So, you already have a bunch of furniture, too much, maybe?
OR, you don't have any furniture and don't want to drag anything into your house before selling?
In either of these cases, or, anything in between, you may be wondering why your real estate broker is asking you to invest $1,500-$2,500 in staging your property to sell.
What did you wear to prom? I am guessing it wasn't cutoff jeans and a Bon Jovi t-shirt. Here's why you need staging consultation and/or staging material brought into your home:
1. Like you think your son/daughter is a shoe-in professional athlete :) you cannot be objective about your home. You do have, no matter your price range, colors, features, arrangements and smells that personalize your home to you. Emotionally this turns buyers off. Think of staying at a bed and breakfast room that was very personalized; it feels "icky."
2. Stagers are professional artists that understand space, color and placement better than the majority of the population. They can make small spaces bigger, weird spaces normal and dark places light. Have a room that you've never liked? A stager can drastically lessen that impression. They see things we can't and in a way we won't.
3. I shave every morning because my facial hair grows faster than Homer Simpson; if I don't, no matter how awake I am, I look like I slept in a dumpster. Stagers hide imperfections. Recently, a customer was worried about whether or not buyers would notice different types of trim on wainscoting in the same room. He painted the room above the wainscoting (a color the stager picked), and my guess is the buyer will own the home and never, ever pickup on the difference/imperfection.
4. How do you feel when you walk into an accountant or financial planner's office and see a broken desk handle swinging by a hinge or picture frame designs from 4 different decades or a run in the carpet. GROSS. These are extreme examples, but, stagers bring unity and collectiveness to your home that is inviting and warm. If buyers that are going to pay top dollar come inside, do they want to stay?
Unless you are intentionally trying to present your home so it appears "distressed," becomes a "fixer" in the minds of investors and attracts a bidding war, I believe you need to consider staging. I promise I will shave when I show your house :)