There is a difference between home decoration and home staging. When we decorate our homes, we do it for every day living and to match our own style or aesthetic. Staging provides potential buyers a means to imagine themselves living in the home. This requires elegant simplicity, clean lines, balance, and furnishings arrangement that enhances and excites. Examples: When a home is properly staged it provides the 'Oh, woowww!' factor at the curb and in each room. BUT, potential buyers must not be distracted by the furnishings. They are to feel at ease, enthused, envision living in the home. and quickly 'take-in' all the positives the property has to offer. This is achieved, in part, by reducing the amount of times the buyers not only view but negatively say 'oh, look at that...'. A disorganized, outdated, overcrowded, mis-arranged, dark, overly-eclectic, smelly, etc., home will not only turn buyers off, it will make them wonder what level of maintenance has, or hasn't, taken place. De-personalizing a home is in order. Part of the de-personalization process often requires relocation of at least some of the homeowners' possessions. This can be done through recycling, donation, trash, selling off, gifting, on and/or off-site storage, and of course, pre-packing. The household is going to be packed for the move anyway. Not only will starting early cut down on the size of the job required later, it will clear countertops, organize closets / cabinets, present more viewable floor space, be much less of a buyer distraction, and be much easier to maintain while the home is on the market. Homeowners / renters are welcome, of course, to do it themselves. But, if a bit of direction is needed, a Pre-Staging Report may be in order. Check it out. It may just be your answer! Pre-packing is the packing done prior to opening a home for viewing. Cost is dependent on the scope of the project. Contactus us for a no obligation discussion.