The answer is the buyer. The challenge is learning how to get into the imagination of these prospective buyers. Sometimes staging is not about what you HAVE done to a home, but what you have NOT done. The last thing you want to do is “scare” them. Here are some words of advice:
Don’t over-stage. When in a position of wondering if you have done too much or too little, it is better to err on the side of too little. The last thing you want to do is make the space seem smaller than it is.
Furniture does NOT need to be against a wall. Try to configure furniture in a way that encourages conversation and engagement.
Don’t forget the little things. After the furniture is perfectly placed, add to the inviting atmosphere with a fruit bowl in the kitchen, a pile of books on the coffee table or some potpourri in the bathroom. These details could make a home stand out from all of the others.
Not every room needs to be staged. Stick with the kitchen, living room, bathrooms and the master bedroom. Potential buyers need to have some room to imagine what and/or who will go into the other rooms.
Remember that you want to appeal to the largest audience possible when www. It is not about you or your tastes. Your choices in staging must take into account the extreme likes and dislikes of all people and must make the home an inviting and happy place for any shopper.
by Kelly Elsasser at My Home Group