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As a real estate photographer or agent, you understand how important it is to present a property to potential buyers in the best way possible. You also know that staging a property can boost its appeal and ultimately increase its value. 

However, traditional staging can be costly, and time-consuming, and may not always show your listing in the best light. That’s where virtual staging comes in! 

In this blog post, we’ll explore 8 creative ways to use virtual staging to stage a listing and make it stand out in a competitive market. We’ll also cover this digital form of staging’s impact on real estate sales in general.

8 Creative Ways to Use Virtual Staging to Stage a Listing

To get straight to business, here are 8 creative ways to use virtual staging to help you capture the attention of prospective buyers and sell your listing faster at a higher rate.

1. Highlight Property Features 

Vacant homes sell for an average of $11,306 less and spend 6 more days on market compared to staged and virtually staged homes.

Virtual staging can be an excellent way to stage empty spaces and highlight a home’s features, especially when traditional staging isn’t possible or practical. 

For example, if your listing has exposed brick accents or unique high ceilings, virtual staging can help accentuate and feature these elements. 

Additionally, virtual staging can add character to a room and make it feel more inviting to potential buyers. This will reduce time on market and help you sell your listing faster.

2. Show Different Style Options

Mid-Century Modern Virtual Staging by PhotoUp
Mid-Century Modern Virtual Staging by PhotoUp

One of the greatest advantages of virtual staging is the flexibility to change the style of a room. 

This allows you to show potential buyers different options based on their preferences. You can use virtual staging to show the same room with different color schemes or furniture styles. 

PhotoUp’s professional designers can stage and redecorate your space using 11 different design styles, including:

Showcasing how a space could look using several design styles gives buyers a better idea of how they can customize the space to their liking.

3. Make Virtual Renovations 

Virtual staging can also help real estate agents stage their listings by performing virtual renovations with appropriate upgrades or repairing unfinished construction. 

Utilizing virtual staging software to add new features that are not yet installed, such as new countertops, cabinets, or flooring, can transform an older property into a modern space without the high cost of renovation. 

This will help buyers see the full potential of a space and they can imagine themselves living in the home.

4. Stage Outdoor Spaces 

Virtual staging can also be a great way to highlight outdoor living spaces and yards, especially if the home’s facade could be more distinct. This will improve its overall digital curb appeal

Creating a 3D model with cozy seating areas, a picturesque garden, an inviting pool, or other outdoor amenities can make a property more appealing, particularly in today’s market, where outdoor spaces are valued more and more.

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5. Add a Personal Touch 

Digital staging can also be used to add a personal touch to a home without the need for physical staging. 

For example, you can add family photos or decor to give a sense of warmth and personality to a space. This technique can also be used to create a sense of home or a lifestyle that potential buyers can aspire to.

6. Highlight Room Sizes

Virtual staging allows making rooms appear larger or smaller, depending on buyers’ preferences. A home with a small room can appear spacious by decluttering it

On the other hand, a large home can seem cozier by arranging furniture and virtual accessories in a way that breaks up the space, making it feel more intimate.

7. Appeal to Target Buyers

Furthermore, this powerful technology can also be used to target a specific type of client or buyer. 

For instance, a family-friendly virtual staging can showcase child-friendly rooms or a home theater. 

In contrast, a professional’s ideal staging could utilize a virtual library or home office to appeal to executives or those looking for a dedicated workspace in their home.

8. Save Time and Money 

Finally, virtual staging can save you time and money compared to traditional staging methods. 

You can stage a property virtually in a matter of hours, compared to days or even weeks for physical staging. 

In addition, you can also save money on the cost of furniture rental, transport, and storage. It can actually save you up to 97% compared to traditional home staging.

Overall, virtual staging is a cost-effective way to make a property more appealing without breaking the bank.

Virtual Staging’s Impact on Real Estate Sales

Staged listings sell 75% faster than those that are not, and 85% of staged properties sell for the asking price or above. 

Virtual staging is rapidly gaining acceptance in the real estate industry and is among the best ways to stage and enhance the appeal of home listings. 

Incorporating virtual renovations, highlighting property features, staging outdoor spaces, and maximizing or minimizing room sizes can make a significant difference in how a home is perceived, attracting a larger pool of buyers. 

Being informed about the various ways to use virtual staging means real estate photographers and agents can enhance the chances of increasing bids while minimizing costs and saving valuable time. 

By following the eight tactics we have shared, real estate photographers and agents can reap the benefits of virtual staging and take the listing presentation to a whole new level.

With that said, let’s take a look at the best, quickest, and most affordable option for creating high-quality virtually staged images.

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Virtually Stage Your Listing With PhotoUp’s VS Service!

PhotoUp’s virtual staging service is easy to use, affordable, and produces outstanding results. Our highly skilled virtual staging designers can handle any job – big, small, or complex.

PhotoUp’s virtual staging services include:

  • Photo-realistic staging of empty or outdated rooms
  • Remodeling and repairs
  • Object removal, decluttering, and depersonalizing of rooms
  • Virtual landscaping, including decks and patio furniture 
  • Sky replacements and twilight effects
  • Grass greening 
  • And more!

Starting at the low cost of $20 to $30 per image, we offer an extensive furniture library with 11 design styles and 100s of accessories, excellent service, and a quick turnaround of 24 to 48 hours.

How to Get Started

Getting started with PhotoUp’s virtual staging is super easy. 

You’ll get perfectly staged photos for your listing in 3 easy steps:

1. Sign up for a free PhotoUp account and upload your photos
2. Select from our library of design styles and furnishings
3. We send you proofs for approval and download in 24 to 48 hours

PhotoUp Virtual Staging Demo

Check out this short virtual staging demo to learn about the quick and easy ordering and uploading process:

As simple as that!

More Than Just Virtual Staging

PhotoUp Custom House Portrait
PhotoUp Custom House Portrait

Additionally, PhotoUp offers much more than just virtual staging. Our services also include:

We have everything you need to boost your real estate marketing in one user-friendly platform!

So, take the next step today. Sign up for a free PhotoUp account and let us help you virtually stage your listing to captivate potential buyers and sell your listing faster!

We hope this blog post gave you some creative ideas on how to use virtual staging to stage a listing. Before you go, you may want to check out the following related resources:

Stina Pettersson

Professional Blogger

Stina is an entrepreneur, digital marketer, and professional blogger who's passionate about real estate photo editing, being outdoors with her pup, and sweaty gym sessions. She loves the written word and has been writing for publications like Forbes and Thrive Global. Originally from Sweden, she's called South Florida her home since 2013.

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