(Closed) “Homestyling” phenomenon

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
1588 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
925 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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 # 9
129 posts
Blushing bee

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and styling, I think you’re more likely to see the home as more attractive than you would if the furniture was old or outdated.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
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
1145 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

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
392 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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.

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