Home Staging…What NOT to Expect
Styling your house for buyers when it is for sale has never gone away, even in a seller’s market. However, with changes in some markets, sellers may want to consider putting more effort into ensuring that their house appeals to as many buyers as possible.
By now almost everyone is familiar with the concept of home staging…making sure that their home and all of its possibilities are shown to prospective buyers.
If you’ve never used the services of a home staging professional you may be leery so here’s what NOT to expect from a home staging professional…
Home Stagers Are Not There To Judge Your Decorating Style
We may not tell you, but stagers have design “quirks” in their own homes! We’re there to do a job and that’s to assess what you have.
We WILL make suggestions about how you can showcase your home to appeal to a broad range of potential buyers.
Home Stagers Will Not Hide Things
If you have cracks in your tile or carpet stains, for example, we WILL suggest you address them but will never recommend trying to hide them.
A novice investor/seller once asked me to cover the area beneath the bed in the master bedroom because the newly laid flooring was done incorrectly. And it showed! My suggestion...get the vendor back and have it done correctly.
Home Stagers Will Not Tell You to Remove All Personal Items
We understand that you have to live in your home while it is being sold so there will be some things you absolutely need…medication and personal toiletries, for example.
We WILL show you how you can store these items so that they will be out of the way during showings.
Home Stagers Will Not Tell You That You Have to Paint Your Home
That will always be your choice.
However, we WILL show you through apps
the difference paint can make in letting your buyers see past taste-specific colors or old paint.
Home Stagers Will Not Tell You What to Do
Some sellers worry that stagers will give you a laundry list of items that must be completed.
What a seller decides to do to prepare their home for sale is always their choice.
My clients WILL receive a list of suggestions…The top priority will include items that we strongly suggest they address (such as painting, repairs, and cleaning). The second tier lists items that would be nice if it fits in the seller’s budget as well as their desire to maximize the investment they have.
It’s your home and your choice. We’re there to lend you our expertise and guidance to help you sell your home.