When you’re selling your home, the process can be exciting. Getting that offer and a sale contract in place can feel like the end of a long, tiring journey. With all the hard work you’ve put into your home finally paying off, you might feel ready to pack up and clear out right away.
One of the steps you might be ready to take is removing any furniture or artwork that your home stager brought in. After all, the contract is already created and your buyers already like the house—why keep paying for staging and going to the trouble of keeping items in place when you could be on to packing up and preparing for a new life?
It might be worth waiting before you remove those home staging items and not move so quickly. Here, we’ll break down why this is—and how Heidi Ross Design can help get your home staged and ready for sale.
How long should I leave professional staging in place?
The answer to this question might depend on the advice you get from your stager, but normally staging should remain in place while you work with your real estate broker throughout the entire home sale process and until you “close” on the sale contract. This might mean that staging stays in place until just a few days before closing and sometimes even until the day before you sign the sale papers.
But the buyer already likes the home!
Why should I keep staging in place?
It might seem excessive to leave staging in place after the buyer has already made an offer on the home. Staging costs money and moving can be expensive—but it might actually turn out to be more expensive to risk de-staging too early. There are a few things to take into consideration before you decide to de-stage your home.
First, remember that choosing to make an offer on a home is an emotional decision. When potential buyers walk into a staged home, the staging creates a certain mood that helps them to imagine themselves and their lives happening in that space. If the buyers return to the home later in the contract process to vacant rooms—which can look smaller and less welcoming without the furniture—they might feel differently about the space and start to rethink their decision to buy the home.
This might make them change their minds on aspects of the house that staging helped them to like—so that bedroom with the beautiful windows might suddenly seem glaringly small, or that repair or small renovation project that they need to undertake after the purchase, might seem less worth the time and inconvenience. Staging helps the buyer maintain their connection to the home and ensures that they will see the same things as they saw them before and continue to see themselves living there. This supports the home’s value in their minds and reminds them how important it is to own the home.
And consider the possibility that an offer might fall through for other reasons during the sale process—considerations, inspection, and appraisal. Keeping staging in place during all the normal sale processes gives added security to the seller while they work with their real estate agent during the sale process.
Staging ensures the value of the home is maintained during the time needed to work through these and any other issues that can come up while selling a home—from the beginning of the home sale process to the buyer's final walk-through-- a lot can happen during this time. If you de-stage too early and the contract falls through, you might find yourself in the situation of having a now “empty home” and needing to put it back on the market.
Staged homes statistically show to sell faster and for more profit than un-staged or vacant homes. A staged home also shows buyers the strong points of the home's livability. It also says that the seller really cares about their home's value and sale. Keeping your home staged until it’s sold is a good investment and far cheaper than having to stage your home again if a sale falls apart.
Where can I get help with staging for sale near me?
At Heidi Ross Design, we help clients in the Greater Mid-South sell their luxury homes and get that win-win sale for both buyer and seller. Our experts have the experience and skills to stage occupied or vacant homes so that the best features and potential are on display—and we have the knowledge to help you with tricky decisions like when to take away any staging materials or how many rooms to stage. With our processional advice and staging, your home will look great in virtual tours too—when you want your home to look its best we also deliver powerful results for virtual video tours and listing photos.
Ready to get started and learn more about how we can help you with your home staging? We offer a FREE quote that lets you know more about staging prices and virtual staging cost ranges. A Heidi Ross Design specialist can be reached at (901) 361-7419 for all of your home staging needs in Memphis, Germantown, and Collierville.
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