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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!

 

 

 

 

Traffic Flow When Selling Your Home

I know it may sound a bit crazy to consider traffic when you are selling your home….like you need a traffic cop to assist you, but in a way you do. I guess I am that traffic cop! 🙂   policeman-23796__340

 

When you are putting your home on the market you really need to consider that you may have 5 to 6 people all together walking through your home. Potentially the Realtor, husband, wife and 2-3 kids. That is a lot of people getting through a space and yes, most tend to walk together through the house, at least at first.

large chair  I entered a home this week to do a home staging consultation and 4 feet inside the door was an extremely large easy chair that also blocked over half the hallway straight ahead into the rest of the home. Yes it was a great placement for watching TV but it was not a great placement for selling. Some short term inconveniences may need to be made.

 

You need to leave all hallways, walkways, stairways and landings completely open. In addition, any major traffic pattern through a room should have 4 feet of clearance. If it is a not a key walkway, then a 3 foot space is sufficient. In some cases 2 feet is fine, like the back side of a dining room table.

 

You don’t need to walk through your home with a tape measure but if it helps than by all means! When I do a Home Staging Consultation I literally stand at the front door and determine which way the buyer is going to walk through a home. A well trained Home Stager can even direct the traffic flow in a direction you may want them to go in order to highlight a key feature of the  home.

 

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In addition, traffic flow through a living room for example is best if it isn’t cutting through the middle of a furniture grouping. There are times in can not be helped but many times re-arranging of furniture can create a much better flow. In the picture above not only is there a direct line to the stunning and cozy sun porch, the buyer is not walking through the living room sitting area. That was grouped up towards the fireplace with ample space behind it.

 

So when  you are getting your home ready for sale…stand back, look at the traffic flow and walkways in your home and determine where adjustments may need to be made. Or call your Certified Home Stager for assistance!

 

 

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!