Can a Staging Go Wrong? You Bet It Can!
The other day I popped into the Q&A Section of ActiveRain and saw something from Jeff Dowler, CRS .
He asked if anyone had seen a staged house that was not well done! I had to raise my hand because I certainly have.
Granted that much of what our eyes see is subjective and a matter of personal preference but there are some things that can make almost anyone say “ouch!”
Here are a few I have seen...
This was the case in several model homes I saw once. There was so much eye candy that you forgot about the house itself.
In the powder room was a huge mirror that overwhelmed the room and on one of the tables was a centerpiece that was almost as large as the table.
Another stager had placed faux flowers on every table in the room. There was another huge arrangement on the dining room table.
We all have to work within some kind of budget or time constraint. If that’s the case, nothing is better than just something.
Placing a table and 4 chairs in a corner or a small floral arrangement in the corner of the kitchen isn’t staging.
Furniture that is out of proportion for the room or not in sync with the character of the room can be a distraction.
There was a house that had been staged by an agent who thought it would be good to bring pieces from their own home as well as pieces that had been borrowed from her fellow agents. The whole look was mid-century Thrown together!
Good staging can help a buyer see the possibilities of a house. But you never want it to be the first thing that your buyer sees. It should be a part of the whole visual and emotional experience for the buyer.