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If You Can See Through It – Clean It

When selling your house, if you can see through it, it must sparkle!

Let’s look at the list:

Windows:

That means inside and out, all levels of your home and yes the screens too. Your home does show better without the screens at all so clean them and put them in your storage area.

Dirt, grim, winter grit all need to go! That includes the tracks of the window sills.

Light Fixtures:

Buyers don’t know if the light fixtures are worn, corroded or just plain old dirty. Spit and polish is the key on both interior and exterior light fixtures.

Glass shower doors:

Ugh….soap build up and water spots on beautiful glass shower doors is such a turn off. It screams to the buyer that they are walking into someone else’s home and who wants to shower in something that doesn’t look fresh and clean.

The buyer may think that the doors don’t come clean at all and that they will need to purchase a new shower door if they buy your house….thus a lower offer to you. As a side note, if they don’t come clean than you may need to replace them, especially if it is the Master Bath. If you are competing with new construction homes in your area, it is even more important.

Glass top tables:

I know the buyer is not buying your glass coffee table but it does send a signal, if you can’t keep your furniture clean how well did you maintain the bigger things like the furnace? The little things matter.

Cleaning all the transparent surfaces of your home is the easiest way to get your house ready for sale. Here is where some sweat equity can really pay off.

For other ‘must do’ things to do to get your house in top selling condition, ask a professional home stager who will tailor the list specific to you.

Area Rug Rules for Living Rooms

Well the great thing about area rug rules is that you can break them! Really, it does come down to personal preference for both size and style but I want to address some common size options that you have.

Although it is personal preference, I do believe there are times when a room can look odd if the area rug is placed wrong or if it isn’t the correct size. Let’s look at the main living area of the home such as the living room or family room.

Option 1:

The rug comes up to the front edge of all furniture. In this option none of the furniture actually sits on the rug except the coffee table but it comes right up to the sofa and chairs.

I like this option, it pulls the room together by defining the space and making it feel cozy. It is a great option for extremely large rooms when buying a larger rug may be cost prohibitive or the rug will intrude into traffic areas.

 

Area Rug to front of legs

 

 

Option 2:

The rug is an accent only piece, perhaps an eclectic rug that is a statement piece all on it’s own. You see this a lot with animal skin (real or faux) rugs. I like this look when it is an irregular funky rug.

 

Accent rug

 

I do not care for this look of a small accent rug when it is an ordinary rectangle rug. To me this room below looks odd and not balanced because the rug is too small. It not only makes the room itself look smaller but are you suppose to walk on the rug, around it, have your feet on it when you sit or not?

 

Area rug too small

 

Option 3: 

The rug encompasses the entire room, showing only a border of 6″-18″ around the perimeter of the room. I have to be honest…..this isn’t my favorite option. Not only is it extremely expensive to buy a rug large enough to fill the entire room, but if you have hard wood floors why would you want to cover most of them up?

Now if it is a small room I can see why it works or is needed….I am just not a fan when the room is large.

 

Area rug around entire room

 

 

Option 4:

The rug comes under the front legs of all pieces of the furniture by 3″-6″ but the back legs are off the rug. This is my favorite of all the options. To me this pulls all the furniture together making it one cozy conversation area yet still showing off the stunning floors underneath.

From a practical standpoint the furniture helps anchor the rug to keep it from being a tripping hazard. In addition  it keeps the chairs from sliding when you sit down in them.  If they are sitting directly on the hardwood with felt pads they can be slippery and slide back when you sit down

 

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As you can see there are many options for the size of area rugs and really it does come down to your personal taste and preference. I of course have my opinions on the subject 🙂 but hopefully by sharing them it can help you determine what size area rug is best for your room.

 

 

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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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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