Does Staging Your Home Make a Difference? NAR and Real Estate Agents say, “yes”

Door open to living room with white couch and wood floors.

We’ve written quite a bit about how to stage your home. You can find our staging blogs here:

But does staging make a difference?  The National Association of Realtors latest report says yes.

It helps buyers’ agents.

83% of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for their buyer to visualize the property as their future home. Staging helps your potential buyers visualize themselves in your home. It helps to depersonalize your home and make it appeal to the largest audience possible. It can also make you more money. ¼ of buyer’s agents said that staging a home increased the dollar value offered on a home between 1-5% compared to similar homes with no staging. 17% of buyers’ agents said staging a home increased the dollar value between 6-10%.

It helps your agent sell your home.

Sellers’ agents love when their clients stage their homes. Not one survey respondent said that staging had a negative impact on the home’s dollar value. 65% of sellers’ agents said staging a home increased the dollar value offered on their listings to some degree. Staging also impacted the number of days your home could be on the market. 71% of survey respondents said staging had some effect on the decreased time the home was on the market.

What rooms should you stage?

If you’re looking to stage your home, expect to dish out a bit of cash. The average spend on staging was $400. If you’re looking for what rooms to stage, buyers agreed that the living room was most important to them, followed by the master bedroom and the kitchen. To get ready for showings, agents suggest you declutter, clean the entire home, and clean the carpets. Don’t forget to remove pets during showings, too!  

If you’re looking for advice on staging, your agent can be a great resource. Your listing agent can give you tips and advice on how to set your home up for a successful sale.