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An Outdoor Spring Cleaning Checklist!

I know everyone has their Spring cleaning checklist for the inside of the house but what about the outside? This is so important as many of us are coming off a harsh winter and things are looking a little beat up. Here are the things I do:

#1 and My Most Important – WASH THE WINDOWS!   windows

There is nothing better than getting the grim off the windows in the Spring. I would include the inside of the windows at the same time as well as the screens and window sills. I don’t clean my windows myself as most are too high so a professional window washer is so worth the money for me. I called mine yesterday and have him already scheduled!

 

#2 and Almost as Important as the Windows – SPARKLE UP THE OUTDOOR LIGHT FIXTURES!

You really don’t even notice how dirty the outdoor lights are until you clean them. Wow what a difference. It literally brings a brightness to the exterior of your home that is hard to beat. At the same time check that all light bulbs are in working order and that ALL light bulbs match. Don’t use warm light (yellow tint) and day light (blue tint) at the same time on the same side of the house. It just looks bad, sorry. It’s a little thing but it matters. I prefer warm or soft light versus the day light.

 

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# 3 for A Big First Impression – SCRUB THE FRONT DOOR AND ENTRY CEILING!

To be honest the front door needs attention all year long as far as brushing off the cobwebs and such but in the Spring scrub inside and around the door sill, fix a punctured screen door and perhaps a new coat of paint or stain on that front door is needed. Look up, is there a covering over your front door that likewise needs to be scrubbed or painted?

 

#4 is So Important – CLEAN OUT THE GUTTERS!

This can be a tough job and again one that you may want to hire a professional. Although dirty and filled gutters are not always noticed, getting them cleaned may save you some bigger issues down the road like water leaks inside your home, foundation issues, rotted wood and even ice dams in the winter months. gutter

 

Of course there may be many other items on your list for your outdoor Spring cleaning such as your outdoor furniture and it may even be time to pressure wash your siding. But in general, take a walk around the outside of your house this Spring and have a critical eye. If it is dirty, clean it, If it is broken, fix it. HAPPY SPRING!

 

The Impact of Home Staging

It is always interesting to hear about the impacts of Home Staging from our clients, how it has brought more people in to see thier home and many times brought a higher price. It is also interesting to read about the impact of Home Staging through statistics.

One such statistic I recently read was from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) where within a survey they asked many questions of both buyer’s agents and seller’s agents.

This statistic caught my eye: “Only seven percent of respondents said that home staging had NO effect on the buyer’s view of the home.” WOW!! Only 7%!

That is an astounding statistic in my view. So 93% of agents felt home staging had an effect on the buyer’s view of the home they viewed.

Home Staging is not getting rid of everything in the house and bringing in all new furnishings. Home Staging is not doing a total remodel of a home. Home Staging can be as simple as doing a consultation with a client and giving them tips on how to make their  home show better by rearranging furniture, taking items out, doing small repairs and maintenance and cleaning.

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After:

 

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Yes, there are times when bringing furnishings into a few rooms in a home are needed and make a huge impact. Talk to your agent and talk with a professional Home Stager and determine the best way to get your home in top selling condition.

 

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Is Selling a ‘Blank Canvas’ a Good Idea?

A blank canvas is different from a neutral canvas. A blank canvas means a home is vacant when it is put on the market. Some sellers believe this is a good thing as a buyer can visualize the home the way they want to with their own furniture in the space, or using the room however they want to.

Unfortunately this isn’t easy for the buyer to do. A high majority of the buyers, as many as 80% cannot visual a room or home when it is vacant. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 82% percent of buyers’ agents said staging a homemade it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home.

Why is this:

  • Rooms Look Smaller When They Are Empty: This makes it tough for a buyer to know if their furniture will fit in a space.

 

  • Key Rooms in an Open Concept Home Are Difficult to Distinguish: Buyers are not quite sure where one room stops and another starts. They are left wondering what a blank area in between can be used for.

 

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  • Most Buyers Cannot Visual How Furniture Should Be Arranged: This is one of the toughest things for a homeowner, how should their furniture be arranged? Most people think furniture needs to be against a wall, so a home with a lot of windows may leave them perplexed. Floating furniture in and throughout a room cannot be visualized by many so they don’t know how the home will work for them.

 

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  • Online Photos of a Vacant House Are Cold and Impersonal: There is nothing to captivate the buyer, draw them into the home from their online search. Even beautiful built-ins can look boring and daunting when they are empty.

 

Sellers don’t expect the entire home to be staged, but NAR’s data shows that 46% of buyers say that staging the living room is very important, while the main bedroom (43%) and kitchen (35%) were close behind.

If you will be selling a vacant home, consider talking with a Home Staging Company to stage the most important rooms.

Rooms With Style received the Gold Medal for “Best of MN” in both the Home Staging and Interior Design categories in 2021. Team Member Kelly Zabel received the ‘Rising Star Award’ in 2021 by her peers throughout the United States and Canada in the Real Estate Staging Association.