I love staging homes for sale. It’s proven that homes that are professionally staged can sell for up to 10 percent more than those that are not. When you list with me, I stage for free when we use your own furniture.
But sometimes when meeting with clients to discuss staging, I find we simply don’t have the right pieces to create the look people might want to see in the home. We’ve got a few options to remedy this. You can purchase furniture for staging. You can rent furniture while your home is on the market, or we can do the best with what we have, despite it not being ideal for selling your home.
If you decide to obtain furniture for staging, there are a few things to consider before settling on renting or buying.
There are pros and cons to both renting and buying. Let’s start with renting.
Many of my clients choose to rent because it requires little investment up front. They prefer the luxury of returning the furniture when they sell their home and being able to shop for fresh items for their new home.
When you check out rental furniture, you’ll see that the selection often isn’t fabulous. There aren’t as many options, and the choices can be less stylish. Rental companies often furnish pieces that are bland and neutral. With a smaller selection, it can be challenging to locate the perfect piece you need for your space, as well. And lastly, some companies require a minimum rental time, say three months or so. This can stick you with extra furniture for longer than you might wish to deal with it.
Just like renting, purchasing furniture also has its pros and cons.
When shopping for new furniture, you’ll find the selection limitless. From ultra-modern to shabby chic, you can find what you are looking for in one of the many furniture stores around town. That perfect piece you need for the corner of the living room next to the mantle? Yep, we can find it. Depending on where you go, you can reap some great deals on furniture, too. Paired with excellent financing, you may get a fabulous price.
Purchasing is final; it’s a commitment. You’re investing in your furniture and will probably be taking it with you. If you’ve not yet chosen your next home, you’re taking a chance. What you need to make this home sell may not be what you need to furnish your next house. It can be a bit of a gamble. Secondly, many people simply don’t have the budget to purchase furniture during the home selling process. If you don’t have the upfront cash or don’t wish to be locked into a monthly payment, purchasing may not be for you.
Now you have some ideas to help you decide which option is best for you. And you can always get a little creative. For example, sometimes you can’t find the right rental furniture and end up purchasing pieces you don’t want to keep. If this happens, try this trick. Find a classy silver picture frame and type up a message in pretty script telling prospective buyers which furniture is available for purchase. They may fall in love with the look you’ve created and snatch it right up! Or consider refurbishing some of your current furniture, if you have time and desire.
I’d love to talk with you about tricks of the trade — staging, selling and buying! Give me a call and let me know how I can help you with your real estate ventures.