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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!

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

The Top 3 Staging Items to Purchase

Most people associate Home Staging with the dreaded ‘D’ word. Declutter! They think that a Home Stager will come in and tell them what they need to take out and remove.

That is part of it but most of my home staging consultations also include tips for the homeowner of items to purchase to make the home shine a little brighter. There are three top items I seem to always be recommending. These three things are not updates to the house or upgrades. They are items that you can take with you when the home sells.

1. New Towels

New towels are the best way to freshen up a bathroom. You know when you  buy them and they are all soft and fluffy before you wash them a few times? That’s what you want hanging on your towel bars.

 

 

They will become your ‘pretend’ towels that will only be hung for photos and for showings. Don’t wash them and don’t use them until your house sells. Then pack them up and take them to your new house because who can’t use new towels!

 

2. Lamps

No one likes a dark house. Even if your home has a ton of natural light or many recessed lights, table lamps on end tables and nightstands warm up the space and makes it feel more cozy.

 

 

Be sure to turn on all your lights whenever possible when you have showings, even if it is a bright sunny day. And again….you get to take them with you when you move!

 

3. Throw Pillows

Most sofas are a neutral color like brown or tan. These aren’t colors that photograph into a great statement for your MLS photos. By adding throw pillows you add color, pattern and texture to a room. It’s also a perfect way to make a tired looking sofa look more alive!

 

 

This applies to beds as well. A bed shouldn’t be just a comforter or bedspread with bed pillows. It too needs some interest and throw pillows are an inexpensive way to do so. This is most important in the Master Bedroom. A queen size bed should have three pillows (two matching and one accent in front) and a King bed may need as many as five but it does depend on the size of the pillows used.

 

 

Take a look around your home and see if these three things may help to make your home show better to both the camera and the buyers walking in your door. A professional Home Stager will be able to give you specific guidance as to color, lamp size and the number needed.

And remember……these items are not a sunk cost as you get to take them with you to use in your new house!