Myth #6 Busted - Home staging just means removing the clutter.

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Home staging is more than just decluttering.   Anyone can take everything off the kitchen counter or strip a bathroom so there is nothing in it - so why should people hire someone to do it for them?  Professional home stagers are trained to; first get rid of the clutter, then add decorative elements and / or emotional connection points that will appeal to a broad range of home buyers.  Just cutting the clutter is not enough.  You do not want the room to end up looking stark.  Every room should be warm and inviting, beautifully decorated and stylishly current.  Homes that have been staged have IT.  It is just like Stewart Potter said, "I'm not sure how to define it, but I know it when I see it!"

I figured the best way to illustrate IT is with pictures.

Kitchen BeforeBefore- This kitchen looks pretty good.  It is not really cluttered although it lacks style and pizazz.

 

kitchen afterAfter - Although there are almost exactly the same amount of items on the kitchen counters this kitchen is warm and inviting.

 

 This master bath has been decluttered but it is not inviting.

 After - Looks relaxing and inviting. Again there are actually more items in this space than in the before but they are designed to appeal to prospective buyers.

OK - I hope that helps to clarify myth #6.  There is more to home staging than just decluttering a space.

If anyone has B&A's they would like to share I'd love to see them. 

 

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Rainer
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Phyllis Pafumi
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Hey Maureen

I totally agree that decluttering is NOT staging. I had also did a blog about this because soooo many realtors think they stage when in fact they just declutter. I consider that the prep work prior to staging. No you are not a computer geek, but I am a computer iliterate...

Best of Luck

Stage it Forward Phyllis Pafumi

November 16, 2006 09:37 PM
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Craig Schiller
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Maureen...

It's kind of like the same thing that happens each year at the Oscars.

All women are wearing some of the finest gowns in the world... some look great, others ugly! WHY? Styling creativity.  A talented stylist knows that each element that is added into the mix impacts it. The job of the stylist is to balance, tweak and stylize to perfection.

Regardless it still takes? TALENT.

November 19, 2006 08:16 AM
Rainer
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Bonnie Erickson
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Craig is so right about the key component.  It's not just balance, or following good design rules, or coordinating color, or any of the other "techniques".  Good  eventually boils down to talent!

November 19, 2006 09:17 AM
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Alyse Bromberg
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Maureen, nice job!  What did you put over the window in the kitchen?
April 05, 2007 03:02 PM
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Maureen Maureen
Alyse - It is a simple wooden frame covered with fabric.  No sew - I used a staple gun to attach it.  
April 05, 2007 03:47 PM
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