It's easy to believe everything you see on TV...the internet...But SHOULD you ? Probably not...
Sellers...Don’t Get HGTV’D!
Debe Maxwell, CRS recently wrote an excellent post about HGTV and the impact it has had on agents. Home Stagers have a similar love/hate relationship.
When the idea of staging a home to help sell it was born, many areas of the country had never heard of it.
When I started staging in 2007, there were many agents as well as homeowners who had not heard of home staging.
HGTV and the staging shows helped to spread the concept of home staging.
HOWEVER...since most reality shows have to take some poetic license to make the show entertaining, with that entertainment, comes some staging misconceptions.
1.We don’t just twitch our noses to have furniture and accessories and a work and moving crew show up at the door.
In some shows, the furniture arrives magically from I have no idea where and in the next scene, you see the After view of the room. That was simple, wasn’t it?
If your home is vacant and needs furniture and accessories, it can take a lot of planning on the part of your stager. Items have to be sourced even if that source is our storage area, basement or “staging room.”
We usually bring more than we’ll ever need, which then needs to be repacked and returned.
Think about moving into a new home and unpacking and setting up a whole house in one day.
2. We aren’t judging what you have and making catty remarks behind your back.
There was a cable show that featured two women stagers. I took an instant disliking to them and were I a seller, I would never want them in my home.
Every Home Stager I’ve ever met has one goal and focus when they enter a home...to do what they can to help you get your home sold.
We really don’t make catty remarks about how you’ve decorated your home.
Do you have any idea how much stuff stagers have?! My basement, when I had one, was packed with furnishings for staging.
We may suggest neutral colors for you but just between you and me, one of my bedrooms was painted in Benjamin Moore’s Violet Stone!
3. We will not be followed into your home by a crew with sledgehammers.
Some shows insist that to sell your home, you will need to knock down some walls, lift this, remove that, and heck...why not stay there when all is said and done!
Yes, we will make suggestions that we feel will help you maximize the investment you’ve made in your home.
They may include giving your home a thorough cleaning to replacing some light fixtures or replacing your flooring. YOU are always the one to decide just how much time, effort and money you are willing to invest.
Any remodeling or updating you choose to do should be balanced with the return you may (or may not) get when you sell your house.
HGTV is a favorite channel of mine and this stager does appreciate what it’s done for the profession.
But when you’re ready to sell your home...call your local home stager.