Everyone is talking about staging and redesign these days. With programs like “The Stagers” and “Designed to Sell” on HGTV, home staging and redesign are finally catching on here on the East coast. It’s not uncommon to overhear conversations discussing the value of staging. Home staging is a system that prepares your house for sale by accentuating your home’s advantages and reducing its negatives to generate the highest possible return.
With home staging you are merchandising a product (your house) for sale among many other products (houses) for sale. Staging gives your home an advantage over the competition. In fact, if you don’t stage your home, you actually help the competition. Staged Homes.com an international home staging website and HomeGains®, a national real-estate website, have both done studies on home staging and the results are substantially in favor of staging. Statistics show that staged homes on average sell in 30 days or less and for 3-6% more. The price difference earned more than pays for the staging in most cases. And in all cases, your home will sell faster
However, there is another part of the staging business commonly referred to as redesign. Just exactly what is the difference between home staging and redesign? Redesign is the art of rearranging a room to create warmth and hospitality. You want your room to be inviting, harmonious and comfortable. Redesign is freshening and renewing that tired space and creating something really special.
Getting to know you and your home, the possessions that you cherish and your personality, the re-designer can then create your masterpiece. Taking care to honor your antiques, collections and special objects that are important to you are high on the list when choosing a re-designer.
Another way to use redesign is in setting up your newly purchased home. Sometimes when moving from one place to another, things just don’t fit or at least they don’t seem to. Redesign can save you money by giving that furniture a breath of fresh air or highlighting that antique that has always had a place in your heart and you just can’t seem to let it go. Of course, you can purchase new items if you like and most re-designers will go on personal shopping trips with or for you.
Combining “his” and “hers” is another avenue of redesign. Creating a space where you will both feel comfortable with your favorite things makes for a peaceful and contented home and family, especially where children are concerned. This also works for bringing mom or dad into your home. Empty nesters also find redesign helpful when trying to downsize and reorganize their lives.
Redesign is also great for business. Many studies show that workers enjoy and work more productively in pleasant surroundings. Nobody wants to work in a boring, drab atmosphere. Organizing and getting rid of clutter is important in managing your business and operating efficiently. Giving your office and reception area a facelift brings in new energy and creates new space. The reception area is particularly important because it makes the first impression to clients and customers.
Holidays are also a busy time. With today’s time constraints on everyone, it is wise to hire someone who can help you with holiday themes and decorations. Making your home cheerful and inviting for friends and family leaves you more time to enjoy your loved ones at a special time of year. Isn’t that what it’s all about?
Redesign is useful in many areas of your life. No matter what your budget, everyone deserves to have beautiful and functional living spaces. How about you?