Staging

5 Staging Tips Before You Show Your Home

Did you know that a staged property usually sells for more money and in less time than an unstaged property? In a recent article by House Logic, “81 Staging Tips That Helps Buyers Fall in Love,” an example of this is shown with two condo listings. Both units were in the same complex and were the same size and layout. One of the units was staged and the other was not. The staged unit sold for $30,000 more than the unstaged one. While staging your home does not guarantee you more money, putting that extra effort in before showing your home can go a long way.

The article continues on to share some helpful tips to prepare each room of your house for showing. Here are some tips that I found to be most important:

1. Depersonalize your home.

It is important that buyers can envision themselves living there. Remove family portraits, refrigerator decorations, and other memorabilia around the home. Instead, hang interesting artwork on the walls or set out a tea set or a board game in the living room so that buyers see what life would be like in your home.

2. Declutter.

This can be a great way to start packing up the house! Clear all countertops, tables, and other surfaces, leaving only one or two decorative items such as a vase. Take away a few pieces of furniture, especially in the living room. Clean out the cupboards, leaving only one matching set of dishes and a few glasses. Clean and organize the pantry. The goal is to make the rooms feel larger and to show the full potential for storage areas such as cabinets and closets.

3. Scrub.

Deep clean your entire home or hire a cleaning service to do it for you. Be sure to remove all dirt and grime from walls, backsplashes, and cabinets, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms. If you have a pet, remove all pet hair, stains, and odors. Make your home so clean it shines!

4. Repair and Refresh.

Replace any old tiling or use paint instead. Fix leaky faucets or running toilets. Fill in nicks or holes in walls and add a fresh coat of paint. Replace any broken or torn window screens and any damaged or aging hardwood floors.

5. Don’t forget about the exterior!

Most buyers drive by houses first before setting up showing appointments. Make sure that their first impression is a positive one. Mow the lawn, trim the shrubs and trees. Power-wash the outside of your home, driveway, and porch. Store any yard equipment or toys out of sight, but leave out something welcoming such as porch furniture or a hammock. Revive the grass with fresh sod or new seed. Brighten up the yard with colorful flowers. Then take a step back and look- make sure things look clean!

Then on the day of showing, add some seasonal touches, such as sizzling cinnamon in the fall or flowers during the spring and summer. Tidy up whatever else may be lingering and then take off while potential buyers admire your beautiful, clean home.

As an accredited staging professional, I have received specific training in staging homes. I work with all my clients to make sure their home is staged properly before it hits the market. 

Read the full article on House Logic.

More tips by me for making a positive first impression.

 

 

Selling this Spring? Tips to Get Your House Ready!

While it still may be chilly outside, the weather isn't the only thing that's about to warm up. The spring selling season is right around the corner, and we've got 7 things you can do now to prepare for selling your home once spring arrives. Now is the time to get ahead start.

1. Give a Thorough Clean

Spring Cleaning Tips

Think spring cleaning territory when deciding what level of clean your home requires for sale. Everything from scrubbing baseboards to dusting fan blades and clearing cobwebs from storage areas should be covered as you scrub-down your home. If the task feels overwhelming, simply go room by room until it's done.

If you have carpet, and it's in reasonably good shape, a thorough cleaning with a professional carpet cleaner will improve the look and the odor in your home. If carpets are worn and threadbare, consider a reasonable replacement, such as a good quality laminate. Cracked tiles should be replaced now, if it's in your budget, for maximum effect.

Image Source: Flickr/Laura D'Alessandro

2. Do a Minor Update

It's no secret that kitchens and bathrooms sell homes. A quick update to a kitchen can make a huge impact simply by cleaning painting or replacing tired hardware and fixtures. If your kitchen lacks a backsplash, this is the perfect time to add one for maximum appeal.

3. Clean the Windows

Even if it's too cold to tackle the job from the outside, you can get half the job done now. Scrub the interior side of all windows and don't forget the window sills, tracks of sliding doors, and the surrounding trim. Buyers will notice the attention to detail once your home is on the market.

4. Paint

Painting Your Homes

Choose the spaces that have the boldest color and tone them down to a neutral palette. The goal should be for buyers to see your home as a blank canvas for their own belongings. Focus on high traffic areas next, and finally, repairing any flaking paint in damp areas such as basements or bathrooms is a must.

Image Source: Flickr/Dean Hochman

5. Pack Early

While you don't need to pack up everything you own, strategically boxing up personal items that will depersonalize your space is a good idea. Family mementos all serve to remind buyers that this is your space, and you want them to picture it as theirs. Storage space is another big item on a buyer's list, so consider packing up any out of season clothing and tucking them away to make closets seem larger.

6. Purpose Every Room

A cozy home reading nook, staged for real estate

Every room should have a clear purpose, so buyers can see how versatile your space is. This may mean removing furniture from a crowded space and moving it somewhere else in your home to create defined living areas. Look for opportunities to create functional spaces like an office area or reading nook, and if you have too much furniture, consider putting it in storage. Less furniture will create an open feeling throughout your home.

Image Source: Flickr/Michael Pardo

7. Go Outside

While it is too early to landscape, paint, or deal with the exterior areas of the home, curb appeal is essential to getting buyers to even walk through the door. Assessing your home now, from the garden spaces to the roof and front entry, will let you make a list of quick and easy items you can tackle as soon as the weather warms up, which will make selling your home a breeze.

Winter Selling Tips

Selling Real Estate in Winter

  1. Clear a Path: Shovel snow and spread sand to provide easy and safe access to your house.
  2. Keep the heat up: You want your home to feel warm and inviting
  3. Lighten up: Make sure blinds are open and lights are on!  You want your house to look bright on those grey winter days. 
  4. Organize: Make sure your closets and winter gear is organized and in place.
  5. Clear Decks and Patios: You want prospective buyers to see your decks and patios.  Make sure they are shoveled and can be accessed.
  6. Seasonal Photos: It is a great idea to have seasonal photos on display so prospective buyers and can see what the yard looks like during the summer.

Winter is a great time to sell your home. Less inventory and the buyers who look are serious. Contact me for more information.

Paint Tips - Preparing your house to sell!

Painting Your House Before Selling

If you are preparing your house to sell and need to paint the interior, below are some tips to help you choose the best color.

  1. Paint your ceiling a light cream color instead of flat white.
  2. Do not use different bright paint colors in each room. Make sure the colors are light and blend well together.
  3. If you prefer to use the same light color throughout, hang pictures with color to assure your home won't look too bland. 

Winter is Coming - Keep Your Home on the Market

I encourage sellers to keep their homes on the market during the winter months. Buyers have more time to look in the winter and can be in their new home just in time to enjoy the spring and summer season. Here are some great tips to make your house more desirable during the cold days of winter. Click here to read about "Why it Pays To List Your House in the Winter".

Don't hesitate to contact me if you are thinking of selling now or anytime in the future. I am happy to talk with you about what is happening in the marketplace and discuss the value of your home.