Save time, effort, energy, and money by virtual staging!
Now there’s simply zero excuse not to stage a home for sale…
Remember the first time you heard the term “Virtual Reality?”
It was probably back in the mid-1990’s, and it probably blew your mind.
My Dad would say things like, “Virtual reality is going to change the world. Einstein believed in time travel; wormholes and black holes. We could have a virtual universe!”
Although my Dad also once asked me, “How do you know that you’re alive, right here, right now? How do you know that you’re not in somebody else’s dream, and that aaaaallll this doesn’t exist?”
But let’s take a step back…
I just spent about $4,000 staging a house for sale in the west end, which I think is going to make a monumental difference in the way the property shows! I believe in the value of staging, and I believe that a $4,000 staging job can get you an extra $40,000 for the house.
There is not a property out there that can’t benefit fromsomestaging, although when some Realtors bring properties onto MLS with “PHOTO NOT AVAILABLE,” maybe staging is the least of your worries…
But for those of us that actually, you know -do our joband make the house or condo show its best so we can get the most money for our sellers, we always have staging on the mind.
Staging can be costly, and the most costly properties are ones where you need EVERYTHING. By that, I mean vacant properties.
I was in a vacant property this week, in the Beaches, where the owner is debating whether to lease it or sell it.
Leasing it would be easy. Just put a sign on the lawn and forthathouse, you’ll have a dozen inquiries the first day.
Selling it would prove difficult, since it’s vacant, and many buyers have no imagination. A vacant house doesn’t show well, and at the very least, you’d probably LOVE to have photos on MLS that show the house in a more positive light so you can bring buyers through the door.
ENTER: virtual staging.
Several companies do this, and I think for the situation I described above, it’s the perfect compromise!
My colleague in Milton, Chuck Charlton, sent me these photos of a house he had virtually staged. Check it out:
Everything is to scale.
The rooms have all been measured, as has the virtual furniture, and it all fits.
I think virtual staging is going to become the new normal in real estate.
But whatever happened to virtual reality? And the MOVIES!
Did you ever see eXistenZ in 1999? A film by David Cronenberg?
Strange Days from 1995, by Kathryn Bigelow, who is now famous for Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty?
Johnny Nmemonic with Keanu Reeves? Okay, that one was awful, and once you’ve starred in Point Break with Patrick Swayze, you’re already reached the pinnacle.
“Bodhi – the ride is over! People are dead!”
Am I talking to myself here, or do you guys also think Point Break is the greatest movie ever made?
Alright, I’ll shut up.
Have a great weekend everybody! Drive safe!