Are you afraid to start a home staging business because you’re afraid you don’t have enough flair for decorating to stage homes?
This could be because of those decorating shows and magazines which feature photos of rooms adorned with strategically placed fruit and seashells.
Don’t let something like this stop you from pursuing a career in home staging.
While photos of rooms decorated like that might sell magazines, those tactics will not help sell a property. In fact, it is these decorative touches that I like to call “silly staging tricks” and here’s why.
The purpose of home staging is to show a home in a way that people will imagine themselves living there. The ultimate goal is for a potential buyer to walk through the home and have the impression that they’re home already. That’s the end result of a home staging job done well. Buyers are smart enough to know that those obvious touches were done by a home stager to increase the value of the property.
Not sure what kind of “touches” I mean?
To follow up on an incredibly popular and fun blog post I did in March, I took many of the comments that my readers posted and some silly staging tricks I have seen since then, and wrote an article combining them all. I would like to share that article with you through a short series of blog posts.
I know you’ll have fun reading these and I sincerely urge you to comment about new silly staging tricks you’ve seen lately.
Today’s installment: Simply creepy!
Imagine walking into a home you’re excited about viewing to be welcomed by “virtual tour” music which has been wired throughout. Nobody would ever live like that and it would probably make the buyer laugh or make the home feel creepy more than anything else.
Or what about seeing a home full of furniture on MLS only to book a showing and find it totally empty when you get there. This is sometimes called Virtual Staging, where computer generated furniture is used for the photographs (like the sample at the top of this post).
Another creepy and silly staging trick is replacing the real family members’ photos with pictures of more attractive people. How do you explain that to your clients?
Can you believe some stagers even frame photos of celebrities to place throughout a home? Is that to make buyers think the homeowner is friends with Oprah and George Clooney?
Another good one is when a home stager uses those frames which hold multiple photos, without removing the manufacturer’s filler pictures.
I advise removing all family photos from the home (attractive or not!) to prevent the home buyer from feeling like they’re invading the owners’ privacy.
I’ve also read of stagers hiring actors to set the scene during an open house, yes you guessed it this was a California concept! A dining room would be set for Thanksgiving Dinner for example, and actors would be there to show what a great house it was to entertain in.
Talk about distracting home buyers from the business at hand, which should be falling in love with the property! This concept sounds more like giving visitors the sensation of being part of a reality TV show, and has little to do with Home Staging in my opinion!
Have you seen any silly staging tricks that could be categorized as creepy? Please share in the comments below!
And be sure to check back Wednesday to read about some extremely “distasteful” staging tricks that continue to show up in kitchens and dining rooms everywhere!
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Home Staging
Home Staging expert Debra Gould developed the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program to teach others the right business formula to make money from their decorating talents.