That’s the first thing my client said to me when I walked in the door on our second meeting.  He was thinking I was crazy I could tell.

We’d met earlier in the week and I had given him a list of “to do” items – mostly removing extra furniture, decluttering and I was now returning with art and decor to stage his home.

These rooms look bare and boring.  I can’t believe this is really what home buyers want to see.

It’s a difficult shift to go from living in a home to preparing it for the masses to view. What do home buyers want to see?

How we live in our homes and how we market them for sale is two different things.  I’ve met very few people who can be totally objective about their own homes.  Homes are more than just wood and nails — it’s our haven, safe place, our sanctuary.  However, when home buyers come to visit, they don’t care about your haven — they want it to be THEIR haven. And be the house of their dreams  (not your dreams)!

Mr Client went on his way and we went to work . . .

using what this family had, adding some items from our inventory.

living room before home staging

living room before home staging

living room after home staging

living room after home staging

Furniture arrangement for home selling?

Furniture arrangement for home selling?

Using furniture you have in a different way can often be more appealing in photographs

Using furniture you have in a different way can often be more appealing in photographs

Removing small items makes a big difference when home staging

Removing small items makes a big difference when home staging

Decluttered rooms photograph better when home selling

Decluttered rooms photograph better when home selling

Can't do it everything when preparing to sell?

Can't do it everything when preparing to sell?

A few changes, like curtains and art make a huge difference!

A few changes, like curtains and art make a huge difference!

Do sellers want to see kitchens as we live?

Do sellers want to see kitchens as we live?

Or as they wish their kitchen looked every day?

Or as they wish their kitchen looked every day?

A picture speaks a thousand words and when home selling often can give potential buyers the wrong impression.

Utilizing a professional home stager to maximize a home’s marketability is a important strategy in home selling for 2011.

We were gone before Mr. Client returned so I don’t know what he thought of the changes.

I do know what the real estate agent thought about how this home now appeals to buyers.

Priceless.

Margaret Oscilia is a Professional Home Stager with Creative Concepts – Home Staging and Contracting serving Salem Oregon and surrounding areas who specializing in helping home sellers stage to sell or re-design to live well.

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