Friday, February 8, 2013

Staging vs. Decorating

There is a fine line between between staging your home and decorating it.  When selling your home it can be hard to understand at first, but if you don't know the difference, you may not sell your house as quickly as you would hope.  Selling your home means selling a lifestyle, but not your own. Everyone has different tastes in decor and furnishings, but the key to making your home appealing to a broad audience is to make it functional and inviting. Try tailoring your home in a way that a Buyer will describe it in those terms. Getting rid of clutter and having minimal accessories is a great place to start.

Just because you are trying to keep it simple, it doesn't mean that you have to stay away from using color.  Instead, stick to neutral color schemes that are warm and inviting.  If you have a specific decorating style that stands out, you may want to consider scaling it back a bit.  If not, your home may only appeal to a small percentage of those who have similar taste.

Staging is about strategic placement, editing, and depersonalizing, rather than decorating. The bottom line is try try and get out of your own head to get into the mind of that potential home buyer.

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