With social distancing still quite common due to the ongoing pandemic, you might want to limit the number of prospective buyers who want to visit your house. You also might want to enlist the help of a staging company to showcase your home for sale. No worries. In this digital day and time, you can get creative when it comes to preparing your property for sale by using virtual staging software to add gorgeous finishes and accessories to photos of each room in your house. Eager to find out more? Here’s how you can make virtual staging work for you.
1. Style your home any way you like
Home stagers usually pull decorative items and furniture from their warehouse to fit your rooms, which means they’re limited to whatever inventory they have on hand at the time. They also typically just add basic elements—think sofas, dining and bedroom furniture, and artwork—but they won’t usually change out lighting fixtures, for example. Virtual staging designers have no limits, because they’re working with a huge digital library of 3-D assets.
2. Make a vacant home more attractive
An empty house is usually much more expensive to stage, and it can be more difficult to sell. Virtual staging allows people who don’t have the imagination to see a room’s possibilities to think outside the box. A bedroom, for instance, could double as an office or a kid’s playroom.
3. Lower your costs with virtual staging
Because the costs of physically staging a home—removing existing furniture, bringing in a lot of new items and then staging the home—can really add up, sellers can reap significant savings with virtual staging. Plus, you have more control over the style, artwork and even the plants you use to give your home a great online first impression.
4. Save valuable time when listing your home
Virtual staging is done on a computer, so it saves a lot of time. Real estate agents usually meet with a live stager to assess the house, wait for an estimate, wait again for movers to bring over rented furniture and then take listing photos. That process could easily take a week from beginning to end, while it’s much quicker to virtually stage a home using a computer. In addition, you don’t have to wait until any renovations are complete before posting listing photos.
5. Be transparent about what’s real and what isn’t
The last thing you want to do it trick a potential buyer into going to see a house that looks nothing like the photos. One possible downfall with virtual staging is that it can sometimes seem misleading. Although the perspectives and measurements are theoretically correct, it’s an idea of what the space could be vs. the actual space. That’s why it’s important to clearly note on the online property listing that the images have been virtually staged.
6. Consider a true virtual staging platform
Be sure to carefully vet the companies you and your agent are thinking of hiring. Some virtual listings can look way too spiffed up and don’t fit the property, and sometimes it looks like you’re playing a video game. Ask to see samples, so you’ll be happy with what’s online. Chances are buyers are going to be happy with it, too.