Whoa! What Happened Here?
(Perspectives on Real Estate and More from a Home Staging Pro)
As you can imagine, every once in a while I walk into a house and think, “Whoa! What happened here?” What may surprise you is that it is not the house that is full of clutter that surprises me as much as an occupied house that is practically empty. Clearly there was a misunderstanding about what Home Staging is all about. Yes de-cluttering or editing is an important part of Home Staging but it is possible to do too much of a good thing.
Below is a picture of one of my favorite rooms. It was a room just off the patio that had a lot of sun. I wanted to show it as a retreat of sorts and make it feel comfortable and inviting. I did not pack it with furniture and there is not a tchotchke on every shelf, but the space is defined and according to the Agent and the Seller the room was very inviting. I guess the Buyers liked this room, along with the rest of the house. The house was under contract within two days of Staging.
Home Staging is about a lot more than de-cluttering. By Staging your house, you use a careful balance of furniture and accessories to draw attention to the best assets of the house and distract from the less than appealing features. If you’re not sure how to use accessories along with pieces of furniture to make Buyers fall in love with it, talk to a Home Stager. The Home Stager can either point you in the right direction or do the work for you. It’s your call! Whatever you choose, do not take de-cluttering to such an extreme that anyone thinks, “Whoa! What happened here?”
Wishing you a quick sale!
Kathy Strader, ASP