Morris County Stager: The 10 Most Important Cost-Effective Fixes When Selling Your Home!

Home Stager with Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC

Morris County Stager: The 10 Most Important, Cost-Effective, Fixes When Selling Your Home !

As a Morris County Home Stager, I've compiled a list of the most important tasks to complete before putting your home on the market...

1. Master bedrooms and baths should appeal to both sexes - if yours is gender specific, balance it with some masculine/ feminine accessories - pillows, art, greenery, a well placed throw and use neutral bedding - your grandmother's homemade quilt isn't going to cut it!  

2.  Walk through each room as if you were a buyer  - can you move freely about? If not, open up the space by eliminating excess furniture to create easy traffic flow. when selling - less is always more!

3. If possible rent a small local storage space to put excess furniture, personal items, knickknacks - anything that clutters the home and causes distractions - after all, you're selling your home, not your lifestyle. (This also eliminates a lot of stress down the road when the buyer is ready to move.)

4. Assess the color palate of your home-make sure it's uniform throughout and stick to neutral colors - his creates continuity. Some suggested paint colors that go with just about any decor: taupes, beiges, creams and grays. Add pops of color using accessories like pillows, art and a throw.

 5. Think upscale hotels - clutter free, updated and designed to appeal to the masses. If you have dated  boarders or wall paper take it down - this is one of the biggest turnoff to buyers and they often move on. (I've heard of homes for sale labeled as the "wallpaper" home and it's not a compliment! 

6. Don't assume buyers won't look in cabinets, closets, basements and attics. Storage is key for buyers and they want to see if the home has enough space to accommodate their stuff. Organize, or better yet store it- this demonstrates to buyers that indeed their things will fit and is a big selling advantage.

7. Clean, Clean, clean - It's the easiest, no cost, effective fix and this can't be emphasized enough - nothing turns a buyer off more than a messy, dirty or smelly home - this will send buyers running for the door - trust me on this one!

8. Open all blinds, eliminate heavy window treatments and let the natural light shine in - this cheers up and brightens the home, making it feel airy and more spacious - and, it's so easy! If you have dated vertical blinds, it best to take them down

9. Fix leaky faucets, broken screens, door hinges, door bells or running toilets - Yes, I'm going to beat a dead horse, but these are big turnoffs and don't invoke any confidence in the buyer that your home is well taken care of - you know the kind of homes we all want to buy!

10 Make sure your MLS photos are done by a professional - 80% of buyers shop online before ever stepping out the door with their Realtor!

Okay, so I lied,  #11 - drum roll please...

My list wouldn't be complete without strongly suggesting hiring a professional stager who is trained to prepare your home for the market, using proven techniques to enhance, highlight and showcase your home it its best possible light and appeal to the most buyers!

Elite staging also offers professional photography included in your staging project or as a separate package!

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Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Dawn - It is surprising that sellers don't see the obvious. Simply cleaning up and decuttering makes such a difference and yet many just don't do this. Yes, there is work involved, but they are selling their biggest asset and you would think this would be very motivating to take these suggestions!

Cathy - Good point and home depot also has these products at a very cheap price.

Dale - Hope they come in handy with your next client!

Patricia- Your welcome - I took Adura's advice and joined AR and haven't stopped blogging yet and it has been great! I'll have to check out your profile!

Feb 28, 2011 07:58 AM #91
Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

Great list! I think #9 is super important and gets over looked often! Great post!

Feb 28, 2011 09:17 AM #92
Brad Hornshaw
Brad Hornshaw Realtor Lynnwood, Bothell, Everett - Lynnwood, WA
Realtor, Listing Agent, Buyers Agent, Investments

Hi Kristine

Great list I especialy like 7 & 8 Thanks for sharing.....Brad

Feb 28, 2011 09:20 AM #93
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Great tips! So many things are simple and cheap, it's a wonder more people just don't go ahead and do these things.

Feb 28, 2011 11:18 AM #94
Simon Mills
Mills Realty - Toluca Lake, CA

Why do we love lists so much?  Excellent bullet points!

Feb 28, 2011 11:20 AM #95
Brenda, Ron, Lee Cunningham & Tara Keator
West USA Realty - Phoenix, AZ
Realtors, Homes for Sale - Phoenix Metro

You are so right!  I can certainly give plenty of examples of a home not selling, then after staging it sold right away!

Feb 28, 2011 11:42 AM #96
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Sylvie- I agree and it's usually a very easy fix. Buyers don't want to have to deal with these little inconveniences and it sends a message that the home has been neglected - not good when selling!

Brad - Right! Take any messy, dirty room, clean it up and see what a difference it makes - common sense you'd think until you look on MLS!

Jeff -I often feel like I'm beating a dead horse, but sellers still don't seem to get this. Imagine if everyone did just these 10 cheap and easy fixes before putting their home on the market! A lot more homes wouldn't be sitting on the market - I guarantee it!

Simon - I think because we don't like to spend a lot of time reading big paragraphs!  - My best blogs have been simple, short and to the point. And BTW, I'm a list person  - always have been, always will be!

Brenda and Ron - I think if we keep hammering it in how important it is to take the time to prepare your home before putting it on the market, at some point sellers will catch on. Maybe when their home sits on the market for 6 months with no respectable offers?!

Feb 28, 2011 03:10 PM #97
Sandi Gerrard
Saint Thomas, ON
It's all about colour

It seems the "reblog" feature has been unavailable for a couple of weeks now !

Feb 28, 2011 10:04 PM #98
SentriLock Blogger
SentriLock, LLC - Cincinnati, OH

Great advice! I'll be tweeting/facebooking this out today.

Mar 01, 2011 01:42 AM #99
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Great list Kristine!  No wonder this was featured.  Will be book marking to refer to and share with clients if you don't mind.

Mar 01, 2011 04:23 PM #100
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Sandi - I know - when is AR going to fix their re-blog button?!

Hi Laura - tweet, FB, bookmark away - thanks and I hope this list helps you and your clients!

DeeDee - That was the purpose of this blog - hope this helps you with your clients, because if they take this advice it's a win-win for everybody!

Mar 01, 2011 10:08 PM #101
Anne Vigneri
CASA VERO Staging & Redesign - Albuquerque, CA
Serving the Mariposa California

HI Kristine..  LOVE your blog.. The only thing I would change is making #11  NUMBER ONE!...   :))))

Mar 02, 2011 06:54 AM #102
Jay O'Brien
RE/MAX Revolution - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City : Social Media Guy

This should be one of those paragraphs on the Listing Agency Agreement contracts we make the sellers sign. We can say, "Mr. Seller, please refer back to paragraph 21 which clearly states that your pineapple wallpaper has to GO!" Nice post!

Mar 02, 2011 01:36 PM #103
Jan Laurie
JL Residential Styling & Staging - Nanaimo, BC

I strongly agree about buyers looking in closets and anything that will be sold with the house. We've done it ourselves when looking for a home in the past. People want to know if there is enough storage and seeing the sellers things in place is a good indication of this.


Every point you made is essential. Nice job.

Mar 05, 2011 07:36 AM #104
Dennis & Terri Neal
RE/MAX, Big Bear - Big Bear Lake, CA
Your Home Sold in 45 Days or We Se

Such simple tips that many sellers overlook. Do most of these and your listings will stand out.

Mar 13, 2011 09:21 AM #105
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

This is a good list. In my opinoin an impressive front door sets the stage. I like to start there.

Mar 13, 2011 04:37 PM #106
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Ann, as a professional stager, I'd have to agree - lol.

What are you trying to say Jay, buyers don't love pineapple wall paper - shock! Love your funny comment!

Jan - I don't know of any buyer that doesn't open cabinets and closets - buyers want to know if there "stuff" will fit, so clean and organze it so they can really see the space. 

Dennis & Terri - Exactly and it's not that much to ask and the return on investment can't be beat!

Tigard - Front doors should be the focal point so they better look their best!

Mar 13, 2011 05:41 PM #107
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Jan - still waiting for you to start to blog - time for you to share yourself with us - we want to get to know you!

Apr 04, 2011 08:36 AM #108
Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA


Great top 10; I came over from Hillary's reblog. Your list bears repeating.


Oct 17, 2011 03:42 PM #109
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hi Kristine, love this and glad that Hillary reblogged it.  My favorite one is thinking like an upscale hotel-that's why I always use white or off white sheets in the bedroom!

Oct 18, 2011 02:02 AM #110
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