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Will a vacant home sell better if staged?

  • June 21 2013 - Dallas
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I think market and area play the deciding factor, I have had clients leave a home telling me it felt"fake and cold" after visiting a staged home.
  • August 22 2013
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I agree with all of the prior posts, YES!  Staging definitely boosts the appeal during the critical first impression phase that potential buyers will see.  If you've ever seen a model home at a new construction neighborhood, think about how welcoming it feels with all of the interior decor, as if you're already "at home".  Many buyers are very visual shoppers, and it's nice to provide them with a stunning idea of how their next home could look.

Some stagers can provide their professional consulting on ways of maximizing the appeal, using your existing setup, if you still have your own furniture in the home.  If it's already vacant, they can provide furnishings and accessories at various monthly rental rates, either partially, or for the full home.  

With that being said, I also highly agree with Guy's point as well, that your area should first be analyzed to determine the market conditions.  Any real estate agent should be able to provide such data.  Some areas are indeed selling very fast, vacant or not, and you could possibly save on the staging expense and still have a smooth and quick sale!
  • June 21 2013
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Generally speaking, yes.  But you would have to factor in other variables such as cost / benefit and overall market conditions.  If homes in your area are selling fast and at or very near asking price, taking on the expense of staging may not be necessary.
  • June 21 2013
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YES the "lived in " look makes it feel more like home to potential buyers that look at the property
  • June 21 2013
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ABSOLUTELY!!! no question
  • June 21 2013
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In my experience, staging will make the home more attractive to a buyer if it's done appropriately.  Enough furniture to give the home flair and to make it appear it's lived in, but not too much furniture.
  • June 21 2013
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