As a professional home stager, working in the real estate business, I spend most of my working hours in the homes of others.
I never know what I will find at each house I visit.
Condition varies from one consult to another.
I've been in homes that were spotless and meticulously cared for. More times than not, however, that is not the case.
Most people are very busy and housekeeping is not a priority.
Family and survival are the priority, as they should be.
I tell all my clients "no need to apologize " for the dust bunnies and cat toys we find moving the couch, or the laundry and pizza boxes covering their teen's bedroom floor.
I've seen it all. Besides, what I see doesn't even matter...it's what potential buyers see that is most important.
How you live in your home is none of my business...
comfort and convenience are what I wish for you.
How you live in your listed house is what my business is about.
When a house becomes a product for sale, comfort and convenience go out the window and cleanliness becomes a top priority, .
At the core of home staging is impression...creating perceived value.
The better maintained a buyer believes your house to be, the higher its value in their mind.
On a personal note...
I recently did a 2-hour home staging consult for a really nice couple with several cats and dogs.
I gave them all my usual "home with pets" advice and stressed the importance of cleanliness.
When I got home I removed my shoes at the door. Luckily one of the shoes landed upside down or I wouldn't have known the condition and could have worn them next time without cleaning them.
Covered in animal hair!
Lesson learned...I will always check my shoes now after returning home from staging consults.
This gives a whole new meaning to the expression bringing your work home with you.
For those of you in the real estate business:
Do you check the bottoms of your shoes after a hard day of work?