The National Association of Realtors just released their 2015 Profile of Home Staging. This report shows the statistics on whether staging influences a buyer’s decision to purchase.  Key findings were that:

* 81% of buyers thought that it was easier to visualize a staged property as a future home.

* 46% of buyers were more willing to tour a home that had been staged that they viewed online first.

* 45% of buyers said that a home staged to their tastes positively impacted the home’s value. Whereas, if the home was not staged to the buyer’s tastes, then 10% of buyers said that the staging negatively affected the home’s value.

* 28% of buyers were willing to overlook other property faults in a staged home.

* 5% of buyers said that staging made them more suspect of the home’s features.

For sellers, the most important rooms to be staged, in order of importance are: Living Room, Kitchen, Master Bedroom, Dining Room, Bathroom, Children’s Bedrooms and Guest Bedroom.

Personally, I think staging a home is a good idea, especially for homes with odd room sizes or rooms/spaces that don’t have a particular purpose. Also, staged homes show better than vacant properties and allows buyers to see how furniture fits best in each room.

Call me today for more information about marketing your home to sell quickly, 503-421-2407. I look forward to assisting with your sale!