Staged Home Decor Gives You Mythbusters

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Home Staging®  Myth Busters

Myth 1: Staging is Decorating...



Staging is NOT Decorating or Design! Decorating or Design is personalizing and Staging

is De-Personalizing and preparing a house for the un-known Buyer. That is why it's KEY

that you hire someone with training specifically on how to prepare a house for sale.

The Accredited Staging Professional DesignationTM (ASPTM) is the ONLY nationally recognized

professional designation for Home Staging. Make sure to hire someone with this professional

designation when selecting a qualified Home Stager.

TIP: When the focus of the Staging becomes about things and not your house, then you are working

with a decorator and not a trained Stager. An ASP Stager can use existing items in a house and their

creativity to properly Stage a house for sale.

Myth 2: Staging Costs Too Much...



Staging is an INVESTMENT in getting a house sold and the investment in Staging is

always less than a price reduction. An ASPTM Stager has been trained to work with a

Sellers' budget and time frame to properly Stage a house. We like to ask our clients, "Can you afford

NOT to Stage?" When compared with the other costs associated with the sale or purchase of a home,

Staging is very reasonable. In most markets, a Staging report detailing what needs to be done to Stage

the house for sale is less than the appraisal or Home Inspection reports.

Myth 3: All I Need Are Lights, Flowers & Music...



Lights, Flowers and Music are great for Showing a house, but that is not Staging. Staging

requires an objective and professional assessment of a house's strengths and challenge

areas, and solutions to help Buyers fall in love with what they see. This requires more than just flowers

and music to achieve - it requires an Action Plan! Your ASP can help you and your clients with a Success

Plan for getting their house STAGED and SOLD!

Myth 4: I Can Just Watch One of Those Shows...



The shows on HGTV and similar channels give Sellers the idea that they need to do

something to their house to prepare it for sale, but Sellers cannot truly be objective in

a house they have been living in and need a 3rd party independent opinion to get it properly Staged.

ASPs have the experience and ideas to help Sellers get their houses ready and we honor our clients, and

work closely with Realtors to help get a house sold.

Proudly posted by Deborah Harshman, Accredited Staging Professional Master                             Personally taught by Barb Schwarz

This information has been made possible by Barb Schwarz, Creator of Home Staging and CEO

Stage® is a federally registered trademark of & ASPTM is a trademark of & © Barb Schwarz 2006

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Keith Vermilyea
Home Buyers Marketing II, Inc. - Boise, ID

Thanks for the talking points Deborah.  I am a big believer in staging a property to maximize the value as well as to avoid price reductions and it really works. 

Nov 28, 2010 10:09 AM #1
Deb Harshman
Long and Foster - Christie's International Real Estate & Owner of Staged Home Decor - Potomac, MD
REALTOR & ASPMaster Stager, The Selling Advantage

Thank you  Keith. Have thought of taking the ASP Realtor course. Great discount this month. You can sign up on my website too -:)


Nov 28, 2010 10:23 AM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Good post. Keep up the good work.

 Happy Holidays from your friend in Maryland!

Dec 27, 2010 09:39 AM #3
Deb Harshman
Long and Foster - Christie's International Real Estate & Owner of Staged Home Decor - Potomac, MD
REALTOR & ASPMaster Stager, The Selling Advantage

Thanks Roy, for the compliment. From you, it means a lot. Happy New Year!

Dec 27, 2010 11:09 AM #4
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