What is home staging and why do you need it?
People often ask what is the difference between home staging and interior design. While the two practises operate in the same sphere, and often by the same people, the purpose, methods and results of each are very different.
Interior design is all about the homeowner. People hire interior designers to help them to actualize a vision they have for their homes. Interior designers are qualified to advise about concepts, furniture, color and every other part of design development.
They research, plan and choose the most suitable styles that will bring out the best in any room. But perhaps most importantly, they are able to incorporate the personal preferences of the homeowner into every aspect.
Home staging is a process that happens when a homeowner is selling their property. And here lies the most significant difference – home staging is about the buyer.
So, how exactly does it work? Well, have you ever viewed a house and been immediately put off by a feeling you couldn’t put your finger on? When it’s impossible to visualize the potential of a property, chances are the problems lie in the decor, rather than the actual building. Personal taste, personal belongings and clutter can be distracting and off-putting. It’s can be difficult to see yourself living in another person’s home.
Home staging is about creating a neutral, unlived-in space that a buyer can imagine themselves in. It’s a blend of creative design, experience and practical advice that combine to create something attractive, and ultimately sellable.
Every seller is hoping to get the highest possible price and in order to achieve that, they need to see their home as a product. The first thing that the need to get their heads around is their home is now a product. And home stagers will help them to emotionally detach from their homes, even just a little bit! It can be hard to do, but this change of mindset can have a hugely positive impact on the final sale price.
Home stagers are usually employed for short term periods, in particular for events like viewings and open days. The most common reasons to hire these specialists is either to pare back the contents of a home or add to them so that it will appeal to a wider audience.
Home-stagers are on hand to help and advise every step of the way. Some belongings may need to be packed and held in short-term storage facilities and in their place, homes stagers supply alternative furniture and accessories. But, don’t be concerned about any undue upheavals, professional home-stagers are fast and efficient at what they do. The best ones work with reliable moving companies too so that the process is completed quickly.
The best home stagers arrange for photographs to be taken of the freshly styled property. Staged homes always look amazing in print and online advertising and will give the seller the best possible shot at closing the deal at the price they want.