Luxury Home Staging

This luxury home at 17615 Cedar Creek Canyon Drive was completely staged for the seller.  Photos: Lance Selgo/Unique Exposure Photography.

Home staging has been receiving some nice press lately. The New York Times ran two articles in January about the art and necessity of staging to bring top dollar for your property. Do you need to spend $45,000 and replace all of your furniture to get that longed-for list price?

No, not in general but there are instances when it happens. While staging is the norm on the West Coast, and certainly in the luxury market on the East Coast, the rest of the country falls somewhere in between, thinking either staging is a must or that it’s not imperative.  The issue lies largely in the perception of the term. What is staging?

It’s not an easy answer.

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We had this chat a couple of weeks ago, and most of you said no, don’t do it! Don’t stage your home to sell with live (designer) pets! But Dallas Realtor Kristian Peterson says yes, do it! And in fact, he does. All the time. (Here are his babies, in a condo he is selling.) I will definitely stage my home to sell with live pets when the time comes. Who knows, I may even bring in a Llama or two…