Staging can cut down on the amount of time that your home sits on the market—staged homes sell about 87% faster on average compared to unstaged homes. This is just one of the amazing benefits of staging, and one that can help you get your ideal sale terms. But it can also lead to some common misconceptions about how long you need to keep your home staged.
While many people naturally assume that as soon as you get a contract and your home goes off the market, it’s time to take down the staging, this isn’t the case. In fact, it’s recommended to leave your home staged until closing—and definitely through many of the major milestones that occur between getting that purchase contract you and your real estate professional worked so hard to acquire and the final sale.
How long do you need to leave your home staged, then? That depends on the timeframe of your sale, and how quickly some events—like the inspection, appraisal, and final walk through—occur. Here, we’ll break down the importance of leaving your home staged through the duration of these events, and let you know how Heidi Ross Design can help.
#1 – The Home Inspection and Appraisal
After your real estate professional presents you with a sale offer on your home, it might feel like the most important part of the sale process is done—but this isn’t always the case. A home appraisal and final inspection help solidify and confirm the sale. While timelines will vary, it’s common for an inspection to occur within seven to ten days of accepting a buyer's offer, and it’s important to leave staging in place.
That’s because staging helps to support the value of your home. Staging is a great way to show off your home’s best features—so when staging a small house, you won’t be able to let anyone think the house is smaller than really it is, but will be able to highlight beautiful windows, show off its best virtues like maybe a modern kitchen, a stunning view, or any other feature that adds value to your home and makes it look and feel spacious. Emphasizing these can help you to get an appraisal that represents the best value that you know is there and just waiting to be captured, and help reinforce to the buyer the true value they’re getting.
#2 – The Contract and Financial Approval
As banks or other sources work out lending paperwork with the buyer, it’s important to remember that things can go wrong. If money fails to be sourced or approved for the buyer or something in the inspection report or appraisal makes it impossible for you or the buyer to continue on with the sale, you can find yourself with your home back on the market.
This means that if you’ve taken your staging materials down during this period, which often takes a few weeks, you can find that you either have to sell an unstaged home—which takes longer to do—or pay to have your home re-staged, which can slow the process even more. While you might worry about staging prices and the hassle of leaving staging in place, it’s cheaper than having to re-stage your home...it's best practice and a better idea to leave it in place until closer to closing.
#3 – The Final Walkthrough
Buying a home is an emotional decision. While it might feel frustrating to leave your home staged for the whole duration of the sale contingencies—which sometimes run 30 – 45 days – this is an important measure to take. When buyers tour your home, they feel a connection and make the decision to make an offer—and buyers’ remorse, or cold feet, can occur if buyers lose their connection to a home. This is something that can happen if staging is removed and the buyers have another home tour with additional family or their decorator and find themselves walking through a bare room and can no longer envision their lives in the space—which might lead to backing out of the sale and you’re left scrambling to find a new buyer and re-staging the home.
Even photos or virtual staging available for the buyers to see doesn’t replace the home they can see in-person as they take that final walk-through. Leaving staging in place can help them to maintain their feelings and connection to the space, and help you retain your ideal terms throughout the sale process.
Where can I find professional staging for sale near me?
If you’re looking for local home stagers in Memphis and the Greater Mid-South area—including Germantown, Collierville, Olive Branch, and Hernando— Heidi Ross Design is here to help. Our professionals have the experience and know-how to guide you through the home staging process—whether you’re wondering where to start or debating how long to leave your home staged.
Best of all? We have a commitment-free FREE quote that can help you understand the staging process as you and your real estate professional get ready to sell your vacant or occupied home. For answers to common questions about home staging check our FAQ page. Give us a call at (901) 361-7419 to get started today!
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