If you want top dollar for your house, you will have to live differently while its on the market, which can be difficult. You may have already packed up a good portion of your belongings (to make the house feel uncluttered). Perhaps a professional stager has come in and reconfigured your furnishings for biggest visual impact. And last you have been trying to be as neat as possible….making beds everyday, no dishes left in the sink, all the pet toys stored away. So is it worth the headache? YES!!! You will simply walk away with more money if you do these things.
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To add dimension and interest to your spaces, it’s important to combine Ambient, Task and Accent lighting. It creates a wonderful, layered effect. Ambient illuminates the entire space (think recessed can lights or ceiling pendants). Task is for activities such as reading ( think desk lamp). Accent light draws your eye to specific things (think art or steps).
It’s no secret that amazing photographs of a vacation rental that make it look like a resort destination will attract more guests. Before you snap away, consider hiring a stager to showcase the features and amenities and make your house magazine worthy! More than decluttering and depersonalizing, it is styling every room to look it’s absolute best.
This is a great article if renovation is not for you!
Gold accents are a hot trend right now, and it might just be here to stay. For those of you that had shiny brass at home growing up, this might seem odd since we’ve spent the past two decades trying to remove shiny brass chandeliers and doors knobs when updating and remodeling. But this new gold/brass is different. It is aged/brushed( not so flashy) and adds a touch of luxury and warmth wherever it is used. Below are some examples. Just don’t overdo it, and be sure to mix with other metals for a balanced look.
If you plan on living in your home while it is on the market, you’ll probably want to decorate for the Holidays. But it’s a little tricky. Can you put up a Christmas tree? Yes. But not a huge one that takes up precious square footage in your living room and makes the room feel smaller. If you can do without the tree this year and decorate in other ways-that’s even better. Too many trimmings distract buyers, so go easy on the lights, and don’t put out the inflatable snow man! Last, nothing of a religious nature-no menorahs or nativity scenes.
Less is more with strategically placed holiday decor. I’m a big fan of light & bright, using natural winter elements and a touch of glam.
Here are some ideas:
-A simple live wreath on the front door
–A bowl of pine cones & ornaments on the dining room table or coffee table.
-Use a palette of mixed metals (gold, silver, copper), white and cream, since that goes with any existing color palette already in your home. Traditional Red and green items can really clash sometimes.
-don’t put out the cutesy collections.
This post is making me want to decorate for Christmas! Can’t wait!!!
The Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) has a staging savings calculator that lets you figure out how much time and money (mortgage payments, carrying costs, etc.) to save if you stage your home before listing it. Its “Consumers Guide to Real Estate Staging” reports that homes that had not been staged before listing sat on the market an average 143 days. Once these homes were staged, they sold in 40 days. Homes that were staged pre-listing averaged 23 days on the market. You can expect differences from state to state—in California homes sold five times faster, in Oregon seven times faster—but ”faster” is the key word here.