Home Staging Consultation

If you’re selling your home at some point in the near future, there are plenty of tasks on your plate, including staging your home. After all, you want to be able to make sure that your home is furnished and decorated to look as attractive and desirable as possible. But before you get your Toronto home stager to work their magic to create an environment that’s suitable for the buyers in your area, you’ll need to have a home staging consultation conducted first.

What Does a Home Staging Consultation Involve?

Just like you would have a consultation with a contractor or a painter before they start their work, you will have a home staging consultation with a professional stager in order to determine the best course of action to get your home sold as quickly as possible and for the most amount of money.

Throughout this consultation, your home stager will complete a thorough and in-depth analysis of your home to gain an understanding of what needs to be done to the place with the local buyers’ needs and tastes in mind. It is during this walk-through that your home stager will become familiar with the home and determine the exact type of buyers who are looking in your particular area.

With knowledge of who the buyer is in your neighbourhood, your home stager will be able to customize the look and feel of your home to attract this demographic and offer them exactly what they are looking for.

By doing so, your home will essentially be on the short list of the homes that buyers in the neighbourhood are considering putting an offer on. For instance, in an area where mostly young families with children are looking, the traits and decor of homes will obviously be different than what retirees are looking for in a home. Knowing who your target buyer is can help your home stager tweak your home’s furnishings and decor to attract that specific group of buyers.

From this point of the home staging consultation, your Toronto home stager will come up with a more specific profile of your target buyers, including their age, gender, marital status, family size, and lifestyle preferences. This type of information is critical to formulating a home staging strategy to successfully target the ideal buyer in your neighbourhood.

Preparing the Seller For the Staging Process

The home staging consultation not only provides the home stager with the opportunity to assess the property and determine how it should be staged to attract the right buyers, it also provides the chance for the seller – you – to be prepared for what comes next in the home staging process. In order to get the property ready to be listed and have marketing photos taken of it, your home may need to undergo a major transformation, depending on how far off your current decor is from the tastes of the ideal buyer in your area.

During the home staging consultation, your stager will communicate areas of concern with you, and make suggestions about the best way to stage and market your home to make it as attractive as possible to those who are looking in your area right now.

It’s important to understand that the recommendations that your home stager makes during your home staging consultation may not necessarily reflect your particular tastes and style. It’s also important to emotionally disconnect from your property, and allow your home stager to furnish and decorate your home in such a way as to attract the masses of homebuyers, rather than appeal to your specific tastes.

The key is to sell a lifestyle to buyers who are currently looking, as opposed to decorating the home according to your own personal style. Having an open mind about the process is key, and it is the home staging consultation that can help you understand this process and prepare you for it.

There are plenty of recommendations that may be made to stage your home, including:

  • Paint colours
  • Furniture arrangement
  • Lighting updates
  • Flooring upgrades
  • Minor repairs
  • Decor and accessory recommendations

Essentially, whatever needs to be done to speed up the sales process should be considered. Even if your first instincts may be to shun certain suggestions, it’s important to fully consider how such changes can garner a lot more attention to your home from prospective buyers, and therefore increase the sales price and move the selling process along.

What Does the Home Staging Process Involve?

After the initial home staging consultation has come and gone, the staging process can begin. Typically, the first step involves a thorough cleaning and de-cluttering of the space to ensure the home is free and clear of any items or debris that could stand in the way of making a positive first impression.

Following this, it’s typically recommended to de-personalize the space, which means eliminating any family photos or religious statues or images that you may have hanging on your walls or adorning your shelves. The idea here is to give buyers the ability to envision themselves living in your home, and if all they’re looking at is photos of you and your family, it will be much harder to make an emotional connection with the home.

Home Staging Consultation by Lori Howard - Hope Designs

You’ll likely be asked to neutralize the colour palette in your home. For instance, if you have bold and eccentric colours all over the walls, you might want to consider changing them to something more neutral, such as beige, tan, gray or white. More people will likely find these colours more attractive than quirky ones.

Your home stager will also recommend making changes to your furniture, or at the very least, change up its current arrangement. You want to be able to accurately show how a space can be used while still allowing for optimal function and flow.

At Hope Designs, we take the time to go through every detail of the staging process during a home staging consultation. Every question you have will be answered in an honest and friendly manner, and every piece of advice given will be with the best interest of the sale in mind.

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