Is Staging Your Home Still Necessary in a Seller’s Market?

Posted on: May 3, 2018

Thinking about selling your home this spring? If you’re selling in an area that has a competitive housing market, like Seattle, you may be tempted to skip the effort of staging. In many cases, it’s possible to sell the home without working with a staging professional. However, we recommend going the extra mile to make your property shine. Before you begin the process of selling your home, consider the suggestions we share here. In our experience, taking these steps will make a remarkable difference in how quickly your home sells.

Why Is Staging Important?

Most buyers browse listings online, so it’s important to present flattering photos. Even if you live in a city in which homes fly off the market, it’s worth your while to craft the ideal image. Creating the perfect look can be a challenge, so you’ll achieve the best results by working with an interior design firm or teaming up with a staging company. A staging specialist’s job is to help homeowners de-personalize the space and arrange furniture and lighting in an aesthetically pleasing way. If a room is on the small side or oddly shaped, design professionals will work their magic to make the space appear as appealing as possible.

Pricing and Other Details

After completing home renovations, you may be tempted to pass on investing in additional services. However, staging your property will almost certainly lead to a greater ROI. In many cases, you can expect to spend about one percent of your home’s value on staging and interior decorating. In seller’s markets such as Seattle, you may be able tospend less on staging and marketing. If you’re selling in a high-demand season like spring or summer, consider reaching out to a staging professional at least two to three weeks before listing your home. They’ll need to have the availability to stop by your residence for an initial consultation, and the staging process may take a week or two.

Why Staging Is Worth the Price?

When selling a home, there’s no doubt that you’ll want to move the property quickly, and for the highest price possible. It’s not as stressful when you list your home in a seller’s market, but you may miss out on the best offers if you forego renovations and interior design. When you choose to work with a staging professional, you can generally expect to sell your property for approximately 10 to 20 percent above the average list price.

If you’re thinking about selling your home, finding a realtor is the first step. Our team is here to help you navigate the buying and selling process, so please reach out to us when you’re ready to get started.

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