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Staging Your Home Before Selling

February 09, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 117

Think of home staging as an illusion. Believe it or not, it's probably the best way of understanding what the activity is all about after all. Think of David Copperfield selling houses and you'll get the idea. The thing is staging the home is beyond cleaning and decorating. It is more about creating moods, and then perfecting that art. The result will then be a bigger, cleaner, brighter, and best of all a better place for the family to live in.

And home buyers would certainly want to buy it.

Contrary to what others would think, it's more than simply preparing your house for the sale. Staging the home has a lot more to do with what you will do after you have accomplished all the minor repairs and cleaned the house overall. It's adding all those small, but necessary details. Generally, you dress your house for the sale.

Professional home stagers are considered highly skilled artists with quite an imagination. They are well able to transform any blank canvas into something impressive without having to lift their paintbrushes ever. You could also say stagers have the skills of top-level designers that allow them to create dramatic sceneries that play to attract all of our five senses. Here are some other interesting things they could do.

They can arrange dispersed furniture into appealing setups popularly known as vignetteThey can easily showcase usage of traditionally soft fabrics, like satin, silk, or lambswoolDrape the window coverings using simple, yet elegant-looking linesPresent unusual knickknacks into units of either 1 or 3, or even 5They can also introduce unique elements in the shelving, fireplace mantels, and bookcases that functions to draw attention to specified areas.

Home stagers utilize a wide array of magical items to stage houses, and the limits of what they can come up with can only be determined by how creative they are in various situations. Here are some of those magical items.

Plants, silk flowersMirrorsFloor and table lampsSmall love seats, plastic chairs and tablesArea rugs, throw rugs, ottomans, afghansBaskets, pillowsInflatable queen-size bedsand absolutely many more

How much should home-staging services cost you? The prices vary significantly; you have to consider your location and your area's demand for the services. Large metropolitan cities and coastal areas in particular where the service is already cultivated command higher rates. There are even cases where real estate agents can assist anyone interested in selling houses or their homes stage the homes themselves.

Many of these listing agents however, will agree that vacant homes are more attractive, and will show much better with the staging activities. They also agree about the idea of hiring professional stagers for the job. The fees can range from anywhere between $500 to $5,000, or probably more depending on the parameters of the job (the square footage/number of rooms).

The idea of home staging would be to enhance the rooms, or better yet, to let the rooms show themselves. If the home is vacant, then it's essentially soulless. Selling it would prove much more difficult than the usual.

To learn more about how to stage your home, go to the Lifestyles100 web site where you will find more articles and information, or pick up the new book, "Master Home Staginging in 7 Days" for the Kindle at or the Nook book at Barns and Noble.

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