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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.

Advice You May Need if Selling Your Home

I was at a home yesterday doing a Home Staging Consultation and I ran into an issue that I see over and over again. Lack of light!

Plain and simple…..buyers do not like dark houses. I think you could look at hundreds of feedback comments on homes and never see “The house just had too much natural light.” or “The  house was just too bright.” You just never hear that.

But you do hear, “The house was so dark.” or “Boy there just wasn’t any natural light.”

Perhaps your home has all of it’s windows facing north or it was built in the decades when installing ceiling/recessed lighting wasn’t a common practice. It’s okay. It’s an easy fix!!

Lamps, lamps and more lamps. An easy and inexpensive fix to any room.

A Few Tips:

  • In a living area such as a family room, great room or living room: Use 3 lamps in a triangular pattern. This will spread the light well throughout the room.

 

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  • One floor lamp is okay but don’t use three floor lamps. Table lamps are needed on the end tables.

 

  • In a Master Bedroom two lamps on either side of the bed on the nightstands is a must. Make these large lamps to frame out and accent the bed nicely.

 

 

Creekside Bedroom WM After

 

  • All other bedrooms at least one nightstand with a lamp on it.

 

  • Use as high of wattage as possible in all lamps. A minimum of 100 watts (or equivalent lumens) and even better a lamp with a 3 way bulb up to 150 watts (or equivalent lumens). Watts and lumens are another whole topic so stay tuned!

Light bulb

 

  • Use white or cream lampshades that will allow a lot of light through. Dark colored lamp shades are great ambiance lighting but not great for selling.

 

  • If you have ceiling lights as the only light source in the room where lamps cannot be added (such as a kitchen, dining room or hallway), make sure your light fixture allows a lot of wattage. You may need to get a new light fixture or buy LED light bulbs that have more lumens.

 

Butlers Pantry

 

My advice to you if you are selling your home. Walk through your home on a dreary day and in the evening. Is it bright and well lit in every room? How many lamps do you have? You may need to put a lamp buying trip on your to do list!

 

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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Expensive (but sometimes needed) Curb Appeal Tips

In my first two posts in this Curb Appeal series I addressed Inexpensive Curb Appeal Tips as well as Moderately Priced Improvements. Now I want to address those that are more expensive.

Almost everyone needs to do the Inexpensive Improvements if they are selling their home or as regular maintenance while they live in their home. Most home owners will fall into needing to do some of the Moderately priced items as well.

Not as many homeowners will need to do the “Big Ticket” items but if the home is a higher end property you may need to do these for selling. Otherwise these are things you would want to do for your enjoyment now that will add value and a larger return on your investment down the road when you sell.

Replace Driveway and/or replace sidewalk with pavers: Paver sidewalk

 

There comes a point when the driveway just cannot be salvaged. It has sunk, bubbled, or cracked so bad it just needs to be torn up and replaced. For higher end homes a walkway of pavers is a wonderful approach to your home.

 

Create/Add an entry addition:

 

Front entry

 

This can actually make a huge impact to a home. A tiny small front step or lack of any foyer or entryway can not only be awkward but lack appeal. By adding a small addition to the front of your home by altering the facade can be the ticket. This entrance addition can even include columns for even more ‘wow’ factor.

 

Add Stone to the Front of the House:

House front with stoneBeautiful faux or natural stone to even the bottom third of the home can increase not only the curb appeal but create the look of a higher end home.

Remember…these improvements listed would not be made JUST for selling unless you have a high end home. These are improvement to make to your home now that you can enjoy for a few year before selling. Your Return on Investment will not be large enough for low to mid-level priced homes to do for selling purposes only in the short term.

If you missed the first two parts of this series here they are:

Inexpensive Curb Appeal Tips

Moderate Priced Curb Appeal Tips

 

 

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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