As a Realtor in Southern Maryland or Anne Arundel County, we get lots of questions about STAGERS. I like how this article highlights that there is no funny business going on behind the scenes. No hiding or disguising of issues ever. To pare down costs, the same furniture is often utilized. Plus, lots of edits are suggested to pare down the volume of personal possessions so that the prospective purchasers can SEE the home and visualize themselves or their family in the space. A good stager is worth their weight in GOLD!
Staging Myths & Misunderstandings
Last year I read a post that discussed seeing past staging when buying a home. And that may be true when viewing a model home. A buyer needs to be realistic in that their own furniture and design may not yield the same effects as that selected by a professional interior designer.
Conversely, as Sharon Tara mentioned, you could make the same case for seeing past the issues in homes that have not been staged or whose condition has not been enhanced.
Staging is meant to show the possibilities and livability of a home to potential buyers.
However, there are still some who aren’t sure about staging...what it is and what it isn’t.
Here are just a few myths and misunderstandings that some have about home staging.
1.Stagers cover up problems with furniture or decor.
Reputable stagers never suggest covering up problems via the use of rugs or furniture.
We may use design ideas to enhance the area, such as a more flattering paint color or editing furniture but not to cover up.
In fact, stagers will point out items such as carpet stains or cracked tile that need to be addressed so that they do not detract from the showing of the house.
2. Stagers have been known to remove interior doors.
I have never known of a stager removing doors in a staging. I have seen model homes that had their doors to rooms and closets removed by the builder.
3.Stagers manipulate lighting.
Only in suggesting that sellers have all of their lights on and window coverings open when a house is being shown do we manipulate lighting. That, however, is what agents would suggest as well.
4.Stagers reposition furniture.
Of course, we do if it is necessary. Making sure that there is a clear and safe traffic pattern for a buyer to see the space is key.
5.Stagers use tricks like baking cookies before a showing.
To be sure, odors can be a huge turn-off to a potential buyer. However, we encourage sellers to address this via letting the fresh air in and removing the cause of the odor.
As a home stager, I recommend against lighting candles for 2 reasons:
~They are not safe
~Buyers are on to this trick and in fact, some candle scents may be too much for a buyer.
6. Using furniture to make a space appear larger.
If we are working with an occupied home, we typically will use what the seller has. Renting furniture is expensive!
In a vacant home, we use furniture to help the buyers see the space and how it can be used.
And, of course, as a design axiom, certain sizes of furniture and the furnishings used can enhance a space.
Stagers don’t use tricks to make a house what it is or isn’t.
The goal is to help you get your house sold with a minimum of discomfort and expense. And we want to help you maximize the investment you’ve made in it.