Should We Stage or Leave the House Empty?

Make Your Living Room Stand Out With Some Staging Help

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If you're selling your home, you might be wondering whether it's better to show the home empty or try home staging. In most home selling situations, a home shows better with furniture. Staring at a ceiling, floor, and empty walls make it harder for buyers to visualize their own belongings in the home. If buyers can't picture themselves living there, they aren't likely to buy it. 

Cost of Home Staging

Home staging costs widely vary, but they can get expensive, with a average cost of $1,500. To begin, most home stagers require an initial consultation, which can range from $100–$300 per hour. In addition to consultation fees, you must be prepared to pay a monthly fee per staged room. The cost per room generally ranges from $50–$700, so if you have multiple rooms, your monthly bill can be quite expensive. Although it's not as common, some home stagers charge per hour instead of per month. The average cost per hour is $75, so consider how long you may need the services before deciding on a particular company or person.

It Pays to Stage the Living Room

Not only can home staging be the difference between a sold or expired listing, it often brings a higher price for the home. Around 22% of sellers' agents reported home value increases of 1–5%, and roughly 17% seen increases between 6–10%. Staging any room is meant to evoke emotions and make buyers fall in love, but some rooms hold more weight than others. The living room is the most important room for buyers, followed by the master bedroom and kitchen.

Home Staging Tips for Living Rooms

When you begin home staging, arrange the various knickknacks you have around in odd groupings such as three, five, or seven. It also helps to use bright colors for accents such as pillows, throws, or plants—which livens up the space. You want potential buyers to feel comfortable, so try arranging the furniture in vignettes to create conversation areas. Outside of the conversation area furniture, use smaller sofas and chairs to make the room appear larger, and use the artful placement of mirrors to add depth and dimension.

Showcase a generous usage of soft fabrics such as silk, lambswool, or satin by tossing throws over a chair or sofa. Be sure not to block the windows, though, the more light that comes in, the better. Use lamps to illuminate dark corners.