Lipstick on a Pig?
Have you ever heard that home staging is like putting lipstick on a pig? The thought behind this statement is that you can make a house as pretty as you like, but really it is just the same house with the same problems, just as putting lipstick on a pig doesn’t change the fact that it is and always will be a pig.
Yes, staging involves making the house look ‘pretty’, but it involves so much more. The making pretty part is the last step. First, stagers have to address the problems so that it is NOT the same house with the same problems as before it was staged. This often includes a lot of repairs, renovating, updating and painting. Sometimes this is done by the staging team, or facilitated by the stager. AFTER those are all completed, we put on the ‘lipstick’, enhancing the house with suitable furniture and accessories. And VOILA! a beautiful house hits the market.
Staging your house prior to listing it is the best way to ensure you get the best bang for your buck. A well presented home always gets more viewings, which, in turn, brings in more offers. Sometimes, a well-staged house that is priced correctly for the market conditions, will even have multiple offers.
Check out these photos of houses that have been staged by Cathy. As a buyer, which would appeal to you more…the ‘before’ shot or the ‘after’ shot?
So don’t leave money on the table! Stage your house before you sell it! Call me today to discuss your particular situation-as everybody’s is different!
HOMESTYLING BY CATHY