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In a hurry to sell a home? Successful real estate sales professionals know how to virtually stage a home for a faster sale. 

Staged homes sell 75% faster than those that are not staged.

Virtual staging is a valuable marketing tool that can easily and quickly make a property look its best when listing it for sale.

And using virtual staging has been proven to help properties sell faster and for higher prices.

Therefore, this article will examine how to virtually stage a home for a faster sale.

But first, let’s start by exploring what is virtual staging for real estate.

What Is Virtual Staging for Real Estate Sales?

Virtual staging uses advanced photo editing technology to add furnishings to empty rooms, eliminate clutter and blemishes, and make any listing look fantastic.

Working with photos of the property, a professional virtual staging designer can do the following:

  • Add or replace furnishing and decor
  • Remove items and clutter
  • Enhance landscaping, green a lawn, or replace a dull sky
  • Update cabinetry, doors, and fixtures
  • Make flooring and wall color changes
  • Do repairs and remodeling

Virtual staging can be used for an endless variety of photo editing tasks, from removing wrinkles on a bedspread to completely furnishing an empty property. 

And virtual staging has definite benefits in real estate sales, including the following:

  • Increased Buyer Interest – over 90% of buyers start looking online — virtual staging makes every photo impressive and highly appealing
  • Quicker Sales – homes that are staged sell faster than those that are not – and virtual staging takes less time than traditional methods
  • Better Sales Prices – staged properties sell for the asking price or above

Another significant benefit is that virtual staging is highly flexible. You can market the home according to the latest, most popular design trends.

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For example, PhotoUp features 11 popular interior design categories. You could fully furnish and redecorate a listing in any of the following styles:

When it comes to real estate sales, the quality of your online marketing is crucial. Virtual staging makes each and every listing photo look fantastic, helping you capture buyers’ attention. 

Want to see what virtual staging looks like? Read this article — What Is Virtual Staging in Real Estate? (Examples Included).

Next, let’s talk about how to use virtual staging to sell a home faster.

Using Virtual Staging for a Faster Sale

As we previously mentioned, homes that are virtually staged sell faster than those that are not – and virtual staging takes less time than traditional staging methods (24-48 hours instead of days).

Therefore, let’s look at how virtual staging leads to faster sales.

1. Virtual Staging Is Faster Than Traditional Staging Methods

Experienced real estate sales professionals know about the importance of staging a home prior to putting it on the market. 

However, traditional home staging methods are labor-intensive and take time. For example, you’ll need to do the following: 

  • Hire a staging professional
  • Clean and declutter the home and rearrange furniture
  • Rent furniture and decor pieces
  • And making repairs and renovations around the home

As you can imagine, the above process is time-consuming, typically taking weeks and costing thousands of dollars.

In contrast, virtual staging is fast – all the listing photos can be virtually staged in under 48 hours. And it’s significantly less expensive than traditional staging. 

Using virtual staging, you can have any listing ready for market in two days or less!

Virtual staging allows sellers to reduce time to market, which is a tremendous benefit in today’s fast-paced world of real estate sales. 

2. It Makes a Strong First Impression

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

First impressions matter. During their search, home buyers scroll through hundreds of listing photos.  Most listings get only one chance to grab a potential buyer’s attention. 

And what feature of a listing is most likely to cause a buyer to stop and take notice? Alluring listing photos!

With virtual staging, each of your listing photos will look fabulous, making potential buyers sit up and take notice.  

Captivating digitally enhanced images cause buyers to spend more time with your listing – making it more likely that they will schedule an in-person showing.

This leads us to the next important point. 

3. More Showings Means a Faster Sale

The more showings, the more offers. And the more offers, the faster the sale.

A competitive and popular listing gets dozens of showings right away and has lines around the block to get into the open house. 

When interested buyers and their agents see how much attention a listing garners, they make offers faster to avoid losing the property. 

Virtual staging helps make any listing more competitive, thereby making the sale go faster. 

So, now you know how virtual staging leads to faster home sales. Next, let’s discuss exactly how you virtually stage a home.

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How to Virtually Stage a Home

Using virtual staging in real estate for faster sales is easier than you might think. Here’s an overview of how to virtually stage any home.

1. Select a Virtual Staging Provider

It’s relatively easy to virtually stage any property. All you need are quality photos of the rooms and spaces you want to be staged.

Then, choose an online, professional virtual staging company and upload the photos and your instructions to their site.

Most providers offer 24 to 48-hour turnaround times.

2. Decide Your Design Style & Furnishings

The goal is to use the virtual staging to highlight the property’s best uses and potential. 

So, next, you decide which design styles will look best in the home. And this step in virtual staging is actually quite fun. 

You get to play interior decorator – matching furniture, deciding colors and artwork, updating any space – the options are endless!

Can’t decide? Most providers will be happy to advise you. 

Also, virtual staging allows you to fill empty, cold rooms with inviting, warm furnishings, helping buyers to visualize themselves living in the home.

And don’t forget about the home’s exterior – you can do virtual landscapingtwilight photography, and more.

Once you select your design theme, each one of your photos will be virtually staged to make every room look exactly as you (or the buyer) want it to look. 

Now, there’s another powerful use for virtual staging that you may want to consider – virtual repairs and renovations. 

3. Make Any Necessary Repairs & Renovations

Many sellers delay making updates to their homes, so when it comes time to sell it, the task is overwhelming. The number of projects and the costs of the make-over are prohibitive. 

Virtual staging technology can be used for digital repairsdecluttering, and making any updates. 

You can easily do any of the following with virtual staging:

  • Replace cabinets and countertops
  • Paint the walls with new colors
  • Add windows or doors
  • Update a bathroom
  • Swap out flooring

You have almost limitless options to do whatever it takes to make the home look its best. 

Virtual repairs are much less expensive and allow a buyer to see how things look when fixed while giving the seller more time to make the repairs. 

For more details, read this article on how to virtually stage a home in less than 5 minutes.

Now that you understand how virtual staging leads to faster real estate sales, you’re likely wondering where to go for the best virtual staging.

The answer is simple – work with PhotoUp!

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Partner With PhotoUp for Affordable Virtual Staging

PhotoUp’s virtual staging service is easy to use and delivers outstanding results. Their team can help with all your real estate virtual staging needs.

Their affordable virtual staging services include the following:

  • 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!

As mentioned, the company offers an extensive furniture library with 11 design styles and 100s of accessories, excellent service, and a quick turnaround of 24 to 48 hours.

And their virtual staging services are extremely simple to use. You’ll get amazing, alluring 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 email you the 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:

And PhotoUp is a full-service real estate marketing company offering much more than just virtual staging. Their services also include:

So, take the next step, start using virtual staging, and watch your sales go faster! 

Sign up for a free account with PhotoUp and let us help you impress your clients and sell your listings faster and for higher prices.

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Gregory Gronbacher

Real Estate Sales Agent / Professional Blogger

Gregory is a real estate sales agent and a state-certified instructor of real estate licensing and law. Originally from New York City, he's called Grand Rapids, Michigan home since 1995.

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