Staging Your Home
When it comes to preparing your home for sale, we tell our clients that it is important that every corner in your home feels welcoming and presentable. Sellers should expect that potential buyers will open and examine every space in the house including drawers and closets. This means we give a lot of the homework to our clients and provide them with tips that will help them maximize many of the areas that matter to buyers in terms of functionality and storage. On average, buyers tend to make their final buying decision based on key areas of the house such as the kitchen, bathrooms and master bedrooms but that doesn’t mean the other areas are less important!
You only have one chance to make a first impression! In these vital areas, we recommend removing all the everyday clutter of shoes, shoe racks and coats. You may want to provide a mirror on the wall, so as the buyer enters the home, they are already seeing themselves in it. A personal touch will go along way and will also set the tone for the rest of the home and make for a wonderful, welcoming feel.
A buyer’s top wish list item is to have a laundry room inside the home and not in the garage. Ensure that the the cleaning products, hampers and drying racks have a designated area and are out of sight. You can also place a few pieces of Laundry artwork on the wall, keep the room simple with a streamline finished look and floral accents for an extra touch.
Book & Glassed in Shelves
Built in bookcases and glassed in shelves especially are important to stage as they are key architectural features in a space. Use appropriate decor to make the built-ins stand out. For the bookshelves, you want to create visual interest by using a combination of classic hardcover books with decorative accents that are rich in texture, small print or even florals. If you have glass shelves in the kitchen, place some stain glassware to make the shelves pop and by doing this, it will add variety and pop of color that can easily create a designer look!
It’s very important to stage your home, specially the closets. Your home can have the best upgrades but if your closets are cramped and poorly organized, buyers will assume the home’s storage isn’t sufficient. Now that you are in the process of selling your home, take the opportunity to store away any off-season clothing, linens or even donate anything you no longer want or need. Invest in a semi-custom closet organizers to add versatility and storage options along with small storage bins to hide the smaller items. A clean basic look always wins.
While the garage seems the most likely place to stash any unwanted items, during the staging process, this could be a costly mistake. For many families a garage is not just a place to park their car, it’s also an extension of the functional space inside a home. Keep the garage clean, bright, well swept and organized to maximize their value and appeal.
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