Should I Stage My House? (Part 1)
In the current housing market, houses seem to be flying off the market, often within a week of their listing. I expected things to be no different for us last summer when we put our house in Southwest Austin up for sale.
Last June, we were ready for action. We had moved out and left behind only a few large pieces of furniture that we didn’t want or couldn’t move before going on our summer vacation. At the time, we very briefly discussed having the house professionally staged but with our real estate agent decided that it probably wasn’t necessary – our house was large, newer than many, and well taken care of; our lot was big and backed to a beautiful golf course; and…the housing market was hot!
Fast forward 4 months to the end of the summer when we were still the proud owners of our old house. Since our house was in a higher price range, we were expecting it to take a bit longer to move but were surprised that it hadn’t sold at all. Some of the feedback we had gotten from potential buyers were comments like: “We don’t know what this room is used for” referring to the dining room which had a ceiling fan rather than a chandelier to accommodate the play room we had created there; “The floors are pretty but I am not sure about the orange color” – this was understandable with no rugs or furniture to break up the space; and so on.
A Change of Strategy
During a meeting with our agent in September, we decided we would take the house off the market, stage it, and put it back on in the new year. There had been some other homes in our neighborhood that had not sold initially, were taken off the market, professionally staged, and then sold within weeks of re-listing. After interviewing multiple staging companies, we decided to engage Loot Vintage Rentalsto handle our home staging – the design and decor of our home. I was familiar with Loot through Reventals and when I met with the owners, Rhoda Brimberry and Anna Crelia, and their team, I knew they were the right Company to turn our house into a dream home for someone else!
Not only would Loot do the design and provide the rentals for our home, they would photograph the project, promote our home on social media through their network, and would offer buyers the option to purchase the furniture used in the home so they really can buy their complete dream home.
After meeting with them, Rhoda and Anna gave us some initial thoughts on our house as well as a list of things to do before the staging began and we worked over the next few months to ensure our house was ready for the transformation they promised. Our house is being staged today and we will be ready for the big reveal in a week or so. I am hoping our house will fly off the market but I know I will be sad to sell my beautiful home. Stay tuned for pictures of the finished project and updates on our home sale.
In the meantime, check out Loot Vintage Rentals. Not only do they offer Home Staging services, they also do event rentals, long term home furnishing rentals, and they rent out their showroom for events. So, whatever your rental needs are, you should definitely check out Loot.