What is Home Staging?

Home staging is the preparing of a home for sale. The goal is to make the home more appealing to the highest number of buyers, to help the home sell faster and for more money. To do this, we show the home in its best possible light, creating an environment where potential buyers can imagine themselves living in the home. When to hire a professional.

Home staging is no longer limited to luxury homes. It has become a norm for all price points. Some people have an eye for design, and can make choices of what to store and what to keep during the period of sale. But, if you feel like this is a struggle for you, you may want to consider a professional.

It’s best to have the home staged prior your homes photo shoot. Remember, you never get a chance to make a second first impression. Now’s a good time to de-clutter and pre-pack!

Too much furniture and accessories, along with overstuffed closets make rooms seem small and buyers maybe concerned that there is not enough storage in a home. Now is a great time to get ahead on packing, have a garage sale, and donate unwanted items.


INTERIOR APPEAL

Throughout

  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.
  • Empty trash.
  • Remove family photos, valuables & prescription drugs.
  • Take down distracting artwork.
  • Repair cracks and holes in ceiling & walls.
  • Give rooms a fresh coat of paint.
  • Make sure all wallpaper is secure.
  • Repaint any woodwork that is worn or chipped.
  • Clean or replace draperies and blinds; open them to maximize light.
  • Steam clean rugs. Polish wood flooring, and remove any stains or odors.
  • Remove extra magazines and books from tables.
  • Position the furniture to showcase the space of the room, remove 1-2 pieces of furniture to make the room feel bigger.
  • Remove and replace any attached items such as chandeliers and draperies, that you wish to move with you.
  • Greenery helps! Have a plant in each room to lighten up the space.
  • Put away toys and hobby supplies.
  • Neatly make beds.
  • Tidy and de-clutter all closets.
  • Store pet supplies

Entry

  • Professionally clean entry way floors & area rugs.
  • Downsize clutter in the entry and closet to create spaciousness.
  • Double-check entry lighting to make sure it works.
  • At night, keep your porch and lighting on.
  • Professionally clean entry way floors & area rugs.
  • Downsize clutter in the entry and closet to create spaciousness.
  • Double-check entry lighting to make sure it works.
  • At night, keep your porch and lighting on.

Kitchen & Bath

  • Make sure counter tops & grout are in good repair, clean and stain-free.
  • Repair leaky faucets, and caulk all joints.
  • Organize pantry and cupboards so they appear clean, neat and spacious.
  • Clean the oven and cook top.
  • Make sure all fixtures, including heat and exhaust fans, are operating.
  • Install a new shower curtain and matching towels.
  • Store all supplies, such as toilet and shampoo bottles and cleansers.
  • Set the dining room table.

CREATE A SPACE YOU WANT TO COME HOME TO

Tips from the pros…

  • Bye, Bye Clutter: A major contributors to clutter is too much furniture. What can you remove, to make a room feel bigger?
  • Furniture Groupings: Create conversational groups and clear traffic patterns, making the space more user-friendly and larger.
  • Junk or Unused Room? Re-purpose it into something usable and inviting.
  • Lighting: The main reason staged homes shine: lighting. Look for 3 types of lighting in each room: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading) and accent (table and walls).
  • Neutral Wall Colors: Neutral colors these days include warm tans and honeys to soft blue-greens and more.
  • Three’s Company: Mix accessories in groups of 3, think of a triangle with each element at a point. Remember to vary height, width and/or color, but have a unifying element.
  • Fresh Flowers or Foliage: Every season brings something interesting in your yard. Bring a sample of that indoors.
  • Bedrooms: Create the serene and inviting feel with pretty bedding, soft colors. Clean out the closets and show off the storage space!
  • Depersonalize: you want viewers to see themselves in every room, pack away family photos, collections, awards. Free the space for the buyer to see their belongings in the space.
  • Storage space sells! Closest, attics, and garages are wonderful, show off how much storage space you have by having these well organized and clear of overflowing belongings

Interior Appeal

Throughout

  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.
  • Empty trash.
  • Remove family photos, valuables & prescription drugs.
  • Take down distracting artwork.
  • Repair cracks and holes in ceiling & walls.
  • Give rooms a fresh coat of paint as &
  • Make sure all wallpaper is secure.
  • Repaint any woodwork that is worn or chipped.
  • Clean or replace draperies and blinds; open them to maximize light.
  • Steam clean rugs. Polish wood flooring, and remove any stains or odors.
  • Remove extra magazines and books from tables.
  • Position the furniture to showcase the space of the room, remove 1-2 pieces of furniture to make the room feel bigger.
  • Remove and replace any attached items such as chandeliers and draperies, that you wish to move with you.
  • Greenery helps! Have a plant in each room to lighten up the space.
  • Put away toys and hobby supplies.
  • Neatly make beds.
  • Tidy and de-clutter all closets.
  • Store pet supplies.

Entry

  • Professionally clean entry way floors & area rugs.
  • Downsize clutter in the entry and closet to create spaciousness.
  • Double-check entry lighting to make sure it works.
  • At night, keep your porch and lighting on.

Kitchen & Bath

  • Make sure counter tops & grout are in good repair, clean and stain-free.
  • Repair leaky faucets, and caulk all joints.
  • Organize pantry and cupboards so they appear clean, neat and spacious.
  • Clean the oven and cook top.
  • Make sure all fixtures, including heat and exhaust fans, are operating.
  • Install a new shower curtain and matching towels.
  • Store all supplies, such as toilet and shampoo bottles and cleansers.
  • Set the dining room table.

 


Offers

As your broker I will present all offers in their entirety and help explain the merit of each one. This provides you the ability to make the most informed decision.

Contingencies
Inspection and financing contingencies are important to understand. As your broker I will help explain what they mean and determine best ways to respond.

Negotiations

Buyers respond exclusively to price, location, and condition. What you paid for the home or the equity you need out of it, aren’t relevant to the buyer.Homes in top condition sell for the most money.
Keep in mind that your purchase offer is only binding when you agree to the buyer’s terms or the buyer agrees to your counter offer.
Every change you or the buyer makes means the other party can walk away from the deal entirely.