To everyone who replied and referred to "my" stager, you just got a major karma hit. Stagers want to be an agent's "my stager" because that phrase proves your stager is a member of your team, someone whose hard work really does enhance and support all the very hard work you do to market and sell a property. So, from a pro-stager, Thank You All,
giggle, I watch the shows. I extrapolate from the shows. I even admire some of the shows... especially the ones that slip staging in without mentioning that is what they are doing. But sometimes I find myself shrieking at the TV "NO NO! Don't do that! OMG, don't DO that!"
Like Sunny says, scale is key. I have staged many small (under 1K sf) houses using a love seat, a chair, a small cocktail table, and a floor lamp in the living room (along with art on the walls and accessories on the table). If you are living there, take it down as low as you can...find or create each room's focal point and group the furniture loosely around said point. Hint: whenever possible the focal point is architectural (fireplace, window) and sells with the house. Keep repeating, living in a house when it is for sale is not the same as living in a home".Oh, another hint, in the bedroom even if there is a totally cool architectural focal point, the bed is vital. Keep it simple, clean, and made!
Sorry, life happened.Strangely enough, I prefer pee-cahns.
I did find the article very useful.
location, location, location........personally, easy access to dining, shopping, art, and theater was a must-have when I looked for my current house. Here in Hendersonville, NC, during the Autumn apple festival the local ice cream shop makes an apple-pecan-toffee sundae topping that borders on being to die for.
I think in most places you can list 'shown by appointment only' to control the times the house is shown. You can talk to your agent about that.But listing that way may mean some interested buyers are never able to see your house. Reducing your pool of potential buyers can make the sale take longer. Hmm, do you have friends or family who could keep the dogs during the day? At least for a few weeks while you see if listing does increase your traffic?
It's just human nature, isn't it? In this forum some people prove themselves by going out an finding the knowledge needed to answer questions appropriately, some people answer any question that appeals to them using their own opinion (and possibly forgetting to go find the knowledge first, some people answer questions by explaining "I am better than anyone else, trust me on this, call me and if you hire me I will help you." Just human nature.I think the really important point this thread verifies is that agents are, in fact, human.
I tell my staging clients that on HGTV when a buyer falls in love with a house then...will they/won't they cancel the purchase because of unexpected condition problems?? Oh that is exciting on TV. In real life, when you are the seller losing the sale and having to deal with surprise maintenance...not so much.
Open your heart to new experiences and your mind to new ideas. View both new and re-sale properties with enthusiasm and energy. Learn more about houses and about yourself, your needs, your wants before you make a final decision. Whenever you decide, what ever you decide, have it inspected as many ways as possible!