Staging a home detaches us from the feeling a family lived in a house. If I was considering buying another house, I would want to see evidence an actual family inhabited the house. Without toys laying carelessly on the floor, coat hooks with coats, and magnets on the fridge holding pictures, how can we see ourselves living in a real family home. Although new homeowners can imagine their things in a new home, just the image of tangible objects you can see, touch, and feel, gives the idea of home sweet home.
With staged objects around a house, the place looks like it’s done so professionally no one ever lived in the house. The house appears neat, clean, and ready to sell. I know that’s the point of staging a house, but I feel it’s wrong to replace what made buying another house a home in the first place, unless the house requires some sort of construction, electric, or plumbing to make sure everything in the house works. I know I would feel a bit uneasy if I went to an open house, walked through, and saw neutral, painted walls, a fridge with no magnets with pictures, and toys put away in a toy case. It’s just abnormal to me. An empty feeling comes to mind when I know a house is missing what makes it a home. I just don’t feel comfortable with a house having a modern look that doesn’t match the previous homeowner.
There is a shows on television that stage homes, such as Designed to Sell on the HGTV channel. When the designer comes in to assess the house, the homeowner is usually in the process of buying another house or planning on purchasing another house. Buyers come by to see if the house matches their standards. Sometimes the buyer’s impressed, so offers are then given to the cost of another house and other times the buyer is not interested in a home. It’s rare on this show that I see the designed house sold. This is one of the main reasons I think staging a house is unsentimental.
I believe this is because the designer didn’t do a good job setting up the place for sale. I think the homeowner should at least clean a little bit and keep their stuff inside the house. I believe buyers would be more interested in investing their money because of the houses’ natural charm instead of artificial charm. For example, the photographs the designer obtains for the picture frames don’t even pertain to the family who lived there. The photographs take the place of smiling families looking back at you as you walk around the house. There’s just something about a family in a frame that makes me interested in buying another house.
Even though the idea of moving stuff into a home that never belonged to any homeowner is a good idea in some aspects, there’s nothing like knowing someone had a life in a house, created memories. It feels like it’s all taken away by changing the colors of a wall, and removing a comfortable couch with a modern feel couch. The stage home is a fake home. Even a house with blank space is better than arranged space because it’s not genuine. It means nothing to me and maybe the homeowner.
A house is on display for its audience, the buyers are the ones interested in buying another house. While staging sounds like a promising venture, think about how a house is a home.