Tag Archives: Staging a Home

Making Your Home Office Homey

Many of us are finding ourselves working from home more and more if not full time. I have a feeling this trend is here to stay for a while so why not take the time to love the space you are in for so many hours!

Whether it is a designated room or just a nook you have carved out in the middle of another space, find a way to make it work for you both from an organizational standpoint but also an esthetic one.

 

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The desk is the most important piece. Does yours need to be narrow for traffic flow to get by? Do you need a lot of surface space or just enough for your laptop? Maybe one that you can close and tuck away at night?

 

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I am a big believer that although your chair needs to be comfy, there is no reason it cannot be fun! Think outside the box from your standard office chair. This is a great place to add your personality.

 

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Opening shelving via a ladder system or floating shelves keeps a space looking open and modern.

And don’t forget color! Even if it is a tucked away nook, adding color to the walls or artwork can make the hours in your office space a happier place to be. Again…note the fun chair. 🙂

 

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If you need to start out the new year with a refresh to  you home office, don’t hesitate to give us a call if you need help!

 

 

Clean Your House Like It’s Sale Depends On It

It really is true….the sale of your home could depend on how clean it is. Many people will overlook outdated items in a house if the house is clean.   Clean bucket

I always say, when you sell  your car you detail clean it. You use a toothbrush to get down in the cracks, the running boards, you wipe every surface. That is what you need to do when selling your home. Detail clean it.

What does that entail? It is far more than dusting the top of your furniture.

 

clean baseboardsWipe down the walls.

Wash the baseboards.

Clean all light fixtures inside and out.

Clean the inside of the oven, refrigerator and microwave.

Scrub all sinks and tubs with a strong cleaning solution.

Scrub grout with a grout brush and strong grout cleaner.  Clean Grout

Vacuum corners, stair risers, closets.

Wash windows inside and out including screens and window sills.

 

No one wants to see their own dirt and they really don’t want to see yours. A buyer just may walk out if a house is dirty. They get a feeling they don’t like and sometimes they don’t even know what it is.

When a house isn’t clean it feels older. The buyer thinks that if you couldn’t clean then you probably didn’t service your furnace, do regular maintenance throughout the house which will cause things to breakdown sooner.

A clean home reflects a well loved and well maintained home. A clean home could make a difference in the offer presented to you. If a buyer isn’t sure if something needs cleaning or replacing, they are going to assume replacing and lower the price accordingly.Sparkles

I know time is tight, especially when selling your home. So if needed,  hire a reputable cleaning agency or person who specializes in move-out cleaning. Provide them with exact details of what you want cleaned.

 

 

CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN. MAKE IT SPARKLE AS IF THE SALE OF YOUR HOME DEPENDS ON IT!

 

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.