Home Staging FAQs & TIPS
Working with Lionheart has been an amazing experience. It was like magic when Kristina came with her van packed with various articles of decor and transformed our worn, well-lived home into a showcase piece of real estate. I stood in awe as she arranged and mixed a few new items with our furnishings to rework rooms into fresh statements of what a home can be. Her peaceful presence brought respect and care of both our home and our concerns during this stressful time of transition.
Do I really need to stage my home?
Staging is not a guarantee of sale for your home; however, it increases the probability that it will sell quicker than a non-staged property.
Staging gives the best representation of your home to attract the most amount of buyers. It also draws on buyers' emotions which is an effective factor in marketing real estate.
Can I stage my own home?
Many times it's difficult for home owners to look at their house objectively, because they are accustomed to their surroundings. A professional home stager will view your property as a buyer and assist in the removal of negative factors.
Are all stagers the same?
Home staging companies are indiviually owned and operate using their own set of guidelines. Lionheart Home Staging, LLC applies our years of personal experience and formal training to help home owners prepare their home for the market. Our professional services inform sellers about staging techniques without insulting their personal style. Keep in mind that your home is usually your biggest investment in life. Bargain stagers or free advice from friends and family may not give you the greatest return on your staging investment.
Can I get a consultation and do the work myself?
Yes. Lionheart Home Staging, LLC's consultations are compreshenve in scope which any "do-it-yourself" person should be able to follow. We are also available to answer any questions that may arise after we leave the property.
Should I put my house on the market first to see if it sells before I stage?
This method is not recommended. Think about the importance of first impressions... the first few weeks on the market draw the greatest amount of buyers. The greatest chance of selling quickly is to have the best representation of your home right from day one.
Isn't staging and decorating the same thing?
Staging uses methods specifically designed with the buyer in mind, while decorating uses the current home owner's individual tastes and styles. The goal is to have a stylish house with a desireable atmosphere without being too specific on theme.
Will a vacant property show larger if it's unfurnished?
Although an empty room my show larger, vacant properties that remain unfurnished lack the "home-like" atmosphere that buyers desire.
Providing furniture and decor to high priority areas in vacant listings accomplish the following: 1) establishes focal points and traffic patterns in the rooms, 2) provides a sense of scale in photographs, and 3) adds atmosphere that attracts buyers to the lifestyle of the property.
Doesn't staging cost a lot of money?
Staging is an investment in the sale of your property. The average cost of staging is usually MUCH LESS than your first price reduction. Statistically, the more preparation that is put into the property prior to listing, the less time it will be on the market.