These are some helpful hints to staging a home we have acquired from seminars we have attended.....
We strongly suggest to all of our sellers that they should have a professional staging expert do a room by room walk through of their home before the first showing of their home. Newer homes are not going to require as an extensive makeover as would an older home. There can be several different steps involved in staging a home from a simple de-cluttering to a fully furnished and decorated home.
There is a significant increase in time of days on market for homes that have not been staged compared to staged homes. Percentages vary, but one national avg. is that a staged home will sell for 6.9% of a higher price than that of a non staged home and will sell at 1/2 the time. It is also said that the investment in staging a home is usually smaller than the 1st price reduction that occurs.
Some simple techniques used include.....declutter, declutter, declutter! Goodness sakes have a garage sale, get a POD if you can afford it. Take down most of your personal family photos, clear off the front of the refrigerator, have the utilities on and comfortable for showings, ixnay all noxious odors. Less is more in this case. Remember most buyers will have husband, wife, and kids in the room all at the same time so make some room.
Some other changes which have a significant impact on the showing are new paint, changing out the fixtures, and possibly changing out the carpet. The main rooms that you should concentrate on are the kitchen and master bath. Enhance the positive features of the home and try to have the buyers develope an emotional bond with the home.
There are many other things that can be done and if you have the time please feel free to comment and share.