Costs Of Not Staging,  Taxable Deductions,  Why You Should Stage your Home

What does it cost you (the Seller) the longer your home is on the market?

Family Room Facing Fireplace – Unstaged
Family Room Facing Fireplace – Staged
Family Room looking toward entry and stairs – Staged

Have you ever calculated the cost of the time your home (homeowner) or your listing (Realtor) stays on the market?

Did you know that the cost of Staging is an Investment.  IE, it has value attached to it.   If your home sits on the market for 90 days and you have a note payment including principal, interest, taxes, and insurance each month, as well as utilities to keep lights and ac running, the dollars are adding up.  So just those numbers alone mount up quickly,  then if you also reduce the listing price say $5,000.00, your costs are getting higher and higher.

The cost of staging is usually less than the first price decrease!  Statistics gathered by NAR (National Association of Realtors) show that Staged Homes sell faster!  If you had staged your home it could have already been closed and you could be enjoying your own new home!

If you are not getting consistent showings and offers and your vacant home has been on the market more than 60 days, your home is either priced incorrectly or the right buyers are not being attracted to your home.

Front Entry and Dining – Unstaged
Front Entry and Dining – Staged
Dining – After – Staged

Which views of this home are more appealing to the buyer?   Empty/Unstaged or Staged?  Which one helps the buyer see themselves in the home?

Go ahead and spend some $ and get your home staged and re-do your pictures for your listing (another expense).  You will see an immediate difference in the activity on the property.  By the way, the $ you spend on Staging may be tax deductible (See IRS Rule 523), a price drop is not tax deductible….it is just money down the drain.

Do this now, before you do another price drop.

Give us a call today.   We can help you get your home sold!  Our goal is the same as help you Sell your Home!

Stellar Staging Group   281-650-8162


Taresa Lutz is co-owner of Stellar Staging Group and is an Accredited Staging Professional® and a Certified Luxury Home Staging Specialist®. She is also a Licensed Texas REALTOR® with Texas Premier Realty and has earned several REALTOR® designations including the ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative), ALHS (Accredited Luxury Home Specialist), ASP® (Accredited Staging Professional), GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute), NHC (New Home Construction-Buyer Representative), SRS (Seller Representative Specialist), and TRLS (Texas Residential Leasing Specialist). Taresa blogs for several websites on a variety of Real Estate topics as well as other topics.