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The housing market has slowed, and more listings are competing for “off-season” buyers.

That’s why it is critical to present your home in the best light possible. Staging is probably the most cost-effective way to attract more buyers. Research has shown that staged homes sell quicker and for more money.

When it comes to staging you have 3 options:

Do It Yourself

You can “stage” your home yourself. It’s easy to do if you are still living in the house.

When we meet to preview your home before you list, I can give you room-by-room recommendations on how to de-clutter, de-personalize, and re-arrange furniture.

In some cases, you may need to hire a professional stager for a consultation.

The cost: $200 to $300.

Hire a Full-Service Professional Stager

Vacant homes are hard to sell. The typical buyer can’t visualize how rooms would look like when they are furnished. Instead, they focus their attention on tiny imperfections rather than seeing the big picture.

​When you hire a professional stager, she rents furniture, brings in decorations, and places them in select rooms.

Perfectly staged and decorated, your listing will display like a model home. It will be easy for buyers to imagine themselves living there. That’s exactly what you are looking for, because everyone buys on emotion.

​Your cost will be between $1,700 to $3,000 (depending on the number of rooms and the length of furniture rental.)

Virtual Staging

Pictures of vacant rooms are not appealing to buyers.

When you virtually stage a property, you place furniture and decorations in the photographs of vacant rooms. This helps buyers imagine how a room could look like. It will attract more buyers to attend open houses and request showings.

Virtual staging is a cost-effective alternative to full professional staging. However, buyers will still walk through vacant rooms when they tour your house.

The cost per image is $35 to $65.

Here’s a sample of a virtually staged listing by Eileen Pilcher of a Historic home on 72 E. North Street in Worthington.

​​Call or text me TODAY at (614) 975-9650 to preview your home, and decide, which staging option is best for you.

Susanne Novak has been a Realtor since 2007. She is the broker and owner of RE/MAX 24/7 in the Dublin Historic District. Susanne typically helps 50-60 families each year with their real estate needs. She's your trusted advisor when you search for your dream home, and a skilled negotiator when she lists your property to get top dollar when you sell.

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