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The Pros and Cons of Staging Your South Carolina Home To Sell

By Tabitha Jean Naylor

Staging is designed to make the most of the space in your home and to optimize the best features of the house to make it as appealing as possible. The question arises as to the real benefit of staging. Is it worth spending the extra money to stage your South Carolina home, and perhaps get a better price, or just drop the price to get the house sold?

If you live in an area where the selling market is hot there is less of a need to stage your home because houses probably move regardless of the condition. Staging may bring you a better offer, or a full price offer, but if the area is really hot you may draw a full price offer anyway.

Staging can really bring results and benefits when you are faced with selling a home in a slow-moving, or stale real estate market. If there is a large inventory of homes for sale you need a way to make your home stand out, and staging can be the way to do it.

So, exactly what are the pros of staging?
  • Staged homes give a great first impression and have more curb appeal. They attract more lookers and potential buyers because staged homes generally show better than non-staged homes.
  • Staging takes away the emotion of the deal. When items are not yours, it is easier to remain objective and not unconsciously foil a deal.
  • Staging will make your home appear cleaner, brighter, fresher and more contemporary.
  • With less furniture and empty or only partially full closets the rooms and the storage will all feel bigger which helps buyers get a better sense of the space and how they might utilize it.
  • Staging can uncover problems and repairs that need to be made. Fixing the problems before the inspection can save you time and money.
  • Staging a home can provide a special hook for buyers-could be a floral arrangement, specific piece of furniture or the general feel of the property. It can make your home standout in comparison to others properties buyers look at.
Now for the cons of staging:
  • Staging can be costly-especially if a lot of furniture needs to be brought in.
  • It is time-consuming
  • Staging doesn't assure a sale. It can become a bad investment.
  • If you are still living in the property it can be a big problem. Things will be put in storage and you will have to keep the house in tip top shape.
  • Balancing the staging can be difficult. Trying to make an old home too new and contemporary can backfire.
  • Buyers may not like the staging and be turned off by it, so staging is always a risk.

Think carefully about your situation. How quickly are homes moving in your area? How long can you wait for a sale? What is your bottom line price, and how does that compare with other home sales in your area? Talk with others that have used staging to sell their homes. Get as much information as possible. Only you can decide if the cost of staging is going to be a good investment for your specific situation.

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