In EVERY environment where consultation, collaboration, planning and creativity is required it is OVERWHELMINGLY observable that the population, as a whole, are better critics than creators. Most when asked for 'ideas' demonstrate vast empty cranial space. However, the exact same population will be able to critique a proposed plan or idea. A leader of creativity will present sufficient examples to stimulate the broadest spectrum if thought.
That is the purpose of staging, to present the idea and the prospective buyer can then modify according to their requirements.
I have NEVER sold a home where a buyer stood in a room and questioned, "What would I do with this space?" Staging eliminates this uncertainty. The buyer knowing one purpose can easily substitute the suggest usage to that of the always popular 'larder."
RC and Becky may be unaware that this marketing fundamental does influence their purchase decisions in nearly every category. That is not the point. The point is, when it comes to being influenced by fundamental marketing principles...we are all the same.
If the house to be sold creates questions or presents challenges, staging can be the marvelous solution.
Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
Scotsdale Bluffs, Dunedin Home Tour
If they are still living there, then I would have them take at least half their items out. It's harder for me to imagine anything past clutter.
Also smells, gah. Get rid of the damn sented candles and don't febreez right before I come. If the house smells then I wont even look at it.
I really don't think buyers care. They're looking at price, quality of the home, and neighborhood.
I would change my opinion if valid surveys showing the contrary were provided.
Buyers judge by feeling as much as anything else and we always want a property to feel like it is loved and cared for and beautifully presented.