The All Important Flooring Question

It’s bound to come up….

“I’m selling my home and I know I need to refinish these floors. What stain color should I pick?”

“I am updating my home and want to get rid of these honey oak floors, what color is in?”

“I’m replacing all my flooring and upgrading to hardwood, what color should I be looking at?”

I get that question many times a week and what I tell you today, wasn’t what I would have told you two years ago and it more than likely won’t be what I will tell you two years from now.

That’s just the thing…..trends change but the good news is there are some things that have not changed in the last decade. That lasting componet is that the floor should be in contrast with your wood work and kitchen cabinets.

 

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A few years ago very dark espresso floors were all the rage. They were stunning and still are but people quickly realized  how tough it was to keep them looking clean. You saw every little spec of dust.

Flooring then became lighter, first to a medium walnut, and now to the current floor trend which is very light. These photos are of a luxury home I staged for the Parade of Homes Fall of 2019.

 

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How long will this current trend last? Who knows!

If you are refinishing your floors for selling purposes, go with what is on trend.

If you are refinishing your floors and plan to live in your home many years, go with what you like but still contrasts with the wood elsewhere in the home. You can enjoy the beauty of the color and down the road at resell time, refinish them in the color that is current at the time.

Refinishing hardward floors is not cheap and it is a messy process. If you are unsure about stain colors be sure to hire a professional home stager to assist you.

 

Home Staging Statistics You Will Love!

Here are some Home Staging Statistics you will love, just in time for Valentines Day!

Home staging statistics you will love!

In the most recent study of  634 homes (both vacant and occupied), done by the Real Estate Staging Association, they found that:

  • Un-staged homes spent an average of 107 days on the market.
  • After staging, these homes sold on average in 25 days.
  • Homeowners had their home on the market an average of 132 days before calling a Home Stager.
  • Homes that were staged prior to going on the market sold on average in 18 days.
  • Homes that were staged first, spent 86% less time on market.
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       Let’s do some math on the difference of having your home on the market 132 days versus 18 days.

In this example let’s assume you have a house payment of $2500 including real estate taxes and insurance, and your utilities are $300 per month. Take the total of $2800 and divide it by 30 days in a month. ($93.33 per day carrying costs).

Multiple that by the 114 less days on the market (132 – 18) when your home is staged.

And what do you come up with as savings??? (114 days x $93.33 per day).

$10,640

That is only considering the basic of carrying costs. Not maintenance, yard care, security systems, etc.   The moral of this story is STAGE YOUR HOME BEFORE YOU PUT IT ON THE MARKET. DON’T WAIT!

Window Treatments When Selling Your Home – Home Staging Minneapolis

Window treatments are always a topic of conversation in a Home Staging Consultation when I meet with Homeowners that are putting their house on the market.

 

1) If you have heavy drapery or valances take them down. This isn’t the look that buyers want right now plus they over power the room and hide the windows.    heavy drapes

 

Even drapery panels that cover the window in anyway should be taken down.  At the very minimum, extend the rod out past the trim so the entire drapery panel hangs outside the windows themselves.

 

In the picture below my recommendation would be to take the panels down as they have the duet shades underneath for privacy. The shades should be all the way up to the top for MLS photos and showings. Hanging halfway down like this causes the eye to go right to those shades versus the room and architectural features of the house.

 

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You want to show off what the buyer is actually buying which is the windows, the trim work and perhaps the view. The crown molding is now seen versus the curtain rod being the prominent feature.

 

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If drapes provide your only means of privacy and that is an issue, then again hang them on the outsides of the windows as discussed above, but always take the valance down. Even if they are cute. 🙂 Valances visually reduce the height of the ceiling besides chopping off a portion of the window.

 

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If you love the drapes and valances that’s great, take them with you to your new home!

 

2) Two inch wood blinds should remain on the windows and many buyers will find these an asset. For MLS photos and showings have them all the way down but with the slats turned flat so all the natural light comes through and the view is not obstructed.      Wood Blinds

 

3) Mini-blinds is a room by room call. If they are in a main living area take them down if you can live with the lack of privacy for the short term. Usually it is best if mini-blinds are pulled all the up for photos and showings to let in the light but if they hang crocked when opened then leave them down but again the slats flat.

Every detail matters when selling your home. The MLS photos are a  buyer’s first impression and drapes can alter how the buyer sees your home.

Bring in a trained and certified Home Staging Professional to assist you with every detail to get your home in top selling condition!