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Staging Your Home to Sell

Staging your home to sell is the best way to maximize the chances for a fast and profitable transaction from any real estate deal. Home staging is the fastest growing sector of the property industry and has also been proven to be the most effective form of real estate marketing. The development of the staging industry has made a real estate agent’s job so much easier and has also created an entire new profession called home stagers.

Many people still do not understand exactly what home staging really is. They get the idea that staging is similar to decorating or remodeling, but this is not true. Staging is a unique and cost effective way to improve the look, feel and flow of any property, inside and out. It works equally well for residences as it does for commercial spaces. Best of all, staging has many inherent benefits which not only help to sell real estate quicker, but also for more money.

Home staging differs from decorating, in that interior design and decorating are geared towards fulfilling the aesthetic and functional requirements of the present owner of the home. These arts reflect the preferences and personalities of the client and the results of decorating and design are most typically very taste-specific. Additionally, decorating implies an investment in the home, since the client will most likely choose to live there for a long time and expects to enjoy a considerable lifespan from their design elements. Home staging, on the other hand, is specifically personality-free and neutral. This helps create an atmosphere of universal appeal, rather than one which is exclusionary or even distasteful to potential buyers. Furthermore, staging is not designed to be in place for extended periods of time. Furnishing choices are usually rented, allowing more design for far less money invested…

Home staging is also unlike remodeling, since renovation seeks to make drastic functional and possibly structural changes to the environment, while staging is concerned with pure aesthetics and surface enhancements. Remodeling requires permits and considerable expense, often in the tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to complete. Meanwhile home staging can usually be completed for about 1% the cost of the listing price in most instances and far less in some cases. Personally, I can usually stage a home for about.25% to.5% of the list price, using my particular consultant model for DIY staging.

So why stage a home and spend any money when you can just list it and hope for good results? This is a common question, but the answer is much easier and more convincing than you might think! Listing a home without staging is like inviting prospective buyers into YOUR world. They will come into your home and see your stuff. They will see YOU living here and are unlikely to value the home as the best place for THEIR family. This plays into well established psychological concepts of real estate marketing. Staging removes YOU and YOUR STUFF from the equation, as well as enhances the home and camouflages any less than ideal property characteristics. Staging creates an atmosphere which is perfect for buyers, creating a feeding frenzy and most often results in a fast sale at the highest possible price. However, this is just the tips of the iceberg…

Staging is also tax deductible in the United States, making it a completely safe investment. Think of it this way… You can spend $2000 dollars to fully stage a $300,000 residence and deduct the entire expenditure. Furthermore, that $2000 is likely to net you an increased sales price up to 17% above list. This would translate into a final price of $351,000! Even if you only received an offer of 5% above list, the total sale price would be $315,000. A nice extra profit of $15,000 since the original $2000 is tax deductible…

The best part of my home staging consultant business is that I teach people how to make staging a part of their lives now and forever. I do not just do the work for them and force them to hire stagers every time they have a new property to sell. Instead, I teach them how to actually DO the work, allowing them to build the skills to use throughout their futures. Some of my past clients liked the process so much that they actually joined the staging career field for themselves and are now very successful! I am truly blessed to help people achieve their goals when it comes to selling real estate. Best of all, the buyers of these lovely homes win also, since they see the dream-like vision of the home they always wanted and get a real sense of how to set up their own furnishings to optimize the home to their own preferences.

Five Things to Think About When Planning Your Home Design

Carefully planning your home design is important. It can be an exciting time when you are thinking about remodeling or expanding your existing space, or building new. It can also be a frustrating time if you have not carefully thought your plans through. Things to consider:

1. How much of this do you really want to do yourself?

While you can do a lot of the research yourself, enlisting the help of a professional home design firm will mean you can concentrate more on the decisions about colors and materials, and less about the logistics of getting the necessary permits, paperwork, and professionals in place to do the work as needed. An experienced team can suggest options and give you an idea of costs based on the size of your space and other preferences. While you will need to factor in paying for their services, they may actually save you some money in the long run. You can benefit from their knowledge, experience, and selective network of contractors.

2. What is your budget?

Yes, you need to have a budget in mind. This doesn’t mean you can’t have your dream home design, but it may mean you make some adjustments: cut back in areas that are less important so you can indulge in areas that are most important. Will you need to take out a construction or equity loan in order to pay the expenses? Don’t forget about the cost of items to furnish or decorate your space, since an empty room really isn’t that useful!

Once you’ve determined your budget and know you will need a loan, go ahead and get pre-qualified with a bank or other lending institution. That way, there won’t be any surprises along the way or at closing time when expenses become due.

3. Where is your space located?

If you are remodeling within your existing space, this probably is not as much of a consideration. However, if you are expanding or building new, you definitely will need to have your lot evaluated. You should consider the grading of your lot or if any additional grading will be needed, such as for a basement area. If the lot is heavily wooded, consider how many trees and root systems have to be removed. Are there any low areas on the lot? If so, you will need to make sure your plans work around those areas so there are no issues of standing water.

4. What areas are most important?

Think about some of your personal preferences with the kind of space you want. Do you want a garage? If so, do you want 1-car, 2-car or larger garage? What about a bonus room or recreation space for the kids? If you have a large family or plan on entertaining, a spacious kitchen and dining area may be important. Think about outside areas, too, such as a porch or deck area, and if you want any portion of them covered.

5. What style do you prefer?

What is your basic home design preference? Think about if you want a ranch style, two-story, a modern look, or maybe a traditional style home? Whatever material you envision for the exterior, you will still have a range of options and looks to choose from whether it’s brick, cement or aluminum siding, wood, stone, or a combination of several. You will also want to keep in mind how your plans fit with the other residences in the area.

These are just a few of the considerations you want to think about when planning your home design. Look through a variety of plans and go visit model homes if possible, just to make sure what you are thinking is the right fit for you and your family. Take the time to carefully research your different options with a professional team who can walk you through the process.

Affordable Home Paint Job and Quality to Go With It

As a home owner, you probably are very well aware of how quickly the costs of keeping up the look of your home can add up. Furnishing your home alone can be enough to break your budget. So, when it is time to complete projects for the upkeep up your home, you might be a little hesitant on how to proceed with them because you do not want to spend more money on the project than you can afford.

If you are looking for affordable home paint job and quality for you home, you might want to think about hiring a paint contractor to complete the project for you. You can find a great contractor that will not cost more than you have to complete the project and this can help guarantee that the job will be done right and you will not have to think about painting your home again for a few more years.

Every home owner wants to find an affordable home paint job and quality to go with it but some do not know how to about getting this. Therefore, many think that they can complete the project themselves even though they have little if no experience with home painting. If this is what you are considering, you might want to spend a little more time thinking about whether or not this would be the best option for you to take. If you are not sure that you can complete the job at the level of quality that you want, you will probably be better off hiring a contractor to do the job rather then risking messing up the project.

You will probably want to get a few quotes from different painters in order to find an affordable home paint job and quality to go with it. Once you have the quotes, you can then select the painter that seems like they will be the best at the job and still fit within your budget.