Home staging has become extremely popular over the last few years among people who are trying to sell their homes and the real estate agents they choose to help them. Of course, as with anything else that is new, there is a debate raging as to whether home staging really helps or is indeed just a way for home stagers to make themselves a little money at the homeowner’s expense.
No matter which side of the stage you land on with this debate, there are a few home staging myths out there that need to be debunked. In this list, we will list five home staging facts that are actually myths.
1. Home staging is too expensive for most homeowners
While it can be expensive, home staging doesn’t have to be expensive. Most home stagers try to work within their client’s budget, ensuring that the home is staged perfectly at the price their clients can afford. However, you will have to spend some money, which is made back on the sale of your home, because nine times out of ten, staging a house will bring more money at the sale. Think about it this way, if you feel that painting, staging, and fixing up the home for sale is too expensive, how do you think the buyer feels when he walks through and sees all of the stuff, he will have to do to make the house a liveable home.
2. Your home will sell just fine without staging
Maybe so, but probably not. There are three things that go into getting your home ready to sell and getting a fair market value. Those things are having the right price point, making sure the property is marketed properly, and preparing the home to be sold. Bottom line, leaving your home in an “as is” condition is not the right way to sell the home fast and get top dollar for it. The thing is you need to focus on the buyer and what they want when they see your home, home staging can help you envision that.
3. Vacant spaces are the only homes that need staging
This is one of the biggest myths out there, not only among homeowners but among many real estate agents as well. They think that they only need to stage their empty properties so that they look homey and cosy when buyers take a tour. Home staging can force someone who is living in their home to organize, consolidate their rooms, and start the moving process. The last thing you want is a potential buyer to come into your home and see a huge mess, clutter, and no effects to start moving forward.
4. Home staging is the same thing as decorating
Again, untrue. Decorating a home shows the owner’s likes and personality. Home staging is about making necessary repairs, but not only that, it’s about staging the home so that the potential buyer comes in, looks around, and can envision what it would be like to live in the home themselves, not see what it’s like for you to live there.
5. Home staging is nothing but the latest real estate trend
In reality, home staging has been around since the late 1970s, and is just as important as home inspections. If you want your home to sell quickly and for top dollar, then home staging is the way to go and has been for many years now.
These are just a few of the myths about home staging that need to be dispelled. If you are selling your home soon, then you should check into it as well.