I am often asked by potential clients, who are not familiar with staging, what is staging exactly? There are lots of ways that a home stager can help you get your home sold quickly and for more money compared to homes that are not staged.
- Consultation: This is a walk-through to see all the rooms of your home. After the consultation, the homeowner receives a report that outlines what to do in each room including furniture re-arrangement suggestions to improve flow or increase room size. This report can also act as a to-do list that can help you get organized and keep you motivated.
- Clear Out Clutter: A stager can be your point person to help de-clutter your home, organize movers and the storage options for furniture, boxes and any other items that need to be removed while your home is on the market. (Photo by Terje Sollie from Pexels)
- Pick Paint: A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to refresh your home and an inexpensive way to boost it’s appeal to the largest number of buyers. But picking a colour can be intimidating. A stager can suggest which rooms would benefit most from painting, and help you choose the best colours. We can also recommend painters from our network of tradespeople.
- Touch Up to Total Transformation: Staging day can include everything from working with a homeowner’s own items to refresh their home, to bringing in furniture for both occupied or vacant homes. A stager will also bring in art, bedding, accessories and greenery to turn any home into a must-see property.
Photo by Terje Sollie from Pexels https://www.pexels.com/photo/ashtray-book-cushion-decoration-298842/
What I wear now to do my job as a home stager is so different from what I wore as a magazine editor. I’ve learned over time what is comfortable for staging days. It needs to be lightweight and breathable (it’s often sweaty work), but still look polished. During a staging job we are lifting bins filled with home accessories, hefting large and small pieces of art, mirrors, lamps and bags and bags of pillows, bedding and towels, into and out of vehicles. Not to mention the work of carrying these same items up and down flights of stairs, across loading docks, into and out of elevators–it is very physical work.
But there is also always the chance you will be running from a staging job to a consultation or a meeting with a potential client and you need to look polished.
That’s why I love these Jet Crop Slim pants ($98) below from Lululemon for home staging days. They are cropped andfitted at the calf and through the leg but are loose around the upper thigh and midsection. They have deep pockets (hello place to store nails and picture hangers while I’m hanging art!) and are made of a fabric that is so soft and yet, doesn’t fade. Plus, it’s sweat-wicking and has four way stretch (perfect for all that bending, lifting, climbing). But these beauties still keep their shape. You could easily swap out your staging day functional shoes for a pair of flats or even heels (the saleslady said people she knows do that!) and you are good to go for meetings with realtors or homeowners. Here’s a link to what they look like on http://shop.lululemon.com/products/clothes-accessories/crops-yoga/Jet-Crop-Slim-Luxtreme?cc=0001
I also bought the In Flux Jacket ($128) above from Lululemon because it is sleek and fitted, hip length for more coverage and has a water-repelling exterior and a sweat-wicking soft interior with four-way stretch. Perfect for a hit of colour and to stay warm and dry on rainy days on the job.