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DIY Staging - 3 Basic Guidelines to Cut Cost of Staging a Home

March 25, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 138

Home staging is not an exact science but professional home stagers have had specific training to earn their certification and reputation. That said, not all of them will offer prices that are convenient to everyone, making the cost of staging a home intimidating to many. After all, not every home seller has the means to hire the full services of a professional stager. If you are one of those home sellers, you need not fret.

Home staging can be learned and you can apply those techniques by yourself. For your benefit, I have listed here the top 3 most basic guidelines that home sellers can follow to be able to stage their homes without having to hire professional stagers.

Here are some basic guidelines that you need to know first before you can delve into the design aspect of the staging process:

1. Get to Know Your Buyers

The first step to any business venture is to know what your market or potential customers need, right? In your case, you would want to know what your potential home buyers are looking for. Once you find this out, you can plan out how to get their attention better, right? When talking about home buyers, there are typically three groups here who frequent the real estate market and touring house showcases. They are the young couples, the small families, and the retirees. Now then, take a look at your house. Try to evaluate each groups' possible needs and compare them to what your house can provide so you can find how to best cater to your market or buyers.

2. Hire a House Inspector

House inspectors are professionals who will give an objective critical examination of your house. You might think that you can just do this yourself but a professional inspector's perspective can bring you much insight into your houses' needs. They can tell you if your house is up to standard. You can ask for their recommendations. They can notify you which areas need repair and replacement for your house's improvement. Additionally, you can also use this for your advertising campaign by placing a "passed house inspection" as one of your house's feature, which is a plus factor in the eyes of any home buyer.

3. Check your Wirings and Plumbing

Houses that are already 5 years old need to undergo inspection. Frequent use over a long period of time will eventually wear out your wires. This puts your house at increased risk for fires. It might be time to repair if not replace your wires. You should also give the same attention to your house's plumbing works. Make sure that all its components are in good working condition, particularly if you have more than one toilet.

Remember, today's home buyers can be very critical, especially when it comes to safety issues. Don't overlook these critical points or else your house will be crossed off their lists and you'll end up wondering why you haven't had a callback from them. Well, then, happy home staging!

Annie Lee-Robens is a home staging expert. If you want to learn more great tips on cutting the cost of staging a home through DIY plus an absolutely free ten-part email mini-course on how to plan, manage, and carry-out professional-level home staging, visit

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