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Mastering Home Staging Design Secrets

February 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 116

The differences between home staging design and interior design may not be apparent to the casual observer, but must be understood in order to accomplish the desired result. In interior design, you are looking for the best expression of the owner's personality and desires and integrating those things with the house itself. The final product is usually unique, that is, unless the owner's desire is to be entirely conventional. And "unique" covers a whole spectrum of result: from Louis XVI gilt and filigree to Scandinavian chrome and Formica with unlimited design styles in between.

What you want to achieve in home staging is a placement of key visual elements that convey warmth and invitation without promoting one particular style over another. You could liken this to the comparison between watching a movie and reading a book based on the same story.

In the movie, the characters and the settings are pretty much what the director, actors and other personnel see in the story. From a book, the reader creates and projects his own vision of these things. In effect, the reader is putting himself into his own created environment and will almost always find this to be his idea of the "right" environment. This is what you want to do in home staging: present enough, but not too much, definition of the environment and allow the prospective buyer to envision it as his environment.

Guidelines for Home Staging

A home staging project may take several weeks to complete. Nonetheless, the changes required are not difficult to do once the design has been worked out. One of the variables is how deep you need to go with the changes to achieve the desired result. Here are some guidelines for what can be done.

1. One of the most noticeable areas that can be improved in home staging is the kitchen. The cabinets are frequently an unfavourable eye-catcher and there are many options to upgrading these without a complete and expensive replacement. For a really good result, take the cabinets down so you can thoroughly clean and repaint behind them. The cabinets themselves can be thoroughly de-greased, cleaned and repainted with an appropriate accent color. New hinges and knobs will further enhance their appearance. The effort of uninstalling then reinstalling the cabinets is well compensated for by the brand-new look of the newly painted surfaces. Trying to clean and repaint in place creates that recognizable "painted-over" look so common in older houses. Just before showing, add a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter to add to the fresh new look to the room.

2. You are going for a young, vibrant and fresh atmosphere. The buyer is looking for something new and fresh, so make sure anything that makes the house look, feel or smell old is handled, as well as any reminders of earlier occupancy.

Worn countertops are very much reminders of earlier occupants. Replacing with granite tops is ideal as it conveys a level of quality just by appearance. You can get almost the same benefit with less expensive laminate surface (Formica is one) which does not have the same wear characteristics, but will certainly produce the desired visual effect when it's new.

Possibly resurfacing processes might serve. Look for contractors in your area who can advise you on this, to determine what best fits the budget and achieves the result.

3. New appliances are by far one of the quickest ways to brighten up a kitchen. There is no question that this represents some expense, but compared to the increased asking price you will command, you should come out way ahead. After the sale, take the appliances with you, or, just make sure you have cleared enough profit from the house sale to purchase new appliances for your new house.

4. Finally, make sure the bathrooms are suitably fresh and bright. Old tiles, worn-looking lighting or plumbing fixtures will depress the appearance enormously. The upgrades are cost effective and relatively simple to install. Consider, if space permits it, adding a vanity or dressing space area to the bathroom. In preparation for a showing, make sure the area is spotless and shiny and put out fresh towels, soap and other touches to create a spa-like touch.

John K Aubrey writes about home staging and how to get the most from the sale of your home. You can read more of John's work at Home Staging Information including his article Mastering Home Staging Design for more tips on the subject.

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