A group of home stagers claim that houses “speak” to them during their home staging projects, indicating the changes that need to be made for better resale potential.
Home Stagers Report That Houses Speak to Them
(UNITED STATES) December 12, 2011 – In a recent discussion on the Home Staging Business Report, Staging Diva Debra Gould queried her readers as to whether houses “speak” to them during their home staging projects. A number of home stagers posted replies, recounting their own experiences with this phenomenon.
Gould, who is president of her home staging company Six Elements Inc. and founder of the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program, has “listened” to hundreds of homes during her career as a home stager.
She explains: “The majority of my home staging projects have been in resale homes. In those cases, I work primarily with what the client already has—adding, subtracting or modifying the furnishings as needed. Often when I first walk into a home, I don’t care for it because the architecture or the decor is really not my taste.”
According to Gould, this is the difficult part of the home staging consultation because she hasn’t yet “bonded” with the house. However, she claims that if she really pays attention, there is always a point where the property speaks to her and tells her how it should look.
“When that happens, I am able to see the beauty in almost every home, even when it’s filled with items that I’d never personally choose in a million years!” Gould says. “At that moment, something switches inside of me and I can see what needs to be done. I begin to notice details in the home that the owner isn’t even aware of. I find hidden ‘treasures’ just waiting to be revealed, or discover new ways to look at the same space. This is part of the magic that makes home staging such an awesome career, filled with creative challenge and variety every single week.”
Home stager Fabia MacNair of Ontario agrees with Gould:
“Houses absolutely speak to me! I believe spaces live; they have energy. I see a few eyebrows rise when I say that, but I do believe a home is a barometer of your well-being. It hurts my heart to see a home that is not living up to its potential.”
Staging Diva Graduate Leah Fritz of Wisconsin has a similar perspective:
“The occupied furnished homes really get me. It’s like some of them are crying out as soon as I step inside. I hear, ‘Help me! I’m beautiful under all this stuff! Save me please!’ I see some places as being depressed and sad when I first arrive, and finally free and happy when I’m done. Sometimes I don’t want to leave! That’s when I know my work is done and the home is exactly how it wanted to be.”
To read about similar experiences from other home stagers, visit the Home Staging Business Report on the Staging Diva website.
About Staging Diva
The creator of the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program, Debra Gould has staged millions of dollars worth of real estate, including seven of her own homes. She is the president of home staging firm SixElements.com and has trained over 4000 home stagers to start and grow their own businesses.
Debra has gained international recognition through features in major media in the US and Canada including: This Old House, HGTV, CNN Money, CBC National News, CBS Radio, Global TV, City TV, The Wall Street Journal, Women’s Day, Reader’s Digest and more.