I hear this a lot from my clients once we are done staging their home for sale. "My house seems so empty now! Is this right?" The answer is Yes!
The goal of staging is to make your house appeal to the largest market of buyers possible. This is achieved by de-cluttering, removing personal items/collections and placing furniture in a way that best suits the room. When you live in your home, you become accustomed to the way it looks and functions for you living there. The way you decorate is based on your own personal taste. The way you set up your room is based on your own personal preferences and functionality that suits your day to day life. This works for you as a homeowner, but does not always work for the home buyer.
A buyer needs to be able to envision living in your house. They need to see that there is a lot of space, plenty of room for their furnishings and belongings. They can't do that when the house is full of your furnishings and belongings. You want the features of the home to stand out more than the contents. Make the fireplace the focal point of your living room rather than the television. Move your bed so that buyers can see the large window in the master. Staging is not meant to make you feel like you are at home, it is meant to make the buyers feel like they could be at home there.
It will feel like your home is empty because it lacks your own personality and extra functional items you like to have. But it will make it so much easier for potential buyers to see themselves making your house their home. Simpler is better when it comes to staging your home for sale. And it will make selling your home so much easier and it will happen a lot faster.
Look at the difference staging made in this bedroom for a client of mine.
There were a lot of personal items and extra storage pieces in this room. There is no focal point in the room either and the way the bed was positioned made the room feel a lot smaller than it really was.
Now look at it after staging...
With some de-cluttering and a new floor plan, this room seems way larger and the window now becomes the focal point of the room. You really notice the architectural detail now as well.
So remember, make the features of the home standout, not the contents.
Have a great weekend!