Advantages and disadvantages for staging a home for sale
The answer to this question is, It depends how you look at it.
There are benefits and drawbacks that come with each option. Which one you
ultimately choose will need to be based on your own preferences. You have to
weigh the advantages and disadvantages and go from there. Selling a home
empty verses an occupied one has it’s positives and negatives as well. In a
severe buyer’s market, staging a house may be just the trick to put you over the
top. But is it worth it?
Staging a Home?
A staged home is filled with things to make it more appealing to potential buyers.
There are professionals who specialize in staging homes for sale. They may
bring in furniture, appliances, paintings, curtains—everything needed to create a
particular look. Once they are finished, the home appears to be lived in. Many
sellers feel this look is preferable to a big empty house.
Staging a home has become quite popular with builders across the country. They
will have a “model home” which is used to showcase their options and
craftsmanship. Staging puts the frosting on the cake by making the house feel
like a home.
Selling a Staged Home
Selling a staged home may be easier because you can set the stage for what
buyers see. Buyers walk in and see the comfortable furniture, pretty decorations,
and general hominess, and feel like they could sit down and relax in the home.
The more they can see themselves in the house, the more likely they are to buy
it. Another significant benefit of staging is that it can make listing pictures look
more appealing. The listing photos you use are usually the first glimpse potential
buyers get of your home, so you naturally want to make sure they look as great
as they can. If staging the house can make the pictures better, the advantages
The two disadvantages of staging a home are time and money. A staged home
takes time to get right. It may take days for the home stager to bring in everything
necessary to stage the home, and still more time to organize it correctly.
The removal of the staging materials also takes time, sometimes longer than you
want to wait.
Staging a home also costs money. Depending on what is involved, it can cost
several thousand dollars to stage a large home with lovely and appealing décor.
You may not want to spend so much to stage, or you may not have that much
lying around. Of course, home stagers will try to use what you have available, but
often that is not enough to do the job right.
Do you want to be paying thousands of dollars a month to have your home
staged? Is it necessary? Could that money be put elsewhere that would have a
much more significant impact? These are the kind of questions to ask your local
real estate agent.
Selling an Empty Home
he most prominent advantage of selling an empty home is, strangely enough, the
same as selling a staged home. Some buyers will approach a vacant home and
find it easier to see themselves living in the home. When the home is staged,
these buyers may have a harder time visualizing how they will fit their own lives
into the picture.
The issue with a staged home is that it is designed to appeal the most substantial
number of buyers, which can mean it comes across as either too generic or too
specific to a specific subset of people.
Some people will just be turned off by staging, especially if it is not well done and
subtle enough. If it is too apparent, the buyers may feel put off and annoyed. In
other words, they may think their own belonging will look like crap in the house.
Another advantage of selling an empty home is that it demonstrates that you are
moved out, and the home is ready for someone else to move in. Some buyers
are in a hurry and do not want to wait for the owner to vacate the premises.
Moving takes time, as you probably know. Showing that you are already moved
out can be a good thing.
An empty home is also a clutter free home which is always great in home sales.
An empty home can often come across as cold and unwelcoming. Since you
want to create a welcoming vibe, having a vacant home can work against you.
Another thing that can be an issue is the way that defects tend to shine through
in an empty home. The crack in the wall, the tilt of the ceiling, the stains on the
carpet—a lot of the little things can be hidden or distracted from when you have a
house full of furniture and décor. But without anything to cover them up or draw
attention from them, you are left with all the little dings and things that buyers will
probably take issue with.
Taking photos of an empty home and posting them online also may increase the
risk of a break in. Vandals and squatters are always looking for the perfect empty
home to visit.
The last disadvantage that an empty home brings is one of image and
perception. By listing the home in its empty state, you may create the impression
that you are desperate to make a sale. Sometimes people are buying and selling
a home at the same time.
Buyers may come in and try to low ball you because they think you are in a weak
position. True or not, it is never to your advantage to be perceived as hungry for
Without a doubt when a home is vacant, there is a perception among buyers that
a seller is more eager to make a deal.