Home Staging For Dummiesby Christine Rae, Jan Saunders Maresh
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Want to have homebuyers knocking down your door? Home Staging For Dummies delivers all the secrets to making your home stand out, sell faster, and bring in more money! It shows you how to make improvements room by room and generate a higher profit in the most cost- and time-effective way.
Featuring eight full-color pages of instructive before-and-after photos, this completely practical guide demonstrates how and why to eliminate clutter, make repairs, arrange furnishings, and pave the way for buyers to make an emotional connection to your house. You’ll get a handle on what buyers want and how to show it to them, find plenty of do-it-yourself tasks that add real value to your home, and get tips on producing photos of your home that will have buyers craving to see more! Discover how to:
- See your home as prospective buyers will see it
- Know what needs doing and what doesn’t
- Master the three-step home staging process
- Add real value to your home without breaking the bank
- Decide whether to DIY or call in the pros
- Create curb appeal
- Make a great first impression with a beautiful entryway
- Spruce up your kitchen, bathroom, living, and dining rooms
- Turn your bedrooms into a buyer’s dream
- Whip your mechanicals into top shape
- Avoid staging nightmares
Get top dollar for your home — all you need is a little help from Home Staging For Dummies!
Meet the Author
Christine Rae is an internationally recognized trainer in the home staging industry. She has been providing ground-breaking staging programs since 2001, after a 32-year career in executive business management. In August of 2005, she developed and launched her innovative certification program throughout North America (Canadian Certified Staging Professionals and Certified Staging Professionals). Through that program, she has personally instructed over 2,600 entrepreneurs on how to start and grow a successful home staging business.
Christine has received many industry awards; among the most recent is the 2007 Real Estate Staging Association Staging Innovator of the Year. Christine has coauthored the Home Staging Business Guide e-book and countless articles in industry trade publications, like Canada’s Real Estate Magazine. She is editor and contributing writer for the staging industry trade magazine Staging Standard. She has acted as subject matter expert for CE Network, an online staging program for real estate agents, and an assortment of other real estate one-day programs. She is a platform speaker with thousands of hours dedicated to the staging industry. For information about her staging background go to www.christinerae.com.
Jan Saunders Maresh is a nationally known journalist and television personality specializing in sewing and home decor. Home sellers and real estate agents bank on her training as a Certified Staging Professional, Certified One-Day Decorator, and a Certified Dewey Color Instructor and her more than 25 years of design experience. Jan is also the bestselling author of 15 books, including Sewing For Dummies, Second Edition (Wiley, 2004).
In 2005, Saunders Maresh founded Naked Room Solutions, a home staging and interior redesign company. She speaks for Realtors and teaches home decorating, staging, and color classes at national industry events, paint and fabric stores, and home furnishing and design centers.
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I just read this book and it is great - lots of helpful information - My daughter picked it up after me and read it and now has decided this is what she wants to do as a career! Great reading thanks to the authors - its the first staging book I've read that actually promotes staging and not the author
I'm trying to sell my house in a buyer's market, meaning I have to have all my bases covered if I'm going to have a chance of selling any time soon. I asked 3 different realtor companies to calculate a selling price for me. After staging my house using this book, that selling price went up 10%. All the agents who have been through my home leave comments on how they have NO suggestions - they say the house is "perfect" in terms of showing potential buyers its best qualities. This book had several practical ideas and things to keep in mind that I hadn't thought of before. I already knew to declutter and keep things clean, but this book made me see my home the way a buyer does. The best advice in it for me was to highlight the permanent features of the house more so than my own personal decorating preferences. It told me how to direct a buyer's line of sight to the things in each room that would showcase a house feature that could be missed if furniture and decor weren't properly positioned. Aside from general tips, the book offered ideas room by room, including garages and basements. It told how to highlight good features while minimizing attention on areas not as positive or that fall into the "necessary" categories of home ownership (like mechanical equipment). While some statements were so basic I yawned, the majority of this book was very helpful at getting me to see how I could take the initiative as a seller in a down market.
I guess the title gives it away, but it doesn't take a dummy to stage but it takes a dummy to buy a book with info that is available on the web!...