To Stage or Not to Stage.......
Ever wonder as you go to open houses if staging a home was truly effective if you are a potential seller? It is not an easy question to answer because there are so many variables that have to be answered in order to determine.
As a real estate agent, I do not necessarily think that all homes need to be staged. If the home is still being lived in, it may only take de-cluttering of sellers furnishings to spruce up a home. You want to make sure that you have a good photographer that understands that some minor staging of current sellers house contents may need to happen while photos are being taken!
If a home is empty and has not sold in six months or longer, it may require a conversation with the sellers to stage a home if they do not want to lower the price of the home. This may help maximize the return on their investment on average by 5%.
If your in a sellers market, it may not be necessary to stage a home and if you have a realtor who follows the current activity, they should be able to give a fairly good reading to make a determination.
If a realtor tells you that you must stage without your input, you may want to get a second opinion. Most houses that are above $500,000 and are vacant may require staging as these homes typically take longer to sell due to the price point.
Always ask your realtor what the costs are associated with staging as this is will affect your bottom line is normally a monthly fee as long as the home is on the market.