To Stage or not to Stage........

.......Truly a tough question.  And for the most part, I always suggest sellers stage their homes to maximize the ROI on the home they are selling.  Even if it's with what you have, just declutter, move a few items around, clean, fresh paint, and WOW, what a difference buyers will take note of.
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August 11 2011 - US
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I couldn't agree more! In order to capture buyers attention and sell for top dollar it's important in this market (really any market) to set the stage. As the old saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Recently I had a home on the market and tried to convience the seller to stage the home. After 2 months on the market they finally agreed. Once staged the home sold in 10 days. The power of presentation!
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August 11 2011
I believe "less is more" it's important to depersonalize a home to some extent.  By this I mean the bunny collection of 25 years has to go, 75 pictures of 4 generations have to come off the walls.  Unlce Jack's favorite recliner that should have retired when he did and not been handed down needs to go etc...  Doing this in a loving way for our clients along with a general freshening of the home is so important so potential buyers can see how there own stuff will fit in the home without the distraction of Uncle Jack's favorite recliner in the corner.  All characters names, descriptions and locations have been changed to protect the innocent err guitly.
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August 11 2011
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Staging can be helpful in selling, but a just through cleaning and decluttering can do wonders to wake up a house too.
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August 12 2011
In the San Francisco bay area market, staging is almost required in order to capture buyers' serious attention and good offers. In our market, the rule of thumb is that staging generates quicker offers AND sellers capture 5% higher purchase prices. (I don't know how this "rule of thumb" has been tested, so take it in that light. Experience appears to bear this rule out, though.) Staging should be a sure investment in every seller's financial future as long as (1) the 5% price boost the seller will earn does not exceed the staging cost - which it almost never does and (2) the house isn't so flawed as to render the staging irrelevant (i.e., the house doesn't have a $250k pest report or such).
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August 12 2011
With 90% of buyers now "looking" for their next home online it is even more essential to make sure that the home is presented in the best light it can be. The photographs that "show" the home are important and staging can help make the connection to the buyers. The cleaning and de-cluttering of the home is important, taking it one step beyond is what will make the home sell.
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August 25 2011
I must agree with always staging a home. Even if you do not buy anything new and use what you have. Allow the potential buyer to see all the options they have to make it fell like "home" to them. Show them how much space they have to work with and all the options they can potentially have if they make it their new home.
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December 02 2011
I agree with the previous comment that simply cleaning and "de-cluttering" can do wonders. Keeping spaces in your home clean and open also makes the roooms in your home appear bigger than they truly are.
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December 03 2011
Most sellers can't really "see" what is wrong with their space. Bringing in a pro to advise is a great option for budget-conscious Do-It-Yourselfers.  Sometimes it just takes some creative solutions and a professional eye to motivate a homeowner.
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January 25 2012
See what a difference color can make to a dated space.
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