Staging Doesn't Have to Be Complicated - 5 DIY tips to save money!

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

 

Selling your house? Everyone talks now about staging before going on the market - and that can sound VERY EXPENSIVE!!  Don't despair though.  You may want to take all your "brown furniture" out of your house and bring in lighter furniture in greys and tans that look like the Crate and Barrel fairy sprinkle new sofas and tables all though your home.  Or you may not want to do that - or you can't afford to do that.  

Of course you want your property to make a great first impression on potential buyers, but what do you do if all new staged furniture is not in the cards?

Take a breather—it’s actually easier than you think. Here are five staging tips that are so easy they may not have even crossed your mind:

Focus on the best features in each room.  Don't hide your fireplace behind a big TV screen.  Open the drapes in your dining room to show the garden outside (and wash the windows!)  Try to declutter your garage and put things away neatly so a buyer can imagine that their car will fit in your garage!  Pack away half the clothes in your closet and organize your linen closet!  Don't make buyers imagine how your home would be if......

Use resources. You want your property to be clean and decluttered but you don't need to take on everything all by yourself. For example, hire a cleaning company. You can find some relatively affordable options, and this will help you stay stress-free throughout the process. Once the home’s clean, all you have to worry about is keeping it that way.

Also, consider renting a storage unit so you don’t have to figure out where to hide your must-keeps. This way, these items are already neatly packed and ready for when you move, and unnecessary clutter won’t distract buyers from envisioning themselves living in your home.  Packing "stuff" up and moving it out is a great idea because it means you have already started packing!  After all - you are selling your home - and then you will be moving soon - so get started on packing!

Decorate with the potential buyer in mind.   Think about who your likely buyer is, based on the demographics of your neighborhood.  This is not one size fits all!  If you’re in a starter-home neighborhood, the buyer will likely be a younger individual or couple looking for more space after cramped apartment living. Pick some trendy paint colors like lilac gray or muted pastels, and keep the decor minimalistic and modern. Forget about creating a kid’s bedroom and opt for an office layout in the second bedroom instead.

If you’re looking to downsize from, say, a four-bedroom house on a cul-de-sac, you’re probably going to attract the family crowd. Emphasize your space by decorating according to their needs. Have a finished basement? Amp up the recreational feel with some movie theater loungers or make it a game room.

Think about your neighborhood, as well.   For example, if your home is near a highly rated school, that’s also an indicator that a family will be calling your home theirs very soon.  If you are in a one bedroom condo with a walkability index of 99, then your buyer will probably NOT come with children!

Focus on the small accessories. Take a tour of your own home, but with fresh eyes. What do you see that stands out as grungy, old and just a complete turnoff? This can be anything from a sticky, splattered garbage bin that needs a good cleaning to your shower curtain that has a dense layer of soap scum. Replace any small accessories that won’t cost you a fortune and clean anything that can look like new with some TLC.  Minimize the surface clutter.  Get rid of the stuff on the countertops in the kitchen and the end tables and coffee tables.   Add lots of plump fresh pillows to the beds to create a luxurious feeling of restful retreat! Add new towels - and DON"T USE THEM!

Use your nose. Again, take a tour of your home, but this time focus on what you’re smelling. A better option might be to find friends or family members who don’t live with you to volunteer their noses. Identify the sources of odor in your home, and figure out a solution. The last thing you want is for a buyer to come in and quickly be hit by an unpleasant smell. In addition to cleaning, you could open the windows to let the house air out, light some candles to freshen up the rooms, or bake a cake or cookies right before a potential buyer comes over.

Look at your home as a buyer would see it.   just moving around furniture and putting away the excess items. Think back to the tour you took yourself before buying this home. What stood out to you—both good and bad? Of course, trends change, but the overall clean and tidy feeling is always the first thing people notice. And customizing your home with some easy staging tricks can make a big difference.

CALL THE LISE HOWE GROUP at 240-401-5577 or email us at lise@lisehowe.com.   We can work with you to make your home look like an HGTV Star and lend you some accessories to make your home stand out! 

 

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Rainmaker
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James Dray
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Morning Lise.

We would need to get two storage units just for our garage.  

Nov 06, 2019 12:33 AM #8
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Brian England
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These are great tips that will certainly help sellers get their homes ready to go on the market and sell of top dollar!

Nov 06, 2019 06:30 AM #9
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Lise Howe
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Brian England - thanks for the words of support!   I think too many people shy away from getting their homes ready to go on the market because they think it will be expensive

Nov 06, 2019 08:16 AM #10
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Lise Howe
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James Dray - you are not alone in that - I am working my way through the boxes of books that are stored in my garage - after 18 years, I know I don't need them any more! 

Nov 06, 2019 08:17 AM #11
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Lise Howe
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Grant Schneider  - you are so right!  Let the sun shine in and leave room for the buyer to move around! 

Nov 06, 2019 08:18 AM #12
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Lise Howe
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel - LOL -most of the people around here who are downsizing are trying to figure out what to do with their brown furniture, silver and china - which their children don't want 

Nov 06, 2019 08:22 AM #13
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Lise Howe
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Dan Hopper - more sellers would "stage" if they realized there are levels of staging - from DIY to full out new furniture - I am trying to spread the word

Nov 06, 2019 08:24 AM #14
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Lise Howe
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, GRI, WLS - and the sellers are stuck too because no one wants their furniture either! 

Nov 06, 2019 08:25 AM #15
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Lise Howe
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Nina Hollander = thanks for stopping by - I hope you have a great week

Nov 06, 2019 08:25 AM #16
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Lise Howe
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Barbara Todaro = as my husband says, simplicity is the best of all and always in good taste

 

Nov 06, 2019 08:26 AM #17
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Lise Howe
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George Souto = I am sure that you have more style and tASte than you know! 

Nov 06, 2019 08:27 AM #18
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Roy Kelley
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This is very good information to share with prospective home sellers.

Nov 06, 2019 12:23 PM #19
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Curtis Van Carter
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Lise

Even though these should be intuitive, we all know there are more who don't do this than do. This post is well written and I hope many buyers read this. It has been awhile, nice to hear from you again. Hope all else is going great, cheers cvc

Nov 07, 2019 08:42 AM #20
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Lise Howe
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Roy Kelley - thank you so much - I always appreciate your comments

Nov 07, 2019 09:53 AM #21
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Lise Howe
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Curtis Van Carter - thanks for noticing my absence - I have been busy with life for the last few weeks and I lost my standard poodle last Monday - it is hard sometimes 

Nov 07, 2019 09:54 AM #22
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Lise

One of the worst moments in my life is when I helped put down Lucy, a wire haired fox terrier. And she wasn't even my but my girl friend's. on a better note, cheers cvc

Nov 08, 2019 07:07 AM #23
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Lise - simple matters and staging involves some common sense.  Your tips are a good step in the right direction.  

Nov 08, 2019 04:14 PM #24
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Lise Howe
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Curtis Van Carter - Believe me - I understand.  Poirot woke up about 1:30 and was having a heart attack.  He was 70plus pounds and too big to take down the stairs and get into the car.  I doubt he would have survived the trip to the vet anyway so he died at home in our bedroom with me patting his back and talking to him.  It was so much better than having to take him into the vet knowing what was going to happen.  I think that part of going to the vet is harder than actually losing your beloved pet. 

Nov 09, 2019 05:33 AM #25
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I can relate. Here's to wonderful memories and who knows, maybe puppy love. cheers cvc

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All of this is why me and my fur kids have to move into a new house before I sell this one.

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