I got a call from a very busy Realtor in town that I had never worked with. The Home Stager she had used for years had moved away and she got my name from a co-worker.
She asked me to go to one of her upcoming listings that needed some guidance and help. She told me upfront of some things that needed to be done but qualified it with, "I have already talked to the home owner and she will not take the wall paper down or paint".
So off to the Home Staging Consultation I go. Wondering what I really can advise if the home owner is already saying no to changes.
Of course when I got to the home many things needed to be done but the first and most important was right inside the door. Extremely outdated wallpaper in the entry and very dark and outdated paint on the living room walls.
I stressed the importance of taking down the wallpaper and repainting the entry and living room a warm neutral color. I brought up the fact that wallpaper can be seen as a "project" for the buyer. I further explained why it was important for the first impression of the home to be perfect and to set the tone for the rest of the house.
Two days later I got a call from the home owner with a follow up question. She told me she had already taken down the wallpaper and was in the process of repainting both the entryway and the living room.
Well then.....sometimes a Professional Home Stager can bring a second opinion, said in a different way, backing up the thoughts of the Realtor and providing just enough push to get a homeowner to make the necessary changes to sell their home.
So listen to your Realtor AND hire a Professional Home Stager to give you the best advice to make your home the best it can be.