Stage Your Life: How Interior Design & Home Staging Can Lift Your Spirits

Angela Souder has taken the North Texas market by storm with her growing business Stage With Angela Interiors. With her upbringing in construction, she can recall following her father to subcontracting jobs as a child and channeling her mom’s creative nature. Angela has chosen to continue following in her parent’s footsteps but in her own way in the design/decorating realm.

After receiving her degree in Interior Design from Stephen F. Austin, she has made a little dream into a reality, inspiring vision for realtors, investors, sellers, and homebuyers. “I go above and beyond expected. I love seeing a client’s expression after walking into a staged home and creating an emotional connection to the space. It is gratifying.” The Fort Worth resident is proud to bring her fledgling business here but is gladly serving all the metroplex areas.

In professional staging, most homes are empty shells, and many potential homebuyers struggle to envision what a living space could potentially look like. Art, furniture placement, and even new wiring will bring space to life and embrace its potential esthetic. Souder believes that the same principles apply in bringing your home turf to life for your personal edification. To that end, she suggests

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Home Staging Can’t Hide These Problems



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The right staging almost works miracles—with an emphasis on “almost.” But it won’t distract buyers from noticing major problems with your home. “Staging can be a great way to showcase a home as long as there are no other blatant issues,” says Patrick Garrett, broker/owner in Birmingham, Alabama. “But staging was never designed to hide problems with the home.” So, instead of trying to camouflage your home’s warts with creative staging, it’s best to address significant issues before putting your home on the market. Here’s just a sampling of problems that you shouldn’t try to conceal with staging.

Foundation Issues

No matter how impressive your staging efforts, Garrett says buyers will notice issues that could signal a foundation problem. “For example, floors that are wavy or buckling usually raise red flags with the typical buyer,” he says. While uneven floors are sometimes just the result of the house settling, Garrett notes that they may also be a warning sign of major foundation issues that could cost thousands of dollars.

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His view is shared by Candice Williams, real estate agent at RE/MAX Space Center in League City, Texas. According to Williams, buyers can feel

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