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Everything You Need to Know About Staging an Empty House

If you’ve moved out of your home, you might wonder if you need to do anything to sell faster. Does staging matter? What professional staging options do you have? Discover what buyers look for and other tips for staging an empty house.
If you’ve moved out of your home, you might wonder if you need to do anything to sell faster. Does staging matter? What professional staging options do you have? Discover what buyers look for and other tips for staging an empty house.

Buyer's agents say that most buyers are willing to offer more money for a staged home than the same home without staging; 81% of buyers say staging makes it easier to visualize owning the home.

In other words, staging is essential if you want to sell your home quickly for a great price. But what if you no longer live there and the home is vacant?

Of course, you want to be sure you're working with a well-qualified listing agent who can give you tips for staging and help you sell your home. To connect with a top-rated agent and pay less commission, contact Clever today.

How do you stage an empty home? Here's what you need to know.

Staging Shows How a Room Can Be Used

Doesn't everyone use their living room essentially the same way? No, they don't. In fact, many people have a very hard time visualizing how furniture would fit in a space and how it can be arranged to be comfortable and cozy.

In today's homes with open floor plans, it's especially important to stage homes so that rooms are broken up and make sense. Having a huge space is intimidating, but seeing it broken up into a living room and dining area helps buyers understand the layout.

Staging isn't necessarily about how you used your home, it's about allowing your agent to show buyers the possibilities. That's why, even when you don't live there, you should hire a staging company to bring in furniture and set up your property to show off its best features.

Staging Helps Your Home Sell Faster and For More

The longer a home stays on the market, the less it sells for. You definitely don't want to be singing the price-drop blues, so be sure to stage your vacant home.

Statistics show that a staged home spends 73% less time on the market. By working with your listing agent to find a great staging company, you can help your home sell quickly. You'll get more money and you won't have to pay two mortgages for as long.

Buyers are willing to pay more for a staged home than a non-staged home, and a survey by Coldwell Banker found that staged homes sell for more than 6% above the asking price.

Whether you're in a seller's market or a buyer's market, having your home staged will help you catch the eye of qualified buyers and increase your profit.

You Can Choose Full or Partial Staging

Professional stagers prefer to work with vacant homes because the furniture they bring in won't see the wear-and-tear of daily use. You can talk to your listing agent to find a company that offers a variety of services and then decide how many rooms you'd like staged.

Full-home staging is a great option if you have the budget because it allows buyers to see your home at its best. The staging will help make defects less obvious and buyers will be less likely to notice wall dings, carpet stains, or wear and tear. Full-home staging has an average cost between $3,000 and $5,000 a month.

If you'd rather do a partial staging, talk to the stager about how much they charge per room. They can let you know which rooms are most impactful to stage and help you decide on an option that fits your budget.

Work with Clever to Sell Your Home Quickly

Even more than staging, the most important part of selling a home quickly for top dollar is the listing agent you work with. You want to choose someone who is experienced in your market and has worked with homes like yours in the past.

When you choose a Clever Partner Agent, you will work with a top-rated agent who will give you the full-service experience you deserve. You won't pay a full-service price, though — in fact, you'll only pay a low flat listing fee of $3,000 or 1% if the home sells over $350,000.

If you're ready to work with a high-quality agent who provides full-service marketing for your home, reach out to Clever to set up a no-obligation consultation today.


Jamie Ayers

Jamie is the Director of Content at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you with top real estate agents and helps you save thousands on commission. In the past, Jamie has managed columns for clients in a variety of leading business publications, including Forbes, Inc., CEO World, Entrepreneur, and more. At Clever, Jamie's primary goal is to provide home sellers, buyers, and investors with the information they need to successfully navigate the ins and outs of the real estate industry.

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