Why Home Staging Could Give You the Edge when Renting or Selling Your Home

This is a sponsored post, written by an UK blogger. But you will be able to find comparable vendors in US. See notes below.

Renting out or selling a home can be a very stressful experience, no matter which way you look at it.  And, with the economic recession still taking hold, many homeowners are finding it very difficult to seal the deal.  With rising rent prices, falling house prices, high unemployment rates, and banks less likely to offer credit, those looking to sell their home or rent a property are facing more competition than ever before.  Luckily, there is something that homeowners can do to increase their chances of a sale – home staging.  This article takes a look at what home staging is, and how it could help to give your property the edge.

What is Home Staging?

Home staging is the process of packaging, preparing and presenting a home so that it appeals to an audience.  In this way, it is able to appeal to a wide audience, and receive a higher sale or rental price.  Usually, the process involves removing all personal items from a home and rearranging furniture to make the most of a room.  Clutter can make a home look smaller than it is, and personal items can prevent people from imagining themselves in a home.  Buying items in a neutral colour can also help.  This could be anything from new bath towels from Threel.co.uk*, to a new pair of curtains in a white or cream colour.  Basically, you just want to create an inviting home that a potential buyer or renter will love.

*This is an UK company, but you can find similar products in Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Wal-Mart and many others in US.

Why is Staging So Important?

Competition is greater than ever in the current economic climate, and many landlords are struggling to find renters, and homeowners are struggling to make sales. By staging a home, you are actively improving the chances of it selling.  Home staging works for four main reasons:

  1. Buyers need to imagine their items in your home – they don’t want to feel like they are moving into your lifestyle.

  2. Buyers expect a lot for their money, and if a house looks like it may need a lot of work, it may encourage them to offer a lower price, or look elsewhere.
  3. Most buyers are busy – they don’t want to have to spend a lot of time on decorating or renovations.  If the home they are considering is already in a good state, they won’t be put off by its condition.
  4. Buyers are unimaginative – you need to show them what each room in the home can be used for rather than just letting them imagine it for themselves.

If you have been living in your property for a long time, it may be worth hiring a professional home stager to help you stage your home. They will look at your home through fresh eyes, and may be able to notice things that you have become accustomed to over the years.  They also have the experience and resources to be able to get the job done quickly. And, when you consider how beneficial home staging is, they are more than worth their money.

What do you think? Does staging work for your listing? Are you not a fan of staging? If so, why not? Leave them in your comments below!

Recently Staged Burlingame Laguna Avenue Home

This 1924 Burlingame home is a sweet and charming house. We love all the little details of the house, like the built in cabinetry, stained glass, and architecture details like archways. We also love the many original light fixtures. The house feels bright and airy, with lots of natural lights

Details:

922 LAGUNA Ave Burlingame, CA 94010

Listing Price $1,298,000

3 Beds 2 Baths 

1,650 Sq. Ft.

Built: 1924 

Lot Size: 5,750 Sq. Ft

If you’d like more information about our vacant home staging, Burlingame home staging, investor home staging or model home staging services, please contact us at 650-383-SOLD (7653) or email us at hello@staged4more.com to request an in-home estimate.

Designing Your Studio & Work Space

We been thinking about making over the office space of our studio for awhile now. The current office has a "reception" bar made with IKEA kitchen cabinets. While it has served us well for the last 5 years, we've beginning to outgrown it. So...

What makes a great office?

There are a lot of different factors, but ultimately an office is a space to produce and be productive. Here are a few things that are important for us:

1. Storage: Organization is pretty key in running any business. There are lots of goodies we need storage for: paperwork, contact forms, financial documents, press clippings, vendor catalogs, paint samples, lots and lots of stuff.

photo courtesy of French by Design

photo courtesy of French by Design

photo courtesy of 79ideas

photo courtesy of 79ideas

photo courtesy of interior blog daily

photo courtesy of interior blog daily

2. Inspirations: Working in the creative space. It is important to stay on trends and constantly be inspired by our surroundings. After all, we live to create spaces!

photo courtesy of the nest

photo courtesy of the nest

photo courtesy of apartment 34

photo courtesy of apartment 34

Hermès Artists' Studio! // source unknown

Hermès Artists' Studio! // source unknown

3. Personality! A work space wouldn't encourage productivity if people don't feel at ease in the environment. Having personal moments, artworks, lots of bright colors, etc., whatever it helps us to feel better, help us to be productive in the office. In general, productivity increases if people can make connections with our environment. You also produce better quality work when you are relaxed.

photo courtesy of viciously // cyd

photo courtesy of viciously // cyd

photo courtesy of Lonny

photo courtesy of Lonny

photo courtesy of decor8

photo courtesy of decor8

photo courtesy of blood & champagne

photo courtesy of blood & champagne

4. Tricks of the trade: Last but not least, tricks of the trade! All the essential tools one needs to create: pen, markers, pencils, paperclips, pliers, hammer, you name it.

photo courtesy of Thanks, I made it

photo courtesy of Thanks, I made it

photo courtesy of sfgirlbybay

photo courtesy of sfgirlbybay

photo courtesy of wisuella

photo courtesy of wisuella

photo courtesy of interiorsporn

photo courtesy of interiorsporn

What do you think? What kind of office / studio / work space do you have? Let us know by commenting below!

Don't Miss Out On Growth for Your Home Staging Business

Advanced Stagers' Retreat Registration Ends SATURDAY! 

YES, this Saturday. 

If you haven't heard about the retreat, we will be spending some quality time with each other and work on each other's businesses. We will be debuting our Moving the Needle workbook, as well as establishing the basis of our private mastermind group for the year.

It's very exciting!

Still on the fence? Check out the agenda here. And here is a $50 off code for your checkout: F4VGLN4. The registration ends Saturday, 10/25 11:59PM PST.