With all the shifts in everyday life due to COVID-19, you might be wondering if staging a home is a good idea.
Like other areas of the country, Guilford County has seen the effects of the virus. If you’re looking to sell a home here, you may have questions about how to proceed given the current health crisis. Keep reading for recommendations on staging your home, including best practices for safety.
Why Stage a Home?
Think of it as literally setting the stage, in this case, for potential homebuyers. People who are looking for a new home want to be able to visualize how they will use the space. There are two extremes when looking at a new home to buy–overly cluttered, very personalized spaces, and on the other end of the spectrum, flat, empty, bare rooms. In the first case, it is hard for prospective homeowners to look past the clutter and unusual design choices to see how they might make the space their own. In the case of a completely bare room, it can be equally hard to determine the potential of the space. A happy medium is where staging a home comes in, with enough furniture and design touches to highlight the home’s best features, and none of the things that can make it feel too personalized. Staging the home is beneficial for both buyers and sellers. According to the March 2019 NAR Profile of Home Staging survey, 31% of buyers increased their offer because the home was staged, and 40% were more likely to go and see a staged home they’d found online.
What has Changed During COVID-19?
With the pandemic limiting what people are able to see and do in person, virtual and online options are crucial to the homebuying process. Open houses may not be possible, and online photographs are what most homebuyers rely on. Strategically staging rooms in your home helps your pictures to stand out and show potential buyers the possibilities of the home, even when they can’t be there in person. More defined yet flexible spaces are becoming increasingly popular, rather than the open floor plans that dominated pre-COVID life. People are especially interested in seeing how rooms can function as offices, home gyms, even school rooms, to accommodate working and schooling from home.
How to Safely Stage a Home
You can opt to stage your home yourself, or hire a company to stage your vacant home, with many offering virtual consultations to maintain safety and limit contact during COVID-19. There is even the option of virtual staging, where a design company can digitally add furniture and design elements to your pictures! Regardless of which option you choose, be sure to follow the CDC’s guidelines for safety.
Contact Joe Homebuyer Triad Group
Staging a home can definitely affect the likelihood of selling your home, and fortunately there are plenty of options to safely stage, even during COVID-19. Another option is selling your home to Joe Homebuyer Triad Group. We make the process as simple and efficient as possible. No matter the condition of your Guilford County home, we will provide a fair cash offer. Contact us today for an estimate on your home!