Premiere Home Stagers went to two consultation appointments in the same day which could not have been more different.
The morning appointment was an occupied consultation for a very large, expensive, custom-built home. The homeowners had businesses in the home design realm. And yet, their realtor suggested a third-party go through their house and suggest changes based upon what the next owner would want to see.
Most of my remarks in the written report was to remove items. This is the difference between interior design and home staging. A designer puts items into the home that specifically reflect the homeowners’ tastes. In home staging, the stager removes both personal items and furniture in order to make the house more appealing to any demographic.
In the afternoon occupied consultation, the homeowners had very little to work with.
After re-arranging the living room, I suggested they purchase one easy chair to go along-side this end table.
I broke up the sofa/love seat combination to make a comfortable spot in front of the fireplace. The bench came from the dining room table.
Two bookshelves came from the living room, where the sofa is now, in order to flank the fireplace.
In this house (above), just a few items are needed to help make this house more cozy and inviting. A good cleaning and touch-up paint and it will be ready for listing.
Whereas in the house below, lots of paring down will need to take place in order for the next buyers to imagine themselves living here.
Whether you have a large or small house, the goal is the same. Make your house appealing to the NEXT buyer. Whether that means adding or subtracting items, buyers need to visualize themselves living in the home. It is the “Goldlilocks” rule—just enough items to make an emotional connection is what it takes to sell an occupied house.
Call Premiere Home Stagers to help you figure out just how much it takes to sell your house. 608-345-9396.