Small Changes, Big Profit
Beyond the stuff that’s already in home, there may also be ways for you to improve your interior with some small additions. A home stager knows that even small things like a tea candle here, a mirror there, or an ornamental vase in an empty corner can make all the difference when it comes to sprucing things up. After all, it’s best to inject your home with flair without personalizing things too much, and a home stager knows exactly how to tread that line.
A home that has been lived in for years tends to take on the character of its residents. This is of course unsurprising. You have unique tastes and interests so it’s only natural that you express that with your interior decor. However, it is a good idea to remove those personalized touches from your home if you plan to sell it or rent it out.
Decorative items that are meaningful to you, as beautiful as they may be, will only serve to distract buyers from seeing their life in your walls. In fact, these kinds of details can be a big (although at times unconscious) turn-off for potential buyers. Fortunately, a real estate stager makes this process a whole lot easier.
Limitations of a Stager
As with all things, real estate staging cannot fix every defect in your home. If your home has a particular odor, like kitty litter or perhaps even mold, a home staging will not be able to help you. Stagers for homes are unlikely to hold the relevant qualifications to deal with such challenges and so you will have to turn to other specialists for these kinds of problems. Also, while it should go without saying, please note that a real estate stager will not help you to conceal defects or flaws which must be disclosed to any buyer by law.
Major Issues Are For Other Professionals
For example, a professional cleaner or relevant specialist will be the go-to person for major issues that constitute an immediate health risk. The same goes for structural issues such as foundation cracks. Additionally, a small room is always going to be a small room. A home stager might be able to make a cramped space feel a bit bigger and airy, but they can’t help with increasing its ceiling height or adding a window for increased lighting.
Home Value Dependent on Bigger Factors
Lastly, there is no guarantee that real estate staging will "up" the value of your home significantly. There are many factors that can affect a home’s value including location, home size, the age of your home, whether the home was renovated, and interest rates just to name a few. To be sure, a home stager can positively affect this by maximizing your home’s usable space or improving curb appeal. Just bear in mind that a value boost isn’t always a done deal without some major improvements.
The best way to work with a real estate stager is by trying to do the most with less, like with Feng Shui. By maintaining realistic goals, you and your home stager can work together towards a profitable outcome.
A Stager Is Not a Market Guru
Don’t expect your home stager to be an expert on the ups and downs of the housing market. A home stager’s job is not to offer professional advice on market trends. For instance, a home stager is not the person to go to if you’re trying to find out whether home values in your neighborhood are falling or rising. They also cannot forecast how much money your home will sell for.