Saturday, June 19, 2010

House Decorating

Decorating your house isn't always as easy as it sounds. After all, there is a reason why interior decorators and interior designers exist! When you first visit a house with your realtor that you may potentially buy, it is important to remember that many sellers will hire someone ahead of time to help them “stage” the house or get it ready for other potential buyers to view it. The whole point of staging a house is to help the potential buyer visualize themselves living there. The thought behind this is that if someone visualizes themselves living in a particular house, they will naturally want to buy the house to carry out this vision. However, many buyers who wind up buying a house based on this notion find out later that they are sorely mistaken.

You should never purchase a house based on how the person before you had it decorated. Ideally, the house should be empty of all items because all that these items inside of a house do is influence you in one direction or the other. Rather, you need to walk into a house and sort of forget that another person's furniture is there. Instead, visualize the space as you would decorate it and imagine yourself living in it from that point of view. There are those who are selling their house who are, in some cases, willing to sell you some or all of the furnishings that they had in the house. Just keep in mind that you'll be spending more money, obviously.

In order to first start decorating your house, there are a few basic things that you should keep in mind whether or not you're a seasoned interior designer or not. The first thing is that you want to look at the space you are working with. Is it small? Do walls need to be knocked down in order to expand the space and make it more livable? Keep in mind that it is often looked on as a negative thing to knock down bedroom walls in an effort to get rid of a bedroom. Bedrooms typically add value to your home, so when you get rid of them, you are only lowering the value of your home. However, in some small cases, knocking down a bedroom to create more space may be a reasonable option for you.

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