One of the biggest trends in real estate over the past few years has been home staging. Of course staging has been popular with real estate professionals for a while now, but mainstream television networks such as HGTV and TLC have shed a greater light on the phenomenon. And while you may be wondering if it’s something that is even worth your time and investment, experts say there are quite a few benefits to staging your home for sell, and even rent.

For starters, statistics show that staged homes sell faster and for a higher price. Showing the home at its best gives the assumption that it’s been well kept over the years, and can even increase the value of the home. 63 percent of people polled by Maritz, a sales and marketing research company, claimed they will pay up to 60 percent more for a home they perceive to be turn-key.  Believe it or not, staging a home means more money in your pocket regardless of whether the market is hot or not.

Another thing you should consider is that first impressions are everything, and you only get one shot. You want buyers to feel comfortable when in your home. There is no better way to accomplish this than by making them feel welcomed and allowing them to picture their own things in the home. Not to mention people can be very visual creatures. Sometimes it’s easier to see yourself somewhere when you can actually get a get an idea of the possibilities. Also, many buyers start their home search online. Having great pictures of the perfectly staged home will entice a buyer to want to physically come in and see it, thus granting them the opportunity to fall in love with it.

Now there are some who think that staging can be quite hard on your budget, but it actually doesn’t have to cost that much. Many choose to hire professional home stagers, but you can go about the process in a very inexpensive way. Looking for pieces at estate sales, and thrift stores are very good ways to find things for less. Also many DIY projects don’t tend to cost much, all you need is some inspiration and a bit of creativity. Besides, spending a little bit extra up front to get quite a bit extra on the back end will end up being a pretty good trade in the long run.

Finally, make sure you highlight the best features of your home. Remember how you felt when you first purchased it and what special things you noticed. Even asking your friends what they like and don’t like about the house may open your eyes to something you never noticed before. This way you’re able to make the most of your home staging experience if you choose to do it yourself. And of course when in doubt, a little professional help and friendly advice is always a plus.

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