What Is Professional Home Staging And Is It Right For Me

Tina Fountain | Sun January 17th, 2010

Many Atlanta home sellers may find themselves in a situation where they must move on before selling their existing home. As a result, many homes for sale are left in their bare-bones condition, without furniture, accent lighting, wall decor and accessories.

Although your first instinct may lead you to believe that an empty home will appeal to many Atlanta home buyers because they aren’t distracted from your furniture and belongings, the truth is that, time and time again, empty homes take far longer so sell than occupied homes.

Why? It may be because the buyers can’t picture themselves in the home without furniture; it may be because, without furnishings and décor, some of the home’s features get lost and unnoticed; and it may be because a furnished home just feels more comfortable and welcoming.

Professional home staging, which addresses these issues, involves hiring a staging company to essentially furnish and decorate your home as if you still lived there. From art on the walls to attractive china set at the dining room table, a professionally staged home can take your blank canvas and turn it into a work of art.

Benefits of Professional Home Staging:

  • A professional home staging will give purpose to each room of your Atlanta home. It will identify the formal dining room, the guest bedroom and the kitchen breakfast nook. It will allow buyers to immediately walk into a room and know what it is used for. Otherwise, buyers may spend most of their time wandering around your home trying to identify the formal living room from the family room.
  • A professional home staging will add instant warmth and character to your home. It will transform bare walls into beautiful focal points; it will take a cavernous room and make it comfortable and approachable; and it will give your buyers a true sense of home. Remember: buyers usually make up their minds about a home within the first 30 seconds – make their first impression a positive one!
  • A professional home staging will give an older home an instant facelift. If you own an older home, newer furnishings with trendy accessories and décor will instantly create an updated feeling. It may be hard for buyers to imagine the possibilities of your older home, but if you present them with the possibilities as they walk through your home, they no longer have to wonder if your older home will work for them.
  • A professional home staging will enable buyers to envision their furniture in your spaces. An empty room can be very deceiving, and can certainly be difficult for buyers to imagine their furniture pieces in your home’s rooms. However, if you have the master bedroom staged with a queen bed, for example, buyers can immediately get a feeling of the room’s size and what it is capable of holding. Remember: empty rooms often look smaller than they really are – not larger!

Tina Fountain Realtors is an Atlanta Real Estate company serving the entire metro Atlanta area including Marietta Homes For Sale. Be sure to visit Tina's Atlanta Real Estate Blog for updates and new listings. Contact Tina and her staff of professional agents at 404-842-1555.

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