A combination of price correction and staging has moved many homes that previosly sat unsold in our market. Yes, I believe staging works and as other posters have stated, to any degree. The basics, clearing clutter, depersonalizing, cleaning are critical. From there, do what your budget allows. But yes, it does make a difference and can be the difference between selling and sitting.
To the poster who commented that it might hurt, ie, a buyer may assume the presentation suggests the seller is going for top dollar and move on, I would say this.... A seller is always hoping for the best $$ the market will bear, but the fact is the market will decide the price. I always remind sellers of this and include staging expenses in with any other preparation expenses for readying the home for sale. The reward for preparation is that the seller increases the liklihood of interest and a sale, but it doesn't mean he will increase what a buyer will pay.
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