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Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
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These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
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Consumers peruse these pages for information
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What is "virtual home staging," you ask? Well, after just hearing about this staging method myself, I just had to find out! Hey, I'm a computer savvy chick...I wanted in on VIRTUAL Staging! So, after some research, I found two different definitions:
1) A service in which a home stager provides recommendations based on photos and other details provided by the homeowner or real estate agent.
Translation: The home seller or Realtor® sends photos via email to the virtual home stager, who then makes recommendations on how to stage the house -- sight unseen. The stager suggests colors, furniture placement, and window treatments without ever having viewed the property in person.
The second definition is as follows:
2) A computer program is used to enhance photos of the house.
Translation: Using a computer program, virtual home stager take a digital picture of a house and alter it to their liking. This can involve everything from changing wall colors, air brushing out visible flaws, adding furnishings and wall art, etc. simply by doctoring the photo electronically.
As a professional Home Stager, both of these methods raise some concerns for me.
When hiring a Stager, an investment is being made to get your house sold. There is nothing that will ever compare to personal service and the human touch. Seeing only pictures, a "virtual stager's" view of the house is disjointed, and there is no feel for the flow of the house as a whole. A professional Stager will need to see the home in 3D in order to tie everything together for the most aesthetically pleasing finished product.
Also, with this "virtual" method, all recommendations by the stager are subject to personal interpretation. For example, let's say the stager suggests adding some color to a room and the seller decides to paint the entire room fire engine red. In this instance, the reason for hiring the Stager to begin with has been lost.
The second definition of "virtual staging" is akin to joining an online dating service and posting your high school graduation photo - from 1972. This is clearly misrepresentation. Realtors who bring their client to your house and realize this may not encourage another prospective buyer to view it.
It's always in your best interest to consult with a professional home Stager when preparing your house for sale. Use caution, and always be sure your Stager has Staging-specific training, such as the Accredited Staging Professional (ASP) certification.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.