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But I Love My Themed House!

What is a ‘themed’ house and is it okay?

A themed house is one that fits a very specific decorating motif. Such as a beach theme, or a desert theme. Is it okay to have one? Absolutely! Unless you are selling your home. Then I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news but if you are selling, the theme has got to go.

A themed house, or even a themed room can turn off any buyer that does not like that theme. They may not like the feel of the house, or they can’t see past the theme to see the architectural detail of the house, or they may get distracted.

Now there are exceptions, if you have a beach theme and you live on the Gulf of Mexico perfect! 

 

Or a Southwest desert theme when you live in Phoenix….also acceptable. If you live in Minnesota or any such similar area then it is not acceptable for selling.

Another exception is a child’s room. Everyone expects a child to have a theme of Dinosaurs or something and it’s perfectly acceptable.

Neutralizing a themed home or room is an easy fix if the theme was created using artwork and nick-knacks. Just take them down and replace with decorative pieces that are more neutral.

 

If you have made some large remodeling choices based on a theme it may be tougher to do.

Wallpaper, although a pain to remove, is still a doable task and you need to remove it. Paint is also a simple fix.

If you have made more permanent fixture choices based on a theme such as cabinets, tile or floor coverings, I am not telling you that you need to rip everything out and start over but just know you have narrowed your potential buyers. 

 

 

 

So my word of caution in advance is to not do large ticket items in your home in a theme! Rather get that themed look that you want with decor that is easily replaced and you can take your theme with you to your new house!

If you have any questions never hesitate to reach out to a professional Home Stager to answer all you questions.

 

Let’s Talk Bedding!

Specifically let’s talk Master Bedroom bedding. When selling your home the master bedroom and bath is the second most important area in the house in my option, the kitchen being the first. If it comes down to your home or your competition’s……the buyer will probably pick the one with the nicest kitchen and master suite.

 

 

The nice thing about it, it’s relatively easy to make the master bedroom special. What’s the focal point of the room in most cases? The bed! Thus let’s talk bedding.

Clean, crisp, pressed/steamed bedding is a given. But many times I recommend to sellers that they purchase new bedding.

I find that most homeowners tend to ignore the Master Bedroom. They will make cute rooms for their kids, fabulous spaces for their guests, but leave their own bedroom untouched for  years because ‘nobody sees it’.

Well you aren’t nobody! (bad grammar I know). 🙂  So if you aren’t selling your home do this now for yourself, treat yourself and enjoy!

Okay back to the bedding. When I advise homeowners to get new bedding I always get the questions, “what color?” “Can it have a pattern?”

First of all buy bedding that you like so you can use it in your new home. Unless you like something very taste specific than nix that.

You want  your Master Bedroom to be the best 5 star boutique hotel room you have ever been in. Soft, soothing, tranquil, inviting, cozy and warm. AAhhhh…….   Camouflage bedding not so much. 🙂 

 

So extreme bold colors, extreme bold patterns, and grandmother’s quilt (even though it is beautifully made) won’t work.

 

 

White, cream, blue, soft teal, and grays will all bring a tranquil feel.

 

 

Bedding can have a pattern just make sure it isn’t real busy (small floral) or is a classic pattern. You are usually safe with a geometric pattern.

The bedding does not have to be expensive unless you want it to be. A bed in a bag (which these photos used) can cost $125 or less for 3-7 pieces.

 

 

Layering your bedding gives the appearance of luxury. Bed pillows, followed by shammed pillows, then two to three layers of throw pillows.

Bring in some bling, texture or whimsy with the throw pillows. Have fun with it!

 

 

 

 

If you aren’t selling I encourage you to make your master bedroom a wonderful sanctuary for yourself. Treat yourself, enjoy it and then it will be ready for when you do go to sell!

As always….if you need assistance in getting your home in top selling condition or want to update it for yourself, hire a professional that can give you the correct guidance.

 

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What Buyer’s DON’T Want

A lot of people know what buyers want:

Stainless Steel Appliances

Open Concept

Move In Ready 

And so on.

But it is just as important to talk about what buyers DON’T want. Actually this is a little tougher to talk about as sometimes people take it personally. Don’t take it personally. These are things we all need to know to get our homes sold.

1: BUYERS DON’T WANT SMELLS

I am not talking about smelling fresh flowers, although fake fragrances and air fresheners are bad. Many people are allergic to fragrances so be careful. 

The smells I am talking about are:

    A. Pet Smells. I have dogs, large dogs. And when I sold my house my #1 goal was to make sure my house did not smell like I had dogs. I received feedback that the buyer’s couldn’t believe that there were pets in the house. Perfect! If the buyer doesn’t see pet bowls, pet toys, pet beds and SMELLS they won’t think about potential scratched woodwork or potty on the carpet.  

Puppy-dog-lying

 

    Walking into a house that smells like dog, kitty litter or anything else pet related is a total turnoff to buyers.

 

   

B. Cooking Odors. If you love to cook fish that’s great. But cooking odors can be a real turn off as well. A lingering fish smell is never pleasant to walk into as well as strong spice odors. So watch what you are cooking while your home is for sale. 

 

 

2: BUYERS DON’T WANT DIRT

Buyers don’t want to see your dirt. When buying a home the buyer wants to know the house was loved and well cared for. Clean is the best way to show that it was. Even dust and cobwebs covering the furnace and water heater can signal neglect. It is proven over and over again that clean sells. Buyers may even overlook some outdated features if a home is clean and well maintained. 

Sparkle

 

SO…..clean clean clean. If you were going to sell your car you would have it detailed. Tooth brush clean. Do the same with your house and make it sparkle.

 

3: BUYERS DON’T WANT TO SEE YOUR PERSONAL ITEMS

This means your toothbrush, make up, comb, wet towel, dirty laundry, pile of mail and all your hobbies. It’s great that you love to scrapbook but if it takes up an entire room you may need to put that hobby on hold until your house sells. 

Make the buyer feel like they are in ‘their’ home from the moment they step into your house. Nothing screams ‘someone’s house’ more then looking into a shower filled with shampoo bottles and loofa sponges.     Tooth-brush

If you wouldn’t see it in a model home the buyer shouldn’t see it in your home. There is a reason buyers love model homes, they are clean, cozy and warm but not personal. They can see themselves living there immediately. It doesn’t matter how old your home is, it can show like a model.

 Don’t forget what buyers are looking for when trying to sell your home, but more importantly remember what they DON’T.

It is tough to smell your own house, see things you have looked at every day and may not even notice. Bring in a trusted third party to help you see (or smell) the things that a buyer may not want to.

A Home Staging Consultation with a Professional Home Stager may be the best money you can spend to get your home in top selling condition. An experienced Stager will be truthful with you that can make all the difference in getting top dollar for your largest asset.

 

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Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.
CHSE and APSD Home Stager Pro Trainer
www.RoomsWithStyle.com
952-567-1124

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