10 Solid, Sensible Reasons NOT to DIY your Redecoration

It’s the age of DIY!  Everywhere you look there are magazines, websites, blogs and TV shows dedicated to homeowners “doing it themselves”.  Sometimes a DIY project is a good idea and a money saver.  Sometimes, it’s not.  You’ve already invested a lot of money in your home and want to be able to enjoy it, be comfortable in it and showcase it to its best potential.  So, should you try and influence the feeling and comfort of your home with DIY home decoration?

First, rid yourself of the idea that interior designers and decorators are only for those with giant houses and lots of disposable income.  Actually, the smaller and more multi-purpose the space, the greater the necessity of good design to ensure efficiency and attractiveness.  And, if you had an unlimited budget, you could realistically make all the trendy, style changes and mistakes you want!  The reality is that choosing the right design professional, one who is trained to understand your needs, desires and budget, will save you a great deal of time, money and headaches!

1)    A designer is an experienced professional with a trained eye that can automatically tell you what is wrong or right with a space. Having that immediate consult is a major advantage when making aesthetic decisions.

2)    Hiring a design professional can help avoid costly mistakes, saving you money while increasing the value of your home.

3)    Ordering and coordinating any home project is a big key to success. Designers can give you a clear, concise assessment of the situation and a solid plan of action to follow.

4)    Want to save money?  Design professionals can help you determine what things are worth keeping or repurposing and what to let go of.  As well, designers can seamlessly integrate your treasured possessions into the overall design scheme.

5)    A designer is trained to see and notice things about your environment that you may not.  Recognizing and properly managing structural, electrical, lighting and furnishing issues keep a project on budget and on time – a big money saver!

6)     Unless you are a professional project manager, having a design professional manage time schedules, architects and contractors can head off design problems, scheduling issues, cost overruns and miscommunications.  

7)    A designer can keep you on budget and save you time and effort by using tried and true resources for everything related to your home.  A designer will also save you endless amounts of time researching products, brands and prices for you.

8)    Get the “WOW” factor you’ve been looking for. Design professionals can integrate trends, styles and colors and are trained to think about the overall picture, which clients often cannot.

9)    Worried about selling or house value? Professional design adds to the aesthetic of your home, which in turn can increase the home’s value.  If you are actively selling your home, a design professional can increase showings and sales potential with staging.

10)    Do you and your partner completely agree on style, space usage and aesthetics?  Didn’t think so!  A design professional is adept at working with everyone involved, combining styles, aesthetics and personalities so that everyone is happy and comfortable in your home!

Whether you have no idea where or how to begin to decorate your home, or whether you have an idea but need help tying pieces together, or you simply haven’t the time to execute your style and desires due to your busy day to day schedule, professional designers and decorators are a smart and efficient investment for everyone, in every type of dwelling, living every lifestyle, and at every budget…


Home Staging for Real Estate Sale

Real estate professionals know that success in today’s market demands more competitive and creative approaches to attracting buyers.  You need to provide innovative ways to improve the salability of your client’s property and also ensuring quicker turnover of your inventory. Quick, effective and affordable home staging / re-design services are essential for making your properties STAND OUT. 

From the real estate professional’s perspective, home staging is one of the fastest, simplest and most effective ways to help you do just that - sell more homes.   From the home seller’s perspective, home staging is THE quick and affordable tool for making a home more appealing, selling it faster and for maximum profit. And, home staging could be cost neutral for your client because home staging fees are frequently TAX DEDUCTIBLE for the home seller! 

Considered a part of “advertising fees” for the sale of the home, home staging fees fall under allowable selling expenses. When your client hires DeniseGiannaDesigns directly, they are purchasing a service for the specific purpose of selling that home. So, the professional cost and expenses incurred can often be deducted when the home is sold, along with commissions paid to the Realtor and legal fees.

DeniseGiannaDesigns prepare your client’s homes for viewing and visualization by the most likely real estate shopper in the area. Home staging promotes a home’s best features and deemphasizes features that may not be the most desirable to the potential buyer.

Home staging is affordable and the results can be quick and DRAMATIC. Fees generally run between $350 and $1250 for a home, dependent on square footage and condition of the home.  Combining information from the real estate professional about comparables and lifestyle and preferences of the likely buyer AND merchandising and professional design principles, can hit all the right emotional buttons in your potential home buyer.

First impression is the key factor in selling your home.  Typically, a potential buyer has made up their mind ten seconds after they step in the front door.  They were already forming an opinion as they pulled into your driveway! That really doesn’t leave too much room for unpreparedness. To achieve the greatest possible sales outcome, your home should be presented at its best and most inviting to the greatest number of potential buyers every time it is shown.