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5 Important Do’s and Don’ts of Virtual Staging

5 Important Do’s and Don’ts of Virtual Staging

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In today’s age, when everything from dating to working is virtual, one part of life is slowly embracing the trend: real estate. Potential home buyers have been turning to the internet for nearly 15 years as they search database after database of homes for sale before ever stepping foot out of the door. It makes sense, right? They can interact with a listing and see the location, amount of space, street view, schools, and photos of the property without hiring a real estate agent before they’re truly ready to buy. This has cut down astronomically on the ancillary costs and risks, like taking time off work to view multiple homes, the hefty gas bill to get there, and potentially having to buy a home sight unseen. 

 

It’s rather brilliant, to be honest, but it wasn’t until recently that the average home seller began to truly benefit from this virtual movement. True, sellers have had an easier time getting their home out there and letting people know it’s available, but everything else has remained the same, including the costs of staging and selling a home. Thankfully, the virtual revolution is here, and home sellers will be pleased to know that they can cut the cost of staging by as much as 90%. How? By virtually staging a home! 

 

Virtual staging is shining the light on the endless possibilities a home has to offer and can truly take your home from the maybe list to the “must-see.” However, just like any type of image alteration, it has to be done right, or you risk the potential buyer clicking past your house before giving it a thorough look. Let’s go over the five “do’s and don’ts” of virtual staging so you can rest assured you’re getting the best virtual home staging possible. 

 

Do’s

Do #1: Outline your expectations in writing. 

Virtual staging is an online process, which means some things can get lost in translation. Yes, most professional stagers will be able to take a blank slate and make it a true beauty without input, but if you have a vision, share it. This is your home that you’re selling, and no one knows it better than you. By starting on the right foot with clear expectations, the final product will be exactly what you want. This includes the rooms you wish to fully stage or simply enhance and the overall feel of the home. 

 

Do #2: Send a reference photo.

Many virtual stagers have an online library you can peruse. Take advantage of this by informing the stager which of their photos you like the most. If you send a magazine photo, you might find that the result doesn’t match if they don’t have the furniture in their library. 

 

By using their photos as a reference, you can ensure your virtual staging will look natural. Keep in mind that some types of furniture don’t translate well online, and the professional stager has to work with the angles of the photos of your home that you’ve provided. Do yourself a favor and choose contemporary furniture over traditional, so the result looks as authentic as possible. 

 

Do #3: The more details, the better. 

The possibilities are endless when virtually staging a home. There are very few constraints, and this is your best chance to show the world your home the way you’ve always imagined it could look. Your personal preferences matter during this process. 

 

Everyone has specific things they do and don’t like, such as color schemes and flowers.  Your virtual stager should take the time to get to know you and align your expectations with what is best for the market. For instance, if you want a sunflower in a blue vase on the table, let them know. As interior designers, they can take this information and design each room around your wishes. 

 

Let them know what each room is for, as well, whether it be a child’s or a teen’s room, and what vibe you want to see. Is this a high-end property? A country home? This is crucial information. You are buying a product, and you have every right to retain control of the process. You don’t want to purchase a virtual staging and have them miss the mark.

 

Do #4: Be upfront about having the house virtually staged. 

Once the process is done and you’re ready to list the house, be sure to inform potential buyers that you have used this process. You don’t have to yell it from the rooftops, but it should be clearly stated somewhere within the listing. Often, virtual staging requires fixing blemishes on the walls and other such issues, and false advertising is not okay. Virtual staging exists to show a home’s potential, and so long as you are upfront, you will be fine. 

 

Do #5: Title your photos. 

As you save the images to your computer, make sure you are marking them clearly. Without the titles, you can easily misplace them within your documents, and the professional you’ve hired won’t retain them for long. It’s up to you to be sure you have saved them where you can find them later and that you know which photos belong with which room. 

 

Don’ts

Don’t #1: Hire a cheap stager. 

Like any other product, you get what you pay for. This means that if you want quality virtual staging, you need to do your research. Image alterations can be tricky, and you want to ensure you’re using a knowledgeable stager, so you don’t waste time and money. Ask them about their process. Do they sketch it out first? Are they willing to talk with you to get the details? Do they listen well or talk over you? These are essential things to consider when choosing a professional. 

 

Don’t #2: Do it yourself. 

Yes, you can buy apps to do it yourself, but honestly, unless you’re an interior designer with a photography background, you don’t want to go this route. You need this to look real, or you will regret it. It may seem easy to place the couch within the room on the app, but once you start placing tables, accents, changing wall colors, etc., the overall photo can quickly look jarring. Many people who do it themselves focus wholly on each aspect and can’t figure out where they went wrong in the end. You have one chance to show a potential buyer that your house is the perfect one for them, don’t waste it. 

 

Don’t #3: Rush the process. 

Give yourself and your stager time to create the best virtual staging possible. Once you’ve submitted your photos, it should take about a week to get the edits back. After this, if you want any revisions, it can take another 48 hours. This means you don’t want to wait until the last minute to hire someone, or you’ll put undue stress on everyone involved. If you give yourself extra time, you will be more comfortable asking for specific edits once you’ve seen the first draft. 

 

Don’t #4: Pay for a complete virtual staging without a test run. 

Choose one room and speak with a few virtual stagers. This pre-shopping can make all the difference later on. If you hand all your photos over and buy the whole package up front, you might regret it a week later when you get them back. If you take the time to shop around, you’ll find the perfect stager for your home, and you’ll feel good about hiring them. 

 

Don’t #5: Settle for poor photos or lousy customer service. 

If something looks off when you get your photos back, the virtual stager you’ve chosen isn’t good at their job. There are some fantastic virtual stagers out there, and it’s up to you to read the reviews and follow the advice laid out above to ensure you’ve chosen a great one. Aside from their abilities, you want them to be personable. If you hire someone that is brisk, you won’t be comfortable asking for revisions or edits. Be sure to foster a good working relationship so that you’re comfortable asking for what you want. 

 

Now that you know the do’s and don’ts of virtual staging, you are ready to get started. Take a deep breath and dive in. You’ve got this!

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20 Expert Staging Tips to Make a Small House Look Bigger

20 Expert Staging Tips to Make a Small House Look Bigger

August 16, 2021 by Emily Huddleston

There’s one thing that will always be appealing to prospective buyers – and that is space. This need for space can feel like a major hurdle for those selling a home that’s on the smaller side. But there is good news! While you can’t add to your property’s square footage, you can change the perception of it.  Even the tiniest of homes can be made to appear larger – all it takes is proper staging.

That’s why we’re sharing our favorite home staging techniques to make a small house look bigger and more functional. We reached out to real estate and staging professionals across North America, from Riverside, CA to Kingston, ON. Keep reading for their best tips and tricks that work in small spaces every time.

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1. Utilize vertical wall space. A great example would be using a vertical file holder in the entryway or office space to help organize incoming mail, school papers, or office documents. An intentional and yet organized space, especially for small homes, makes a huge impact on the overall feel of the home. – FIB Home Staging & Interior Design

2. Choose furniture and greenery that fits the space. If buyers have to turn sideways or squeeze by furniture they will remember the room feeling too small. It may be better to have two chairs and a small table, instead of having a sofa. Adding greenery or a vase with flowers can brighten up a small space too. You’d be surprised what adding a small inexpensive artificial plant can do. – Design to Sell Staging

3. Avoid dark furniture and dark colors in general. Keep it light and the space will feel expansive. – Studio Shaolin

4. Consider corners. I avoid cluttering the corners and always leave the corners of the room empty. Also, make sure you open your blinds and let natural light in. – Front Porch Properties SC

5. Add an interesting item to each room. This could be a colorful piece of art or a unique piece of furniture. – Asheville Home Staging

6. Place a low bed near a window. Try this simple trick in a small bedroom and more space will appear. Hang a mirror on the opposite wall to reflect the outdoors and create an even larger illusion of space. – Voila Staging & Design

7. Use white or light-colored bedding. This is an inexpensive and easy way to make small spaces feel larger. The same goes for window treatments. White or light curtain panels for privacy, white sheers for semi-privacy, and whenever possible, bare windows. Let the light in and spaces will always feel larger. – Debut Property Home Staging

8. Remove clutter. This is one of the easiest ways to give your home a “ready to buy” feel. Start by removing anything that is wasting space: old magazines or random objects that don’t have a purpose. Even your favorite family photographs should be kept to a minimum. Most houses look cluttered because of the furniture, therefore, it is advisable to get rid of the furniture to give rooms a larger appearance. – Swee An Ng

9. Play with patterns. Adding patterns to a small room creates a whimsical visual distraction making the space feel bigger. There are some great adhesive wallpapers out on the market now. Try doing just the bed wall with a fun pattern or an accent wall in a breakfast nook or dressing room. This will not only make it feel more inviting but also add a visual interest that will distract the room from its size. – En Vue Staging

10. Adding shelving into a small bathroom. This will create storage and easy function, without sacrificing style. Also, raising your bathroom curtain rod up to the ceiling will make the bathroom appear larger to buyers. You want to keep your bathroom light and airy but don’t be afraid to add pops of color. –  Unforgettable Staging

11. Incorporate tempered glass, acrylic, or lucite furnishings. It allows buyers to see more of what the room has to offer and creates a sense of ample open space. Plus it’s quite aesthetically pleasing to the eye which is a big bonus. – Nicole Beale – Owner, Honeycomb Homes AZ

12. Keep scale in mind. One of the goals in staging a home is to make the rooms look as large and inviting as possible. Using furniture that is too big for a room can make it appear cramped, small, and uncomfortable. If the furniture is too small in scale, it can make the room look like it’s furnished with doll furniture. The scale of the furniture must be in proportion to the room. – StandOUT Home Staging

13. Size and color matter. Monochromatic color schemes versus a variety of colors and patterns create a seamless, more spacious look for online photography. Trick the eye by using a small grouping of table accessories with height instead of numerous small items that can look cluttered. Include large modern wall art that demands visual attention. It is the perfect eye candy for creating the illusion of space. – Lifestyle Staging by AM

14. Create moments across each staged space that will resonate feelings. These moments will leave future homeowners with the ability to envision enjoying the special features and character of the property. We create these moments through vignette setups in designated areas.  It may entail staging a sitting area by a window with a coffee cup, an open entertaining room with martini glasses on the ottoman, a reading corner with an open book and reading glasses, a cutting board full of cooking ingredients on the counter, or a breakfast tray on a bed. By creating these special moments, you leave buyers wanting more. – Upstate Roots Design

15. Adding visual depth to the room. You can do this by 1) floating the sofa and accent furniture away from the wall, 2) by providing ample floor and table lamps throughout, 3) adding vertical shelving for smart use of space, and 4) by mixing patterns and textures in your soft fabrics for added dimension. Be sure to avoid small accessories and décor and instead opt for fewer but taller accessories to make the room look and feel grander than what might otherwise meet the eye. – Cozy Corners

16. Try a signature wall of color or a large mural. This can elevate and give a small room a grander perspective. Coordinating these elements, with a large piece of furniture, rather than many smaller items, will ground your room and give a more expansive feel. Decorative items, such as black and white photography (especially a nautical theme) lend a special drama to a small room, while visually expanding its dimensions.  – Lotus 3D Staging

17. If you have a room that is less than updated, make it a feature. Pink and black bathroom, no problem!  Show your buyers why this is an added character, not something that has to be updated. – NOVAS Best Home Staging

18. When it comes to furniture, less is more. A few carefully curated pieces in each room to show the functionality and to provide a pop of color will go far. In communal spaces avoid placing furniture exclusively along walls and instead float it out a bit and create gathering places anchored by area rugs. – LUXE Home Staging

19. Use smaller scale furniture that can have multiple uses. An example would be a dining table that can also function as a desk. Another furniture item that can do double duty is nightstands that work as a dresser and additional storage.  – The Staging & Design Consultant

20. Add a bar height table behind the sofa. One of the quickest ways to gain square footage in the buyer’s mind is to make the kitchen appear bigger. A trick we often use is to put a bar height table coupled with three or four bar stools behind the sofa facing the TV. This eliminates the need for a big table in the kitchen, opens up the space, and offers a great way to watch the big game or a great movie. – Delight In Designs

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What Is Virtual Staging? You Tube Video by Lotus 3D Staging

If you wonder what exactly virtual staging is or what it can be, view our short You Tube video from our Lotus 3D Staging you tube channel click title to see video. We specialize in offering High Quality Virtual Staging Services in the US Canada and the globe. If you have a computer and email we are able to work with you to provide stylish home staging virtually.

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Is It Better To Sell A House Staged Or Empty?

Is It Better To Sell A House Staged Or Empty?

When it comes to selling a home you want to make sure that you receive top dollar and with the least amount of effort possible. So which is better, selling your home empty and letting the potential buyer use their imagination to get a feel for what the property might look like? Or is it better to virtually stage your home to show what it could look like at its best? We’ll go over the pros and cons for both and let you decide.

Maximizing Your Dollars

When it comes to maximizing your dollars in real estate you have to think of three major points.

  • Selling Your Current Home For The Highest Dollar Amount
  • Saving On Renovations And Staging
  • The Largest Down Payment On Your Next Home

Selling your current home can happen quickly in the current real estate market. By virtual staging your home you’ll be able to maximize the number of buyers who are interested in getting you the best deal possible. An Appraisal Institute study found that empty households sold for 6% less than homes that were either occupied or staged!

Six percent in an extra sales price can cover the real estate fees or if you’re selling the property yourself reduce your next home mortgage with a bigger down payment.

Why Does A Vacant Home Sell For Less?

Well as times have changed more buyers are searching online for their homes versus the traditional method of driving through neighborhoods or starting the process with a realtor. Studies have shown that over ninety percent of all homes are first seen by potential buyers online. You may have started your search for your new home online as well before moving onto an in-person viewing. Having professionally staged photos can be the difference between piquing someone’s interest or them moving on to the next house.

By staging your home you have given it life and are allowing it to be seen for the best that it can be. Digital shopping for real estate is the new store window of the modern world. Dressing up a mannequin that’s perfectly fitted to the clothing in the store with an eye-catching backdrop is the equivalent of sprucing up your home virtually. It gives the buyer a chance to imagine and get creative with new ideas of what to do with their potential new home before they see it in real life.

Small Rooms

Without items inside of rooms depth and sizing can be hard to judge in a picture. Capturing the space with furniture and art on the walls allows buyers to get a better picture of what the space would look like once they move in. Will their L-shaped couch fit? What about the grandfather clock that their favorite uncle gave them they can’t seem to let go of? Furniture in rooms and art on the walls allows users to get a sense of where things will go and what type of layouts are available for a given room.

Buyer Beware

When a room is empty there’s not much to look at. Except for the imperfections that is. Maybe that window is a bit old and has a crack in the windowpane. Is the crown molding scuffed from when Little Jimmy was throwing his nerf football against it during the big game?

While these aren’t usually deal-breakers they can make your house seem more dated or need more “repairs” even superficial ones, than it needs. Virtual staging allows you to bring focus on what is most important, can the buyer see themselves living in this home? A cracked windowpane or some tarnished crown molding won’t stop most buyers if they can positively visualize the space.

Staging the home in a bright, modern way pulls the buyer’s attention to the possible, not the work that may come with owning the home.

Are You In A Rush?

It may seem that way when a home is empty, perhaps it’s a relatives and you live out of state and they think they can undercut you as you don’t know what you have. Buyer’s minds can run wild when they see dated or vacant homes on why such a great home may be sitting empty.

This can lead to more investors and flippers who often offer between 50%-65% of the home’s actual value. Wasting your time and taking away energy from your family and selling your home. Buyers can smell someone desperate to sell and see it as a sign of weakness. Whether that’s fiction or reality. Virtual staging and renovation can help you attract high-quality buyers and fewer investors trying to make more money off of the house than you would.

Less Financial Stress

A virtually staged home is an empty home. This means less stress on checking on the house, making sure it’s locked up and secure, and less time spent worrying about an intruder taking your valuable furniture while your settling into your new home.

When you virtual stage a home there is no furniture for a would-be thief to take. Saving you time on constantly checking on the home, money on security that may no longer be needed, and peace of mind knowing that you’re getting top dollar for your home without anything being taken.

While an empty house may be less of a bother, you can sell your home more with a staged home. With a virtually staged home, you get the benefits of an empty home and the eye-catching appeal of a modernized home that will attract the perfect buyer.

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