Although many people think staging means decorating a room or home in a pleasing way, it is really the art of enhancing a space to allow for flow and to augment a room’s best features. In addition, it helps the buyer not get distracted by the homeowner’s belongings.
Although it is easy to think about this in theory (catch any real estate show on HGTV to figure out the basics) actually applying it to one’s own home can be a bit of a challenge. For example, think about your kitchen countertops right now. Do you see them in your mind? From one side of the room to the other, think about each individual item on the counter. Does each item enhance the flow and features of the kitchen? Probably not. Many kitchen counters hold everything from toasters to coffee makers to baking good canisters to dish racks. Although these functional items are necessary for day-to-day living, each item represents something that can distract a buyer from other features a kitchen has to offer.
Unfortunately, more than items out-in-the-open can distract a buyer. Buyers are generally curious. They will look in closets, in kitchen and bathroom drawers, on shelves, in storage spaces, and garages. Although the initial reason for looking is usually to determine how efficient the storage may be, it doesn’t take long before something catches their eye. Even something as simple as an artistic paint job can change a listing from “that cute home with the porch” to “the tie-dye house”.
Here are some interesting statistics that stress the importance of staging from the National Association of REALTORS® 2017 Profile of Home Staging:
So when you are going to be selling your home, your first step is to remove everything you don't absolutely need for the next 90 days, except for furniture and items for decor. You are going to have to move anyway, so start packing! Rent a storage facility and clear out drawers, closets, cabinets, and the garage. The second step is to take a good hard look at the articles remaining. This is a good time to bring in someone with staging expertise to determine how best to achieve your goals. Rest assured when it is time to sell, your home’s own custom staging strategy can help get you top dollar.
Check out the entire report here at: https://www.nar.realtor/sites/default/files/migration_files/reports/2017/2017-profile-of-home-staging-07-06-2017.pdf