In case you missed the first three parts – the first was about creepy staging tricks , the next focused on common dining room and kitchen staging tricks with the last post talking about overly staged bedrooms. I have saved the best for last:
The frou-frou bathroom
Although it’s the smallest room in the house, the bathroom is such an important space. That’s why I really don’t understand the great lengths some home stagers go to with their silly staging tricks in there.
Does anyone live with tassels draped over their hand towels in real life?
When you put away your bath towels, do you stack them on the bathroom counter, wrapped with a bow and topped with a star fish?
Does anyone set champagne flutes out on the edge of the bathtub? I confess I made that mistake myself when I staged my first client’s home. It sold anyway, but in retrospect I think that detail looked silly.
One of the craziest staging tricks I’ve heard of in the bathroom is filling the bathtub with blue-tinted water – especially in the winter for a house in a cold climate! But one of the tackiest things I have seen in a bathroom was a large ribbon tied around the toilet seat lid.
When you’re finished staging a home, you should have created a warm, welcoming environment that a home buyer can’t tell was staged.
This means you need a good sense of color and where to put furniture. The property should be decluttered and depersonalized, but not to the point of looking cold, and there should be a logical use for each room.
A homeowner is not going to fall in love with a home that has lentils on charger plates or a bow on the toilet seat. These things are silly, contrived and a waste of your time.
Enough with the silly staging tricks! If you’ve seen any crazy ones, please share with us in the comments below!
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Home Staging
Home Staging expert Debra Gould also known as The Staging Diva knows how to make money as a home stager and has taught over 8000 students how to do the same. She is the author of several guides including the Staging Diva Ultimate Design Guide: Home Staging Tips, Tricks and Floor Plans.