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The Top 3 Staging Items to Purchase

Most people associate Home Staging with the dreaded ‘D’ word. Declutter! They think that a Home Stager will come in and tell them what they need to take out and remove.

That is part of it but most of my home staging consultations also include tips for the homeowner of items to purchase to make the home shine a little brighter. There are three top items I seem to always be recommending. These three things are not updates to the house or upgrades. They are items that you can take with you when the home sells.

1. New Towels

New towels are the best way to freshen up a bathroom. You know when you  buy them and they are all soft and fluffy before you wash them a few times? That’s what you want hanging on your towel bars.

 

 

They will become your ‘pretend’ towels that will only be hung for photos and for showings. Don’t wash them and don’t use them until your house sells. Then pack them up and take them to your new house because who can’t use new towels!

 

2. Lamps

No one likes a dark house. Even if your home has a ton of natural light or many recessed lights, table lamps on end tables and nightstands warm up the space and makes it feel more cozy.

 

 

Be sure to turn on all your lights whenever possible when you have showings, even if it is a bright sunny day. And again….you get to take them with you when you move!

 

3. Throw Pillows

Most sofas are a neutral color like brown or tan. These aren’t colors that photograph into a great statement for your MLS photos. By adding throw pillows you add color, pattern and texture to a room. It’s also a perfect way to make a tired looking sofa look more alive!

 

 

This applies to beds as well. A bed shouldn’t be just a comforter or bedspread with bed pillows. It too needs some interest and throw pillows are an inexpensive way to do so. This is most important in the Master Bedroom. A queen size bed should have three pillows (two matching and one accent in front) and a King bed may need as many as five but it does depend on the size of the pillows used.

 

 

Take a look around your home and see if these three things may help to make your home show better to both the camera and the buyers walking in your door. A professional Home Stager will be able to give you specific guidance as to color, lamp size and the number needed.

And remember……these items are not a sunk cost as you get to take them with you to use in your new house!

As I Sit in a Parade of Homes Model…….

I’m sitting in a Parade of Homes model, not as an agent to try sell it but just hanging out as my photographer takes photos of my staging work. As I sit here I have time to actually look around and take in things that I normally wouldn’t see as I am flying around putting beds together and staging the home.    IMG_1662

 

I got to thinking that people coming to view the Parade models are in the same way, not that they are staging and working but there is just so much to see! The beautiful decor, the exquisite architectural features, and at the same time trying to not make eye contact with the builder or agent so that they give you a sales pitch, ha.

But I must say look around…..really look around. If you are there for ideas to renovate your home, or update your decor, or perhaps to build a home, really pay attention.

 

What are the paint colors? Light? Dark? Is every room painted a different color or is everything basically the same?

 

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What about the floors? Where are there hardwoods? Carpet? LVT or Tile? What is the stain color of the hardwoods.

 

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I do think light fixtures are so important in a home and can make such a difference whether selling or dwelling. Take a close look at them, their size, style, and finish.

 

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If you want to drill in to the nuances of the decor now is the perfect time!! How did they make a space look so homey and cozy yet perhaps elegant at the same time.

 

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You may ask why do I care? Well I am a believer that no matter how old your home is, it can look like a model home when you go to sell it. Things can be current, in good repair, light and bright and enticing to all who enter in.

The Parade of Homes in Minneapolis runs through Sept 29, 2019 and you can check this particular home out in Plymouth at Parade #251.

 

 

 

The Need to Address Odors When Selling Your Home

This isn’t the most fun topic to address, it’s a little stinky. Okay really I had to say that! 🙂 But seriously, when you are selling your home you need to address any odors that may be present.

This is a tough one because most of us don’t smell an odor in our own home. Or we smell it when we first walk in the door but it seems to goes away after a few minutes so we forget about it. If you are selling your home you need to bring in an independent person that will be brutally honest with you. A close friend that will be truthful or better yet a professional Home Stager that will not only kindly address the situation but be able to offer some advice.

In my experience there seems to be 3 most common types of odors:

1) Food Odors

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These are easy to address and usually a quick fix. If you enjoy cooking and using a lot of spices a home can have a lingering smell for days. Especially if you are cooking fish or seafood of any kind. Salmon may be one of the worst.

If these are occasional things that you cook, getting rid of the odor will probably be as simple as airing out the house and refraining from cooking these items while your house is for sale. Grilling outdoors is a perfect solution if you can.

If you have cooked with strong spices for years it is going to be tougher to get rid of the smell so skip to #3 below for suggestions.

 

2) Pet Odors

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These can be a bit trickier than food odors in that usually you can’t get rid of the pet while you are selling your home, not that you would want to anyway! Doggy odors can linger in the house so carpets may need to be shampooed, new doggy beds purchased etc. Old toys may need to by thrown or banished to the garage in the short term. A more constant grooming of your pet may be needed as well while your home is for sale.

I don’t want to give a bad rap just to pup as hamsters, ferrets and any dirty cages or litter boxes fall into this category as well.

 

3) Musty Odors or Smoke Odors

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These are some of the toughest smells to get rid of and usually the ones that will really turn a buyer off as they know it is a tough smell and they may be highly sensitive to smoke. Usually with these odors they have been around for a while and have permeated into carpet, drapes, furniture, woodwork, drywall and even the duct work.

Of course first any smoking in the house needs to stop and if a musty smell is from antiques in the home those have to be removed. If the musty odor is from previous water damage and continued humidity that has to be addressed first and hopefully the problem has been fixed.

After that a certified odor removal company may need to be brought in. They will have the best recommendations for you which may include large machines placed in your  home for a period of time, cleaning carpets, drapes and furniture, or it more probably will mean new carpet, new paint, a treatment on woodwork, duct work cleaned and even new furniture. Many times all of the above unfortunately.

Just know odors are a tough one for buyers to get past and the sooner you address them the better. I will say good luck and be patient.