More and more people recognise the part that home staging can play when it comes to selling a property for the best possible price.
In this week’s blog, we caught up with local businesswoman, Pip Hally. As well as running her online home furnishings store, PMH, Pip has also been transforming homes for sale for many years.
Q: What’s the difference between home staging and decorating?
Pip Says: Decorating is making your home look nice, whether it be to your personal taste or for someone else. Home staging is making the home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers & ensures it is displayed at its full potential.
Q: How can home staging help me get a premium price for my home?
Pip Says: Properties that are home staged usually sell quicker and for a higher price. A home staged property stands out over a property that has not been staged. You want to stand above the rest & be memorable, so buyers fall in love with your home.
Q: Can every home benefit from staging, even if it’s in good decorative order?
Pip Says: Not all properties need home staging. High end architectural or design homes usually speak for themselves. You also need to make sure the home staging company can dress the home with what it needs. For example, a beautiful mid-century home needs mid-century pieces and relevant art.
Q: Can home staging be carried out on a budget?
Pip Says: Yes, it can. Home staging has several options with many companies offering a decluttering service, styling service, partial or full home staging.
Q: If someone has an empty property for sale, do they need to fill it with furniture to stage it?
Pip Says: People seem to have a perception that home staging is just filling the house with furniture. This is incorrect; a good home stager will know how to bring out the best in a room while also drawing away from any negatives. They can make the room look larger, brighter, warmer. This is a combination of furniture, throws, cushions, accessories, rugs, art, plants, flowers, fruit. It is the full picture, not just a couple of pieces of furniture in a room. I would never sell an empty property; it looks exactly that – empty & cold. Buyers have nothing to fall in love with & they do not see the house at its best.
Q: Do I need to hire a professional to stage my home?
Pip Says: Yes. They are professionals and know what they are doing. Even if you have some design savvy, the biggest problem is your emotions. Most people can’t put these aside and look at the house with fresh eyes.