Hypnotic Home Staging - Tips to watch
out for buyers
know how important home staging is if you’re trying to sell a home.
It’s equally important when you’re buying real estate for
exactly the same reasons. Staging is all about highlighting assets and
deflecting your attention from any flaws. As a buyer, you have to learn to
look past the staging and see what lies underneath.
not as easy as it sounds because clever staging can be hypnotic.
Understanding hypnotic staging techniques will help you break their spells.
Here are five of the most common, along with corresponding tips that will
help snap you back to reality so that you can really see what you’re
Hypnotic Staging See-Through #1: Tiny Furniture.
placing very small furniture, rooms can be made to appear much larger than
they really are. I’m not recommending you turn away from a potential
home just because it won’t fit your furniture but should you fall in
love with a place that's heavily staged with tiny furniture, bring
measurements of standard furniture and a tape measure to make sure
Hypnotic Staging See-Through #2: Camouflage and
Cover-Ups. Just like baked cookies can make a house smell homey, gauzy wall
and window coverings and soft music can make it seem positively dreamy.
Downside: they can also camouflage a whole lot of nastiness. Don’t be
fooled: investigate. Open the drapes and look outside the various windows
to see what’s out there, make sure to open all the cupboards and
Hypnotic Staging See-Through #3: Activity Props
You’ll Never Use. Don’t you just feel all warm and fuzzy when
you walk into a room with a lovely crib and a baby mobile? Unless you
have—or plan to have—a baby or already do crafts or meditate,
you need a home that will fit your lifestyle and your needs. So when you
feel yourself being swayed, just make a list of the activities you actually
do in your current home and want to do in your new one, and pay attention
to whether a given prospective property actually has space for those items.
Hypnotic Staging See-Through #4: Any item that
seems to be there strictly for appearances. Décor can often hide or diminish the
appearance of flaws which can actually prove expensive to change. So check
for items that seem like they might have been put in just for
looks—including curtains, rugs, paintings etc. Water stains and
wall cracks can be covered up by area rugs and wall hangings, and wonky
floor plans can be staged as more open by taking the doors off their
Hypnotic Staging See-Through #5: Neighborhood staging. Before you get off investigative
mode, you’ll also want to check out the neighborhood. Not the staged
neighborhood -- the real thing, warts and cars on the lawn and screaming
school-kids and all. To get the real scoop, make sure to visit the house at
different times of day and on different days of the week in order to
determine what the noise levels are like at evenings and weekend.
Buyers, please feel free to write me. I'd be happy to answer any of your questions about home buying process.
Manisha Jain, MA
Broker, REALTOR (R)*
"A Name Friends Recommend"
Summa Real Estate Group
1975 NW 167th pl, Beaverton, OR 97006http://ManishaJain.com
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