Post # 1
Homestyling is ridiculously common here in Sweden and I’ve never heard of it before. It’s when the sellers of a house hire people to style their home to help it sell. There’s even a show on TV about it.
It’s not like hiring an interior decorator, it’s people you pay to decorate your home AFTER you’ve already cleaned it out to move. The main purpose is to help the buyer imagine their furniture in it and make it look chic. So basically it’s for pictures and 2 days of Open House that only lasts for 30-minutes each.
Am I the only one thinking this is crazy? The professionals charge $1000 to $3000. This includes all the furniture rentals and moving.
Here’s an example: http://www.2rum.se/Referenser/Referenser.html
Has anyone heard of this before?
Post # 3
i’ve never heard of it, but i still thinks it’s odd.
i mean, even if you redecorate the house obviously not everyone is going to have the same style as you. nothing is ever going to please every one.
Post # 4
yeah, I’ve heard of it, we had a show like that in the states don’t remember the name though. I think it’s for people with butt loads of $. I guess it makes sense in a way.. it gives the buyers an idea.. but I think it’s a lot of $$! I just remembered the name of it, it’s called The Stagers.
Post # 5
I actually think that in a tough market it can give you an advantage in selling your home. That being said, you would have to seriously balance the cost vs benefit of doing it … I know that I have helped my friends (for free) pare down and do some re-styling of their homes before they sell.
Post # 6
I think this is a great idea and there was another show in the US that did this. They would help a couple do some remodeling and staging to their house that has had trouble selling. You’d be surprised how a few minor cosmetic changes and some more neutral furnishings can change a place and make it more appealing to buyers. I think $1K-$3K is a small price to pay for getting a house sold, especially if it’s been on the market for a while and the mortgage is truly a burden.
Post # 7
Yeah, in the states we call it house staging. When you’re trying to get the best price possible for your house, a few thousand may be a good investment!
Post # 8
The weird thing is, everyone does it here, not just the rich. I guess it makes sense with their home-buying system cause it’s open bid and homes sell so quickly. They say that you’d easy get back the money after 1 to 2 bids.
I don’t know … I seriously prefer just seeing an empty house. But I suspect a homestyling in a few homes we looked at last summer – but that’s before I knew about it, so I thought the people were just really, really into interior design.
Post # 9
I agree that you would need to determine whether the costs would probably outweigh the benefits, but I also think it can be a really good thing. For one, it lets you see how furniture can fit in a room. Also, I think there’s a psychological benefit. If you see a home with really beautiful furniture and styling, I think you’re more likely to see the home as more attractive than you would if the furniture was old or outdated.
Post # 10
In Canada it’s called staging. It can actually get the buyer well over $5000 (typically $10 000) more for their home. And that’s just in the condo market. It really helps to neutralize a home and the potential buyer can see themselves living in it (or in a particular lifestyle). Not a lot of people can see beyond personal knick-knacks, a cluttered room, or a paint colour, so changing the paint to a neutral tone, taking out the personal items, and putting in professional, unworn furniture is a huge benefit. It’s totally a psychological gain and typically works very well for the seller!
Post # 11
Lots of people here do it too.
Having a well staged home will increase the assumed value of your home. It also hides bad spots that you don’t want potential buyers to see (this is why you should thoroughly inspect a place before signing).
Haven’t seen a TV show about it though.
Post # 12
Yep, we call it staging, and I think it can be a huge help. Sometimes what a house needs to sell is a new coat of paint, a decluttering, and a good cleaning. It always amazed me when I walked into someone’s house, and they hadn’t really done anything to show it off. That is just throwing money down the drain.
If you have an empty house, I think it can do good things, but I’ve personally never had a hard time envisioning a space with furniture in it.
Post # 13
I’m the type that gets distracted when i see outdated furnishings. After looking at about 40 houses (more than half staged), we chose our home. Seeing our place with very little furniture and immaculate paint made it look so spacious and elegant. It made me forget how old the house really was and helped me see the potential because I wasn’t a confident decorator yet. It was beautifully staged, which got us moving fast…however when we looked at the straight up facts, we were able to considerably negotiate for comparable cost, despite the cosmetic makeover. I think staging could really help if the particular house was appealing to buyers such as young married couples (good school area , access to parks etc) …less so if the major market is business investors/future landlords.
There is a book I saw at Lowe’s that teaches you how to stage on your own. I would invest in that, plus read everything for free on the internet and enlist a savvy friend if possible. Craigslist is the best place to get furniture for staging over here. 🙂 Don’t pay the big guns and use what you already have available.
By The Way, my friend said her husband’s staging got them thousands more for their townhouse. They put almost everything in storage ( for $50 a month) and then left only the nicest stuff in their house for staging.
Post # 14
There’s several shows out there in the US for this and its called “staging” here the prices are about the same and I’ve heard that houses normally sell for a larger price and quicker when it is done. We’ll be selling within a year and will definately be doing this.
There’s an AE show called, “Sell this House” and HGTV now has one too.
Post # 15
I guess I’ve been away for too long. Those shows have probably been around for awhile, but I wasn’t into home-anything back then. Actually, I’m not interested in staging a home now (or anytime soon) since we’re still looking to buy our first home. The reason why I brought it up is because the owner of the home we’re interested in didn’t have it staged – and now I realize how lucky we are — if they did, I’m sure more people would be interested. It was brought up that since they didn’t have it staged/styled, it’s safe to assume they’d be more open to sell it underprice. I don’t know if that’s true or not … but it sounds good to me!