Even though we live in a consumer society, it's an odd fact that home sellers typically do not view their property as a product for sale in a marketplace. Because this is so, a home's sale often languishes. But this need not be the case. Basic marketing teaches us that how a product is perceived and received within the market can be altered and impacted.
More then just being decorators or designers, good home stagers are more focused in applying a full array of strategic marketing principles and practices which positively influence the consumer about a product in a market.
So even though a staged home might look attractive, it is important to note that staging is NOT solely about making a home look "pretty." In fact there are homes that CAN look visually attractive and STILL not be staged. Any Realtor, home seller, or builder who thinks that all staging is is making a home look "pretty" is grossly ignorant to the reality of what a good stager does and therefore probably not using a stager and benefiting from what we do.
The "Why" and "How" a home is prepped and set for showing and selling is what real estate staging is all about. Much like what happens every day in retail stores across America (i.e. TARGET), real estate staging is actually more about the process of strategically setting up (merchandising) a house in a manner that makes it not only easy for buyers to tour, but also creates a way for their eyes and heart to connect to it with a powerfully effective first impression that lingers and stays with them.
I am not surprised to find there are many pretty homes that are not selling. But a staged home, that is priced right, will sell quickly, even in ugly markets.
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