Recently my real estate agent, Joanne Callaway, related a staging success story to me. She had been trying for months to sell a seemingly marketable home. The only problem area was the dining room. It had one red wall to match the homeowners' linens. I was surprised that this was the problem area as I often paint dining rooms red. Nevertheless, Joanne called upon the services of her favorite stager who immediately had the wall painted, changed the linens, added cushions to the dining chairs, and the house sold in one week!
more than three thousand years. Listed at the end of this chapter are Web sites that will help you understand energy flow and how to improve it in your home.
Believe it or not, your own energy will either add to or detract from your home. A positive attitude will create better energy in the space. Instead of worrying about how long it will take you to sell the house, imagine how great those precious foo dogs will look in your new home.
I know this all sounds like a lot of effort, but consider the statistics—having homes properly staged significantly shortens the selling cycle as well as brings a higher selling price.
There are lots of helpful resources to learn more about staging, such as home stagingresource.com and stagedhomes.com. Perhaps the best book on staging is by the creator of staging itself, Barb Schwarz. Her book, Home Staging: The Winning Way to Sell Your House for More Money is the bible on the subject. And she's right about staging paying dividends. Homestaging.com. sites a recent HomeGain Survey that shows home staging delivered as much as a 169 percent return on investment. That's a significant figure, making staging well worth the time and effort.
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