Is The "Blues" Killing The Sale Of Your Home? Part 2, Laura S. Baker, Ready? Set,...Sell! Home Staging & ReDesign, Jefferson County, Dane County, Dodge County, Waukesha County, WI

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Is The "Blues" Killing The Sale Of Your Home?

(Part 2 ~ Brass & Outdated Hardware!)


From part 1,.... "I heard a phrase the other day while working on a house; "That house is blue."  I was puzzled for a moment.  Then I thought about it.  The phrase meant, the house desperately needs "updating" to this era.  You know what I mean?  Blue hair/Blue house?  Yeah,... not exactly how I would put it, but the comment was right on the mark.  So, what makes this house so blue?" 


Let's take another look;

Part 2,  The Outdated light fixture?  That is part of it.  In most cases, brass & ornate fixtures must be removed.  Not only are they very taste specific, it also adds to visual clutter, busyness, and "Blue" of the house.  A simpler Oil Rubbed Bronze or Brushed Nickle fixture would be more appealing.  Other finishes are fine as well as long as the light fixture goes with the style of the house, & is not the specific taste of the Seller.  Most importantly, the minute buyers sees outdated light fixtures, the real dilemma they see is,.... oh that is going to be a lot of work and money to replace!  Buyers need and want to find a home that is move-in-ready.  Don't give them reasons to move on to the next home!




Okay, it's not just the light fixtures either.  How about the hardware, faucets and other metals in the home?  This is a nice bathroom.  You might say leave it alone.  I say get rid of the silver and brass trimmed faucet.  I would also say have all the styles match!  Ornate mirror of deep brown wood with gold trim, simple lights in brushed nickle, towel holder in brushed nickle a bit more modern style and bright silver with brass trim faucet,..... just too much!  I'm not saying be all matchy matchy, just be sure to use similar styles and similar finishes.

So, if you're thinking of putting your home on the market

ask a Professional Home Stager if the lighting & hardware you have is going to appeal to the most potential buyers in your target market. 


Think about it this way; 

You have been in your home for 10, 20, 30 or more years.  When is the last time light fixtures were updated?  Walls were painted?  Furniture was bought?  Accessories selected?  If it's been 10 years or more, it probably needs to be updated to appeal to today's buyer.

Now,... ask yourself these questions;  "Who is the new buyer going to be?"  "What age are they likely to be?"   "Will they likely be a young couple coming from an updated apartment?"  "Will they be a young family with small children?"  "How can I make my home appeal to them?" 


Then, call a Professional Home Stager


We can provide a Staging Consultation ~ an educational session on what today's buyers are looking for, a game plan of what to do to your home to appeal to the largest pool of potential buyers in your target market, show you many ways to save money and time on these updates, and guide you to quality professional contractors. 

A Professional Home Stager can help you rid the "Blues" from your home helping it appeal to today's buyer, driving more traffic to the home by showing well in the MLS, therefore; helping you get faster better offers! 


Don't let the "Blues" stop your home from selling! 




Call; Laura S. Baker
(920) 728-4118

Realtor, First Weber Group 

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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Laura,

This is a great post. Every once in a while I will come across the "blues" house and they are the most difficult sellers to convince to make the changes needed to ready the home for market. I use a certain stager here in Austin and he can get the point across to them without hurt feelings (just like I can see you do). Agree totally with you on the bathroom lightfixture & accessories. Awesome tips!! Thanks for sharing.

Jun 22, 2011 01:53 AM #9
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Thank you so much Dorie!  Every owner has certain things or issues that we need to address.  Fortunately, I like people and I try hard to understand their objections so I can help them save as much equity and time on the market as possible.  Once they understand that is the motive, they work hard with me rather than against me.

Jun 22, 2011 04:23 AM #10
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

You know you have to suffer if you want to sing the Blues... which is exactly what these sellers are doing by not updating their homes!

Jun 22, 2011 04:41 AM #11
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

If I sing the blues Craig, you will all be suffering!  hee hee hee  When we get these houses done, the home owners will be singing all the way to the bank. 

Jun 22, 2011 07:35 AM #12
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Laura, well worded and I like the visuals to go with it. 

Now, can yo uplease do something about this weather?  I'm FREEZING to death, LOL.

Jun 22, 2011 11:26 AM #13
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


Outdated fixtures are just an inducator of other updates needed in my mind.

Jun 22, 2011 01:34 PM #14
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Thank you Juli.  So,... I done good?  ;-)  Yeah, this weather is ridiculous!  I am so sorry this is the odd weather you got stuck with!  Warm thoughts?

Hello Tom, I totally agree.  And if that is an indicator to you, it will just be screaming thought out the buyers mind!

Jun 22, 2011 01:56 PM #15
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Laura ~ What a dated home this series is highlighting -- just PERFECT to make your point on how important it is to present an updated, truly move-in-ready home in order to get top dollar.   I too advise my clients that metal finishes must be consistent within each space -- very important so that the look is cohesive.

Jun 24, 2011 05:17 AM #17
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

My Zinger friend, the funny part of the bathroom is you may look at it and think it is just fine, but something about it just doesn't feel "right".  Your eyes and your brain register "something is off", and it simply doesn't make you get that emotional attachment that we stagers strive for.  Just a few simple changes and viola' it just "feels" better.

I know this house was a bit of an exagerated example Maureen, but it definitely does show this well!  I've learned from you cohesiveness is vital to keeping the eye flowing from space to space pulling the buyers throughout the home.  So very important to a well staged home.  Thank you!

Jun 24, 2011 12:40 PM #18
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Excellent advice Laura.  Whenever I see pictures of a home with older fixtures or brass rimmed things, I immediately look at the year the home was bulit and the first thing that pops in my mind is that home needs updating!

Mar 02, 2012 10:24 AM #19
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

An outdated home can turn buyers off faster than a cold shower Brenda!  :)  Glad you liked the post.

Mar 02, 2012 10:35 AM #20
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Laura, it's all the putting stuff together so it has harmony that people don't get. If they did there wouldn't be 3 different finishes in one room that we'd have to have a conversation about... Great post!

Mar 02, 2012 11:07 AM #21
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Great information. Some of these things folks would NEVER think of it it were not for great people like you who share their knowledge and expertise! Thank you!

Mar 02, 2012 12:25 PM #22
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Laura--"blue" is an interesting term for this home.  So dated and yet the updates, as you suggest, are easy and not that expensive.  I'm noticing that I think the bathroom is "not bad" compared to some I've seen recently.  That will tell you something. 

Mar 02, 2012 04:03 PM #23
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Laura.  No wonder you get paid the big bucks.  Your suggestions are always terrific.

Mar 02, 2012 07:52 PM #24
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Laura,

Great post - suggested too! You make a credible argument. I wish more people listened to you. You know what you're talking about. I think many people get comfortable in their surroundings and don't even realize how outdating makes you (and others) feel blue!

The biggest problem is when nothing changes for DECADES! People get trapped in an environment and they don't even appreciate what they got, because they probably don't even know it's making them feel so blue!

Kudos to you for a great wake-up call!


Mar 02, 2012 09:30 PM #25
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Laura, I agree with the comments above me and the post of course, and I too think you need your own show!!!

Mar 02, 2012 09:55 PM #26
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Ha ha Peg-a-roni, ain't that the truth! By the way, it was great chatting with you last night!  :)

Awe Joni, thank you!  This is a series I started back in June.  I'll be adding to it periodically.

Janet, I cannot help to love each and every one of these challenges!  I'll have to bop over and see what you've been up against! Do they have lace and doilies in Hawaii?   ;-).

Thanks Conrad!  I do love what I do.  :)

Thanks Patricia,  That is it in a nutshell!  People don't even realize (of notice for that matter) how their own home is making them feel, much less how it will feel to potential buyers.

Me in my own show?  Hmmmnnn,,,... ya got any connections Kristin?  That sounds fun!

Mar 02, 2012 10:42 PM #27
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Laura great advice  which I know may will really appreciate.  Yes the visuals drive the points home.

Mar 06, 2012 01:01 PM #28
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Hey Jennifer, thank you.  I cannot wait to share the after photo's of this house.  The owners are doing an amazing job with the transformation!  I'll keep you posted.  :)

Mar 06, 2012 10:27 PM #29
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