Home Staging vs. Decorating – What’s the difference?
Oftentimes, homeowners think that decorating and home staging are the same thing. While there are some similarities, the goal and the result is different for each one of these. Understanding the difference between Home Staging and Decorating will put you in a better position to prepare a home for the Houston Real Estate Market. Your house might be beautifully decorated, but not necessarily ready to appeal and evoke an emotional connection with buyers. When selling a home, we are selling a lifestyle, but not necessarily our own!
Home Staging is not part of the Decorating or Interior Design industries, but instead is associated with the Real Estate Industry. The goal is to position the home to sell in less time and for the highest price possible.
Decorating is very personalized. The goal of decorating a home is to fit the home owner’s lifestyle and personality. A place where they can relax and feel happy to come home to at the end of each day. Home Staging, on the other hand, is about depersonalizing and preparing a house to appeal potential buyers. Pre- packing unnecessary items and removing collections, pictures and personal items will help buyers envision themselves living in the home.
Sometimes, a designer is hired to decorate a home and the result is a space that features very unique decorative items, colors and furnishings that serve and fulfill a home owner’s needs. A Home Stager only places key items in each room to highlight the unique features of a home and helps define the spaces to allow buyers see that the home is right home for them!
When it comes to selling a home, Home Staging is one of the most effective marketing tools that will help you promote your single most valuable asset. After all, it’s all about the presentation. Remember that you never get a second chance to make a first good impression!