Dave Birka - Coldwell Banker River Valley Realtors

Home Staging Tips

Home Staging Tips

5 Home Staging Secrets

5 Home Staging Secrets
Try these five home staging secrets to help you achieve success and earn top dollar. 1. Know Your Buyer As a home seller, you want to appeal to a wide range of potential buyers. You should also have a good idea what the wants and needs the most likely buyer. If your home has four bedrooms, located near a park and elementary school, chances are your buyers will be a young family. So make sure you stage at least one of the bedrooms as a young child’s room. 2. Lighting Today’s buyers want a home that has an open and bright feeling. Open the curtains, raise the blinds, and turn on all the lights when there is a showing. Make sure every light bulb is working, and that they are all the same color; ideally a warmer glow versus a cooler, blue light. Mirrors also help create the look of another window as they reflect the light and make the space feel huge. 3. Avoid Distractions Agents sometime have to remind buyers that they are buying the house, not the stuff in it. The problem of clutter, collections and mementos, is that they distract the buyer from seeing the architectural features of your house. The goal is to have the buyer imagining themselves in the home, not wondering who lives there. Remove wall-to-wall carpeting that’s covering hardwood floors. This is the style of today. If you are not showing off these hidden assets you are leaving money on the table. 4. Maximize the Flow Creating a smooth flow through the house is key to making people feel comfortable and not cramped. Flow is important for physical movement through the space as well as the way the eye takes in the room. Continuity in flooring will open the space up and improve the flow, as will using the same wall colors. Wallpaper is out. Not only is it unappealing to today’s buyers, it also chops up the space visually. The solution is to remove the wallpaper and paint the walls with neutral tones. Too much furniture interrupts the flow in a room, and blocks important features like the fireplace or the windows. Streamline your furniture and arrange the pieces to create inviting conversation areas. 5. Update Selectively- Don’t go broke trying to sell your home. The last thing a home seller wants to do is spend a ton of money on a house that they’re not going to be living in. There are some updates that make a big impact without costing a lot. A can of paint is the best investment you can make. A quality paint job with warm neutral tones will make everything seem fresher and more current. NOTE: Hire a professional painter to ensure that the effort of painting does not go to waste with paint mistakes on the trim, ceiling and flooring. An inexpensive, but effective update requires replacing old cabinet hardware in the kitchen and baths. New light fixtures can also create a more contemporary look. A fresh new duvet and pillow shams can make the photos pop and are great for showings. Try these home staging secrets to give your property the elegance that buyers won’t pass up.

Home Staging Tips

Fall Home Staging Tips




The fall real estate market can be challenging.  The best advice for any season is to view your home as if you were a buyer.

When it comes to home interior design, (staging) less is more. After a thorough cleaning, decluttering and depersonalization, including removing excess furniture, you can now turn your attention to accessories. Keep in mind that buyers can be distracted, and focus on your belongings, rather than the unique features and flow of your home. Keep accessories/ decor fresh and bright to help buyers visualize themselves in the space. Fall colors can help make your home memorable from the entry to the basement. Key prices of decor, furniture, rugs and art add warmth and personality. 

The majority of first time home buyers are willing to pay more for a home that does not need updates and repairs.  Small updates such as painting existing cabinetry, new countertops, new hardware, and new lighting are common ways to transform your property without spending thousands on more costly updates.

The key is to help Buyers emotionally connect with your home, so they will be more willing to have their agent write an offer.
Home Staging Tips

Landscaping Upgrades

Simple landscape clean up will add curb appeal to any home.  A home can be stunning on the inside, but without the proper care on the outside, potential buyers can lose interest or pass by without even stopping.  An attractive well kept lawn is the first things people will notice.  You don't have to have a green thumb and a ton of cash to boost your curb appeal.

Remove Weeds

If weeds are an issue, you can use various tools to remove them quickly.  Sometimes the traditional method of pulling weeds is too much of a chore.  The right amount of herbicide may be the strategic defense necessary to eliminated a yard full of weeds.  A professional may be best suited for the job since they can apply the right chemical treatemnt in the correct amount per your individual situation.

Declutter

As you look at your yard with Buyer's eyes you may want to take out overgrown bushes.  Remove twigs and other yard debris.

Overseed

Take a hoe or rake and removed dead grass to make bare spots ready for seed.  With larger yards with compacted soil aeration with loosen the soil and allow the grass to take in more nutrients.  Overseeding after aeration will bring noticable results with a fresh green lawn.

Mow

It goes without saying that taller grass stays greener longer than short grass.  The experts say mow as high as your mower will allow during the summer months.  Mow with a sharp blade to avoid brown grass tips.  Frequent mowing to take off the top third is ideal.

Fertilize

A green yars is rich with nitrogen.  A seasonal application of a quality fertilizer is the basic formula for a heathy lawn. 










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