Home staging can add thousands to sale prices in most markets

Jim (left) and son Jared Biby carry items from a house their family's business had staged for a homeowner and load them into a trailer to return them to a warehouse until they are needed for another project. Kaye Biby, working with her husband and son, had prepared the Saint Johns home to be put on the market. The Bibys have a Showhomes Home Staging franchise and set up home interiors with whatever is needed to make them more attractive to potential buyers.

While the housing market across the First Coast and Florida is sizzling, those seeking to sell their homes probably shouldn’t forget to properly stage their dwelling before they put it up for sale.

Home staging is usually a professional service that helps sellers design the furniture and accessories so the home is more attractive to potential buyers. While houses are selling perhaps at their most rapid pace in recent memory, some say homeowners could be missing out on tens of thousands of dollars in additional revenue if their homes aren’t staged properly, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It probably helped to the tune of $25,000,” said Joshua Downing, who recently sold his home in the Royal Palms neighborhood of Atlantic Beach after having it professionally staged.