Staging FAQ’s-What is the Difference Between a Designed Home and a Staged Home?
Many times I’ve been told that a client’s home didn’t need staging because the seller had employed a professional interior designer when they moved in. In fact, an agent once told me that the client had spent quite a bit of money on the furnishings and no staging was necessary.
This is sometimes the case, however from my experience...not always.
You see, there is a blurred difference between interior design and home staging. Both involve some design basics, paint, accessories, other furnishings but there is still a difference.
They serve different masters
Interior Design/Decorating- the master is the homeowner. The designer works with the owner’s living style and personal style preferences. This is where the owner can retreat from the rest of the world. It is where they can be as taste specific as they choose to be.
Home Staging-the stager must try to satisfy several masters, none of whom they know. Their task is to help the seller transform their home into a house that will appeal to the buying demographics of the area.
In this case, the stager is always working with the buyer in mind.
They have different goals in mind.
Interior Design/Decorating-The goal is to create an environment for the Homeowner that reflects their lifestyle and their interests.
It makes little difference that a leopard print wall in the entry would not be our style. If it makes the seller happy to walk in the door at night, then the goal has been met.
Home Staging-the goal is to prepare and style the home so that potential buyers will be able to see all of the possibilities of the property and the home’s value.
And by doing so, your home should have a shorter time on the market and the perceived value could mean a higher offering price!
Don’t let your personal design choices get in the way of selling your home. You can always take them with you to your new home.
Home Staging lets the buyer see the liveability of the space and the value in the property.