Sellers are now awaking and ready to list their homes, BUT the de-cluttering process has them overwhelmed. We can assist with de-cluttering and staging the home. We do both at the same time while we might use the owners beautiful existing items. The not so beautiful pieces we help the owners send to their children, donate or sell. As we all know sellers bark to hire a professional to de-clutter and pay for home staging because many home owners have lived in their homes for a while and don’t see it “as buyers see it” because it’s their home and they see it as pretty. It is too emotional. Most sellers can’t picture their home as “neutral”. And the second reason sellers may bark about de-cluttering and staging their home is cost to have an outsider come in and “just do it”. They don’t have a clue where to begin nor the time, energy and resources.
Part One on Staging Tips:
- Curb appeal. For those who live in the wintery regions, flowers are not blooming yet. Have potted silk yellow or red flowers in pots outside by the front door. It adds color and welcome appeal. Also add a welcome mat by the front. Great for those to clean off their shoes before entering into a clean home. What color is the front door? Could it use a new coat of paint or a different color of paint?
- Have slip on booties (get at local hardware store in paint department) in a basket for covering the shoes inside by the front door so tour groups don’t track in mud, rain and dirt from the outside. Or have a nice floor mat so everyone can take off their shoes during the home tour.
- First impressions when opening the front door. Smells – does the house have cooking, or cigarette smoke, or pet odors? Are all the lights on and all blinds and drapes open for natural light? Does the home feel hot or drafty cold when walking in? What is the first room prospects see? Hallway, living room, windows outside to back yard? That angle of sight must be open and free and clear of heavy furnishings or furniture. Are the windows clean prospects can even see through them?
- If there is a lot of carpeting in the home, have it freshly cleaned.
- Pictures of family must all be taken down.
- Any signs or objects of religion or politics must be taken down. It is not the business of the public to judge the home for your beliefs . That’s making the house neutral.
- Less pictures on the wall the better.
- If the home is too beige or brown, add color through throw pillows on sofas and chairs, some art work on the wall, and maybe a few area rugs, if it doesn’t present a safety issue.
- Bathrooms – If there is a window in the shower area and a shower curtain move the shower curtain aside to allow natural light into the room.
- Remove toilet paper from the bathrooms if no one lives in the home. Having toilet paper invites tour guests to use the bathroom.
Part Two – Cabinets, drawers, closets, garages, basements, yard, patio.
Part Three: If the home is very dated with wall paper and furnishing. Showing homes totally empty or some pieces of furniture. Pros and cons.