Posted on: 21 February 2017Share
When you are selling a house, getting it ready for an open house or a photoshoot is important. The house needs to look great and feel inviting to people that are coming to see it or view the images of it. If you are not living in the house, staging the home is particularly important because an empty home is not nearly as appealing to people as one that looks lived in.
Hiring a Staging Service
A home staging service can work with you to give your home that lived-in look, even if the home is sitting empty. They will bring in furnishing and other items to dress the home up and create an inviting feel to the home. The idea is to make it look like a place that people can see themselves living in. The more inviting the home looks and feels, the more likely it is that someone will want to buy it. The staging service will take care of all the work, from designing the look to bringing all the furnishing and putting them in place.
Getting Ready For An Open House
If you are getting ready to have an open house and you are still living in your home, you can hire a stager or staging service to come in and prepare the home. They will work with your furnishings and maybe bring a few things of their own in to create a specific look and feel. They may move around the furniture and things in the home to make them look better or create a specific flow through the home. Once the home is staged, you will not be able to move things around, so, typically, interior designers that work with staging services will wait until just before the open house to stage the home.
Preparing for a Photoshoot
Marketing your home, especially in a soft market, requires some extra work from the real estate agent, and photography can be an important asset. But before you hire a photographer to come in and take pictures of the house, you can bring in a designer to stage the rooms. This is a little different from the open house staging because they may add or remove things from each room as they shoot the home, but it won't have to stay that way. They are only staging the room for the picture that the photographer is creating, but if the designer and photographer work well together, you will get beautiful marketing images of your home that can be used on real estate websites, in flyers or other printed materials, in the MLS system, or for a social media campaign.