Why Home Staging? *
As the old saying goes, you don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression. As homeowners, we tend to leave our personal imprints on our homes and are not always able to objectively see each room the way a potential buyer would. Whether you choose to do it yourself or hire a professional, in today’s competitive real estate market, staging your home to sell is one of the most important things you can do. But there’s more to it than just looking good.
Home Staging & Feng Shui
As Your Bridge To Somewhere Fusing the age-old wisdom of Feng Shui with Home Staging allows you to transform your home into one that not only shows well but also is harmonious to live in while you attract that perfect buyer to your door. ‘Feng Shui Staging’ charges your buyer with a feeling of security and comfort and empowers you on your journey into your next home. And that is your bridge to somewhere!
Why I Don’t Stage Empty Houses
I stage homes, not houses. The heart of my work is with aligning and enhancing the emotional and energetic connections found within a home. (Read my bio and you’ll understand why.) So, if you are a realtor or property owner with an empty house to stage, please don’t call me. (Unless, of course, you want me to work in your own home.) Whether you are downsizing for less maintenance and more ‘me time,’ relocating due to a divorce, death, or other circumstances, or just in need of more space and a home office, my interest is in supporting you through your transition. How you get where you are going is just as important to me as you getting there.
How Much Will It Cost To Stage Your Home?
Staging does not have to be expensive or impractical. Quite often, just removing distractions and clutter, positioning furniture in the right location, and setting the stage with a splash of color makes a remarkable difference. The goal is to add some insight and a dash of creativity to what you have so you can save money for your next home. Many homes are over-staged and impractical to live in. Remember, less is more!
About Your Consultation
Whether you choose to do it yourself, have me work side-by-side with you, or contract me to manage it all, we start with a phone conversation so I can gain a better idea of what your needs are. This helps me get a feel for how to approach your project before arriving. An average Feng Shui Home Staging consultation takes two to three hours. On the day of your appointment, we’ll look at challenged areas and come up with a plan that meets your special needs and concerns. We’ll talk about how to re-create your space by working with what you have as well as any additional support materials you might need to purchase. If you intend to do it yourself, I am available for coaching (phone sessions) to get you past unanticipated hurdles and keep you focused on your goal. If you require assistance in implementing your plan, or need a jump-start day, I am available for that as well. I make a good staging buddy and am not shy about rolling up my sleeves. (I’ll even haul your discards to the Goodwill to save you from retrieving articles and smuggling them back into the house after I leave!)
You might be wondering, “But where does the heart stuff come in?”
That part depends on you. If you’ve read this far, you have interests and concerns beyond the basic aesthetics of staging your home. Be assured, heart stuff and home stuff flow seamlessly into my sessions. Because a major life transition of my own led me to this work, I do not take lightly the transformative powers of a well thought home. If, after I leave, you are moved to explore something we discussed in your session, I am available for additional support by phone. Phone sessions range anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
Read my short bio (or my longer book!) for more about why it is so powerful to combine heart and home in this way.
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*A recent 2008 survey conducted by the Real Estate Staging Association found that staged homes averaged less than 45 days on the market, while unstaged homes were still available after 102 to 120 days.