Staged homes sell faster than un-staged homes. It’s a proven fact in the real estate world. While you think decor might be a waste of time, rest assured that it isn’t. Any money you put into staging your home will not be wasted. Your home should look appealing; this means furniture should be properly arranged, the home should be impeccably clean and presentable, and any minor repairs should be performed. You should set the dining table with your fine China, you should add fresh flowers, and you should also change any dead lightbulbs (you’d be surprised how many owners don’t do this). However, there sometimes can be advantages to not staging the house. Below are some advantages and disadvantages of staged homes, and un-staged.
Staged Home Advantage
Vacant homes do not initially look inviting. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. It can be hard for buyers to visualize what the home will look like once it is decorated. However…picky buyers will be able to fully envision what the home will look like with their stuff in it, since your things won’t be blocking their mental ability to get an idea of what it will look like when they furnish it. There will be few buyers who will have the ability to mentally take furniture away in their minds when viewing a staged home. Again, this is why decorators get paid so much money to stage homes. Most people can’t envision a home without the staged things, so buyers think the home is nicer than it is, because there are fine, pretty things in it. Vacant homes also allow the buyer to visualize the home being “theirs.” They can spend more time paying attention to the architecture of the home rather than the decor.
Staged Home Disadvantage
It’s no secret that it can be expensive to stage a home, unless everything you already own is beautiful, and perfectly arranged. It can take a lot of time and money to stage the house. It usually begins with removing any extra furniture that is making the house look smaller than it is. If your’e living in a staged home on the market, it can also be annoying to have things staged in such a way that it makes day to day living difficult. For example, it can be annoying to open and close the armoire to watch TV every day. Little things like that can amount to one big annoyance. It can also be hard when you have children, since they usually leave their things everywhere.
Unstaged Home Disadvantage
The major downside of vacant homes is that they don’t necessarily give off the “cozy” vibe that you kind of need in order to appeal to a buyer. Also, if there is anything wrong with the house, the defects tend to stick out like a sore thumb. Another major disadvantage, is that an empty home queues to the buyer that the seller needs to sell their house, as it is empty and they are losing money on it.