Stager House Hunting!?!?!

Home Stager with Restage Inc.

We recently started house hunting for our family. With a growing family (3 girls....need more bathrooms) and a busy lifestyle we've outgrown our home.

Being a stager / designer makes it especially difficult when were looking at a house for us.

I thought I could be more objecive and look past all of the personal items and weird paint but guess what I'm looking at the houses for myself and not as a stager.

It seems that I'm just like every other buyer and wish a stager would have visited the house before us. I don't want to see dirty clothes or family pictures. I spend so much time telling clients what to do with their houses and what not to do to I forget that not everyone uses a stager.

Bottom line is I'm a worse buyer than most because I'm SOOOO picky. I'm driving everyone nut' realtor, my husband and myself. That's pretty bad when you drive yourself nuts....

So the hunt continues and I'm leaning towards building a custom house..................


Comments (7)

David Saks
(retired) - Memphis, TN

Stick to your fussy ways. They'll pay off in the end and you'll find a great home.

Feb 15, 2010 04:53 PM
Ron T. Weems Jr.
Weems Property Group | KW North Sound - Bothell, WA
Managing the details one home at a time.


Eventually, you will preview a home were a homeowner is just like you. The house will be spotless and well staged, just keep looking. 

Feb 15, 2010 05:39 PM
Liz Gallagher
LG Home Harmony - Home Stagers & Organizers - Montreal, QC
Montreal Quebec RESA member

Don't give up on yourself.

Size and well maintained are most important.  Just block at all the rest as if it were an empty listing ... you can work your magic when it becomes yours.

Feb 15, 2010 07:46 PM
Mary Lou Teague
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

That is the hard part when looking for yourself, you see just how much more inviting the home could be if first they would have called a stager...

Feb 15, 2010 10:10 PM
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

One is out there waiting for you.....and you will know it immediately!!  Keep looking for the special one!!

Feb 16, 2010 01:08 AM
Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

Hi Kim - I know how you feel!  Two of the three homes I have purchased in the past were "staged" and it so helped my perception of the overall home.  Even for those of us who are professional stagers, a well staged home is so much more appealing to purchase than a poorly staged or vacant home.  Buying a home is an emotional decision!

Feb 17, 2010 01:22 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I was the voice of reason when my son was looking for his first house.  At first they thought I was being too picky because I'm a stager and I was not being realistic to what he could afford. They thought I was being snobby and unrealistic.  He actually put an offer on a dump that I was totally against and at the inspection the inspector told him to "run as far away as fast as he could."  He took me much more seriously after that.  I knew what I was talking about.  Being picky is a very good your instincts and don't settle.  The right one is out there and you will know when you see it.

Feb 18, 2010 10:01 AM