By Barb Schwarz, Stagedhomes.com
In recent weeks I’ve come across an increasing number of online articles discussing what’s often referred to as a new kind of Staging: Virtual staging. Being that I created the concept of Home Staging, a few days ago I was asked about my views on the similarities and differences between virtual staging and Home Staging by ASP®, Accredited Home Staging Professionals.
Virtual Staging is most often described as a service where consultants receive photos from sellers in which they then manipulate to show various improvements. A picture of an empty living room may be enhanced by the addition of images of a sofa, coffee table, and other furniture and accessories. An empty bedroom may look as if there’s a bed in the room once a virtual staging rendition is completed.
Important to note: There is never an actual client meeting or physical consultation involved with virtual staging. Instead, knowledge about a property is only gained through images; no physical changes to a home are actually made.
So, are there similarities between virtual staging and Home Staging performed by Accredited Home Staging Professionals®? Absolutely.