Can Staging a Home Actually Create Stress for the Sellers ?
This question came up in a conversation with one of my current Sellers. As it happens, I staged the property and it took on a beautiful model-esque type of appearance. And while that is great for photos and exposing the home to other professionals and Buyers, it left the owner feeling totally displaced.
When we met to discuss my marketing strategy, I suggested packing and editing the property and that process was done to perfection. All personal things were packed up even including the seller editing the closets and drawers and putting many contents in storage.
The Seller said she is now hesitant in sitting anywhere and just relaxing. The Seller reported that coming home feels more like going to a luxury hotel without the benefits of maid service. Making the beds, changing out the towels everyday and making the place perfect for showing each day is creating stress. Not to even mention using the Kitchen to prepare meals. Of course my client has a great sense of humor about this but I realized that there is truth even in some humor and wanted to share this so at least some of this can be worked out ahead of time.
While this property will not last that long on the market, this is one factor of staging that might not have been fully considered. It was not top on my mind at the time I started the process. I can only imagine when pets or children are involved how difficult it is to try and live in a model-esque looking home. Things are used and many times left out when rushing about just to live life.
In very large or estate like homes, there are usually some staff available that can handle this issue. But for the more common lay person type homes which make up the bulk of our real estate sales, displacing people or at the least the feeling of it has to be factored into whatever is going to be done in getting the home show ready.
This has me thinking seriously about any discomfort I may inadvertently cause because my goal is to set it up and sell the property. And I realized that I must be ever mindful that while all this is happening, life is going on as well.
I think because of the way this happened, after all these 26+ years in the business, I am still learning how to be sensitive to the wants and needs of my clients. And thankfully so.