Staging a home also has its challenges. People may look at it as decorating the home to attract buyers, but there is actually a difference between staging and decorating. Staging focuses more on depersonalizing the home and in selling the space rather than the personality that the previous owners of the home had put into it. Staging dwells more on making a clear flow what the home can offer. Decorating, on the other hand, is personal, and ‘personal’ is not something that staging creates; ‘personal’ is what staging makes a path for.
There are four challenges in staging that home stagers may encounter:
- The owners would rather have the decorations as it is. Nothing changes and nothing moves out of the room.
There are just some sellers who want the properties to be sold as is and you as the stager cannot force them to change it. About the only thing that you can do at this point is to show them the value of having to change things. Do not leave it to their imaginations. It is important that they see it for themselves. You can try to convince them by citing your experiences as an example and showing the sellers some of your previous projects.
- Another challenge is when the house has already been listed for many months before the seller calls for a stager.
This becomes a problem because this means that many prospective buyers have already been to the property and has seen the house. It would have already been too late for these buyers to see the potential of the property. The house should be staged before it is listed. It may hove lost its selling momentum already when a stager is called months after it was on the market.
- Some rooms in the house may give headaches to stagers because they are cramped and stuff are all cluttered around.
In staging, showing lots of space while emphasizing the good points in the room is what matters most. The clutter has to be sorted out and removed. You can use some of the furniture and things (lamps, desks, chairs, etc.) to highlight the main purpose of the room and to focus on its finer points. But always remember that space is important to give the buyers an idea of what they may want to add to it when the property becomes theirs.
Multifunction rooms are another headache. These rooms often give a confused layout and can leave people wondering what they’re supposed to do with so much space. Where would their couch go? What about the dining table?… Multifunction rooms are even more confusing for the buyers when it is vacant. This is why stagers must make use of furnitures and designs to show buyers the possibilities in using the rooms. They can set the couch here and position the table there to give the buyer an idea of how to bring out the beauty and flow of the room.
- A home with nothing in it is also a challenge for home stagers.
In staging a home, you need to bring out a feeling or an impression from the buyers when they see the house. Showing them a bare and lifeless home is not going to achieve this goal. Vacant homes only give confusion to the buyers. They will wonder what they can do with this room or if they need to have that room. To give some life and feeling into the room, you may need to rent some furniture. Get only those that are important. Remember to focus on selling the home and space and not the furniture.