Met with stager this morning to discuss staging the condo.
The first thing that she told me was that the dark green carpet was ugly and offputting and would keep people from buying the place.
This made me sad. I liked the green carpet, and I'm unhappy about the expense and time that'll be required to replace it. (And although I realize she was trying to be diplomatic, I would've preferred not to have to ask three times to get a direct answer to the question “So are you recommending that I remove and replace all of the carpet in the place?”)
(I should note the reason for the green carpet: When I bought the place, most of the carpeting was this nice dark green, but the two bedrooms had horrible thin industrial gray carpet. I had that ripped out and replaced with green to semi-match the rest of the house. I could have redone the whole house at that point, but I liked the green, so I didn't see any reason to change it.)
The second thing she said is that the walls should be repainted. They're all white; I like white walls, but I realize that many or most people don't.
Later, she said that it would be best to replace the ugly ceiling fan in the dining-room area, but that the brown wooden blinds on the living-room windows were attractive and could stay. I have no strong opinions in either direction about the ceiling fan, but I always found those blinds ugly; they look to me like something from a 1970s rec room. I just never got around to replacing them.
But I have to keep reminding myself that I'm trying to make the place appeal to other people, not to me.
Honestly, I'm dubious about the whole idea of staging. Both times I've been in the market for a house, the staging I saw didn't appeal to me. The furnishings that were in my current house did appeal to me, a lot, but those belonged to the previous owners, and were higher-end than a stager is likely to use.
But I'm told that staging can dramatically increase a prospective buyer's interest. So I suppose it's worth doing.
Any of you have staging stories? Anything you would or wouldn't recommend, either as a seller or as a buyer?