Home staging: Is it just a trend or does it really work?

Posted by Gurpreet Ghatehora on Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 11:57am.

Home staging has been around for a long time, probably long enough to expel the idea that it’s just a trend. In fact, it is, and always has been, an incredibly effective way to showcase your home and snag buyers.
If you don’t know what home staging is, then you are really out of the loop! Home staging is the practice of essentially setting up a home to resemble amodel home, in order to look its best. If the sellers still reside in the property for sale, staging will involve emptying the house of any non-essential furniture, boxes, etc. Then furniture is arranged efficiently, and every room is set up in order to give potential buyers some perspective as to what each room could look like for them. Often this means putting a bed in an empty or unused bedroom, setting the dining table as if company was coming, placing fresh cut flowers around he home, lighting candles etc.
In extreme cases, typically those where the sale property is vacant, furniture is brought in for each room. Now this doesn’t mean you have to furnish the whole house, but furniture does give a realistic idea of how large spaces really are. For instance, if a dining room can comfortably fit an eight person dining set, it’s a good idea to show that. If a bedroom appears small but can actually fit a queen size bed, prove it. Staging the living room is also popular practice because you can show an interesting seating plan (perhaps room for two separate seating areas) or you can create a beautiful atmosphere for buyers to experience.
Home staging is still popular, and is still quite effective. If you have a property that is sitting on the market or simply not showing all that well, consider staging it to capture the imaginations of potential buyers.

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