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Do Staged Homes deceive the buyer?

Staged homes are not meant to deceive potential buyers, but rather are intended to show off the true potential of the home. Any problems with a home should be either repaired or disclosed, and I always advise my clients to do so, as last minute surprises turned up by home inspections often cause a sale to fall through. Think of home staging as curb appeal for the inside of your home. You wouldn't leave your yard a mess when you know your Realtor is going to be showing your home, would you? Probably not, and you would probably also cut the lawn, trim the bushes, and in general make things presentable.

Home staging is something I do for all my clients, as I have learned over the years that staged homes are more appealing to more potential home buyers than a home that looks worn and overly-lived in. Other people's clutter is generally not attractive to potential buyers, no matter how much sentimental value is attached to it; after all, you are not selling your home's decor, you are selling your home with the full realization that new owners will redecorate.

Staged homes have a clean, neutral palette that allows potential buyers to see your home's potential and imagine their own furnishings and decorations in the space. Allowing this potential to rise to the surface is the purpose of home staging, and it's generally very effective in generating top offers.