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Staging Tips by Deepak Jayakar

3 Aug 2012 In: House Staging Tips

Knowing how to sell your house with feng shui will save your time, money and help avoid useless efforts. The ancient Chinese art of placement known as feng shui offers various guidelines help you sell your property faster and sometimes for top dollars.

The study of real estate staging is all about how to create auspicious, nourishing energy flow within the given space, that any home should start looking safe, confortable, un-cluttered, appealing and easy to live in. The idea is to use the secrets of feng shui to your advantage. After reading some staging tips from any feng shui website, you may think placing green frog looks good in front porch by the entrance door and its good feng shui staging technique; however potential buyer might not appreciate it. Always remember, feng shui staging technique is not for selling one particular house, but is all about selling a specific emotion. Be very mindful about the quality of energy at your front entrance porch and make it look as fresh and as inviting as possible.

If you are staging a house or property, definitely invest your time and efforts in landscaping and front appearance, this will increase the value of the property as well as attract beneficial Chi. If you are staging a condo apartment there is nothing much to do outside, focus on the main entrance area and door to bring vibrant and nourishing energy to your entrance area. Use of tall lush plant, vase of fresh cut flowers, good lighting, impressive and happy piece of art and strategic use of mirrors to create spaciousness, fresh coat of paint to entry door and opposite wall are worth considering risk-free options to having great feng shui in your staging scheme. Make a note about foyer flooring – if tiles are high gloss and shiny this is not good feng shui as it creates imbalance and turbulences in the energy field, having an area rug to cover it up is great remedy.

De-personalizing the property is yet another technique of feng shui staging. De-cluttering is important but de-personalizing is critical. Create a spa feel effect in bathroom, but do hide all personal items of the owner, empty the closets, remove all pictures or frames of earlier owner, hide all other religious or cultural motifs and symbols. The kitchen is very important – empty cabinets those have glass panels – leave them empty, keep the garage light on and let owner’s vehicle parked in back ally or away from the driveway. Use your imagination and logic in de-personalizing the house. Remember, residual energy from all these used items is a first stumbling block in selling the house. Every potential buyer likes to see the real estate as clean slate.

In feng shui staging’s most important thing to remember is “Energy Triangle”. The energies in Kitchen, Bathroom and Bedroom are either breaking or making your house sale. A potential buyer should virtually feel he can eat well, rest well and unwind well in order to be healthy in the house he chooses to buy. Good feng shui staging can easily ignite his emotions to make the sale happen in very first Open House. Be creative, logical and apply feng shui sense to your staging.

With the use of few feng shui tips and tricks any stager can give a home a fresh new energy look to make it more appealing, pleasant and comfortable place to live in. As such, it is very likely that the stager is re-hired to interior design the same house by new buyer, and that’s a really rewarding experience.

One last point – if you’re trying to help home sell faster in today’s real estate market, you need every advantage you can get! Learn much more secrets of feng shui staging through our FREE news-letters, webinars and seminars.

Wishing you all successful and rewarding staging career with feng shui tricks.

Ten tips for house staging

3 Aug 2012 In: House Staging Tips
These 10 low cost tips will get you started on turning your house into a "show home". This is critical because if you want to get the most money for your home and sell more quickly, you need potential buyers (and their agents) to feel it's a "hot property".

Even if you're not moving, you will find these tips also make your home more relaxing and enjoyable to live in.

 

 

 

1. Consider the curb appeal.

Landscaping is nice, but not in everyone's budget. At minimum, lawns should be freshly mowed, leaves raked, or snow shoveled. Consider a hanging or potted plant for the entrance. Sweep the porch, deck and all walk ways and ensure garbage and recycling are tucked neatly away from the front of the house.

Scrub your front door, porch, outside railings and steps. This is cheaper than repainting and makes a world of difference. Once the outside entrance is clean, decide if the paint really needs a touch up.

2. Get rid of clutter!

Pick one closet or area at a time so the task isn't as daunting. Look at every item with a very critical eye and ask yourself why you're keeping it.

Forget about hanging onto items for a garage sale. Pick your favorite charity and donate it. You paid for these things long ago, why not just give them away to others who REALLY need them?

You'll probably have to edit the same closets a number of times to really whittle them down to the "essentials". If rooms and closets still look cramped, rent a storage locker. A Staging Diva Graduate Home Stager can recommend a location for you.

3. Turn excess inventory into cash.

If you have a collection of items for projects you never got around to, return them. This also applies to the two-year supply of light bulbs, canned goods or paper products sitting in your basement.

Without a receipt you won't get cash, but you will have a store credit that you can use once you move. Less clutter and less stuff to pack, move and unpack again!

4. Watch where the eye goes.

There are speedy and low cost solutions to many of the little problems that together make a home seem shabbier than it needs to.

Walk along each corridor and into every room and check where your eye is drawn (better yet, ask a critical friend or family member). If the eye is drawn to the chipped white paint on the door frame, take some "white out" and fill it in. If it's those old nail holes in the wall, see if you can hang a picture to cover them.

Glue any peeling wallpaper. If it's really horrible and you can't afford the time or money to fix it properly, hang pictures and strategically place baskets. You won't cover the problem entirely (which would be wrong anyway), but you will draw your audience's attention away from the problem and onto something more visually pleasing to focus on.

5. Find a fix-it person.

Ensure cupboards open and shut and that no taps are dripping. Look in all rooms for things you never got around to fixing and decide which ones might be distracting to potential buyers. No, it's not OK for door handles to fall off, even if you have learned to ignore it!

A Staging Diva Professional identifies which problems should be fixed and  can recommend someone to do the work.

6. Clean, clean and clean again.

Most mortals can't live in a spotless environment all the time. This can be one of the more stressful aspects of having your home on the market— but it's worth the effort to sell your home for top dollar. You can hire a professional service to come in and deep clean everything; then take 20-30 minutes each day to maintain it.

Appliances should sparkle even if you're not including them with the house. After all, you might throw them in later as a negotiating tool. Counter tops, taps, sinks and bathtubs should be shiny and free of water spots.

If you have a pedestal sink, don't forget the dust that collects on top of the plumbing where it attaches to the wall. If the whole sink is spotless and the taps aren't dripping, it will look new!

Dust shelves and vacuum or "Swiffer" the floors. Naturally, all beds should be made. At a recent open house for a home listed over $500,000 (and over 60 days on the market), they hadn't even bothered with these two simple steps! It made you wonder what bigger things had been neglected.

Remember clean windows let in more light and look newer. Hire a service if you have to— it's worth the investment.

Staging Diva Professionals know who to call to get your home in sparkling shape. It's all part of the home staging process.

If all this attention to detail seems over the top, remember that a very clean home leaves the impression that the house is well cared for. This helps put buyers at ease— especially a first time buyer who may be worried about the responsibilities of owning a house.

7. Let in some air.

Open some windows for at least 10 minutes. There is nothing worse than walking into a stuffy house or one that smells of smoke and pet odors.

8. Let in some light.

If your walls are so dark that they're sucking up all the light, consider repainting. You can even buy a small can of a lighter shade of your wall color, mix it with glaze and rub it onto the wall. It will reflect light and give the room a more open feeling. This approach saves much of the preparation and clean up involved in repainting.

9. Don't forget fresh flowers.

 

You don't need to spend a fortune to have fresh flowers throughout your home. Even a daisy in a bud vase brightens a bathroom counter. Ask your florist which blooms last a week. You can also use potted flowering plants that are in season for a low-cost solution.

Don't use plastic or obviously fake flowers, especially in an expensive home!

10. Carefully consider music.

Soft background music can help create a soothing environment and camouflage neighbor and traffic noise. But make sure the volume is very low. Blaring TVs are definitely a no-no, but you'd be surprised how many people leave them on for showings!

There are always going to be times when rooms that we have, either in our homes, apartments, dorms, or wherever you live, are going to be much smaller than what you imagined. Sometimes you cannot afford a bigger space, so you have to work with what you have. Here are some tips on how to fix “small” problems:

1. Low ceilings.  How to fix this problem?

  • A white ceiling is standard and a good choice when a room is wrapped in bold colors. It has a tendency to change the space to make is seem grander
  • Don’t leave the ceiling a plain white color. Most ceilings are painted with a flat white color. To add a little extra height increasing features, choose a warmer color white, like eggshell. This also helps add more character to the room.

2. Dark rooms. Bring in more lighting? To make any room appear larger, it is key to brighten it. The appearance of natural light gives a comfortable feel to a space. How to fix this

  • Add windows! If you can do this, do it. It will greatly change the feel of your space. Windows are an invitation of sunlight into a room. The room feels softer and bigger as well
  • If you cannot change the number of windows you have, change the window treatment. Windows don't need to be covered with rod to floor curtains. Try removing all window treatments. This will open up your room drastically, bringing in an abundance of natural light. 

3. Low square footage. What to do about it?

  • Consider adding a large area rug. If the small space is a living room this will work great. It will make the eye think the space is actually much bigger than it really is.
  • Less bulky furniture. The main problem people have with small spaces is trying to put in even bigger furniture. This will greatly decrease the size of your room. Try to go for lighter, smaller furniture. Try to use furniture that does the same job but can also be used in other ways. For example, Instead of having a coffee table in your already small living room, try using an ottoman that opens up into a small table. This increases the furniture’s use and minimizes the amount of space it takes up. 

These are a few tips for people that have the challenge of small spaces. They can be more fun to work with than you would have thought!

 

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In todays real estate market first impressions are critical. Most potential homebuyers make their decision within minutes of viewing the home. It is these crucial minutes that a skilled stager focuses on bringing together for prospective buyers. An experienced stager understands what is appealing to homebuyers and always envisions your space with those key aspects in mind.