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Styled with Crib - Episode 5




In this episode we talk to our head of Virtual Furniture Emma to explore the pros and cos of virtual staging.


When it comes to selling a home, presentation is key. Two popular options for enhancing the presentation of a home are hiring a stylist or virtually staging the space. So lets compare the pair!


Can you tell the difference?


Hiring a Stylist:


Pros: A Hands-On Approach

Physically styling a house can offer a more hands-on approach that includes painting touch-ups, layout adjustments, decluttering, and depersonalizing. you can retain your bargaining power when it comes to selling, as potential buyers will see little need for repairs or upgrades.


Pros: Home Open Experience

Presenting a styled home during an open house is important because it helps potential buyers envision themselves living in the space and fosters an emotional connection with the property. With Virtually staging you cant experience this.


Cons: Costly & Time consuming

Is It Worth It? hiring a stylist can also be a costly undertaking. The expense can vary depending on the stylist's experience, reputation, and the quality of their furniture. However, most homeowners can expect to pay anywhere from $2500 to $6000 for a six-week rental of furniture for photography and open houses.



Virtually Staging:


Pros: Affordable & Efficient

Virtual staging is an affordable and efficient way to display your space with furniture. This method provides prospective buyers with a visual representation of what the space could look like, saving you both time and money compared to physical staging. Additionally, virtual staging eliminates the need for moving furniture and accessories, making it a stress-free experience.


Pros: Flexibility and Adaptability

Virtual styling is fully customizable, allowing designers to cater to a wide range of target markets and adapt to various styles. Whether it's a modern aesthetic, a cozy family home, or a minimalist retreat, virtual styling can bring any vision to life.


Cons: Misleading

Virtual staging definitely has its upsides, but it also has its downsides. For instance, when buyers visit the property, they'll notice the absence of actual furniture. Additionally, some might view virtual staging as misleading, believing that the seller is concealing flaws by presenting an improved version of the property. As buyers cannot physically engage with the space, they may leave feeling unsatisfied with the experience.


Conclusion:

Ultimately, the decision between hiring a stylist or virtually staging a home will depend on the homeowner's budget, timeline, and personal preferences. Both options have their pros and cons, so it's important to carefully consider which option will best showcase the home's features and appeal to potential buyers.



How it works!

The process begins when we receive your photos of an empty house/ room. These photos are then sent to our virtual staging company, where a designer uses specialized software to add furniture, rugs, artwork, and other design elements that are appropriate for the style and size of the room.


Once these images are sent back, our girl Emma checks the images to ensure the color scheme and lighting of the room to create a cohesive and visually appealing design. Its as easy as that!


The benefits make it a valuable tool in the home selling process. As technology continues to advance, we can expect to see virtual staging become even more prevalent in the real estate industry.


What do you think? Do you think staging your home is worth the $$ ?

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