Home Staging: Now That It’s Staged
By Maria-Elena Grant of Awesome Rooms, LLC
I always tell me clients; the home you live in is not the house that you are selling. I hope you were able to notice the differentiation in my wording, the home you live in, the house you are selling.
A professional stager will stage your house with and your family in mind. They also will discuss with you the areas where you might need to compromise.
Once a house is staged, how do you live in it while it is being showcased? Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about the subject.
What do I do with my pets?
The ideal situation is to keep pets out of the house and even off the property while the house is on the market. Some buyers may be afraid or allergic to pets. Also, no one knows how their pets will react to strangers being in your house while you are not there. They may bark continually or prevent potential buyers from viewing the whole house.
Where to keep your pets, particularly if you work full time is a dilemma for a seller. One solution is to have your pet stay with a relative or a close friend at their house while you are at work. Daily pet day care may be an option. If you are not at work and a viewing is scheduled, take the pet with you when you leave the house.
Remember to keep their food and water dishes, as well as leashes, toys, etc., out of sight. Litter boxes are the biggest problem. Search the internet for ones that are decorative. There are some that are even disposable.
Should I get an outside storage container or pod to store the things that I have already removed?
No, no and no. This sends many negative messages to the potential buyer. It totally destroys the all-important curb appeal. It will take up too much room in the driveway and blocks all the welcoming and positive attributes of the front of your house. The buyer will immediately think that there is not enough storage space within the house.
Start by making sure that you are purging enough and not just moving things from your house to the pod. If you really need to store items outside the house, ask a nearby relative or close friend if you can temporarily put a storage container on their property until the house is sold. Their property should not be located on the same street as your house. Having it on your next door neighbor’s property is almost as detrimental as having it on yours. Another option is to rent a unit at a storage facility for a few months. It seems like a lot of trouble to transport items, so seriously think again if you are purging at a high enough level. Take this opportunity to eliminate some of your accumulated possessions.
A stager has placed items in your home not based on their personal tastes or opinion. Staging is based on experience and proven methods. Remember you have paid for this expertise and it should be embraced.
Most stagers have in their contracts that nothing may be moved or changed without consulting the stager. Something may be broken in the move or the change may disrupt the cohesiveness of the whole design – even if you do not see it that way.
It is sometimes not optimal to live in a staged house. Just remember it is only for a short time. Soon the house will be sold and you will be getting settled in your new home. Just the way that you want it to be!
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