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I say YES.  it has worked for me every time and I have yet to not sell a house that I listed....and I always stage to some extent!
  • January 23 2011
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Home Staging has been around since Barb Schwarz invented it in the 1970s and it's proven to work!  Barb's advice to Realtors to get their sellers to invest in home staging is to be firm, and tell them they must spend some time and money to get the most out of their number one investment - their home.
  • February 02 2011
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Just look at it as if you were to walk in this house for the first time, how would you want it to look? Again I agree no matter what the price of the home may be, a well presented staged home will sell/ buy quicker than a
cluttered disorganized one will.
  • February 02 2011
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Yes, staging is very important. It'll make the property look spaciaous makes it more visually appealing. Staging a property allows potential buyers see the different possibilities of how they can arrange their personal items in the home if they choose to purchase it.
  • February 10 2011
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"Staging" is a term I truly dislike.  The goal of sellers should be to live well in their home, which in turn, will demonstrate to others how to live well when you leave.  Your home does not have to be designer perfect...it needs to be clean, orderly and well maintained.  "Stage" your home when you move in...not when you are getting ready to sell.  It's truly a shame to move out once you have things as they should be. Get it right up front and the rest will take care of itself.  If you have no creativity or experience, calling in a designer is necessary, but please do it when you buy, not when you sell.

  • March 11 2011
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Yes, staging is important, but not everyone has the money to hire an expert to stage the property.  If not, the property must be CLEAN.  Everything, including the appliances, basement and attic.  This the seller can do themselves. 
  • March 12 2011
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Staging doesn't have to be expensive, and in most cases, there are a lot of things Sellers can do on their own.  No need to hire a professional to tell you to take down your personal photos.
  • March 12 2011
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Absolutely...You're moving anyway so start packing!  The longer you wait may cause you longer to sell...
  • April 22 2011
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Belinda, I must disagree with you.  Every home on the market should be staged, even if the seller does it on her own.  Some people live in a staged house but not most.  Staging is not decorating an it is not about the home owner.  To say that sellers should stage when they move in indicates that there may be a disconnect or misunderstanding regarding what staging really is.
  • April 22 2011
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  Well, I see everyone agrees in stagging and decluttering. But a seller must also beware of oders, which they my not be aware of. It is the listing agents responsibility to being this to their attention. Besides a good cleaning, bleach the garbage disposal if needed and have the seller light some candles at least 20 minutes before showings. I reccomend vanilla scents, everyone loves this scent.
  • April 29 2011
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Staging is critical!  It allows the buyer to see themselves in the house thru the furniture that is already there. If it's too clutter, you can't see the possibilities, characteristics or personality of the property, all you see is stuff.  I tell my clients to thin out their stuff and take out personal pictures!
  • May 04 2011
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