If a buyer walks into a home and immediately knows it’s been staged then I don’t think we’ve done a great job for our clients.
Of course the house looks neater than real people usually live day to day, but that’s not unlike dressing up and getting your hair done for a first date. It’s still you, only more polished.
When you think about it, our goal is to get buyers to fall in love with a property so that they’ll pay as much as possible for it. So if you hit them over the head with the fact that that’s what you’re doing, they’re going to resist the seduction.
I avoid anything that looks overly contrived (like a tray with a tea pot on the edge of a bed, or a dining table laid out as if the President or Queen were arriving any minute), it just ruins the magic!
Perhaps that will be the subject of another post… my top ten most hated staging tactics! Send me yours and I’ll compile a master list!
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