It’s been 15 years since I sold my home and purchased The Home Idea Factory. Fortunately for me I found the historical home of my dreams that will keep me in projects for a lifetime in Oak Cliff. Every day though I am working on merchandising new homes for builders, so it was a lot of fun to work with Karen Eubank of Eubank Staging on staging a consumer-owned home.
As a Lifestylist, I get asked all of the time what the difference is between a home stager and a model home merchandiser. The main difference is that I am starting with a clean slate in new home construction and I typically work with the builder from plans to opening day, and everything that I specify stays in the home for as long as three or four years.
We help specify colors, building materials, trim, and of course the furniture, artwork, window treatments and accessories. While a stager is trying to remove the lifestyle of the sellers so the buyer can see themselves living there, a merchandiser plays up the lifestyle that a buyer can expect in their new home and their new community. I bet you didn’t realize how much thought went into making that model home look so good! Our biggest compliment is when a buyer wants to buy the model home furniture and all.
What stagers and model home merchandisers have in common is we both are in business for one reason only — to sell homes.