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.