A home stager is similar to an interior decorator — with expertise in planning and choosing colors, fabrics, and furniture, and arranging them all in a way that makes your home look its best.
But a good home stager brings a few extra things to the mix. The stager is not focused on creating a home that suits your personal taste and need for everyday comforts, but instead on making your home appeal to a broad range of tastes. Livable or not — probably not, after you’ve hidden the toaster, toothpaste, and laundry hamper — the idea is for the stager’s work to help people fall in love with your place and want to buy it.
• As a Real Estate agent and accredited Home Stager, here are some things that I ideally do….
• Examine your home from top to bottom, and determine what should be done to get it ready.
• Identify specific ways to highlight your home’s best features and compensate for its shortcomings.
• Recommend which items of your furniture and household possessions should stay in the house and which should be removed BEFORE it goes on the market.
• Help you arrange for recommended repairs or other major work on your home — by lining up contractors, carpenters, painters, and landscapers, etc.
• Bring in furniture, art work, rugs, pillows, and some wonderful accessories, all carefully matched and chosen to make your house feel like a place where people can truly see themselves living in your home.