C. Rae & J.S. Maresh
For Dummies | 0470260289 | 2008 | PDF | 338 pages | 5 Mb

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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!


Part I: Preparing Your Property for Sale 5
Chapter 1: Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me an Offer 7
Chapter 2: Discovering What Buyers Want 23
Chapter 3: Finding the Fixes You Can’t Ignore 37
Chapter 4: Color Me Sold: Using Color and Light to Sell Your House 49
Chapter 5: It’s Not What You Have; It’s Where You Place It 57

Part II: Three Staging Steps Toward
Hitting a Home Run 73
Chapter 6: First Base: The Staging Consultation 75
Chapter 7: Second Base: Earning Equity with Elbow Grease 87
Chapter 8: Third Base: Showcasing Makes Your House Photo-Ready 105
Chapter 9: Home: Opening Your House to Buyers and Agents 125

Part III: Working Through Your House, Room by Room 135
Chapter 10: Curb Appeal: Making a Winning First Impression 137
Chapter 11: You Had Me at Hello: Entrances, Exits, and Special Places 149
Chapter 12: A Whole Lot of Living to Do: Living, Family, and Rec Rooms 161
Chapter 13: A Feast of Dining Room Staging Ideas 177
Chapter 14: Cashing In on Kitchens and Baths 191
Chapter 15: Inviting Sweet Dreams with Beautifully Staged Bedrooms 207
Chapter 16: Office Affair: Stage ’em Something to Talk About 223
Chapter 17: Behind Closed Doors: Staging Closets and Other Hidden Places 233

Part IV: Addressing Special Staging Considerations 249
Chapter 18: Dealing with Sensitive Issues 251
Chapter 19: Staging When You’re Building, Rehabbing, or Flipping 261
Chapter 20: Staging Your House the Feng Shui Way 279
Chapter 21: It’s Not Easy Being Green: EcoStaging 287

Part V: The Part of Tens 295
Chapter 22: (Almost) Ten Mistakes Sellers Often Make 297
Chapter 23: Ten Reasons to Hire a Staging Professional 303
Chapter 24: Ten Tricks of the Trade That Help You Sell Your House 309
Chapter 25: Ten Ways to Prepare Your House (and Yourself) for the Sale 313
Chapter 26: Ten Reasons Sellers Don’t Stage Their Properties (But Should) 317

Index 323


"Home Staging for Dummies" is a brilliantly written guide which explains the benefits of home staging in addition to giving real solutions to homeowners who are embarking on the process of selling property.
This practical guide is so easy to read and understand that you will be able to apply the principals on your own; or if you don't have the time or the creativity to do it the book provides you with every resource needed, in order to get the professional assistance to get the job done.
The Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) is proud to FULLY endorse Home Staging for Dummies.

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