How do you Deal with a Professional Home Stager?

April 8th, 2015 | Posted by Teri Clardy

As a professional Home Stager, I have to tell complete strangers to change the way they live in and think about their home. That can sometimes be like walking a tight rope between helping the home owner to see their house from the perspective of buyers and having the home owner become offended because they take what I say personally.

So, I’m providing some clarification for homeowners on what we, as professional home stagers, are trying to accomplish.

First and Foremost, We have your Best Interest at Heart

When we come into your home, our first and foremost desire is to help you get your home sold quickly and for as much money as possible. We have the same goal that you and your realtor have.

We Understand that Moving is Difficult and Stressful

There are any number of reasons why you may be moving. Some may be good, some not so much. Perhaps you are excited about moving but really stressed. Perhaps you have financial or personal reasons for moving when you would really prefer to be staying. We deal with all kinds of people in all kinds of situations. We understand that selling a home is stressful enough, let alone having a stranger come in and tell you to change how you’re living.

Please, keep in mind that we are here to help you. We want to lower your stress level by providing you with only those tasks and suggestions that will truly make your home stand out from the competition and, if appropriate, by completing those tasks ourselves. If it seems overwhelming, we are open to you telling us your frustrations in order to move forward.

Please Don’t be Offended by what we Tell You

When I begin telling you what I see needs to be done, you may think to yourself, “Is this really going to help, is she just being nit picky, or maybe she’s just plain OCD?!” Truly, I am looking at how to present your home to your buyers in the very best possible light. That may mean getting rid of, or packing up and placing in storage, things that you love having in your home. It may mean changing the furniture arrangement that you’ve had forever or even removing a few of the pieces. It may mean having the right amount (think less is better) and placement of accessories, the right amount and placement of artwork, the right amount of items on counters or in drawers and in closets (again, less is better).

All of this makes a difference in how the house is perceived by your buyers. A truly good home stager will view your home from the perspective of your buyers and clearly identify what needs to change. We are striving for a warm, inviting home that immediately appeals to a very large audience. A home where not only can that audience see themselves living but one they fall in love with.

Walking into the home for the first time and coming from the point of view of a buyer, we are going to see those things that can detract from the presentation of your home. These may be things you’re aware of but haven’t had time to fix; they may be things you don’t really notice anymore because you are so used to living that way, or they may be things that are very specific to your tastes. We are going to identify these things because your potential buyers most certainly will and that can reflect in a low-ball offer or no offers at all.

Bottom line; we are trained to present a home in its best light and our number one goal is to get your home sold!

 

If you are ready to put your home on the market, we at Colorado Premier Staging would love to help you have the very best product available for your potential buyers. Give us a call today.

 

Written by Teri Clardy

Teri Clardy

Teri Clardy is an experienced Project Management Professional and Certified Home Stager Pro. She is the owner of and head property designer for Colorado Premier Staging llc. She is based out of LIttleton but serves all of the Denver Metro area with her luxurious & attractive Home Staging services.


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