Sunday, 6 March 2011

Home Staging

The Dirt on Home Staging
What’s it all about?


Just a thought, think of selling your home as a similar event to preparing for a job interview…You have a shower, you lay out the best outfit that you have (you want to dress to impress), you tidy yourself up by shaving or putting your make-up on, doing your hair, ultimately wanting a job in the end for putting out the best that you can be. Now think about it, how much different is it than preparing your house for sale? You should think of selling your house the same way you would present yourself to a prospective boss at a job interview. You don’t go sloppy, dirty or disorganized and expect to get the job. Why would anyone want to hire someone who can’t even put themselves together for a job interview, to represent their company?
                So if you were selling your house, why would anyone want to buy it if it’s messy and not well presented?
Home staging is preparing a house to have another person potentially fall in love with it all over again as you once have.  You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so you better make a good one the first time.  Home Staging means, cleaning, tidying, organizing, re-decorating, accessorizing, space planning…. This sounds like a lot of work, but believe me – its all worth it in the end! Since it sounds like a lot of work, that’s what we Home Stagers are here to help you with! You don’t even need to lift a finger, but if you do, we prefer that you use one – your indexJ

When you hire a home stager, they come to your home and assess each space, they score each room from 1-10 (10 being the best) and write down reasons for that score. After the assessment, the stager goes over the scores with you the client and then discusses what his/her recommendations for the home would be to stage it, to make it sell better, faster and what you can do to have more money in your pocket in the end!

Your Home Stager may suggest that you move some furniture around if a rooms appears or feels too heavy especially if you have too much furniture in a space, or if the furniture is too bulky. They may recommend balancing out some accessories that you have on a bookshelf or on a mantle to de-clutter.  Or your Stager may want you to change the colour of a room to a more neutral colour which allows the prospective buyers to see the room as a blank canvas, which in turn enables them to see there own items easier in the space.  Whatever the stager you choose, they will have their own services and prices to help you with whatever budget that you have in mind.

It’s easy to get stressed when selling your home, because you get thinking about so many things and there are so many things to get in order and everything is getting so overwhelming and on top of everything you must keep your house looking “put together and then there’s this crazy Home Stager who says “we can help you!!” and you’re like…. “Ha, I don’t know” but you really should let them help because they can make miracles.  

It’s always a good idea to have a stager into your home who has a fresh perspective, a fresh set of eyes and who is a person with a whole set of new ideas that you can do with your home.

After you have bought a new home to move into because someone has fallen in love with your old one, you can still hire your Stager to come back and help with setting up your furniture and accessories in your new space. Moving into a new space can be daunting and stressful but it’s easier to have someone to work with who can visualize the space and imagine different options of what to do with it