Simplicity is the essence of great real estate staging. When it is over contrived it fails miserably in it’s mission of romancing the prospective home buyer.
Must we continue to see tea trays carefully perched at a forty five degree angle at the end of a bed? Or towels in a bathroom with a star fish or other shell placed on top? Is that to evoke a relaxed mood?
I saw a staging segment on TV awhile back. The staging team actually hung tassels around hand towels and emptied lentils onto charger plates on the dining room table as a decorative touch.
Are prospective home buyers to think the family lives this way? Are they to immediately imagine themselves living that way in such a dream home and want it for themselves too?
“Oh honey, don’t forget to put that shell back after you dry off from the shower!”
Why not just run a special headline across the agent’s feature sheet that says, “Notice the special details to delight and surprise you in every room, because this home has been decorated to make you pay as much as possible for it.”
Homeowners, home buyers, agents, fellow stagers: reply back with comments on your pet peeves and the Stupid Staging Tricks you’ve seen. I’d like to assemble a list of bad staging ideas to share with those who would like to effectively decorate homes to sell quickly and for top dollar— without insulting home buyers intelligence!
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva
President, Six Elements Inc. Home Staging
Internationally recognized home staging expert Debra Gould is president of Six Elements and creator of the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program with 700+ Graduates worldwide. She is the author of “Staging Diva Ultimate Color Guide: The Easy Way to Pick Colors for Home Staging Projects”, and “Staging Diva Ultimate Guide: Creating The Perfect Portfolio to Sell Your Home Staging Services”.[tags]home stager, home staging, real estate staging, stupid staging tricks, staging tricks, home staging business, home staging consultation, how to stage, Staging Diva, Debra Gould[/tags]