What’s all the hype about virtual staging and is it really worth it in comparison to traditional staging?
According to the National Association of Realtors®, over 75% of buyers’ agents said that their buyers were able to envision their future life in the home. In addition, about 38% of sellers’ agents use traditional staging in all of their client’s listings. This is due to the fact that staging can often have a direct impact on how quickly the home sells. Virtual staging is a cost effective alternative to traditional staging.
Here are a few example of virtual staging that Pipas Imagery created so you can see what’s possible:
Virtual staging is a great way to showcase a property without having to bring in real furniture. All of the staging is done electronically which means you don’t have to carry in furniture, plants, or wall art. This provides a way to enhance the empty room photos which will help buyers envision their own furniture in the room.
When using virtual staging photos be sure to include the original empty room photo in your listing too. Buyers may be expecting the furniture if they only see the photo that is virtually staged. So in order to give them a heads up its best to include both.
Most buyers are fairly understanding of virtual staging, so long as the actual features and presentation of the home they are thinking of purchasing isn’t altered. In other words, when it comes to changing images digitally for real estate marketing purposes placing a couch and love seat in a room that was empty when the photographer took the original photo is okay, but repairing a huge hole in a floor is not.