By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine
You arrive at a listing appointment to be greeted by a big German Shepherd’s slobbery licks or two Chihuahuas yipping away at your every slightest movement. Many home owners have pets, but pets can pose a serious challenge when listing a home for-sale.
Stagers and real estate professionals traditionally want to remove any signs of a pet living there, tucking away the kitty litter boxes and mounds of pet toys and beds. They’ll also want to address that smell: Yes, Fido, often leaves a scent behind that a little vanilla and cinnamon candles or plug-ins may try to ease.
While you’ll likely better your chance with buyers by removing any signs of a pet on the premises, sometimes you may have no other choice but to tackle Fido head on. What do you do? … Stage the pets!
When I sold my home a few years ago, I didn’t know what to do with my two small, feisty dogs during the workday when impromptu showings came about, and I wasn’t able to get home in time to hide all traces of dog, including the dogs themselves. (Many home owners don’t like the idea of paying for doggy daycare if they’re already paying for child daycare too!) So why not stage the dogs too?
By Julea Joseph, Reinventing Space
[Reposted with permission from Reinventing Space blog.]
What is it about model homes that make them so appealing? Is it the freshness of all new; is it the sassy paint colors, the perfectly placed furniture, art and accessories or the beautiful groomed backyard that makes you want to plop right down on that comfy club chair?
Well…. Yes to all the above.
From blue print to drawer pulls, that model home is meticulously planned by builders and skilled professionals to make it beautiful.
Models homes are lovely because they have the latest and the greatest, are fresh and new, and are meticulously detailed. Psychology–more than decorating–is applied to make them look so fabulous.
So how can you make your next listing as appealing as a model home? Here are 10 ways.
1. Clean. Those nice angled vacuum lines, gleaming windows, and perfectly manicured lawns in model homes speak to a potential buyer: You don’t have to do a thing. Translate that into: A little elbow grease goes a long way.
A super clean home says “turnkey” to the potential buyer. Have every inch of the home, blind slats to porch light glass, super clean and perfectly coiffed. According to a national 2011 survey done by Home Gain, a $290 cleaning investment gives a $1,990 price increase, or a 586 percent return!
2. Fresh and smells good. People buy homes on emotion, and your five senses are a direct path to your brain. If a home smells and looks “funky,” “doggy,” “smoky,” or if the stove is coated with cooking gone bad: The home is off their list.
Just like you would detail your car to sell it, invest in clean and spotless carpets, patched, repaired and freshly painted walls, and new appliances if the old have seen better days. Be wary to skip this step and take the low road with room refreshers, candles, and stove burner covers. Potential buyers are not fooled.
3. Color. Any advertising executive will tell you color is a key to properly packaging a product, and a listed home is just that, a product. Throw away the off-white manta of old school home staging rules. Welcome to the era of HGTV. Using color is a powerful and inexpensive way of making that home stand out from the rest, and with so many decorating TV shows boasting the benefits of color, you better get hip to hues.
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR Magazine
Look up. Notice any smudges or stains on your property listing’s walls or ceilings? An unlikely source may be causing it: Candles.
Candles can actually leave gray, soot deposits on surfaces, according to Bob Schacke with Home Inspection Experts. You might notice it on the ceiling, walls, or around picture frames.
“Candles in glass jugs are the biggest soot generators,” Schake notes. “The jug limits air flow to the flame and this inhibits combustion, causing extra soot.”
So does that mean you have to say good-bye to candles to avoid stains to your walls? Continue reading »
By Barb Schwarz, Stagedhomes.com
Staging a home for sale involves a number of key things to do and here are four of my top things. I call them the “4 C’s” in home staging (and they’re considered “green staging” in this way as well): Clutter free, Clean, Color and Creative.
Turn chaos into order and peace. Americans are the largest consumers in the world. We have too much “stuff” everywhere! When you want to sell your house you need to go through room by room and remove excess items. Leave space between items, on the walls, and floor to show off the architectural features of the house.
The room will feel larger–and better because it’ll feel more spacious. Buyers need to see and feel the space to buy it. Whether the house you are selling is vacant or lived in, you do not want the rooms empty but you also do not want them overcrowded with too much “stuff” either.
Once it’s clutter-free, commit to keeping the room this way by not bringing in more “stuff”. Below are some important ideas to remember and do:
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine
Some stagers and real estate professionals keep an inventory of items and accessories on-hand so that they can spruce up properties instantly while on-the-go. Let’s take a peek inside the components to these staging inventories to see what tools these professionals rely on.
Debbie Preisig with Home Sweet Home Staging & Redesign in the Chicago area, considers the following the basics to any staging inventory:
- Candles (all colors, shapes, and sizes)
- Pillows (“You can never have enough,” Preisig says. “You can get them on sale and at thrift stores.”)
- Bowls of any kind or color
- Vases (any kind in which you can use to add some flowers to brighten up any room or bathroom)
Adding More to Your Stash
Over the months or years, you’ll undoubtedly want to add more to your staging inventory. Continue reading »