Tag Archives: Home Staging

Do I Need to Stage My Home When It’s a Seller’s Market?

I know many people are asking that question and wondering if home staging is needed when inventory is low and homes are selling quickly. The answer may depend a bit but if you don’t stage, may you be leaving some money on the table?  Money on the Table

Let’s say you list your home ‘as is’ and you put the asking price a bit lower so you don’t have to do much of anything. You get an offer within a few weeks, maybe a few thousand below list but overall the percentage is still really good. Ok great!

But now let’s say you bring in a Home Stager, at the very minimum for a Home Staging Consultation, to give you a list of top things to do to get your home in top selling condition. She may suggest some fresh paint, or a couple new light fixtures, some repairs.

Now let’s say you are moving to your new home first and you are wondering if you should list the house empty or stage a couple key rooms with furniture. Will that matter?

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Let’s take a look at an older home I consulted on for a Realtor.  I did recommend some paint, a couple new light fixtures, new vinyl flooring in the kitchen and staging it with fresh modern furniture when they moved out. Here is the email I received from her shortly after is was listed:

 

  • Listed as coming soon 5/8
  • Active listing 5/22
  • 38 showings 5/22, 36 showings 5/23, 10 showings 5/24
  • Received 32 offers!
  • Inspection completed, now pending closing June 30

That’s 84 showings and 32 offers!!! PLUS it sold for $25,100 over list price! Which was over 10% of the list price. Unbelievable!

So yes the market is good. Would the house of sold anyway without staging? Absolutely.  Would the sellers have received 32 offers and sold for $25K over list without staging? We will never know for sure but I don’t think so. Don’t take a chance on leaving money on the table.

 

 

Wood, Wood and More Wood. But Should They Match?

In the 80’s and 90’s the trend was for all woods to match. Your floors matched your trim, which matched your doors which matched your kitchen cabinets and even went as far as having all the wood pieces in your furniture being the same color.

 

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At that time Honey Oak or Golden Oak was the big deal and there really was a sea of oak when you walked into homes from that era. You still see a lot of these oak stains in cabinetry and trim but many people are tired of it and it is considered very dated.

What you want to see in a home now is contrast. So if you have two wood pieces next to each other one would be darker than another.

For example:

If you want a dark stained island, make sure your floors are lighter.

 

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If you want wood cabinets, make sure your floors are lighter or darker than your cabinets.

 

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It’s okay to mix in painted pieces as well. A white kitchen, gray island, and dark floors.

 

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The same rule applies to your furniture. If things don’t match they add character, interest and bring depth to a home. It makes it feel like it has been acquired over time rather than purchased all in the same section of a furniture store. Note the dining table above contrasts with the floor.

 

Below, the cabinets don’t match the island, which doesn’t match the floor, which doesn’t match the kitchen table, which doesn’t match the locker system way in the back and so on.

 

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It is difficult for some to get past the rule that all the woods should match. I get that. But start slow and practice. Perhaps it is as simple as adding an end table that is different in stain color or is painted. If a couple things match that’s okay. Just try to have the larger pieces show a contrast, each piece standing out instead of blending in.

 

Whether selling or dwelling, if you need assistance in making new wood selections call in a professional designer or home stager to walk  you through the process.

 

Prepare Your Home For Sale and Stay Safe During Covid-19

There are still many great reasons to sell your home during this time of fighting a virus. A concern to many however, and rightfully so, is coming into contact with others when you don’t know where they have been.

The nice thing about technology is that you can still have a certified home stager give you expert advice on how to get your home in top selling condition without having to come in contact with anyone.

I have done many ‘distance’ home staging consultations for clients with cabins out of town or living out of state. It can be done well to offer assistance in getting a home in top selling condition and still stay safe.

There are two options:

  • FaceTime/Skype with you:  Skype

This works well if there are two people present at the home. One to hold the phone and one to take notes. This option is helpful in that we can focus in immediately on problem areas.

It can be challenging in that it is difficult to hold the phone steady so that I can see clearly, background noise such as children in the home can be distracting, or if you are trying to take notes and hold the phone at the same time. This may be difficult for older clients, those not tech savvy or without a strong internet connection.

This option is nice however in that questions can be answered back and forth in real time.

 

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  • Send Me Photos of Your Home:

Living Room With this option I will provide a list of what photos you should take of your home. Email or text them to me and I will go through them and write up recommendations for each room. The list of recommendations will be emailed to you along with any questions I may have of the space. Either via email or by scheduling a follow up telephone call, we can go over your questions and discuss any questions that remain for me.

This option works great in that I can take my time viewing each room and the notes are already done for you. The photos also provide more detail and I can zoom in on corners.     Checklist

 

With either option there will be an opportunity to follow up with me to address any remaining or unanswered questions.    There may be times that a combination of the above makes sense.

 

When you are ready to schedule your Virtual Home Staging Consultation, I will provide you with more details and we’ll discuss the best option for you.

 

Hopefully this is a solution to a very short term problem. BUT I CAN HELP YOU NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE!

With stores and restaurants closed, now is the perfect time to be working on that checklist of things needing to be done before listing your home. Now is a great time even if you won’t be listing for many months. Got the time? Get ahead of the game!