In the last decades, home staging, or home doctoring as it is called in Great Britain, has enjoyed a steady increase in attention. Home sellers across the country now understand that if they want to sell their homes at a much higher price, they need to have the house staged, not just cleaned and de-cluttered. If you have an innate skill in fixing a home to make it look pleasing and attractive to would-be buyers, you may have thought of going into home staging professionally. Is this career right for you? Read on to find out.
Home staging differs from decorating and de-cluttering a house. The whole process requires a repertoire of skills that go beyond mere interior design. When a team takes on a house that needs to be staged, they make sure that every aspect of the house will appeal to the client’s target market. Some homes were designed for small families, while others are better suited for seasoned retirees. Several factors must be considered to ensure that the home will appeal to the right group of people so a sale can be made quickly, and so the sale of the property will be at the desired price. A properly staged home can bring a return on investment that far exceeds the initial investment in the home staging itself. That’s why home staging businesses often have excellent customer feedback -- because client satisfaction skyrockets when a good sale is made.
Should you become a professional home stager yourself? Here are some questions that will help you decide whether home staging is the right path for you:
1. Will you be happy devoting a significant part of your working days to fixing people’s homes so that the properties have a broad appeal to a large number of potential buyers?
2. Do you have the determination to learn as much as you can about this industry?
3. Are you willing to expand your professional network as you enter the industry itself?
4. How much time are you willing to invest in this new career path?
5. Do you have the enthusiasm and passion needed to create your own home staging business or to join an established home staging company if you don’t want to start your own?
6. Are you willing to continuously redefine your standards of excellence and aesthetic beauty as you learn more about what clients in this particular industry want?
Answer these questions, and you will see whether or not this career is right for you. People who go into home staging are a special breed of professionals who have a rare gift for remodeling the inside and outside of a house to make it the ideal home for many potential buyers. It’s not enough to decorate a home – potential buyers need to be able to imagine themselves living in that house so they can quickly decide to buy the property.