A friend of mine recently told me she had purchased a whole Fantastic furniture home starter package. I was instantly mortified, what on earth she could be thinking?! Then she explained it was for a unit they’re trying to sell. The property is quiet small and she thought this was a perfect way to show how to use the space.
We’ve been in the exact same position with selling a smaller property. Our agent at the time recommended a home staging company to come in with rental furniture and style the property as we weren’t living there and it was empty. I looked into a few staging companies and while we may have been able to write off some of the costs it was still close to $5,000 for 6 weeks hire.
So my friends idea of a package deal doesn’t sound so crazy now. It is significantly cheaper and you can sell the furniture once you’re finished with it.
There are a few benefits to staging a home, particularly an empty one:
- It will help people visualise how to use the space, particularly smaller or awkward spaces
- An empty space emphasizes imperfections in a property, so filing it with furniture will help take the focus off these
- Furniture adds warmth to a home and helps connect buyers with your property
- Decluttering and styling main rooms may help increase the value of your property
I’m still not sold on either idea of a home full of cheap furniture or paying someone else to style a house with rented furniture. If I was in the position of needing to style our home for sale again, I’d set a budget (between cheap furniture package and expense home styling) and buy my own home package.
Here’s a mood board for my imaginary home’s living room – all under $1,000. Plus, at the end what I didn’t sell I could incorporate into my new home!