Hellooooo all! It’s that time again – time for me to peel the layers of the real estate onion of knowledge – all for you. You’re welcome.
Like many of you, I have spent a rainy day or two vegging out on my couch with my poor eyeballs glued to Pinterest and HGTV. I’ve seen (and been very judgy) about the homes on Property Brothers, Flip or Flop, Fixer Upper, etc. and you know what? EVERY SINGLE HOME IS STAGED. Did you know that? Didja?? It’s a sad truth – the furniture and decor is an added cost for the homeowners (Joanna Gaines isn’t going to just GIVE AWAY all of her precious magnolia wreaths fo freee).
*Filming* “Welcome to your new home! Have a seat on this beautiful royal blue vintage couch that blends so well with this antique side table!”
*Off-air* “Ok, we’re going to take this from you. Oh..no? Well, yes you can keep it. For $5,948,759,482 it’s all yours!”
But that’s the huge selling point! It’s the staging that sucks you into the NewBeautifulHome Vortex! Yes, you can have the most beautiful home in all the land on the market, but if it were STAGED, just imagine the possibilities! Look what Pinterest did:
Here’s the breakdown:
For a home you currently live in –
You plan on moving, right? Well then GET TUH PACKIN, GURL. A home is going to show better with less clutter. Buyers want to see your home, not your stuff.
So you collect porcelain dollies? That’s great. That’s wonderful. But that’s also a little weird to some people. And believe it or not, a porcelain doll with glass eye balls can deter a buyer.
I can’t imagine why…
What is currently your “dolly room” now, could be a very desirable home office to another. And do you really want to be known as the “Dolly House”? Or does the “4/3 with bonus room” sound better? Hmm.
You want to “depersonalize” it as best as possible; anything that pegs YOU as YOU.
It’s also a safety measure as well if you think about it…you may not want strangers who are viewing your home to know what you or your precious baby children look like. Remove family photos, things with names (trophies, nameplates, etc.), and
clutter large collections. Box them up in a safe place and you are one step closer to moving.
You may like your recliner in front of the fireplace. It may keep you incredibly warm and cozy and give you the best view of your hunky pool boy. But (in my humble opinion) a fireplace is a well-loved and exciting feature in a home! You want that to be a focal point when potential buyers walk in.
This may mean you have to remove some of your furniture for the time being, but as I mentioned above, it’s less you have to pack later. Fork over the cash, rent a storage unit, and get excess furniture out of there. Keep living spaces simple and open. This will also make the space look bigger.
From the pros at HGTV:
“When professional stagers descend on a home being prepped for market, they often whisk away as much as half the owner’s furnishings, and the house looks much bigger for it. You don’t have to whittle that drastically, but take a hard look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without.”
4. JUDGING A BOOK BY THE COVER
As much as today’s society tells us it’s what’s on the inside that counts, well, they’re wrong. You and I BOTH KNOW that curb appeal is one of the biggest factors of a home. Would you want to go into a home that has old tires as planters and a broken down lawn mower in the front yard? Didn’t think so. Here’s whatcha gotta do:
- New welcome mat
You have to remember that people are going to be coming into your home and picking apart every single thing; looking in your pantry, checking out the size of your closet, looking at bathroom storage…
Deep clean and then re-clean each week. Cover your bed and wash dishes in the morning and keep it tidy especially for the weekends. And pets…we love them. So much. But unfortunately unless you have a naked cat or shaved puppy, there are going to be little pet hairs around. Kennel them up during the days or have them in the yard.
And smell. Invite a neutral nose over to give it a whiff and get their honest opinion. I live in my home so I won’t necessarily smell my bulldog’s skin flaps, but if someone else comes over the stank may hit them like a freight-train.
Clorox, lemony things and Scentsy. Do it all.
FOR THOSE SELLING A VACANT HOME:
If you have extra furniture that is nice and that you don’t need in your current home, then go ahead and stage the new home with that. It will make a huge difference.Why? Because.
YOU know the purpose of each room in your house because YOU lived in it. But to a buyer this is a blank canvas. And though some may like the idea of having the freedom to put things where they want, to a lot of people, blank rooms are overwhelming. They may see a wall and have no idea what it is for, while you have had your bookcase with your dollie collection on it. Clear the dolls, leave the book case. Add some books and nic-nacs and you’re done. See? Easy.
If you don’t have extra furniture, you may have to fork over some cash and rent a few things. I’m not saying you have to fully stock each and every room, but I would suggest putting at least 3-ish pieces of furniture in each room to give it a purpose.
And – when you do bring the furniture in, display it in a way that best showcases the room – even if it’s not really the way you like it.
And that’s it! Yes, there are extra steps, but it could make the difference between your home on the market for 50 days vs. your home on the market for 200 days. It’s all about first impressions and following these steps will give you a good one!
Until next time….