SOURCE: FLOR

May 01, 2008 03:00 ET

DIY Home Decorating Can Stage a Home to Sell

FLOR Carpet Tiles and DIY Design Tools Can Give a Home an Edge in a Tough Real Estate Market

ELMHURST, IL--(Marketwire - May 1, 2008) - Today's real estate market is difficult for just about everyone. Many homeowners are faced with significantly lowering their asking price, having their home on the market for several months, or not being able to sell it at all. Some are resorting to hiring professional stagers to make their home more saleable. However, with FLOR carpet tiles and a little DIY design education, it is possible to stage your own home, save thousands of dollars, and sell your home in record time.

Home prices fell 8.2% in March -- the largest year-over-year price drop on record, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), and recovery is not imminent: Economists who spoke at the recent National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) forecast conference said they don't expect things to change until at least 2009. With nearly 10 million homes on the market, the competition is stiff.

According to a StagedHomes.com study, staged homes sell five times faster than other homes. However, staging can be expensive and, with selling prices being down, it's not always in a homeowner's budget. Consequently, DIY design and home decorating has become very popular.

Real estate agents advise several types of improvements to speed the sales process and get a higher price for your home, and fixing damaged flooring is among the top nine recommendations. In fact, it is recommended by 94% of agents.

With FLOR carpet tiles, homeowners are able to newly carpet their home while also adding a design element that makes the home more attractive to potential buyers. Carpet tiles are also often less expensive than repairing or replacing other flooring and, as they can be easily installed by the homeowner, also spare them the expense of professional installation. Buyers appreciate the flexibility of FLOR carpet tiles: they can easily clean one carpet tile rather than an entire carpet and, if a tile is damaged, it can simply be replaced without investing in a whole new carpet.

For more information on how FLOR carpet tiles can help stage a home for a quick sale, and a higher selling price, visit http://www.flor.com.

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