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Monday, February 23 2015

Last night I was watching the Academy Awards Ceremony a/k/a The Oscars and it got me thinking of the stage.  The stage can be set for homeowners who are looking to sell their homes, as well.  

I am well aware that we are in the midst of the winter season, but, before you know it, Spring will be here and that tends to be the time of year when people are looking to put their home up for sale.  It is a little more complicated than just putting a sign on your lawn.  You need to prepare - and what better time to begin the process than during these cold winter months.  

Over the years, I have helped realtors and home owners alike, "set the stage" to get their home ready to sell. Although there are many aspects to staging your home for sale, I would like to provide you with a quick overview of some areas to focus on.

1. Closets -  If packed tightly, closets will make a home appear to lack closet space.  It is vital that you eliminate the unnecessary clutter in a closet and organize it to maximize the amount of open space you want to show to the potential buyer.  Using matching hangers for clothing will create a nice visual impact, as well.

2.  Bedrooms -  The bed should face towards the doorway and be the focal point of the bedroom.  Eliminating the excess furniture will provide plenty of space in the room for navigation and clear surfaces on end tables and dressers will be pleasing to the eye.  

3.  Bathrooms - Be sure the surfaces are clean and clear.  Remove soap scum and redo any grout that has discolored over time.  A clean bathroom is a great way to stage your bathroom.  Create a functional but relaxing environment, especially in a master bathroom. The display of white or cream colored towels will open up the space in the bathroom and provide a spa-like feel.  

4.  Kitchen - A simple and inexpensive way to update your kitchen is to use a new coat of wood stain or a good sanding and a coat of paint.  Replace the hardware for a fresh new look and, as always, clear your surfaces of clutter.  Lastly, remove area rugs from in front of the sink to open up the visual appearance of the kitchen.  

*On average, most sellers will spend an average of $1950 on their bathroom and kitchen renovations with an ultimate return of approximately $3250, which is about a 65% on their return.  Bathrooms and kitchens are essential spaces in the home and where most buyers are either won over or lost. 

5.  Living Room - Providing plenty of light in this room is a major source of approval by a potential buyer.  Be sure that the shades are open and use lighter colors where possible to give the room a more spaceous look.  Create clear paths to navigate and avoid having the back of a sofa face the main pathway.  You want to open up the room to visitors and not block them off with misplaced furniture.

A few simple steps can increase your home's potential for a higher selling price.  Removing clutter is one of the most important ways to do this.  

If you are overwhelmed with the prospect of staging your home for sale or considering downsizing, don't hesitate to contact me.  I can help you to "set the stage" for sale.  

In the meantime, have a great week!   

Posted by: Audrey Cupo AT 03:15 pm   |  Permalink   |  10 Comments  |  Email
Good tips for sprucing up a home for sale! Also, consider depersonalizing. Time to pack up those personal photos and collections, so folks can envision themselves living there and don't just feel like they're visiting YOUR home.
Posted by Hazel Thornton on 02/28/2015 - 10:41 AM
Good point I failed to mention but always advise my clients to do. Thanks Hazel.
Posted by Audrey Cupo on 02/28/2015 - 10:45 AM
Great advice, Audrey! Sometimes we get so used to things in our own homes that we just don't notice them, so it's a really good idea to bring in someone like yourself who can look at it with fresh eyes and expertise.
Posted by Janet Barclay on 02/28/2015 - 12:37 PM
Great suggestions and reminder that this need not be costly. Small changes can make huge impact. A fresh coat of paint, tidier closets, uncluttered spaces, and a beautiful vase of fresh flowers on the kitchen table can do the trick!
Posted by Nancy Borg on 02/28/2015 - 12:42 PM
So very true Janet! Everyone can use a fresh perspective. As professionals, we come in with a clear idea of what is needed in order to maximize the potential of a sale.
Posted by Audrey Cupo on 02/28/2015 - 12:42 PM
My favorite is a fresh baked apple pie. Smells like a warm and cozy home.
Posted by Audrey Cupo on 02/28/2015 - 12:44 PM
Very helpful tips... I will tweet this out (stopping by from Blogging Organizers!)
Posted by Seana Turner on 02/28/2015 - 02:15 PM
This is great advice for all homeowners! I've had friends who have waited to set the stage until they were ready to sell, only to regret not doing the projects necessary so they could enjoy their house before it was on the market.
Posted by Christina Hidek on 02/28/2015 - 04:03 PM
Thank you Seana and Christina. Sometimes there is so much history in the house you cannot expect to get through it quickly. Remember, it took time to create, it will take some time to de-clutter and downsize.
Posted by Audrey Cupo on 02/28/2015 - 06:48 PM
I hear you, Sarah! Many years ago, I took the baseboard off to paint my kitchen and never got around to replacing it until a few years later when we put the house up for sale. It was such a small job that made such a big difference that to do this day I kick myself for not doing it sooner so we could enjoy it while we lived there.
Posted by Janet Barclay on 03/01/2015 - 10:01 AM

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