Potential sellers always ask me does staging a home really work? Professional staging companies have facts and figures to back up the answer to this question with a resounding yes. Aside from their own data, if you think about it logically making a property look more desirable prior to marketing it makes a whole great deal of common sense. After all, putting your best foot forward is always a good idea.
The second reason I find staging a home so important is because it is very difficult for most buyers to visualize what the property could look like versus what they see in front of them – supporting the fact that staging a home really works. So, with this in mind I am working with a seller to prep her home for sale who has already vacated their home. The home itself is over 100 years old, has many great period details like crown moldings, 3 fireplaces, wood floors and 5 bedrooms. However, without a stick of furniture and muted colored walls I strongly suggested we stage 2 important rooms so that buyers could see the possibilities.
I have not been lucky enough to have a client willing to spend money for professional staggers (costs can be pretty steep) so I’ve been doing it on my own. I usually use pieces from my own home and accessorize with inexpensive pieces from Target, Home Decorators, CB2 etc. My intention with this home were two-fold. Create a homey feeling in a completely generic space and to contemporize the space.
Does Staging a Home Really Work? Take a look at the Before and After video and let me know what you think?
Front Porch Before Front Porch After
Living Room Before Living Room After