Staging 101: Is It Necessary?

By: Jeff Ham & Christy D'Oliveira

Staging 101: Is It Necessary?

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Staging a house is the process of strategically arranging furniture and decor to make the house look its best at the time of sale. From refreshing your belongings to removing unnecessary furniture – staging your home allows you to sell your property quickly and for the best price. At least, that is the promise of this very modern concept.

So, is it necessary in 2022? Let's find out!

The home staging concept
Similar to detailing a car before selling it, staging a house allows you to show it at its best. Not to be confused with decorating, staging is about presentation, cleanliness and bringing positive attention to the space inside.
Home sellers can choose to do the staging themselves, use a qualified real estate executive or hire an accredited professional.

What are the benefits of staging a house?
Although some sellers consider staging an extra expense, it has many advantages.
First, potential buyers will be able to imagine their life in your home. Ideally, your property should be like a blank canvas, free of personal belongings, photos and anything else that might scare away potential buyers or prevent them from seeing themselves living there.
An added benefit of staging is presenting a potential buyer with a home that is already livable. Many people are looking for a property that is ready to live in. Therefore, to get a better price for your home, you may want to consider staging it.
Another advantage is that staging makes it easy and quick to sell your home. Listing images play an important role in today's home-buying process. The more visually appealing it is, the more likely it is to be viewed and shared by the target audience. Because of this, staged homes tend to sell faster.

Tips for staging a house

1.Remove personal items
The first step in preparing a house for sale is to cut emotional ties, which may sometimes mean temporarily living without your most precious possessions – childhood photos, diplomas, etc. When putting a home on the market, think of it as a commodity, not a house.
Although you might still live in it while it is being sold, it should not look like that to potential buyers.

2.Clean the home before you stage it
A staged home needs to shine. To achieve this, you must pay attention to every detail. Cleaning up a home's exterior also means washing the siding, cleaning and painting the deck, and removing unsightly cobwebs. 
Inside the house, all dust, stains and scratches should be removed. Every corner of the room – from windows to skirting boards – should be as new.

3.Showcase the space
Once all surfaces are clean, the person responsible for the staging should walk through each room and decide the best way to showcase the space.
Each room should have a clear function. For example, if it is a dining room, make it a dining room. Consider the focal points of each room and arrange them to accentuate space and function.
Think about the colours in your home. They can have a huge impact. For example, neutral and light colours will make the room look large, while dark walls will reduce the size of the room.
A small investment of time and money in painting walls can significantly affect the selling price.

4.Use a professional
If you are interested in selling your home and are considering having it staged, reach out to the Fresh Approach Real Estate Team. We have a team of reliable and professional stagers that will make your home shine!