Preparing Your Home For Sale - The Top 10 Recommendations From a Morris County, NJ Stager

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Preparing Your Home For Sale - The Top 10 Recommendations From a Morris County, NJ Stager

1. 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, creating easy traffic flow throughout your home. When selling - less is always better!

2. If possible, use a short-term rental company and store personal items, excess furniture and personal collections – anything that takes away focus from the home’s architectural features and causes distractions – remember you are selling your home, not your lifestyle. (This will also eliminate stress later when it’s time to move.)

3. Clean, Clean, clean - It's the easiest, no cost project 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!

4. 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!  

5. Painting the interior of your home is the greatest ROI (Return on investment) when selling. Is the color palate of your home uniform throughout with neutral colors? Keep in mind, you are appealing to the masses  - choose  taupes, beiges, creams and grays. Another bonus is these colors go with almost any decor. You can add pops of color using art, throw pillows, floral center pieces, plants and a well place throw.

6. Look at upscale hotels online– they are staged to appeal to the masses – clean, crisp, clutter free, updated.  Outdated wall paper and boarders should be removed - this is one of the biggest buyer turnoffs and they often move on. In today’s market buyers want turnkey homes!  

7. Assume buyers will be looking in your closets, cabinets, attics and basements…because they will! Organize what you must keep, and store the rest. Buyers want to know your home has enough storage space to accommodate their stuff.

8. Fix broken screens, running toilets, door hinges, leaky faucets and door bells - Yes, I'm beating  a dead horse, but these are big turnoffs and don't invoke any confidence that your home is well taken care of –the kind buyers are looking to buy!

9. Open all blinds, eliminate heavy window treatments and take down outdated vertical blinds that scream the 80’s. Let the natural light shine in - this cheers up and brightens the home, making it more spacious and airy – just what today’s buyers are looking for!  

10.  When selling it’s hard to be objective about your own home because your are too emotionally attached  - consult a professional home stager to help you prepare your home for today’s market, giving it the competitive edge over your competition!


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You have 90 seconds to make a great first impression once your home goes on the market. Consult a Morris County professional home stager serving Union, Essex, Sussex Counties for that competitive edge so your home stands out from the competition, selling faster and for top dollar!  

Elite Staging and Redesign offers home staging services to North Jersey homeowners, real estate agents, banks, builders, and investors in preparing homes to stand out in today’s real estate market. For a consultation on vacant staging, lived in homes or interior redesign projects call Elite Staging and Redesign at 201-602-2562.

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Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Kristine - These are great tips to make a home more saleable and get it sold quickly for the highest amount.

Jul 25, 2011 01:24 PM #52
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Kristine, I love your list digging past the obvious! Really, I never heard of looking at hotels as a benchmark but makes sense.

Hope all is well...the summer is flying by!

Jul 25, 2011 02:12 PM #53
Terrie Leighton
Ferrari-Lund Real Estate - Reno, NV
Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno

Thanks Kristine, I will! I have been trying to reblog but I keep getting the "oops" signal. Maybe tomorrow it will work!

Jul 25, 2011 03:12 PM #54
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

You just keep kicking out great Featured Posts Kristine. I tell my clients about the hotel thing too. They seem to get that.

Jul 25, 2011 04:03 PM #55
James Sanson - Ranked in the TOP 1% of Arizona
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Maricopa, AZ
Homes for sale in Maricopa AZ

This was a well written article showing you know what you are talking about. Great write up - very impressive. You can come out to Arizona in the winter and stage my open house :-)

Jul 25, 2011 07:15 PM #56
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Kristine--such a great list.  Seems so simple that I am in constant wonder when I go into homes and not one thing on this list has even been thought of by the sellers. 

Jul 25, 2011 08:41 PM #57
Alan Gross
PrimeLending, A PlainsCapital Company, Equal Housing Lender - Bethesda, MD
Loan Consultant

Now that's a Top 10 List worth reading. Everyone selling, or thinking about selling a home should read and act on it.

Jul 26, 2011 01:25 AM #58
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

hi Kristine ~ another great post from you about the importance of home staging!  #10 is my favorite :-)

Jul 26, 2011 06:07 AM #59
Joe A. Mathew
Homes of Westchester, Inc. White Plains, NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Great advice.

Jul 26, 2011 10:15 AM #60
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thanks to Ellie for the reblog..excellent list for anyone even thinking of selling.


Jul 26, 2011 11:08 PM #61
Margie Kopp Sorrell
Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country - Greensboro, GA
Lake Oconee Real Estate

Kristine- recently helped a Seller try to give her home more curb appeal. Saw your post and definitely wanted to check it out to see if we'd done a good job. 9 check marks. #10 we didn't do because she's practically an interior designer.

Jul 27, 2011 02:08 AM #62
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Kristine, great list and congrats on feature.

Jul 29, 2011 10:28 AM #63
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Thanks Deb and good luck with your listings!

Christine - if clients would take these low-cost suggestions, their home would sell a lot faster, making it so much easy for the buyer not having to keep their home show ready or becoming stale!

Ellen - make sense though right?! Hotels are staged to appeal to the masses!

Terrie - thank you and I wasn't able to get on your blog?! so weird!

Shar - it is one tip that seems to resonate with sellers because it's not their  home and can be objective!

Allen - from your mouth to seller's ears!

Thanks Maureen - it would make seller's job that much easier and take a lot of guess work out on how to prepare their home!

Thanks Joe!

Margaret - all sellers should have a to-do list when preparing to sell.

That's great to hear Margie

Anna - Thank you!

Jul 29, 2011 12:00 PM #64
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

A return to basic "rules" is always best.  Great resource to share with our home sellers!  Thank you!

Jul 30, 2011 04:41 AM #65
Debbie DeMarco
Staging by Design, LLC - Richmond, VA
Hi Kristen, Great list of tips. Bookmarked....I too will using it for future reference.
Jul 30, 2011 07:32 AM #66
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Kristine - What a great recap of the things all sellers should do! A very well-deserved featured post.

Jul 30, 2011 04:36 PM #67
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Cara - you're welcome homes would sell a lot quicker if seller followed these inexpensive fixes!

Debbie - copy, paste if you like, then give to your sellers - that would make it a lot easier!

Thanks Judy - and as a home stager yourself, you know the impact these fixes can have in transforming a home making it so much more appealing to potential buyers!

Jul 31, 2011 02:04 AM #68
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Have an outstanding weekend!

Life is better when there are flowers to photograph.

Aug 06, 2011 03:44 AM #69
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Thanks Roy and I love the flower photo!

Aug 07, 2011 02:00 AM #70
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Kristine nice blog and a great reminder for everyone in the industry.

Aug 15, 2011 06:13 AM #71
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