Home Staging Furniture

Home staging furniture is a major part of the overall home staging process to make your home look warm and inviting, instead of leaving your home appear vacant and empty. Think like your prospective buyer might think.

 But, similar homes arelisted at similar prices, and a real estate agent won’t list one over the other because one has furniture, no matter how nicely arranged.

The problem arises when the homes are shown to prospective buyers! According to research, they offer up to 20% less for a vacant home!

Listing Your Empty Home is a Bad Idea

Reason #1 – Brrrrrrrrrrrrr. When a home is vacant, it feels empty and cold, which translates to impersonal. It doesn’t appeal to the emotions of the buyer, who is about to purchase a very personal—and expensive—thing! A home, above all else, should feel warm and inviting.

Reason #2 – Brings out The Flaws. With no furniture in the room—and no real focal point—any and all imperfections will readily stand out. Prospective buyers need to focus on something. Don’t guide their eye to that nicked up molding or cracked wall outlet cover!

Reason #3 – Gives The Wrong Impression. If the home is vacant, sellers often will think you are making two home payments and/or you are strained financially. This makes them think you may be quick to settle for a lower price on the home. You, therefore, are in a lesser bargaining position.

Ideas for Adding/Leaving Furniture

Idea #1 – Create the illusion of more space. Once you begin a home staging furniture plan you’ll see a huge difference. Leaving, removing or adding furniture to a vacant home can help give visual depth to the rooms. Generally, empty spaces look smaller than those with smart arrangements.

Using furniture as “props” allows buyers to imagine how their own furnishings might look in the home, without distracting their attention. Not too much, though. You don’t want lookers concentrating on your possessions!

Idea #2 – Help the buyer visualize. When you’re staging your home to sell, you may be wondering just how much and what kind of home staging furniture you should consider. The people going through your home come from all kinds of backgrounds and have all kinds of tastes, after all. Can you please eclectics and minimalists too?

Surprisingly, the style of the furnishings makes little difference. Most people have their own style and, at least while looking at homes for sale, tend to overlook all others. Eclectics will see hundreds of places they can add stuff and minimalists will see where their sparse furnishings can improve the space!

Idea #3 – Give the buyer a gentle nudge. If you’re still living there, you could leave just enough out so the rooms look “lived in” but that’s all. Everything not needed, box up and take to storage or stack in the garage. But, if you have a “spare room” (called a “catch-all” by some) consider putting one bed or couch along with a shelf unit or dresser.

This might be the place to neatly stack some boxes against a blank wall and place your luggage neatly on the bed. The impression this gives is you’re packing up anticipating a quick sale and plan on moving soon. Be sure and dust occasionally if the sale takes longer than anticipated.

Idea #4 – Rent or borrow the look. Home staging furniture can be inexpensively rented and you can borrow sculptures, posters and reproductions (and even a few books) from your library. One or two nicely framed posters can absolutely change the space.

If you have a few chairs, tables and other furnishings you plan on selling in a garage sale, hold off until you sell the home. Mix these with your rented and borrowed furnishings.

Your only goal is selling your home! Taking the time to stage your home can make a huge impact on buyers. Simply implementing some attractivehome staging furniture techniques can speed up the sale of your home and it may even help you get a much higher price. In these times, one needs to do what one can, you know.

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