Have you ever heard that home staging is like putting lipstick on a pig?
The thought behind this statement is that you can make a house as pretty as you like, but really it is just the same house with the same problems, just as putting lipstick on a pig doesn’t change the fact that it is and always will be a pig.
Yes, staging involves making the house look ‘pretty’, but it involves so much more.
The “making pretty” part is the last step.
First, stagers have to address the problems so that it is NOT the same house with the same problems as before it was staged. This often includes a lot of repairs, renovating, updating and painting. Sometimes this is done by the staging team, or facilitated by the stager.
After those updates are all complete, we put on the ‘lipstick’, enhancing the house with suitable furniture and accessories. And VOILA! a beautiful house hits the market.
Staging your house prior to listing it is the best way to ensure you get the best offer for what you’re selling.
A well-presented home will look better in the photos online. More people click to view the details of the home. These homes always get more viewings, which, in turn, brings in more offers. A well-staged house that is priced correctly for the market conditions will often have multiple offers.
Proof in the Pudding
Check out these photos of houses that have been staged by Cathy. Imagine that you, as a buyer, are taking a look through homes listed on Kijiji or another listing site. Which would appeal to you more? Which photo would you be more interested in viewing? The ‘before’ shot or the ‘after’ shot?
Do they even look like the same house?
Home staging is usually a lot more work than putting in some new furniture and making things look nice with a simple coat of paint. For newly renovated homes, perhaps some furniture is all that’s required.
Updating a home is a vital step in home staging, it’s not enough to simply change the furniture and call it a day!
So don’t leave money on the table; stage your house before you sell it!
Home staging can make a difference for you!
Call Cathy today to discuss your particular situation – as everybody’s is different!