Want to sell fast? Staging will get your home looking its best for buyers
Experienced, design-driven RE/MAX broker Terrie Cox says there’s nothing like professional staging to prepare a home to go on the market. These interior designers are in tune with modern décor trends, as well as what buyers want in their next home.
One thing they definitely don’t want? Too much personal touch. Buyers need to visualize what their lives would look like in a different home. Old furniture, family photos and other details from the current owners can be distracting.
“When I go to a seller’s house, they don’t see what I see. They’re not going to see what the buyer’s looking for,” says Terrie, who knows from 30 years as a Realtor in the Pacific Northwest that professional staging means a listing spends less time on the market — meaning a greater return for owners.
Many sellers think their furniture is adequate for their listing photos, open houses and tours. But Terrie advises her clients to invest in staging, especially for those selling high-end homes — and it pays off. Professionally selected and arranged furniture can emphasize selling points, mitigate dated features and net a more attractive offer than sellers might have otherwise received.