Will Staging Help Sell your Home?

by Dan Lesniak

Sellers often ask if staging a home makes a difference. The pictures below show the dramatic affects that staging had on a townhome in a Clarendon Park townhome, located in Arlington, VA. One of the benefits of working with the Orange Line Living Team if you are thinking about selling your home is that no matter what the current condition of your home is, we know how to get your home in the condition that will attract the most interest from potential buyers.

Staging your home ensures buyers will see it in its best condition

Staging your home ensures buyers will see it in its best condition and will help you sell it quicker and for a higher price.

Staged Homes Sell Quicker and for More Money

In recent national surveys, homes that were staged sold in an average of 23 days on the market, compared to an average of 130 days for non-staged homes. That is a difference of nearly 80% of time on the market. In addition to quicker sales, sellers can also expect to sell there their homes for one to two percent more if they are staged vs. non-staged. In the example above the staged townhome sold for 5.2% more than an identical home that was vacant and sold the week before.

Four Basic Staging Concepts

Generally speaking there are four basic things you can accomplish with staging that will help your home look better to buyers.

  1. De-Clutter- A home with lots of clutter will look smaller to buyers and they will question whether or not the home has enough space, no matter how big it may be. Just because pictures of closets, cabinets and drawers will not necessarily be in your home’s brochures, does not mean buyers will not look there.
  2. De-Personalize- Buyers want to imagine themselves in the homes they are touring. Too much personal stuff in your home will get in the way if the potential buyer does not share your tastes.
  3. Freshen- Do not let small blemishes make an otherwise great home look bad. If a new coat of paint is needed in a room or the trim needs to be repainted, get it done. All things being equal, buyers would rather get something completely move-in ready.
  4. Lighten- Make the best use of both artificial and natural light. If you are going to repaint, go with lighter colors. Make sure window treatments optimize the amount of natural light that gets into your house. Lighting fixtures area also a good way to brighten up rooms.

The Orange Line Living Team Can Help you Get Your Home in the Best Possible Condition

No matter what type of condition your home is in our team has the resources to get it in the condition that will attract the most attention from buyers. For some people this may mean a quick hour or two consult on how to do some light decluttering and rearranging. For others it may mean painting, deep cleaning and furniture rental. Our team works with some of the area’s best contractors, professional stagers and furniture rental companies. Whether you are selling a condo, townhome or single family home we now how to get it in the right condition to get the best offer.

If you have questions or would like more information call us at 703-638-4393, email [email protected]



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