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“Scent”sational Homes

Eucalyptus Arrangement Simple Modern DIY Flower Arrangement

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After a lot of sweat, love and maybe some tears, you are finally ready to list your home for sale. The landscaping is impeccable, rooms pre-packed, every surface cleaned and the stager has done their magic. You realtor is arriving tomorrow afternoon for the first showing. It’s time to run to Target and grab some fresh candles and air fresheners, right? Absolutely….NOT! It today’s blog, we’ll go through the do’s and don’ts of using scents during the home selling process, and ensure your potential buys have a “scent”sational experience with your home!

COOKING

The longer we live in a home, the more used to our natural scents. Cooking can make a lasting scent in your home that is great during meal time but not ideal during a showing. Foods like seafood, curries, onions, hot peppers, cauliflower, spinach all taste great and have wonderful health benefits, but are not your friend for selling a home. Attempt to avoid cooking pungent meals a week or more before listing your home. We’ll talk about a few tips to freshen the environment if you do have lingering cooking scents.

CANDLES

I love candles — the way they smell, the way they look, how cozy they make my home feel. Candles are fantastic, except some people are very sensitive to scent, and any hint of a candle burning will send them into a migraine! The last thing we want is a potential buyer leaving your home because they can’t tolerate your candle’s fragrance. Try to tuck away candles at least 48-72 hours before a showing.

AIR FRESHENERS

Air fresheners might seem like a great idea, or you may have heard the hack of hiding scented dryer sheets around the house to freshen up the joint, but we’ll want to avoid both for showings. Air fresheners, especially when brand new, can have quite strong odors, and similarly to candles, could prevent a potential buyer from touring your home. Scent also tends to be taste specific — what smells great to me might smell terrible to you! Best to just avoid artificial scents and use some of our tips and tricks to refresh your home’s air naturally.

ESSENTIAL OILS

I would put essential oils in the same category as air fresheners and candles. Although the oils are natural, there are folks with sensitivities and allergies to the oils and what they’re made of. Let’s avoid allergic reactions and skip the diffuser for at least 48 hours before a tour.

PETS

Pets are another scent that our noses tend to adjust to overtime. You might not be able to smell Rufus, but potential buyers might be able to! Shampooing carpets, removing pet hair from furniture, and doing a general deep clean of the home is the best way to rid of pet scents. Try to have your pet sleepover with a friend or family member after the home has been deep clean since we won’t want pets home during showings anyways. For cats, use black light to identify any hidden areas where you pet may have pottied, and try an enzyme odor eater to elimate the scent.

WINDOWS

One of the easiest ways to manage scents in your home is to simply open the windows! Dead of winter? Open windows! Ninety degrees? Open windows! Of course, if opening your windows doesn’t feel like an option, you could always invest in an air purifier. They work wonders!

Baking Soda

If you’re struggling with odors stuck in carpets or soft furniture, sprinkle baking soda over the surface and let it sit for an hour or more. Vacuum up the soda and you should vaccum up the smells with it!

COOKIES

When sellers feel very strongly about have a pleasant scent wafting through their home during open houses or showings, I suggest they head to the store, grab some pre-made cookie dough, and toss it in the oven before potential buyers arrive! Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh baked cookies? Of course, consider avoiding nuts or peanut butter in case of allergies. Bonus — you can take the fresh baked cookies on the road with you for a tasty treat while you wait for the showing to end!

FLOWERS

Another natural way to improve your home’s air is to utilize fresh plants and flowers during the staging process. Of course, we don’t want too many sources of pollen (dang allergies!), but house plants help clean the air and flowers make everything better! My go to flowers are eucalyptus and baby’s breath. They dry nicely so you won’t likely need to replace them throughout the showing process, and they give off a subtle, fresh scent.

Remember, when it doubt, just give a good cleaning and open the windows! Happy selling!

 

Guest Blogger: Katya Larsen, Stager, A Home Revival

April Showers Bring Staging Flowers!

It’s almost May here in Minnesota, and that means we are crossing our fingers and toes hoping that spring, and the beauty it brings, will be arriving soon! There is nothing better than the blooms of a magnolia tree, the bright colors of tulips and daffodils emerging once again, or the sweet smell of lilacs in the breeze. Close your eyes: imagine the scent, the joy, the warmth a fresh bouquet of flowers brings!

When staging a home, or during a staging consult, we suggest using plants and flowers to bring additional color and life to a home. It is a simple, lower cost way to add color, texture and freshness to a home.  Consider these basic methods for sourcing and displaying greenery in your home.

Trader Joe’s is A Home Revival staff favorite for sourcing fresh flowers and house plants. They have a variety of sizes and styles of plants and flowers, and tend to have a reasonable price point! A few ideas for Trader Joe’s greens:

  • Grab some baby blue eucalyptus and baby’s breath, toss them in a simple, neutral vase, and you have yourself a centerpiece that will last for weeks! Center it on the dining table, an entryway credenza, or on the dresser of the primary bedroom.
  • Take home a few succulents to stage bathrooms. Set small succulents in the corner of the vanity along with a candle or soap pump for a fresh, spa-like effect!

Treat Yourself to Fresh Flowers - The Purple Hydrangea

The Purple Hydrangea

  • Toss a mixed bouquet of bright, fresh flowers in your cart and use as a focal point in the kitchen or dining room during your home photo session! A fresh bouquet is also a nice touch for showings, but should be replaced when blooms begin to wilt. Bonus? They smell great without the overpowering effects of fresheners and spray (which we do not recommend using for showings).
  • Use a variety of house plants on coffee tables, nightstands, sunrooms, etc. to add interest and livability to the home. Plants tend to reduce stress and increase creativity, just what a potential homebuyer needs to envision their new life in your property!

Maybe you’re not into live plants, I get it! For vacant staging, we use artificial plants and stems for the sake of maintenance and longevity. A few favorite spots for faux plants:

Ikea – low price point, good variety of plants and stems, and cute pots and baskets to boot!

FEJKA Artificial potted plant, indoor/outdoor/lavender lilac, 4 ¾ "

World Market – great for artificial trees and larger house plants.

Target – wide variety of styles and price points available.

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Nearly Natural – an online retailer that has mastered the art of the faux plant. At a higher price point, this is a great option for investing in faux greenery you can incorporate into the design of your new home.

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Good Housekeeping

When deciding whether or not to incorporate greenery in your staging design, just remember, plants are lean, mean, selling machines! They are one of the simplest, low cost ways to freshen and brighten a space. Not up for the effort of purchasing and placing plants? No problem! You can always reach out to us to do the heavy lifting with an occupied or vacant stage of your home.

 

Guest Blogger: Katya Larsen, Stager, A Home Revival

 

The Hidden Costs of NOT Staging Your Home

We offer a variety of staging services at A Home Revival and Rooms with Style: staging consults, occupied stages, and the most inclusive service — the vacant stage. Here’s a peek at what each service entails:

Staging Consult – Home walk-through to develop a prioritized To Do List. Homeowner chooses which items on To Do List to complete and executes these items themselves.

Occupied Stage – Homeowners live in the home with their own furnishings; furniture placement may be changed, and accessories and artwork may be brought in for staging.

Vacant Staging – Homeowners have moved out and the home is empty; furniture, artwork and accessories are brought in for staging.

All of these services are incredibly helpful during the moving process, and clients are sometimes intimidated by the process and cost of staging. Our goal is to explain why it can be more costly to not invest in staging services during the moving process, and why these services are pivotal to getting the most revenue from the sale of your home.

Did you know, the majority of home buyers do not have the ability to walk into a home and imagine themselves living there? Its based on how our brains are built, like color blindness or handedness! A realtor once shared with me that a client wasn’t interested in a home they visited because he really didn’t like the blue couch. The realtor had to gently remind him that the couch didn’t come with the home! We hear examples like this a lot : “I don’t like the paint colors.” “I don’t like their style, it’s outdated.” “We don’t need a nursery.” “I didn’t like how it smelled in the home.” According to the National Association of Realtors, 82% of buyers find it easier to visualize a property as a future home when staged.

During the staging process, we are able to come to your home for a consult, prioritize with you the work you are willing and able to do to ready your home for sale, and then decide together how we can assist you with the process. Our hope is to neutralize the home, and create beautiful spaces that would appeal to anyone and everyone. We show how each room is intended to be used and come up with creative uses for spaces that are awkward or oddly shaped. We help buyers see just how great the home is, highlight it’s best features, and give them a head start at imagining their new life in their new home! According to realtor.com, staged homes sell 88% faster and for 20% more. We often stage homes that have sat on the market for weeks, or even months, without a sale, and see them sell in just days!

As we mentioned, staging services are flexible and meant to serve the seller’s needs. We prioritize the work together because we know there is often not enough time and resources to do everything possible to sell the “perfect” home. That said, the National Association of Realtors says more than a quarter of buyers (27%) are more willing to overlook property faults in a staged home. That means we can take on making your home appealing to buyers and save you the cost and efforts of major updates to your home. We show how great your home can look as is, and modernize it with our stunning décor. 

We know staging is an additional investment, something that can feel “extra” or “unnecessary” with all the other costs and to-dos during the moving process. We can confidently say that the majority of our clients do save time and money by inviting us to walk with them throughout the selling process. We love partnering with realtors to serve their clients, and it is our hope to make the moving process a little more palatable. And if you like our work, we can even come to your new home and help you create your dream space! We’re here to serve and support you!

 

 

Guest Blogger: Katya Larsen, Stager, A Home Revival