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5 Home Staging Myths

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Have you ever considered staging your home? If so, you may have heard some common home staging myths that even realtors believe. This post aims to debunk these myths once and for all. At MHM Professional Staging, we know that staging is an incredibly powerful way to sell your home for maximum value. The principles of preparing a home for sale remain constant. Home staging leverages these principles to help you sell your home faster and for more money.

Home Staging Myths Debunked

1. Home staging isn’t necessary when the market is hot.

It may be easier to sell your home in a strong market, but without staging, you could be leaving money on the table. Staging has been consistently proven to increase a home’s selling price. This is because staging presents your home in its best light. In fact, staged homes sell anywhere between 3-50% over list price on average. Unstaged homes sell only an average of 1.6% over list price.

2. When the market is down, you shouldn’t spend extra money to stage your home.

It’s actually quite the opposite. If the housing market is sluggish, it’s all the more reason to stage your home. Staging will give your home an attractive edge over the competition. Not only does a staged home sell for more money, but staging your home helps it sell 73% faster on average. It’s important to sell your home fast, because the longer it is on the market, the more costs you incur and the lower the selling price will be.

3. You will have to move out to have your home staged.

You do not need to move out to have your home staged. Occupied staging is very common, although it may incur an additional fee. Another option to consider if you still plan to live in your home is virtual staging. With virtual staging, you don’t have to worry about having anything physically moved into or out of your home. Virtual staging is also the most affordable type of home staging.

4. You will have to put all your furniture into storage to have your home staged.

There are other staging options that don’t require you to move your furniture out. Redesign is a popular alternative that uses the furniture you already have. You’ll be surprised by how much difference a simple redesign can make. 

5. I can stage my home myself and get the same results a professional would get.

A successfully staged home is based on market trends—not personal preferences. The best staging neutralizes and depersonalizes a home. This is very difficult for a homeowner to do because of their connection to the space. Home staging professionals can recommend key home improvements that will sell your home faster and for more money.

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Stage Your Home with MHM Professional Staging

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While the market, the economy, and industry are continually changing, the principles of preparing a home for sale remain constant. No matter the season, a staged home will sell for more money in a hot market and sell faster in a down market. 

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The designs, plans, and trends of homes change according to the time, but the psychology of buying and selling a home stays the same. People aren’t just buying a house, they are buying a lifestyle. The easier potential buyers can visualize themselves living in your house, the faster your home will sell. This is how staging can help you sell your home.

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MHM Professional Staging has more than a decade of experience staging homes to sell. Home staging, virtual staging, and redesign are some of the services we offer. If you’d like to learn more about our professional staging services, schedule a consultation today.

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