I love getting together with my peers.The conversations and shared experiences are always very interesting; some funny, some sad.The common theme is the uniqueness of what we stagers and re-designers do and the services we provide both seen and unseen.Not everything we do shows up in photos and it’s something worth discussing when explaining exactly what staging is. We are problem solvers, hand holders and sounding boards when it comes to your living spaces and at times even your emotional well being.Objectivity is priceless and that is what we provide above all else.
Selling a home is stressful.Living in cluttered or stale spaces is also stressful and can be downright depressing.When I walk up to or in to a space that needs help, it’s readily evident that there is more going on than meets the eye. What do you think hits people first thing in your spaces? If you are selling do you think a potential buyer thinks or wonders about those things when they set foot on your driveway (if they can) or in your door?You bet they do!So much so that they don’t pay attention to things you want them to pay attention to.It’s just human nature. There is a psychology to staging for sale or setting up living spaces.
What should you do when you can’t figure it out or you don’t have time to deal with all this stuff?Most hire professionals to work on their car, fix their plumbing and electrical issues and yes even to listen to their problems. What do those guys charge? Uh huh…why the reluctance to hire and pay a professional to fix your living spaces or help sell them? It’s a valuable service that has so much impact on your daily living!
Can those other professionals I mentioned possibly make or save you money? Maybe, but I can say with all certainty that the longer your house sits on the market because of ugly, outdated or cluttered rooms the more $$$$ it costs you. I would say that’s pretty stressful. I can say with all certainty if the property is nearly or totally turnkey and shows well on line and in person it’s going to sell for a great price in any market; buyer’s or seller’s. I can say with all certainty that living in rooms that are hard to walk around in, dark looking or stuffy and dusty is stressful. Get with the program! It’s the 21st century:)
Lighten and brighten it up and see how good you feel. You won’t hate dusting or vacuuming (well not as much), you’ll love hanging out at home instead of someone else’s house or at a Starbucks…well maybe not the Starbucks thing but do you get what I’m saying? When you feel good in your space life can brighten up so much. Even if you are a happy camper now, you can be even happier and more energetic. Hiring a Stager is a twofer, try it and see.
Ana Hitzel is the owner of AccentPositives Home Staging and the host of Your Place Your Space Home & Life Improvement Radio.
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