Staging a house or apartment is a great way to show the true potential to a buyer. There are two types of staging -physically changing (removing or adding) furniture or virtual staging, which is done digitally, using technology to present a property at its best.
Virtual staging is ideal for empty properties or those still under construction. Instead of hoping potential buyers can see what a house might look like or imagine a room filled with furniture, they can see the vision of possibility in the virtual images. However, it is best to remain neutral, contemporary and simple in order to appeal to the majority.
Another point for staging is to show the potential options, say, for one particular room, be it a bedroom, a den, or even an office. And if your home has unique aspects, owners can showcase these unique spaces as a positive rather than a negative-livable rather than odd or out of place. Digital staging can even show kitchen upgrades. These changes make photos especially appealing to potential buyers searching online. As a matter of fact, agents have noted an uptick in showings after virtually-staged photos were posted.
Needing your home to sell quickly is another reason to create a vision for buyers to see. It could even help sell your home faster than similar homes in your area. Haute Residence reported that in 2018, a study of 4,200 homes sold for 9-12% more than similar homes that were not staged. For reference, if you are listing your house at $1 million, that could mean as much as $120,000 more.
Generally, the cost for virtual staging is pretty minimal but well worth the investment. Not sure if you need to do some staging. Take a look at these before and after pictures to see how Houlihan & O’Malley transformed these rooms. Remember, virtual staging can get people interested and in the door.