Home staging: Does it make a difference?

NextHome Team Ellis
Published on September 1, 2016

Home staging: Does it make a difference?

It seems to be universally accepted that home staging will help your home sell faster or for the best price—it’s been the common practice in the real estate business for a long time, and on the surface it seems like a no-brainer. Of course potential buyers will be more interested if a home is properly decorated, right?

That’s not necessarily true, according to a recent academic study. The study surveyed 820 home buyers by showing them one of six virtual tours of the same property. In some instances the home was decorated with traditional furniture and color schemes, while in others more eccentric furniture and colors were used. In other tours there was no furniture at all, just empty rooms.

Here in the Fort Leonard Wood area you will see different stages of a home.  Our market is a little bit different since it is a military market.  You can call Team Ellis at RE/MAX Professional Realty to evaluate your home.  If home staging is something you believe will help sell your home just work with your real estate agent.

The overall results of the study were that staging is unlikely to increase a home’s sale price, and that staging isn’t quite as important as everyone believes.  Remember that it comes down to the market you live in and your own personal opinion if you are a seller trying to sell your home.  Team Ellis will work with you in how you want your home represented.

Home buyers may find it easier to imagine their personal belongings if a home is vacant where others need the home staging to help them visualize.  It is different for many buyers and although home staging is unlikely to increase the home price it doesn’t hurt it either.

Of course, real estate trends vary greatly from market to market. If you have questions about staging, talk to your trusted Team Ellis real estate professional.