We’ve all found ourselves drawn to the glossy images of homes found in online listings or even just on the HGTV channel. Carefully polished rooms, sleek hardwood floors, and plenty of living space are all key features of any home catalog or design show, and for good reason. These are, after all, the kinds of homes that we’d all like to live in. 

According to the National Association of Realtors, over 80% of buyers said that a staged home made it easier for them to imagine themselves living in the house. 38% of buyers, meanwhile, said that they’d be more likely to walk through a staged house after viewing its listing. That’s a huge opportunity for a faster, more lucrative home sell. So, what is staging? How does it work? Here’s a quick overview of the basics:

Staging Allows Buyers to See the Potential of Your Home

From dog toys scattered around to cluttered shelves and prized collections, you can probably take a quick glance around your home and see something that makes it immediately feel like yours. That’s comforting when you’re already living in the house, but potential buyers need to be able to see themselves in your space. 

When a home is staged, personal items are removed in favor of neutral art pieces, clean shelving, and a simple look that keeps the focus on your home and its attributes, rather than the current occupants. Even personal photos are removed when staging a home, in hope that the  new buyers can see their own personality reflected in the house. 

Decluttering, adding fresh paint, deep cleaning, and including an enjoyable air diffuser are all just a few tricks of the staging trade. After the home has been made to look its best, photographs are taken and posted online for potential buyers. Your Realtor might also advertise an open house, so that buyers can see the staged home firsthand. 

When you walk into a staged home, you are able to see what isn’t always seen in a lived-in home. You can see the spaciousness of the living room, for example, or the way that the ceiling fans gleam when freshly scrubbed. Neutral colors and furnishings allow buyers to imagine their own design choices and possibilities in the space. 

Do All Homes Need to Be Staged?

While staging a home is usually the go-to option for a house that isn’t selling well, almost all homes need some degree of care before being listed. A professional stager, kind of like an interior designer, can come into the space and arrange the home in an appealing, eye-catching way that helps to make a solid first impression. 

You and your realtor will work together to determine how best to stage your home. You don’t always need to spend a lot of money to stage a house. Sometimes, you can just focus on decluttering and thoroughly cleaning the rooms. Sellers are also usually encouraged to remove their pets during showings, as some buyers may be afraid of pets. The living room, master bedroom, and kitchen are the most commonly staged areas in a home, and often seen as the most important to buyers. 

Landscaping and curb appeal are both important, too. Vibrant outdoor plants and a seasonal wreath are simple elements that can help your house sell. You also want to correct any problems with your property, such as a leaking roof or a deck in need of finishing. 

Begin Selling Your Home Today with VSells & Associates

The experienced team at VSells & Associates is ready to guide you through the process of selling your home in the Baltimore Metro area. From staging to curb appeal, we know all of the steps for a great sale. Tell us about your property and begin selling your house today!