Category Archives: Staging Tips

Baskets – For Selling or Dwelling

I love baskets! When I am assisting sellers in getting their home ready to go on the market, baskets are a suggestion I bring up many times. The same is true if I am on a Redesign Consultation. There are so many different kinds of baskets and so many places they can be used.  

 

 

A perfect place for baskets is your closets. You know that stack of T-shirts that sits on a shelf and they always look messy? Line your shelves with baskets and put those messy items in them. That way it is easy to slide the basket out, grab your garment and go. This is a perfect solution for making your closet tidy when selling.

I recommend the collapsible bins a lot. When you are packing up to move to your new home they fold flat so they do not take up space and you will always use them in your new home. I love using mine in my walk in pantry to hold the little items that are always falling over like rice packets and chocolate chips.

 

 

Another common problem area whether selling or dwelling is children’s toys. You would like to have the toys handy for your children in your family room but not strung all over making it feel chaotic. Baskets again are a great solution.  

 

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And of course……a must in a child’s room.  

 

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The best part is there are so many cute baskets out there now! Many times I suggest adding a basket by a fireplace or in a corner of a room to add texture. It is such an easy accent piece.  

 

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What trouble spots do you have in your home that a basket may be just what you need? Here is one of mine.

 

 

  But…..easy fix! And so cute!  

 

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Take a look around and see where baskets can be your solution.  

 

How Important Is Your Garage When Selling Your Home

Like all good questions…..it depends. With some garages, they are very important when selling your home and in others it really doesn’t matter.

When it is most important is when you have one of those picture perfect garages like you see in a magazine. Finished floors, beautiful storage cabinets, a wood workers dream set up.

 

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If you are blessed enough with one of those garages it is valuable and you need to show it off. So that means your garage needs to be cleaned out, organized, polished and shined. You are probably asking more money because of those features so you need to treat them as the asset they are.

old garageIf you have a garage that is so old and small it barely holds the lawnmowers, it really isn’t a big deal and you don’t need to spend a lot of time getting it spiffed up. But you don’t want it to look trashed either. You still want to make sure it is in good repair, no chipped paint and organized if possible but it is not on the top of your ‘to do’ list.

Many of us have that in-between garage. It’s nice enough, holds 2-3 cars but it’s just a garage. Then what? I get asked a lot about the garage when I am doing Home Staging Consultations. It is a great question and this is how I almost always answer it:

  1. It is low on  your priority list. Get the things done inside the house first.
  2. Buyers know you are moving so they will understand if you have bins stacked in there or a few pieces of furniture.
  3. Still organize it as best as you can. Have boxes and bins stacked neatly along a wall or neatly in one stall. Clean up scattered items, sweep it out and clean it up.
  4. If you have a special feature in an area like a work bench or great shelving then make sure that is clean and visable.

 

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All in all don’t sweat the garage factor but do the best you can.

 

Tricks of the Trade – Refreshing Those Neglected Areas

Let’s face it, there are a few areas of our home that we all have that we know we should do something about but we always put it off until tomorrow, then until tomorrow. Then all of a sudden you are going to put your home up for sale and those areas cannot be neglected any longer; they need to be addressed and fixed to get your home in top selling condition.

Two products that I use personally and suggest over and over to my clients are Folex and Aulwood.

 

FolexFolex is a carpet spot remover and it’s my go to at home and for work. As a homeowner that always has a dog in my house, outside dirt and grim that gets drug onto the carpet is not a problem with Folex. If you have spills of any kind try Folex. You need to follow the direction on the bottle and test it on an inconspicuous spot to make sure it won’t hurt  your carpet but I have never had any issues with.

There are times you need a professional carpet cleaner to come in for the overly tough stains and general cleaning of carpets but Folex may be a tool for you to use for small projects.

As a side note, and I am not endorsing this for all your fabrics, but as a Home Stager that is always moving furniture between model  homes, warehouses and such, our furniture gets dark smuggles, hand prints and stains. A little squirt of Folex on a rag and gently wiping the troubled spot is a life safer on our upholstery. I have even used it on clothes where nothing else worked. If I was going to throw the shirt away anyway it was worth a try to use a carpet spot remover on it. Again….this is not the intended use and you need to test it on an inconspicuousness spot first and use it at your own fabric’s risk!

Folex can be found at many big box stores as well as on Amazon.   Aulwood

 

Then let’s talk about that dried wood you may have on kitchen cabinets, vanity drawers or doors. Where the wood just doesn’t have it’s luster anymore and water drips or dry cold winters have made the wood lighter in spots. I use a product called Aulwood and I get it at my local Ace Hardware store.

I always test it on a back side of a cabinet first to make sure it doesn’t harm your type of wood and follow the instructions on the bottle. I have been amazed at how it has made doors look new again, window sills perk up and cabinet drawers look refreshed.

I hope these tricks of the trade help you with some of your problem areas! Good luck!