Believe it or not, having only been in real estate for a few years, I still question the necessity of doing (or not doing) certain things if it comes with a cost. I guess you could say I'm "frugal," and maybe it's just that I'm not so awash in six-figure commission checks (yet?) that a few hundred or a couple thousand spent here or there is reason for pause.
For example, when a seller asks "should I leave furniture here when we list?" - in my mind - there is no absolute right answer. Oh gosh, I get it; buyers who tour a perfectly staged home can be really swept up in the emotional "tingle" of the vibe in a place so well-staged.
Two problems with that:
1. many sellers (apologies in advance) don't have stage-worthy furniture & knick knacks worthy of using for staging. More on this in a minute. Also,
2. paying a staging company to bring in staging-worthy furniture and "doo-dads" (who ELSE is buying those carved wooden bowls of various textured balls, anyway?) is sort of expensive. Now, I know some people think heightened interest will yield more in return and that it'll pay for itself, but ... will it? Eh, maybe.
Then there's virtual staging. I think there's a little value in that, so long as it's done right, and the good news is, it's relatively affordable. Just make sure your realtor (if it's me, remind me I said this) uses a good virtual stager.
For example: for my listing at 28 Collier Rd NW #13, Atlanta (open house 12-2pm tomorrow - come by for lunch!), we decided it best the sellers take their furniture completely out. For one thing, they were getting the hardwoods refinished, and well, furniture definitely gets in the way of that. For another, I tend to think buyers want to picture THEIR things in the place. So we listed the place completely empty - and now have some virtual photos to show how the place can look with furniture in it. Does it work? You tell me: