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What Do You Mean I Have a Pretend House? Home Staging Tips Minneapolis

Well….not really pretend but when you are putting your home on the market it needs to become a kind of pretend house for awhile.

What I mean by that is certain things that you live with every day need to go away when  your home is being shown to a perspective buyer.

It also means putting things out that you will only have out for your showings. One example is towels. There is nothing better than fresh towels that you have just purchased and that have never been washed. They are nice and fluffy.

 

These should become your ‘pretend’ towels that you never use while your home is for sale. You put them out only for the professional photography session and for showings. If you leave for work every morning the pretend towels get  hung up when you are done showering and getting ready so the bathrooms are ready for a showing.

All ‘real world’ things go away and the pretend world takes over. Is it a pain in the side? Yes. Is it a hassle? Yes. But the goal is to get your house in top selling condition, get an offer quickly and then go back to living normally. You don’t want this to drag on and on and buyers don’t want to see your ‘stuff’.

‘Stuff’ includes:

Tooth Brushes, Shampoo bottles, trash cans, bathroom scales, toilet bowl cleaners, phone charges, dirty laundry, mail, dish drain, piles of shoes, outdoor trash cans…..you get the picture. I will go back to my model  home analogy.

If you wouldn’t see it in a model home, a buyer shouldn’t see it in  your home. People love model  homes because they can immediately see themselves living there. They don’t feel like they are walking into ‘your’ house but ‘their’ house.

Sometimes it is tough to determine what those ‘real world’ items are as we are so used to looking at them every day.

You may want to consider having a trained professional Home Stager come in to let you know what you should and should not have seen during your showings.

 

 

But Those Valances Were Expensive!

I get that response many times when I recommend to clients that they take down the valances above windows when they are preparing to put their home up for sale.

I understand they may have been expensive but many times that was 20-30 years ago so you have gotten your money’s worth. Even if they were purchased more recently you can take them with you to your  new home or leave them folded in a closet for the homeowner if they want to use them

The reason I make this recommendation is:

1) Valances cut the ceiling height down.

It chops the room off visually part way up the wall and the buyer’s eye tends to stop right there.

2) Valances shrink the window size.

A large portion of a window is cut off because of a valance, sometimes 1/4 of the window on smaller windows. Buyers love large windows and lots of natural light. Valances hinder both of those making the windows look smaller and the room darker.

 

 

3) Valances cover up the view.

Many times homes have beautiful lots, gorgeous back yards with tall trees and you have to look under the valance to see it all. Show off what they are there for and where the value is, the land. The valances will not add value to the house no matter how expensive they were.

 

 

4) Valances are a personal preference

Some buyers like drapes, some like blinds, some like valances, some like bare windows. It is a personal preference and with the valances they see it as a chore to take them down, patch the wall and repaint if they don’t like them. It is always best to reduce as many personal style items as possible for a buyer.

There are many times I recommend drapes come down as well but valances are a must. For these and all recommendations when putting your house on the market, contact a professional Home Stager for a Home Staging Consultation.

Does Your House Have a New Year’s Resolution?

We all seem to make them…New Year’s resolution to achieve some big goal. Have you ever stopped to think that your house may have them too?

Let’s start with the most popular resolution. LOSING WEIGHT!

Is your house bursting at it’s seams? Way too much ‘stuff’ crammed in the basement, the closets, the storage spaces? 

Perhaps it wants to shed some of that weight and be able to breath a little easier with some extra space.

 

Another popular resolution is GETTING HEALTHY!

Getting healthy is much different from losing weight. You may have shed the pounds but if you are still unhealthy at your core that weight loss may not make a difference.

     Your house wants to get healthy too! Don’t put off maintenance and repairs to keep the house in top healthy condition. Check your furnace, change furnace filters, fix leaky faucets, replace windows with broken seals, repair missing shingles. 

If your home isn’t healthy it isn’t worth as much when you go to sell it. You may be forced to fix all these core issues due to an inspection anyway which means you will have to lay out the money all at once and in a short period of time. Now is the time to listen to your house and get going on making it healthy.

And last but not least…….IMPROVING YOUR OVERALL APPEARANCE!

Oh yeah….we have all been there. Too many gray hairs showing your true age, a hair style that was popular in the 80s, clothes purchased 2 decades ago?

Your house wants to be released from the outdated look too. A fresh coat of paint with current and updated colors, lighting that shoots the room right up to the 21st century, and kitchen appliances that aren’t considered antiques.

 

 

 

With the New Year here, have a little chat with your house and see what improvements it may want to make. Make a New Year’s Resolution with your house.

Keeping your home in good repair and up to date will make it easier and your ‘to do’ list shorter when it comes time to put it on the market.

If you need assistance in deciding which New Year’s resolutions your home may be needing, hire a trained professional home stager to obtain the best return on your investment.