Home staging can be extremely useful when you’re selling a house – but only if it’s done correctly. According to an article in Thurston Talk, Home Staging – What It Is and What It Isn’t, many people misunderstand exactly what home staging is – and what it isn’t.
First of all, it’s important to understand that interior decorating is not the same thing as staging. It’s also important to note that home staging should not take advantage of the latest trends. It’s actually a creative science that works by appealing to the largest number of potential buyers and needs to be considered from a totally different point of view.
The process involves arranging accessories, accents, and furniture in a unique way that give buyers the feeling that they could actually live in the home. The goal is both to sell the home for as much as possible and to sell it as quickly as possible. Compare this to interior decorating, which is a very personal process that focuses very strongly on finding the tastes of those who live in a home. With staging, the purpose is to neutralize, de-clutter, and depersonalize a space to help potential buyers imagine themselves in the space.
When a home has too much clutter, or has too many personal belongings, it can be harder for a buyer to see the home in a neutral way and to imagine it as their home. That said, a home that’s totally empty can end up feeling cold and unwelcoming. It can accentuate the flaws in a home and can make it harder for potential buyers to figure out what will fit where.
The experts say they don’t make staging decisions based on today’s trends. The reality is that many of the popular options don’t appeal to everyone – and they don’t work with every market. For example, grays may be in style but they wouldn’t work well with a home located on the relatively gray and cloudy Northwest U.S.
At Half Price Drapes, we know that one of the fastest, easiest, and most affordable ways to totally transform a room is to invest in new window coverings. They help a room feel more put together and instantly showcase beautiful views. We offer a wide range of affordable window covering options that can be an important part of your home staging.