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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.

 

Seeing Your Home Through the Eye of a Camera

   You may never have thought of this but when you go to sell your home you should. This is the first way a potential buyer will see your home…..through the eye of a camera lens.

That MLS photo is small yet it is capturing an entire room. What will the buyer see in that photo?

Will they see your things? Their eyes going to the tops of cabinets where they don’t need to be.

 

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Or will the buyer’s eyes focus in on your beautiful granite?

 

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Will their eyes bounce from nick-knack to nick-knack…..wondering what that thing in the corner is? Or wonder how they could possibly seat enough people in the room?

 

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These are not photos where all new beautiful furnishings were brought in. These photos are using what you have but making it look better by editing your items and using them differently.

Other things to ask yourself:

1. Are they going to get done looking at the photos online and have no idea what the architectural features even are?

2. Will they see a formal dining room that can hold their family for Thanksgiving or a small table with 4 chairs around it because that’s all you need to seat at the table?

building-plan-354233_640     On a MLS photos they don’t grasp the size of a room. And many don’t take the time to look at the dimensions of the room but for many it wouldn’t really matter anyway. A 12 x 13 room may not mean much more to them than a 15 x 17 room and they aren’t taking the time to map it out at this point.

So photos do matter! When in doubt,  snap a photo of your rooms with your phone and look at it. What do you see? Where do your eyes land first? Hopefully they land on the best feature of the room.

 

And by the way…..photos snapped with a phone or Ipad shouldn’t be the photos on MLS. Professional Real Estate photos only please. Yes….again it matters!     blonde-1503202_640

 

If you need assistance in getting your home in top selling condition for those professional photos, hire a trained and certified Home Stager.

 

 

 

 

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.