One question I get asked by my clients when we are discussing the listing process for selling their home is whether or not our stager is going to bring furniture with them when they come out to stage the home so I thought I’d answer that question and explain the process of staging a home when you go to sell.
So what normally happens is we set up a staging appointment with our professional stager, and she will meet you at your home. There are two different processes depending on the status of the home.
Furniture In Home
The majority of my clients are still living in their home during the listing process, so if you are living there with your furniture, usually our stager will come through and go room by room with you and help you depersonalize, make sure everything's situated properly for photos, and then make suggestions and recommendation on things you can move out of the home to give the look of more space for photos and showings. We call this process decluttering which can sometimes have a negative connotation, but really it's just trying to move stuff out to where can visualize themselves living in the space.
Our stager will look at what you have from a furniture and décor standpoint and really try to work with what you have because the goal is not for you to be spending any additional money purchasing anything else for the home. We're trying to maximize what you're making on the house versus you spending money on it, so generally speaking we won’t be recommending you add things, it’s usually deleting things and moving them around.
Since we are working with what you have, we won’t be bringing in furniture or additional items because frankly there won’t be room in the home. We may make recommendations like adding some white linens in the bathroom or bedrooms to make things pop and feel fresh and clean.
The second scenario is if the house is completely vacant. In this case, when we meet for the listing appointment I will determine if we need to do what we call “vignette” the home. That’s where our stager will bring in some small pieces like floral arrangements, pieces of art, hand towels, linens, placemats, etc to warm the space up for photos.
Generally speaking we don’t bring in a lot of big furniture pieces but it depends on the home. There’s also options to do virtual staging with technology these days to give buyers a feel for the space so that’s another option we can explore.
Let me know if you have any more questions about staging when you list your home for sale!