Home Staging – HomeownersInsurance.org http://www.homeownersinsurance.org Homeowners Insurance Tips and News Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:01:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Feng Shui Rules to Live By http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/feng-shui-rules-to-live-by/ http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/feng-shui-rules-to-live-by/#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2012 13:22:26 +0000 http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/?p=1678 Whenever you are buying a new home, decorating, or even making changes in your current home, do you pay attention to feng shui? It seems that there are people who strictly follow it, and then some that will only occasionally follow it. Developed over 3,000 years ago in China, Feng Shui is a ancient art form that is used to bring positive energy into one’s life by balancing the energies in any given space. Whatever your take on it, the principles behind the ancient discipline can benefit almost any home.


Entryway

Probably one of the most important rooms in your home is the entryway. The entryway will be the room that people see most when they come over to your home, but is also one that you will use on a daily basis and often take for granted. The outside entryway will also set a precedent of what people should expect in your home, so you want to make sure you start here.

  • Make sure it is eye- catching: Everyone wants to believe that their house is the most beautiful house. Since most people won’t see the inside, you need to start with the outside. Make sure that you have bright lighting so that your walk way is visible. Also, use plants that will stay beautiful year round.
  • Get rid of the cluster: Next time you think about droping your mail off inside the door, don’t. You do not want a lot of clutter upon entering the home. It needs to be as inviting as possible. Make sure that there are no broken steps and that the inside is as breathable as possible.

Kitchen

Another important room that is often overlooked in terms of decorating is the kitchen. In our fast paced society, not a lot of people have time to cook and spend hours slaving over the stove. So if you are never in there, why should you care what it looks like? Well first of all, you need to spend time there. Spend time with your family cooking great, nutritious meals. It will benefit your family in the long run. Not only will your health improve but so will your closeness.


  • Color: Color is essential in any feng shui element, but particularly in the kitchen. With the use of water and your stove and appliances, you already have fire and water playing against each other. Therefore, you will want to stay away from fire colors such as red and orange. These colors have been proven to make your brain associate them with hunger so your waistline will appreciate it also. Make sure to use cooling colors. Pale yellow is thought to be one of the best options.
  • Layout: Along with color, you will also want to think about the placement of your appliances. How easy would it be if your sink was across from the stove? Well, do not do it. You will put water and fire in direct contrast. This alignment is said to increase arguments in the household.


Bedroom

For some, their room is their sanctuary. They love to spend time cuddled up in their room, but is it really inviting? There are certain elements of feng shui that will make your bedroom more relaxing and will help aide your sleep habits.

  • Bed: Obviously the most important part of the room should have the most rules associated with it. When it comes to placement of the bed you want to make sure that it is placed opposite the door and usually up against the farthest wall. You will want to have a solid headboard like wood or leather and new sheets. Why new sheets? When you replace the bedding every year, it adds fresh energy to the room.
  • Decoration: As we mentioned, color is key to feng shui, so in the bedroom you will want to make sure that you use warm colors and flesh tones. These colors are said to spice up the room and increase romance. Any decoration elements should usually be displayed in pairs. Also, if you want to keep the room romantic then get rid of all electronics and exercise equipment. There are better places for these things.
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Selling a House? Consider Staging! http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/selling-a-house-consider-staging/ http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/selling-a-house-consider-staging/#respond Mon, 08 Feb 2010 15:33:58 +0000 http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/?p=207 stagedhomeThis isn’t a great time to sell a house. In fact, it’s a downright crappy market. Still, if you must, you must. And, if you’re going to do it, you may as well do it right. Take the steps you need to take in order to get the most you can for your home.

Staging is one of the best ways to do just that.

What is Home Staging?

I’m glad you asked. Home staging is an art of illusion. It’s all about making the house look like exactly what a buyer is hoping to see. It has to do with creating a specific mood or feel. It makes the house look bigger than it is, brighter than it is and even more loving than it may be.

Staging isn’t about cleaning or getting rid of clutter. No, you need to do those things before you stage. It isn’t about simple repairs. That should already be done, too.

In short, home staging is the process of dressing up your home nicely so that a buyer will want to make an offer.

Should you Hire a Professional?

There are folks that do this for a living. True story. They treat your home like an artist’s canvas, and they turn it into a beautiful portrait. They’re part designer, and part theatrical producer.

A stager might charge anywhere from $500 to more than $5,000, so be ready. They’re not cheap, but they can help a house sell for more than what it otherwise would, and in a shorter amount of time, too.

Before you hire a stager, make sure your homeowners insurance is current, just like you would if you brought in a contractor to do any other work.

Staging on your Own

You can certainly stage your own home, with a little bit of effort. To do so, you need to employ the same kinds of tactics and tools a professional home stager would employ.

For example, you need to be able to arrange the furniture in an appealing way. You need to be able to showcase soft fabrics. You need to known which kinds of knickknacks to pack away and which ones to highlight. You need to pay attention to lighting in every room, and make sure that the room will “pop” even on an overcast day.

Staging isn’t cheap or easy, but it will pay off. Staged homes tend to sell quicker and for more money than comparable homes that aren’t staged.

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