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Home Staging FAQs

For your convenience, our most common customer questions are answered right here.  Not finding what you want? Reach out directly through our Contact Us page.

What is Home Staging?

Home Staging is a powerful selling tool that enhances the look and feel of your home which sets the stage for quick offers at top dollar. Divine Staging and Redesign will use key accessories and furniture placement to create a warm and inviting look for your home that most buyers aspire to. Whether your house is priced at $200,000 or 2 million dollars, our goal is to create a stylish home that establishes an emotional connection with buyers. The end result is a home that will sell quickly and for the most money.

Why Should I Stage My Home?

You only get one chance to make a fabulous first impression! In less than 30 seconds, a buyer will make a decision regarding your property. A professionally staged home will always swing the decision in your favor!

Does Home Staging Work?

Home Staging works no matter what the market is doing or where interest rates are going. It is a proven fact that staged homes sell faster and at a higher price than non-staged homes.

Does every home need staging to sell?

Almost every home, condo or apartment can benefit from staging, no matter what the size, even if it is well-decorated and maintained.  Why? The way we live in our homes is very different from how we need to market them and make them appeal to buyers.  Most interiors, even if professionally decorated, fit a specific taste, since we all tend to personalize our spaces quickly.  The goal of staging is to create a mood that buyers emotionally respond to.  To accomplish that, homes need to be cleaned, de-cluttered, de-personalized, and updated to reflect current trends using low-cost items like slipcovers, pillows, cushions, new accessories, perhaps new lighting, and cabinet hardware.

The vast majority of homes have problems that affect their presentation when it’s time to sell.  Every house looks better with carefully placed trees, plants, flower arrangement, art and on-trend high-end accessories.  Almost everyone lives with too much clutter, too much and/or poorly arranged furniture, too many personal items, sometimes unusual color choices, or with rooms thatlack a clear purpose or don’t flow well into each other.  No house is perfect; staging helps to overcome the imperfections.  Most problems can be fixed with various staging techniques and decorating “tricks or the trade.”

Do vacant homes sell fine without professional staging?

Actually, no.  Vacant homes can look sterile and “cold”; many buyers can’t figure out where the furniture will go, how to deal with awkward angles or shapes, or what to do with rooms that are “too large” as well as “too small.” Staging works to resolve furniture placement issues to highlight the best features of a room and downplay the problems.  Staging also resolves any questions about how a room should be used.

How much does staging really help sell homes?

According to stagedhomes.com, 95.6% of Professionally Staged homes sell on average in 37 days vs. 212 days for non-staged homes.  RESA, the Real Estate Staging Association, surveyed 39 homes that were listed un-staged and spent an average of 233 days on the market.  After they were staged, they sold in an average of 53 days.  That’s 78% less time on the market! Of course, there’s no guarantee that a staged home will sell faster or for more money, since current market conditions, price and your agent’s marketing all determine the final outcome.  But ensuring your home presents as well as possible will enhance curb appeal and increase the odds that buyers will make offers on it.

Do most people see past the stuff in my house or the way I've chosen to decorate it and visualize it as their own?

Unfortunately, no; studies show that only 10% of buyers have the vision to see things as they could be, instead of how they are.  The majority of buyers will start subtracting dollars off the price they’re willing to pay for your home when they see even cosmetic issues that they don’t like.  If they see even minor maintenance/repair problems or an out-dated appearance, their offer price may drop further.

How much does Staging cost?

The financial gains of staging can be great, with staged homes selling for 6-10% more, on average, than un-staged homes.  Staged homes also sell, on average, 50% faster, than un-staged homes, meaning more money in the Home Seller’s pocket. Statistics show that Sellers who spend up to $1,000 staging their home recovered almost 200% of the cost in the sale of their home.  Staging is one of the best investments that you can make and the statistics prove it! And the investment in staging is always less than your extra mortgage payments or first price reduction.