Home Staging VS Interior Decorating

Home staging is a term that gets tossed around a lot when you’re getting ready to sell your home. It can be confusing because you’ve already decorated your house. Why would you need to do anything else? The answer comes down to taste. You have decorated your home to fit your taste, but the goal of staging it is to sell the idea of your home to a potential buyer.

Buyers don’t just buy homes — they buy their vision of what their life will look like when they live in the home, and since you want to appeal to as many buyers as possible, the decor needs to appeal to a broad spectrum of people.  For example, you might love the look of antiques, but depending on the home and the area, a more modern look may be more appropriate — or vice versa.

In the conversation around home staging vs interior decorating, neither is better than the other. They both have very different goals and all depend on what you’re looking to get out of the process.

Goals of Staging

  • Capitalize on all the best features of your home. This can make the selling process easier and more profitable for you.
  • Make your home look bigger and more spacious.
  • Help potential buyers imagine what the home could look like if they lived there.

Goals of Decorating

  • Help you feel comfortable in your home.
  • Make your home more functional for you or your family.
  • Designed to fit your tastes.

Moving Forward

It’s very important to remember to be objective when staging your home. It’s nothing personal about you or your taste. A stager simply knows what’s going to get a home sold. When they offer specific advice or recommend changes, they are not saying that your house isn’t lovely to begin with. If you decide that decorating is the route you’re going to take, be sure to check out our article about the cost of your remodel vs the resale value it will bring you. If you decide that you want to sell your house and think you need someone to stage your home, please fill out the form below. And if you’d like to watch our video again, don’t forget to pin it!

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About the Author

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area. Prior to her award-winning career in real estate with the Shannon jones Team, Shannon has had successful careers in journalism and public relations. She holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. Shannon holds E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications. Shannon is very personable and maintains a very strong moral compass, always putting the best interest of home buyers/sellers above monetary goals. A California native, Shannon enjoys gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling homes MY DESIGNATIONS Lic# 01247705 | CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) | E-Pro | PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) MY SERVICE AREAS Anaheim Bellflower Buena Park Carson Cerritos Cypress Downey Fountain Valley Garden Grove Huntington Beach La Palma Lakewood Long Beach Los Alamitos Los Angeles County Norwalk Orange County Rossmoor San Pedro Seal Beach Signal Hill South Bay Westminster