As a realtor, you know that first impressions are everything. When potential buyers come to see a property, you want them to see the property’s full potential. That’s where staging comes in. By bringing in furniture and decorations, you can show buyers how the space can be used and help them to visualize themselves living there.
But what happens when you’re dealing with sensitive topics like divorce or death? How do you stage a home in a way that is respectful and doesn’t bring up painful memories for the sellers? In this blog post, we’ll explore the sensitive side of staging and offer some tips on how to handle these delicate situations.
Dealing with Divorce
When it comes to divorce, it’s important to remember that both parties are going through a difficult time. Even if the divorce was amicable, there are likely still some raw emotions involved. The last thing you want to do is make things more difficult for either party by sideswiping them with insensitive staging choices.
Instead of trying to force a “happy family” vibe, go for something more neutral. Opt for simple, tasteful furniture and decorations that will appeal to a wide range of people. Bright colors and personal photos should be avoided, as they can be off-putting. The goal is to make the space seem as peaceful and welcoming as possible.
Dealing with Death
When you’re dealing with a home that belonged to someone who has passed away, it’s important to be respectful of both the home and the grieving family. Often times, families will remove all traces of the deceased before putting the house on the market. But sometimes, they may not have the time or resources to do so.
In these cases, it’s best to avoid anything that could be considered ghoulish or morbid. For example, don’t put up any Halloween decorations or set up any spooky scenes. You also want to avoid anything that could trigger sad memories for the family, such as family photos or kids’ toys. Instead, focus on making the space feel warm and inviting.
Staging a home can be a sensitive process, especially when you’re dealing with topics like divorce or death. But by following these tips, you can ensure that you’re respecting both the sellers and their property.