Why Home Staging Is Impersonal When Buying Another House

Staging a home detaches us from the feeling a family lived in a house. If I was considering buying another house, I would want to see evidence an actual family inhabited the house. Without toys laying carelessly on the floor, coat hooks with coats, and magnets on the fridge holding pictures, how can we see ourselves living in a real family home. Although new homeowners can imagine their things in a new home, just the image of tangible objects you can see, touch, and feel, gives the idea of home sweet home.

With staged objects around a house, the place looks like it’s done so professionally no one ever lived in the house. The house appears neat, clean, and ready to sell. I know that’s the point of staging a house, but I feel it’s wrong to replace what made buying another house a home in the first place, unless the house requires some sort of construction, electric, or plumbing to make sure everything in the house works. I know I would feel a bit uneasy if I went to an open house, walked through, and saw neutral, painted walls, a fridge with no magnets with pictures, and toys put away in a toy case. It’s just abnormal to me. An empty feeling comes to mind when I know a house is missing what makes it a home. I just don’t feel comfortable with a house having a modern look that doesn’t match the previous homeowner.

There is a shows on television that stage homes, such as Designed to Sell on the HGTV channel. When the designer comes in to assess the house, the homeowner is usually in the process of buying another house or planning on purchasing another house. Buyers come by to see if the house matches their standards. Sometimes the buyer’s impressed, so offers are then given to the cost of another house and other times the buyer is not interested in a home. It’s rare on this show that I see the designed house sold. This is one of the main reasons I think staging a house is unsentimental.

I believe this is because the designer didn’t do a good job setting up the place for sale. I think the homeowner should at least clean a little bit and keep their stuff inside the house. I believe buyers would be more interested in investing their money because of the houses’ natural charm instead of artificial charm. For example, the photographs the designer obtains for the picture frames don’t even pertain to the family who lived there. The photographs take the place of smiling families looking back at you as you walk around the house. There’s just something about a family in a frame that makes me interested in buying another house.

Even though the idea of moving stuff into a home that never belonged to any homeowner is a good idea in some aspects, there’s nothing like knowing someone had a life in a house, created memories. It feels like it’s all taken away by changing the colors of a wall, and removing a comfortable couch with a modern feel couch. The stage home is a fake home. Even a house with blank space is better than arranged space because it’s not genuine. It means nothing to me and maybe the homeowner.

A house is on display for its audience, the buyers are the ones interested in buying another house. While staging sounds like a promising venture, think about how a house is a home.

Buying Vs Renting: When to Buy a House and When to Rent

Buying your first home can indeed be an incredible milestone in your life. In line with this, you may feel a mixture of many emotions like fulfillment, happiness but at the same time, there’s nervousness that may impair judgement. You feel nervous about this big decision that you have to make, likely the largest financial decision in your life. And one of the most common questions you have to face is – are you going to rent or buy? Let us discuss about buying vs. renting in this post.

Before you come up with any further decision about moving on your own, you have to ask yourself, is it time that you buy your own house or are you better off renting a home?

When to rent?

Living solo? Renting a home might be more suitable for you. Living alone in a big house may be a bit too much – too much space and too much work or cost for the upkeep. If you don’t have the money for a down payment and all the costs of owning a house then renting is likely more advisable. Also, if you are concerned about job security then this is a sign to perhaps continue renting for the moment. Think of the impact to you and your family if you decided to buy a house and then lose your job after few months.

How can you afford to pay for the mortgage? Do you need to rent a room or part of the house to make it work? These considerations are very important before you come up with your final decision.

Do not rush in to buying a house most especially if you’re not financially and mentally ready. There is nothing wrong with renting first. Being practical will give you more benefits in the long run. Most of all, your REALTORĀ® is a source of valuable information to you as a first time home buyer.

When to buy?

Now, when is the perfect time to buy your house? One main factor to that is when you are financially stable. And when we say financially stable it means that you have funds for at least a 5% down payment for the new house, a permanent and stable job and probably a savings to serve as your back-up plan, should you need to repair or renovate the home. Also, you have to remember that it doesn’t end in paying the down payment; you also have to pay for other costs in buying your own house like budget for the furniture, utilities and of course the monthly mortgage rate. During the purchasing process you will be writing cheques to home inspectors, insurance policies and lawyers.

Having a family could be another factor that will lead you into the decision of buying a house. Raising a family in a house you can call your own is definitely ideal. Having your own garden so that your children can play or a big kitchen where you cook and eat together as family are just some perks of living in your own house.

It is very important to assess your situation and all other factors before you decide if you are going to buy your own home. If the assessment turns out that you are not yet ready, then settle for renting first.

Are You Single and Buying a House?

When you decide to buy a house you’re making a very huge step and it’s a hard decision. It’s hard not because you don’t know if you should or shouldn’t, it’s hard because you know you’re going to pay a mortgage every month for long time.

This idea sounds very bad and it’s not something you can’t wait to jump into, anyway once you have fully paid the mortgage the house is yours and you should easily realize that, if you have the possibility, this is a better choice rather than renting a house for the same amount of time: you would pay your monthly rent and not own the house.

You probably won’t buy anything as expensive as your house for the rest of your life. The commitment is very big and owning a house comes with some responsibilities you wouldn’t have if you lived renting.

You’ll have to deal with lenders, pay the mortgage month and additionally pay for any problems that may occur such as fixing broken pipes, heating system and more. This shouldn’t cause you to think not to buy a house.

The most important thing you have to consider when you’re deciding if buying or renting is that, if you buy the house, after some years you’ll be the owner, otherwise you’ll have to pay a rent forever: this should be enough to convince you that, if you have the possibility, you should absolutely decide to buy it.

Most singles are so scared about the responsibilities of buying a house that don’t want to consider this option until they find a partner to split expenses and commitment.

It doesn’t matter if you’re single or you have a partner that will go through the process of buying a house with you: buying a house is a smart choice, being single will just make it a bit harder but this shouldn’t be a motive not to buy a home (assuming that for you it’s economically feasible).

If you think about what you really need you may decide to buy a house even if you’re single, and it might not be so hard: there’s no need to buy a very huge apartment if you’ll be living alone for long time. You don’t think that buying a small house is worth? Always remember that it’s a great value that you’ll be able to sell when you decide you need a bigger one.

If money doesn’t worry you, you can buy a huge house now and continue to stay there after you get married and even when you’ll have children. In the meantime you’ll have your own castle to enjoy with friends and relatives when they’re around.

You must keep in mind that you absolutely must not buy a house you can’t pay because you’ll be throwing your money away. Always keep in mind that you’ll have to pay your mortgage monthly: you know what you can afford, don’t buy anything more.

Moreover you should add to the monthly mortgage payment the expenses that come with the house like the condominium fee, or any yard work expense if you don’t want to do such work on your own.

When choosing a house to buy you shouldn’t settle for anything less than what you need: this doesn’t mean you necessarily need to buy a mansion, you just have to buy a house that you really like, but at the same time you should be able to pay the mortgage monthly without easily or sometimes you might have hard times paying the month. You never know what’s going to happen and you don’t absolutely want to lose your new home.