Sunday, October 31, 2010

Home Seller Tips

Pack It Up – Don’t Pack it In

If you could make thousands on the sale of your home, simply by packing away personal possessions for a few months, would it be worth it?

Committing to a move means sooner or later you will have to pack up all your belongings. Choosing sooner, will make moving easier and less stressful later.

No need to give up your prized possessions forever. Anything packed early, will be taken with you to your new home, and enjoyed there. Here’s a list of items to pack ahead of time and why.

Pack and store any items you feel you will not need over the next 6 months.

  • Clothing is a great example. If you are selling in the spring or summer, pack away your winter clothes. Label clearly for an easy swap in the fall.

Pack nonessential furniture pieces and small accessories.

  • Decluttering and editing furniture and accessories will make a space feel roomy and spacious.

Carefully wrap and store expensive, sentimental or personal items.

  • Home buyers feel like intruders in homes with personal items like photos, awards, diplomas, and even monogrammed towels and doormats.
  • Removing personal items will allow buyers to picture themselves living in your house.
  • Buyers should be as comfortable in your house as they are in their own. The longer they linger, the better shot at a sale.
  • Prevent expensive and one-of-a-kind collections from being stolen or broken.
  • Pack away wedding photos and religious symbols to keep home buyers from knowing more about you than you intended.

Store items out of sight.

  • Store packed items in an attic, rented storage unit or friends' garage.

It takes objectivity to know which items to pack and remove. If you’re finding this process difficult, consider hiring a professional home stager.

Houses are selling, even in this tough market. Packing up clutter is free and easy and will make your home stand out from the competition.

Excess furniture and accessories are put into storage, in this dramatic master bedroom makeover.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Services Center

A Spirit of Volunteering

Church volunteers share their time, efforts and talent to welcome a new pastor to her first house.

A new pastor triggers a whole house update. To save money, volunteers sand, prime, paint and clean this 2500 square foot 1930s Cape. Below is just one example of this miracle makeover.

I am flattered when asked to help pick paint colors for this renovation. To better understand the demands I make of my home staging clients I join the painting crew. A great learning experience and feeling of accomplishment and community.

Looking from a home staging perspective, I could see the potential in this house, but also knew it would take a lot of work. And, I was reminded once again, that sometimes a little paint, some planning, and a thorough cleaning are all it takes to make a house a home.

A consistent neutral paint color, removal of worn carpeting, and refinished hardwood floors, turn this entry from bland to grand.

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