Making it Pretty - Helping it Sell

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Making it Pretty - Helping it Sell

The last few days, when I look outside, Sacramento skies are cloudy and gray.  Most of the leaves are off the trees and the branches are bare. 

If you are a homeowner with a For Sale sign on your property, you are probably wondering what you can do to stage your home in light of the absence of spring and summer color around your house.  What can you do to add sparkle and curb appeal?

Outside -

Colorful flowers are always a welcoming sight for homes hoping to attract a new owner, whether they are seasonal flowers of spring and summer, or Poinsettias during the holidays.  Colorful wreathes on the door also work well. 

Visit your local nurseryman and obtain advice for adding color to the landscape.  Seasonal annuals are generally inexpensive, but provide a great deal of bang for the buck.

The most eye-catching colors are red and yellow.  For those planning on marketing a home right after the beginning of the new year, Bulbs can be planted intermittently so new flowers are continually blooming throughout spring and summer.  Tulips, Narcissus, and Daffodils work well.

Rake away leaves or snow, which may have accumulated on walkways. 

Lighting -

One suggestion I often make to sellers is to use light bulbs with slightly more watts.  If you are currently using 60-watt bulbs in lamps and lights, consider exchanging them with 75 watts or even 100.  Be certain your lamps, etc., can handle the increased capacity however.

Living and Family Rooms -

Make them look inviting.  Take away extra chairs or furniture that makes rooms appear crowded.  Also pack away extra figurines and bric-a-brac.  You want homebuyers to be able to visualize their own furnishings and belongings in the home.

Bedrooms -

In some instances with smaller bedrooms, it may be beneficial to change out that California King bed for a standard double bed.  Or remove that extra large armoire in the corner.  Not long ago, I was in a home with a 12' x 14' bedroom, which was furnished with a King sized bed, two nightstands, a large dresser and a chest of drawers.  They had also managed to put a small computer table in there.  This left only a tiny path to get around the bed and to the door.  It made the room seem especially small.   

Kitchens and Bathrooms -

The most important rooms in a home are the kitchen and bathrooms.  Make certain these are clean and neat.  Counters should be cleared of clutter and gadgets, which are unnecessarily using space.   Take away all those eye-catching refrigerator magnets, pictures, grocery lists, which have found their home on refrigerator doors and sides. 

In the bathrooms, decorate with color-coordinated towels, rugs, soaps and flower arrangements.  Again, make certain this room is really clean.

Decks and Patios -

In recent years, many homeowners have created a backyard oasis in their yards, and on patios and decks.  It is a mistake to pack away or stack patio furniture in winter months if you are marketing a home.  If the deck or patio is uncovered, and weather is damaging to cushions, etc., perhaps you can add them at the last minute before showing, if the weather allows.

Last but not Least -

Make certain the home is fresh smelling.  Consider opening windows for a few minutes, to allow air to circulate.  Light a candle or two.  If you are leaving the home, and it is a safety issue to use lit candles, then consider using an air-freshener or some other method of providing scent.

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Rainmaker
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

William - Light and color. . .Tell me why I'm getting a psychedelic image of tiptoeing through the tulips. . .LOL  It's been a really long day!

Dec 14, 2010 02:47 PM #9
Rainmaker
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John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

I was just thinking about seasonality in photos today, trying to decide if I should shoot a few more neighborhoods or wait until spring. (Decided to wait.) Great ideas to bring some vibrant colors and light into homes that are on the market now.

Dec 14, 2010 02:50 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,

Hi Myrl:

That is a great idea...thanks for sharing.  Something so simple can make such a big difference.

Dec 14, 2010 03:12 PM #11
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Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Myrl, I fear we are most likely out of luck when it comes to outside flowers for awhile, but I think your other suggestions are great, I especially like your comments about the patio furniture.  Also fresh cut flowers inside (when we can't have them outside)  are especially cheery in winter.

Dec 14, 2010 03:13 PM #12
Rainer
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Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton
The Nines Team At Keller Williams - Stockton, CA
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton

Myrl ... thanks for the tips ... another thing I like to suggest issuggested that if it cold outside ... use warm color occasional pillows on the sofa, chairs and beds.  Bright lights and good smells.... candles are great, but I think I'd vote for the fresh and homey aroma of chocolate chip cookies ... just ask Mrs. Fields.

Dec 14, 2010 04:15 PM #13
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Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Great advise, Myrl. I always tell my sellers to have lots and lots of light. People remember a dark home only as "Oh, that dark place"- nothing else stands out. And, I agree with Jack. Smells of recent cookie baking are very, very good.

Dec 14, 2010 11:43 PM #14
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Steve Merson 512 412 1621
Keller Williams Realty - Austin, TX
CNE, e-PRO

Hi Myrl,

Thank you for that excellent post and some great ideas. I particularly like the idea of using slightly brighter light bulbs. 

Steve

Dec 15, 2010 07:41 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

John - In winter months when leaves are off the trees, and grass isn't as green, color becomes really welcome and important.

Dec 16, 2010 04:30 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Toula - I have found a lot of difference in changing those light bulbs to higher wattage.  It's the little things as you say!

Dec 16, 2010 04:31 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Mary - During a Colorado winter, I can imagine that keeping a walkway clear of snow, and having a welcoming porch or entryway would make a large difference on the outside.  And as you say, having flowers and a warm scene immediately inside would work great.

Dec 16, 2010 04:33 AM #18
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Jack - Oh yes!  The old cookies baking in the oven trick often works wonderfully.  If you don't have time to cook cookies, you can simmer a little pot of water, with a teaspoon of vanilla extract in it.

Dec 16, 2010 04:34 AM #19
Rainmaker
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Toni - When I was looking at my own house before purchasing, the seller had all the drapes closed.  I immediately got that DARK feeling while I was viewing.  As I have written in the past.  This house was so cluttered, and in need of new carpeting, and wallpaper stripping, that it took several times of my viewing it to understand this was the house I needed and wanted.  AND I am in the business, and knew this floorplan before.  Sellers often don't realize what obstacles they present by missing a few simple important things.

Dec 16, 2010 04:37 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Steve - The brighter bulbs is my favorite suggestion and tip.  It's so simple, and immediately creates a huge difference.

Dec 16, 2010 04:38 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Robert Hammerstein
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Myrl - Yes these are all terrific ideas but it would be a little cold right now to be opening windows around my area...lol Good tips though..

Dec 16, 2010 06:57 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Robert - You're absolutely right!  There are areas around the country, that currently can't easily use that tip:-)

Dec 16, 2010 11:23 AM #23
Rainmaker
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Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Hey Myrl, Another great post! Staging a home to sell is crucial in this market. Curb appeal is important to grab a buyer's eye and make them want to see the inside of a house.  And, once they're inside, the house should be clutter free and they should be able to envision themselves living in the home.

Dec 17, 2010 02:57 AM #24
Rainmaker
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Sandy - Home staging is critical for traditional sellers trying to buck the lower prices of the bank owned foreclosure properties and short-sales.  It can make all the difference in the world, in a market laden with uninviting vacant properties.

Dec 17, 2010 09:51 AM #25
Rainmaker
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Rita Legan
eXp Realty - Strongsville, OH
ASP Staging Realtor CDPE

Hi Myrl, Just have to add Q-Tip clean. Please dust your H2O Tanks and Furnace's often overlooked by sellers but not today's buyer's.

Dec 19, 2010 05:19 AM #26
Rainmaker
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Dustin McClure
Mossy Oak Properties Outdoor Realty - Mooresville, NC

Great info. Thanks for the post!

Dec 19, 2010 03:10 PM #27
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Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

good ideas -the extra wattage and opening the windows for fresh air.  

Dec 20, 2010 06:26 AM #28
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