Lifestyles for Better Living

Home Staging

Is your house going up for sale on the real estate market? Are you wondering how you can make your house as appealing as the other houses you see on the market? Chances are, the other properties that you reviewed online have been "staged."

Home staging defined

What is home staging? Home staging is the process of fixing a home to give it universal buyer appeal. Home staging should not be confused with decorating or interior design.

Home staging involves all of those things and more. It's a big undertaking that requires the help of all family members. And unlike decorating, there's a deadline and actual pressure to produce a top-notch interior and exterior -- because home sellers like selling their houses for higher prices.

The extra funds from the sale of your home will help you get settled in your new home, and the extra money might even make it into your emergency savings account. According to recent studies, home staging can provide up to a 300% return of investment.

If you think about it, that's a huge return. Home staging expenses typically don't skyrocket because everything is carefully planned from the beginning. There is absolutely no space for splurging or impulsive buying when you are staging your home because you have a fixed budget and you can't go against what you have originally planned. So as you can already imagine, home staging is actually the perfect choice for pressured home sellers who have to come up with ways to increase the perceived value of their properties.

Quick home staging tips

More and more, home sellers are realizing just how vital home staging can be when a family is dreaming of buying a bigger or more conveniently located home. If you want to sell your property, you need to be able to sell it quickly and for the price that you want. Here are some home staging tips to get you started:

1. If you have a lot of stuff to move out of your home, rent a storage unit as soon as possible so you can begin hauling out and storing the non-essentials in your home. Non-essentials are furniture and personal items that you won't need on a daily basis. That includes extra clothes, picture frames, trophies, medals, unused appliances, etc. Move these out as soon as possible to open up the spaces in your home.

2. Hire a home inspector so you have a comprehensive list of possible repairs and replacements. Most homes need to be carefully evaluated for broken electrical wirings, faulty pipes, problem plumbing, dangerous mold, etc. These issues have to be taken care of before your home can be put on the market.

3. Set aside a few days a week for brainstorming. If you have the funds, hire a professional stager so you have the benefit of the stager's experience working on your side. DIY home staging is possible, but the whole process requires a lot of elbow grease that most working people can't handle alone.

For more information and help on staging your home, check out more articles here, or get the Nook book, "Staging A Home For Sale" at at Barns and Noble..

  You can also buy the PDF.


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