A MUST READ FOR SELLERS! REAL ESTATE DESIGN AND STAGING YOUR HOME!
by Phil Dekort
on Thursday, May 21st, 2020 at 5:38pm.
Staging a house is a strategic move for sellers YOU ONLY GET ONE CHANCE AT A 1ST IMPRESSIONS! WOW THEM! • Get rid of clutter Clutter can distract the buyer, make them feel claustrophobic and crowded. You want buyers to see the room and not focus on what's in it! Small decor, Figurines, magazines. Papers etc. Don’t play a part in re-sale! • Aim for a light and bright look You never hear people say what a beautiful dark room! Lights should be on, Blinds should be open, Dark colors are best in accessories and off the walls! On that note not everyone is going to LOVE that designer purple paint in the kitchen! Lose it! • Stage important rooms first Priorities for Buyers – 1) Main Floor - it is what they are seeing first! Again, WOW THEM! 2) Master Bedroom - It is the adults buying the home and this should be a retreat to a peaceful space. Decorated Maturely. This is not the space for Star Wars posters or swords! These are your personal tastes; these are not the best choices for selling the home you want to leave! And remember, you have it listed so you can move to the next home you have picked out. 3) Common Areas – Bonus Rooms or Family Rooms • Remove and/or rent furniture RULE 1: if you cannot properly stage or furnish a room leave it COMPLETELY empty! Having the one dining chair in the spare bedroom is NOT going to make it show better. RULE 2: Just because you can SQUEEZE into those jeans does NOT mean they fit! Just because you can fit all the furniture into that room does NOT mean it fits! • Arrange furniture Do NOT create Tight Spaces with your furniture making a room feel smaller than it is! DO NOT place furniture on an ANGLE! This creates awkward angles around it as well as eats up more square footage then it needs to! Floor plans were designed with a specific idea for furniture placement in mind. Life can get in the way of that and contradict interior design but even more so, Real Estate Design! Your Office at the dining table may work for your life BUT is not what people want to see at a house they are interested in. • Work on your home's curb appeal This Truly is The First Impression! It sets a tone before they even walk through the door. No one is asking you to re-stucco your house , BUT have it look like you care! STAGE FOR THE SEASON! Spring and summer – CUT your grass, wash your windows,Pressure wash your walkway and drive way, touch up paint if possible, stage front porches, patios, and decks if you have the items! ** TAKE DOWN YOUR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS** Fall and Winter – Clean Up Leaves and shovel your walk way! Fix any leaking or overflowing gutters to reduce ice build-up • Add little extras Want a window to look bigger? Hang Drapery…The RIGHT way! (Outside of the casings and floor to ceiling) Use a larger Front entry mat! Multiple people are coming in the front door, Give them a good space to step in and not be tripping on one another. The 2x3 Welcome mat will ALWAYS be too small. A light fragrance is a nice touch - Nothing too strong. Vanilla, brown sugar or cinnamon. THE MOST IMPORTANT TIP FOR STAGING, SHOWING AND SELLING YOUR HOME… CLEAN! CLEAN! CLEAN! Always show it as clean as possible!
IF YOU NEED SOME ADVISE ON THIS DON'T HESITATE TO ASK! We have a Realtor who have also been a Certified Interior Decorator for 15 YEARS!
Written By Shawna Dekort, CID, TNT Real Estate Pros
Photos Taken of A home renovated, designed and staged By Designs II Desire