As a realtor representing both buyers and sellers, I see the sale/purchase of a home from both sides of the transaction.
On the Seller side, we talk about staging, de-cluttering, de-personalizing, cleaning, repairing, cosmetic painting, floor fixing, neutralizing and appealing to many while offending no one.
On the flip side of that sale is the home buyer who has just purchased a home. Ideally the home is in good repair. Chances are what made the property marketable makes a home feel a bit like an insane asylum…sterile, unobtrusive, devoid of any strong statement, color or homey feeling. In a sense, moving in and re-decorating is the opposite process from staging. Making a house a home is about all about the personal, the embellishment, the unique ambiance that appeals to your own family. De-neutralize the color scheme, frame those family photos, and if you like it use it.
Sometimes staging and decorating get co-mingled in the case of the allure and perhaps over-use of “pottery barn” colors, furniture…in homes both on and off the market…When making a house your own, trust yourself. When staging a home for sale, trust the experts.