The ultimate goal of Selling BY Design-Staging in Fresno is to create an atmosphere in a home that is warm, inviting and appealing to the largest number of potential buyers in a given market. As most do staging professionals, we strive for a look that is neutral, but not overtly "staged." Choosing the right accessories, those items that add style and splashes of color, without having the look of a furniture store display, is key to achieving the WOW effect.
With this in mind the question arises, how much is too much?
While watching a home staging show the other night I was stunned to see a staged home in which it seemed that in the case of fake food, enough was never enough.
As the homeowners toured their staged home the wife remarked, "There is so much fake stuff. It looks too staged."
Ahhhhh! This is the very thing most staging professionals go to great lengths to avoid. To have this broadcast to potential clients around the country is a nightmare. It is exactly what most of us deplore. There were fake food vignetts in at least three places in the kitchen. One of them was a cake with fruit on the top. The homeowner touched it to see if it was real and said, "Ooh, it's fake." How appealing is that especially after a few weeks on the market when dust settles on the plastic?
My personal pet peeve is the tray placed diagonally in the bed with, you guessed it, fake coffee in a cup and fake pastries. Are we selling a home here or a playhouse?
I won't bore you with any more phony props (oh yes, there was a fake computer). I just hope that viewers didn't come away with the idea that all home stagers rely on cheap props.
Most of us, including Selling By Design-Staging pride ourselves in using tasteful, real accessories (an occasional realistic looking bowl of faux fruit, ie. the pears on my website and AR profile, is acceptable.) Plastic pastry, not so much. That is too much!