Staging plays a pivotal role when selling a home. The process is simple: declutter and depersonalize. That’s exactly what Vancouver based Realtor Ariane Benjamin uses Alluster Storage for. While Alluster stores her clients’ belongings, Benjamin stages their homes to help sell them faster, and at a higher price than average.
While staging does require a small investment upfront, homeowners generally see a great return rate. A survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corp. found that staged homes sell for more than six percent above the asking price. In Benjamin’s experience, when her clients’ homes have been staged, they typically sell for ten percent higher than average, and spend 73% less time on the market.
How Staging Works
The purpose of staging is to help a home look its best during the selling period. To appeal to a larger market, it’s important for interiors to look neutral. While bold colours and patterns may speak to a certain audience, they’re not for everyone. And while family photos and children’s toys may feel homey to the seller, they will only feel cluttered to a buyer. That’s why staging involves removing personal items so that buyers look at the home as a whole, rather than at possessions.
How Alluster Works
That’s where Alluster comes in. We supply the boxes, and all the seller has to do is pack up anything they want stored. Whether it’s photos and toys or sports equipment and instruments, Alluster will pick up the items and store them in a secure facility. When the seller is ready to get them back, Alluster delivers them within 24 hours.
Decluttered Doesn’t Mean Empty
As important as decluttering is, the home should still look lived in. The goal of staging is to design rooms in a way that buyers can envision themselves living there. According to MHM Professional Staging, 81% of buyers say home staging makes it easier to visualize the property as their future home.
Just compare an empty room, where you have to imagine the way things could look, to a well mapped out dining room with elegant decor and finishes. The latter is clearly more likely to entice a potential buyer.
Rent New Furniture, Store The Old
To shine a home in its best light, staging usually means replacing existing furniture with newer, more modern pieces. This means the seller will need somewhere to store their large furnishings like couches and tables for the time being. In Benjamin’s experience, Alluster has provided incredible value in the staging process, as they pick up and store large items as well.
If you’re thinking about selling your home, consider Alluster’s efficient and affordable services. They will not only complement the staging process, but also help increase the value of your home!