Wednesday, April 25, 2018
By Joe Kirby
Staging Myths & Misunderstandings

Staging is meant to show the possibilities and livability of a home to potential buyers. However, there are still some who aren’t sure about staging...what it is and what it isn’t.

A buyer needs to be realistic in that their own furniture and design may not yield the same effects as that selected by a professional interior designer. 

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Here are just a few myths and misunderstandings that some have about home staging.

1.Stagers cover up problems with furniture or decor.

Stagers may use design ideas to enhance the area, such as a more flattering paint color or editing furniture but not to cover up.

2. Stagers manipulate lighting.

Only in suggesting that Sellers have all of their lights on and window coverings open when a house is being shown do they manipulate lighting. That, however, is what agents would suggest as well.

3.Stagers reposition furniture.

Of course, this is done if it is necessary. Making sure that there is a clear and safe traffic pattern for a Buyer to see the space is key.

4.Stagers use tricks like baking cookies before a showing.

To be sure, odors can be a huge turn-off to a potential Buyer. However, Sellers are always encouraged to address this via letting the fresh air in and removing the cause of the odor.

5. Using furniture to make a space appear larger.

In an occupied home, stagers will typically use what the Seller has. Renting furniture is expensive! In a vacant home, they use furniture to help the Buyers see the space and how it can be used.