Home staging is a vital part of selling any home. Potential buyers have a hard time visualizing themselves in a vacant home of bare walls and empty floors. As such, home staging gives them a taste of what they can do with space and shows it in the best possible light. But a full home staging can be expensive, and the costs don’t always fully justify it. However, there is now another, cheaper, alternative. It’s now possible to digitally alter photos of a property to include furnishings and paint schemes. With photos being such an important part of an online listing the value of this cannot be overstated. Let’s look a little further into home staging and see how it can help you sell your home.
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First off, what is traditional home staging?
If you’re quite new to the real estate market you might not be entirely familiar with the term home staging. This is a process by which a team of experts will work to make your home look it’s absolute best. Vacant homes take the longest to sell because potential buyers have a tough time visualizing how they can use a space. When you hire a professional home stager they will come out to your home, take measurements and photos, and give you a quote. Some days later, their truck and crew will arrive and begin work. Their job is to declutter the entire property, make aesthetic repairs where they can and move in staging furniture from their own warehouse. The goal is to create a wow factor when potential buyers walk in and show the properties full potential.
What is virtual home staging?
You won’t get a better service then you can from hiring a professional home stager. But the costs can sometimes be high. If for whatever reason your listing agent doesn’t feel it’s necessary, then the other option is virtual staging. This is a new trend that has emerged in recent years and it’s completely changed what you can do with listing photos. The vast majority of buyers these days look online when house hunting which makes the quality of the listing photos very important.
With the use of specialized software, a photo of a room can be digitally altered to make it more appealing to buyers. Color schemes can be easily changed, and furniture easily added to make a vacant property look much more enticing. It’s even possible to edit out existing furniture and add in new sorts that allow the space to be shown off better. All that’s needed to do it is for a listing agent to send photos of the property to an online virtual staging company. Using computer software, someone there then alters the photos. your home goes from looking like a soulless empty box to a home with personality.
Is It Cost-Effective?
Beyond a doubt. Traditional home staging will cost, on average, $2000 to $5000 just to set up the property. From then on it can cost anywhere between $500 and $1,000 in rental fees per month. By comparison, the cost of virtual home staging is between $200 and $400, depending on the company and the number of photos.