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A Couple Quick Tips when Selling Your Home in the Summer

There are a couple things I see in the summer when doing Home Staging Consultations that many times need to be addressed and are super easy to correct.

1. Cobwebs

   For most of us, we go in and out of our homes through the garage door, very rarely using the front door or even taking a look at it. In the summer months a cobweb can appear in a matter of hours. Sometimes it seems like minutes.

Every day when I water the flowers on my front steps I see cobwebs in the corners of the house and around the door. I spray them off and the next day they are there again. If I don’t get out there for a couple days it looks like I have an abandoned house! There are cobwebs everywhere and they stick like glue. Even the jet force on my hose won’t  get them off and I need to bring out the broom.    

So please, when your home is for sale check your front door every day and wipe down any cobwebs. The is nothing more unattractive to a buyer than seeing these unsightly things and sometimes with spiders dangling from them to boot. It sets the tone that “if they can’t even take care of a few cobwebs did they take care of the larger things like the furnace and air conditioner?”

If you have a back patio area you may need to do the same thing there.

2. Flowers

Lately I have had a few homeowners not have a single flower by their front door, deck or patio. Their reasoning was “I’m moving so I don’t want to waste money on flowers.” I think this is a wrong mindset.

   The flowers not only add color for the buyer when they are at your home, they add color for the exterior photographs online which is the first time the buyer ever sees your home.

Flowers add a sense of beauty and calm and it sets an emotion for the buyer to see the full potential of your outside space. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on them, but a few pots in key areas will be well worth it. Plus you can take the pots of flowers with you to your new house to enjoy so it’s not a sunk cost. 

 

If you are selling your home, walk around the exterior of your home with a very critical eye. Sometimes it is difficult to see our own homes so bring in a friend who will be honest or a professionally trained Home Stager.

 

 

How Do You Feel About a Little Bling?

Most of the clients that I have worked with have heard that question from me. Many get a puzzled look on their face and some get downright scared. Especially the men!

I usually throw out that question when I am talking to them about their lighting. Lighting is a key factor whether you are staging your home for sale or updating it for enjoyment. Lighting will always give a room lighting; but I think it should also give a room character!

Lighting should make a statement and leave an impression.This couldn’t be more important than when you are selling your home. Have the buyer remember your home as the one with the amazing light fixtures.

A great way to do that is by adding a little bling. You know….something that sparkles.

Crystals, dangles, bobbles and just plain glam. The Master Bedroom and Bath are a perfect place for that.

 

 

It doesn’t mean it’s feminine but it may be romantic. It doesn’t mean it’s tacky as it should always be classy.

 

 

Light fixtures with bling are not FOR every room and they should not be IN every room. The sayings….”a little goes a long way” or “less is more” apply to bling in your light fixtures.

 

My favorite rooms to add some bling are in the Dining Room and Master Bedroom.

 

 

I understand this may be out of your comfort zone. If you are selling you won’t be living with it long term and it’s all about the buyer and capturing their attention in a good way.

If it’s for updating your home it’s okay to start slow….maybe a light fixture with just a little bling or perhaps just in one room. What do you have to loose? It’s only a light fixture and you may really love it.

 

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.