Though we’ve been taught to never judge a book by its cover, when it comes to real estate, potential home buyers tend to think a little differently. The photos online and the layout of the home can quickly convince a buyer whether or not the real estate property at hand is what they are looking for.
This is why staging a home is so important. Not only does it help to highlight the space in the best light possible, but it also leads to faster sales as it highlights what the property can offer without any renovations. If you’re a homeowner that is gearing up to sell your home, it is essential that you have your space staged for showings and photos. The upkeep may be a little bit of work, but the benefits definitely pay off in the long run. Keep reading to see why.
Creates a Great First Impression
Truth be told, homebuyers have typically decided on a home by the time they’ve taken a few steps inside. This is why first impressions of real estate are so crucial. By having your home professionally staged, you can create an engaging and welcoming home environment, causing more buyers to be interested in and willing to make an offer.
Builds an Emotional Connection to the Buyer
Your home is a telltale sign of who you and your family are. After all, it’s usually a peak into your style and taste given that you and your family have decorated and occupied it over the years. While this creates a sense of comfort for you, it doesn't mean that everyone will feel the same emotional connection when they walk through the door.
Professionally staging your home takes away personalization and creates a space that anyone can see themselves living in. This is key to building an emotional connection between the buyers and your home, which leads to more offers being put on the table.
Adds a WOW Factor
It doesn’t matter how much time or energy you may have spent decorating your home, nothing looks quite as chic and trendy as a professionally staged home. If you want potential buyers to walk through your house and be wowed by the layout, floorplan, and amount of space they will be getting if they choose to make an offer, then it’s essential to have your home staged. If not, you could be missing out on many top-dollar offers!
Allows for Visualization
If you’ve purchased a home before, you’ll probably remember your real estate agent asking you “if you could see yourself” living in the home during a walk-through. When a home isn’t professionally staged and is filled with personal objects, it makes it extremely difficult for a buyer to “see themselves” living there. Our advice? Do yourself a favour and opt-in to have your home staged. This will ensure potential buyers have no issues being able to visualize themselves living in your home.
Sell your Home Faster and for a Better Offer
The results are in! We’ve spoken with many real estate professionals across the Greater Toronto Area and they all agree; homes sell faster and receive a better offer when they are staged. The reason? Buyers are able to build an emotional connection with the home and have an easier time visualizing themselves living there. If that is not enough of a reason, we don’t know what is!
We understand that having your home staged can be a little overwhelming. Your personal belongings are moving out while other pieces of furniture and decor are coming in. While it may be a little bit of work to keep the look and feel of your home spotless, the truth is, it really pays off! Not only will your home be able to sell at a faster rate than if it wasn’t staged, but it’s also likely that you’ll receive higher offers.
If you’re ready to sell your home, then we have some other professional tips and tricks that can help you achieve top dollar. Feel free to contact us for a consultation today or download our FREE home sellers guide.