If you have ever been involved in the overwhelming task of selling your own house, then you might have already heard of home staging. To better understand this concept, let’s imagine a scenario – you’re ready to sell your home, for whatever reason, the word is out and potential buyers will be visiting soon… But then you realize that who would buy such a home with how it looks? Many potential buyers will have problems seeing your house as a home for themselves with nothing but blank walls, have you had that problem? Isn’t it just appropriate that your home should appear pleasing and ready to be lived in? Another thing that you might consider is that your home is actually competing with the other houses for sale in your neighborhood, so any advantage you can get is helpful. This is where home staging comes into play.
Home staging is, simply put, preparing and making your house appealing for it to sell easily in the real estate market. The goal is to make a home attractive to the many potential buyers as they view your home, in hope, selling a property more easily and for a higher price as well. Remember that there are other houses that are most likely being staged as well, so home staging is definitely a great way to have your house enter the competition.
Home staging is not just simply decorating the interior because it also involves choosing the right props, moving or getting rid of furniture, getting rid of clutter, and creating focal points in main living areas. It is not just about painting and cleaning as well, as it also includes every bit of design that will make the space look bigger, brighter, and cleaner, while brining out the positive aspects of the house. It is similar to the task of redesigning the interior for the house to appear like a model home. The aim is to have a cozy, comfortable, and inviting feel, along with a unique look to make it stand out from the rest of the houses on the market. As well as making viewers feel like it could be their own home more than the blank canvases of un-staged homes.
Some say that home staging is all about illusions and that it also involves the art of creating moods. It makes your house look bigger, brighter, cleaner, warmer, more loving and, best of all, it makes home buyers want to buy it among all the other competing houses. At the end of the staging process, your home will look as if you it is not yours – which is the whole point actually because you want a buyer out there to say that, “Ah, this is my place, I can feel it!”
So who can help you stage your home? The International Association of Home Staging Professionals, established in 1999, is just one of the many groups that can help you in your aim of a better looking home. The IAHSP is well-known for being the only professional Home Staging Association that is dedicated strictly to the Home Staging Industry. There are other associations in different areas as well. In addition, Interior Designers can also help you make the house appear ready to be sold. You can probably do home staging yourself, with the help of tips and techniques from a lot of online DIY homing staging resources.