This topic has been up for some debate for a few years, however I am certain if you are to ask a real estate agent what they are thinking regarding styling and staging of a home, the answer will always be YES. You can also add the seller to the YES column, once the property is sold of course. This is when the dust settles and they have realised the fact of staging and styling has added a lot more to the final price of the sale.
The elephant in the room for styling and staging is always cost. The dollar question gets raised non-stop and considering its a fair question, one must understand the benefits that come with styling and staging a home. For a vendor its easy to suggest the home is easier to market and sell for the agent once staged. I for one am not denying this, as presentation is always a key factor. However, what this ultimately creates is a vision for the buyer, competition between buyers and a final result that 9 times out of 10 exceeds vendors expectations in both days on market and price.
On the flip side, the money problems that people fear with staging can ultimately determine the motivation on selling. As an agent, sometimes this questions the investment the vendor wants to put both in the property and myself as the marketing agent. A grain of salt must always be had with staging. Why? Because not every home warrants money to be spent on staging.
Each property will have different qualities and determining the key factor for a buyer to purchase will be the decisive element on the decision. For example, an old run down home on 1000sqm of land will be attracting developers and families wanting to build there dream home. Staging a home like that would have no benefit on the end result nor would it be a reason to attract buyers.
Ultimately it is a process that aligns a result. Next time the question gets raised maybe think about the pros and cons for both.