According to new report, it is very easy to be fooled by home staging. Home staging is a term that we are becoming more and more familiar with. It is the idea that we try to create the best impression of our home when we are selling the house. It used to be just quickly run the vacuum and do the dishes, but nowadays there is a whole set of rules to follow!
The idea is, that a staged home stands out from all the others and in turn gets sold more quickly. It definately can be carried to extremes with reports of sellers renting storage units to cart their junk off to. Larger items of furniture are encouraged to be put into storage by professional ‘home stagers’ so that the house looks bigger and more spacious to potential buyers.
Another instruction is to remove personal items like photographs, so that the prospective buyer can visualize the house as their own. Closets are de-cluttered so that they look more spacious and all bathroom items are supposed to be gone from the counter top! Garbage cans and bins are even removed and hidden from sight.
However it has been suggested that home staging can also be deliberately used to hide a multitude of sins!
The National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents (NAEBA, who solely represent buyers in the realty business) has suggested that as much as 82% of buyers are sidetracked from the important issues by a well-staged house. Home staging does it fact net more cash and faster sales – so it works!
Some of the dirty tricks used in home staging can include using smaller furniture to make a room look bigger, placing rugs over damaged areas of the floor, or using curtains to hide rotting window sills. Also specified is the practice of putting on a cheap paint job to cover defects. Your realtor is legally obligated to let you know about any defects, but only if he or she actually knows about them!
Buyers are urged by the NAEBA to be cautious and to remember that when the house is sold, the stage is taken away. The tricks of home staging do not improve the the square footage, the floor plan of the home, or the quality of the neighborhood; and these are the qualities that you will be re-selling at a later date.
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