Home Staging and annieandbob.I must preface this by saying that I am a part of a realty team with my husband. Staging is a service that we bring to our clients as a value-add. I offer a staging consultation and final room re-arrangement/tweaking just prior to photos and video for all of our listings. That being said, I tend to work with what the home owner already owns. During the consultation suggestions are made in a prioritized list: Typically pack, clean, paint and store. The homeowner does these chores. When we come in, we spend a day moving furniture and adding the finishing touches with color before filming. We do try to keep in mind that the homeowner and family will have to maintain this staging throughout the listing.
All this being said, I have never been a fan of the over-the-top staging that sets up too many little scenes (i.e., breakfast in bed, dinner in the dining room, cookbook open making dinner). Perhaps it is my hyper developed sense of “do I look like an idiot to you?” that makes me recoil at some one’s attempt to manipulate my emotions and responses to a space. However, if tastefully and sparingly done, these little scenes can set the stage for a buyer being able to envision themselves in the scene. That is why we call it staging…we clear the personal and the clutter to make room for the buyer in the home. We place furniture to help with scale, to highlight features, to maximize space, and to suggest a room’s use. And finally, we set some scenes to invite the buyer to imagine how relaxing and how easy it will be to live in the home. So, when I set the stage for a sale, I might not set the dining room table, but I will put a bowl of fruit and some candles on it. I will use place mats on a counter top, I might set a breakfast tray with a book and a pillow near a rocker….