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Stage Rooms for their Original Purpose

October 06, 2016 (posted by Jennifer Campbell, Home Staging Calgary)
You’ve been living in your home for a while and using the space in a way that makes sense for your lifestyle. But when it comes time to sell, stage rooms for their original purpose to help buyers envision the intended use of the space. Leave them guessing and you could be leaving dollars behind.
 

When potential buyers view your listing, they want to be able to easily move through the space and quickly understand the function of each room. It helps them to imagine what it would be like to live there.
 

To interrupt that flow with a question as to what the room is supposed to be only works against you as the seller.
 

Keep it simple by staging your rooms back to their original purpose.
 

Here’s an example. In a Garrison Green property we provided a staging consultation for, the sellers were not using the dining room for that purpose. They had no need given their lifestyle and preferred to use the space for a more practical use instead. Made sense.
 

Does this room look familiar?

Before: Bedroom before home staging.

But when it came time to present the property to potential buyers, we recommended that they display bedroom furniture so that buyers could easily see that a space for their kids or guests to rest exists.
 

See the difference home staging makes.

After: This is how this oversized second bedroom could look like if you wanted it converted into a third bedroom. The sellers will even do it for you!

Despite what the listing details say, buyers usually remember what they see. So if the listing says it’s a four bedroom house but only two bedrooms are staged as bedrooms, it’s quite possible that what they will remember is that there weren’t enough bedrooms for them (even though that’s not true).
 

Keep it simple for potential buyers. Present rooms as their original purpose. Your efforts to sell will be more simple in return.
 

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