Tips in Real Estate – Smell Your Way to a Sale

When it comes to staging a home many people think about the furniture, the decorations, and of course the general appearance of the home. But if you want to flip a property fast, your home staging needs to include the power of scent. Too many people underestimate the power of scent, however it is a…

When it comes to staging a home many people think about the furniture, the decorations, and of course the general appearance of the home. But if you want to flip a property fast, your home staging needs to include the power of scent.

Too many people underestimate the power of scent, however it is a very powerful sense and should never be forgotten about or you may be missing out on sales, which extremely means more money in your pocket. Just like how chefs manipulate scent to encourage people to indulge their dish, you may also the same when you are staging homes. Manipulate the sense of smell to convert your preparations into a sell.

The sense of smell is thousands of times more sensitive to any of the other four senses which means that the very first thing that people will notice about a property is the way it smells. Of course you are going to want that impression to be a good one.

Scent is extremely important when it comes to selling a home because of the way that the brain processes different smells. When your brain registers a smell, it also triggers an emotional response because your olfactory materials are connected to the limbic system which is the bodily system responsible for emotions and mood. The other crucial thing to understand about scents is that the brain is processing the smell, long before you even realize it. Which means that potential buyers may already be forming an opinion about a home, before they even realize it based on smell alone.

When you are staging a home consider these tips. If you are trying to achieve a romantic impression in a room use: jasmine, rose, sandalwood or gardenia. For a calming and relaxing mood: lavender, bergamot, sandalwood or chamomile, are good choices. And for a refreshing and uplifting setting: mint, pine, eucalyptus and citrus are all good choices.

Home Staging – Modify Your House For Sale

Normally, it does not take a long time for a buyer to decide if he or she wants to buy it. And sometimes it only takes passing by a badly maintained house to discourage a possible buyer. Obviously, your house must be seen before it is sold. Nowadays, in a very competitive business, your property…

Normally, it does not take a long time for a buyer to decide if he or she wants to buy it. And sometimes it only takes passing by a badly maintained house to discourage a possible buyer. Obviously, your house must be seen before it is sold. Nowadays, in a very competitive business, your property must have an appropriate price, and it is necessary for you to modify it to be able to cope with the competition and attract reasonable offers.

You may have encountered home staging in a magazine, on TV or simply in local real estate office. Before, people who plan to sell their home do not give much importance to this requirement because competition is still not that high. However, that is no longer applicable in these times. Do not worry! Here are some helpful ideas on how you can modify your house and present it to the market.

Divert the possible buyers' attention to the best features of your home, and be sure that those features are in their best condition. Put as much daylight as possible. Always open the curtains and blinds to avoid the feeling of glominess around the place.

Arrange the furniture and accessories according to the room sizes. If you have nice and intricate designs on your ceilings, make sure to use some tall plants or fixtures that compliment the area. Pictures must be balanced to the size of the area and the sizes of the fixtures nearby.

Arrange your home according to what you want it to look like. Remove those items that you think do not coincide to the motif of the room. Get rid of your personal stuff like family pictures and memories and lessen the amount of clothing in closets. You do not want to create a feeling of hiring someone's property, as much as possible you want them to be at home in your house.

Try to accessorize. Beautify empty places in the house. You can use throw pillows which have unique designs to serve as an accent to an ordinary sala set, hang attractive shower curtains, and fluffy elegant towels. You can also make use of plants to give life to an empty space.

And of course, the most important part of the place is your front yard. Plan a nice landscape design and work on it. Trees, shrubs and lovely flowers can help you remodel your lifeless landscape and bring back to look again again. You can put rocks and decorate the edge of your lawn with plant beds. Remember to pick those flowers that have bright colors, but just make sure to have a right color combination.

The curb appeal is a very critical factor when it comes to encouraging the buyer to pursue the property or not. As much as possible, you want it to look as attractive as possible. Organize your stuff, make the surroundings tidy, and clean the windows, gutters and roof. You can paint the areas that need repainting. Some owners just invest in nice color paint and off they go to sell their house. It looked good as new. Although, repainting can cost you a bit but you can drop it if it really does not fit in to your budget. Do not forget to modify the interior of the house, since this is also one of the determiners on whether the buyer will go for it or not.

Bear in mind that the property you are about to sell is now said to be an investment that you are trying to dispose at the highest possible value. Set aside all your personal attachments you have in that house. Remember that it will soon be owned by others, so try to forget about it as early as possible. Consider the suggestions of your real estate broker about home staging since he or she has more experience in it.

Showing Your Home With Pets

Although most everyone in America owns at least one pet, they can still cause a bit of a kerfuffle when it comes to selling your home. It turns out that even though we all love our own pets; we do not all love everyone else's choice in pets. Shocking, I know, but apparently some people…

Although most everyone in America owns at least one pet, they can still cause a bit of a kerfuffle when it comes to selling your home. It turns out that even though we all love our own pets; we do not all love everyone else's choice in pets. Shocking, I know, but apparently some people would be distracted by my boa eying them up as they perused my house.

There are a few reasons why prospective buyers are not thrilled to see pets or evidence of pets in a home that they're looking to buy. First of all, pets stink. I know, I know, you wash your cat / dog / armadillo every day and there before it does not smell. Trust me, it smells. You do not smell the odor of your pet because you live with it. When you live with an odor every day, you become desensitized to it and can no longer smell it the way that someone who's new to your house will be able to. If you've ever gotten into an elevator with a woman wearing too much perfume, then you know how scents desensitization works and how horrible it can be to people who are not used to the smell.

Another reason that people do not want to see your pet when they come to look at your house is that many people are allergic to animals. Even if you've taken the time to vacuum and have your carpets cleaned, if your fur-bearing animals are still living in your house, there's pet hair and dander in residence as well. Did the breeder tell you that your poodle was hypoallergenic? Well, that's not exactly true. Some breeds of dog shed less than others, or not at all, but they still produce proteins in their dander and saliva that cause allergic reactions.

There are many people who do not have any physical problem with animals who will not want to see them at a showing purely out of fear. Many people are very cautious around unknown dogs, which is a very wise reaction to have because you are a stranger in that dog's territory and you could be making it feel threatened. People who are scared of cats are far less common but still worth knowing.

Terrariums with snakes, tarantulas, lizards, or other “creepy crawlies” will definitely need to be moved out of your house for showing. It's estimated that up to half of all women have a fear of spiders and one quarter of people, regardless of gender, have a fear of snakes. Do yourself a favor and send these pets on vacation or you can be assured that some prospective buyers will not be sticking around to check out how fabulous the rest of your house is.

Remember that the trick to selling your house is to encourage people to see themselves living in your space. Seeing your pets and their toys during a showing will at best make it harder to see themselves as owners of the home and at worst scare them into leaving a showing. Do not take any chances at wasting a showing over something that's so simple to plan for. Remove your pets and all their accessories from the house; the faster you can get your house sold, the quicker you can get them comfortably into a new home.

Staging Small Spaces – Making Room to Sell

Anytime you're looking to sell a home or condo, it's always important to organize your belongings and furniture to best show off your home's assets. This is definitely important when you're looking to sell a condo, loft, or tiny home that does not have a lot of extra space in it. Ideally what you want…

Anytime you're looking to sell a home or condo, it's always important to organize your belongings and furniture to best show off your home's assets. This is definitely important when you're looking to sell a condo, loft, or tiny home that does not have a lot of extra space in it.

Ideally what you want to do is show prospective buyers that your home has sufficient space for them and their stuff. If your home is crammed full of your things it will make it look like there is not enough space or storage for what you have and they'll assume there is not enough space for their things as well.

To lighten things up in your little space, put anything in storage that you do not need. Rent a storage space for these items so they're not taking up prime storage space in your home. You do not have to leave your home looking unlived in, but minimalist or spartan is fine.

Include in this storage project things like books and book cases, knickknacks, extra bits of furniture that are taking up space, and so on. Make sure you put any seasonal items in storage too, like winter jackets and sporting equipment if you're showing your home in the summer. Less stuff in the closets will make them look spacious, which is what a buyer is looking for.

Depersonalize your home, just as you would when staging a larger home; put family photos and memorabilia in storage. Make sure that you use heated storage and proper packing to ensure that nothing gets damp!

If your tiny home still looks a little cramped, consider renting a few pieces of smaller sized furniture for while your home is being shown. A loveseat instead of a full couch will leave far more space available in a living room. A coffee table will look less cramped than a dining room table if your dining area is small.

Last but not least, keep your space tidy while it's on the market. Small spaces look cluttered much faster than large ones, so make it easy for yourself and try to stay organized while you're waiting for your home to sell. It's easier to tidy as you go than to have to spend hours before a showing getting it just right.

Effective Home Staging Tip Series Number 2 – What Really Sells a House?

Now that you are clear on what home staging is and what it is not, today I'm going to give you a quick overview of what really sells a house. So, What Really Sells a House? There are 2 main factors that make up the sale of your home that you can control, price and…

Now that you are clear on what home staging is and what it is not, today I'm going to give you a quick overview of what really sells a house.

So, What Really Sells a House?

There are 2 main factors that make up the sale of your home that you can control, price and condition. There are other factors, but those are usually outside of your control, such as location. Generally speaking, a home can not be moved.

Let's talk about each one.

1. CONDITION: The upkeep and presentation of your property is critical in obtaining the highest value for your home in any given market at any given time. The pricing of your property must therefore, reflect its condition.

2. PRICE: Price is the number one factor in the sale of a home. A property is really only worth what one person is willing to pay another to gain ownership of it. Price must be in direct relationship to its location, condition and the current market. This is the most important of all! Be careful not to overprice!

When these two factors are in alignment, you have a sale! If not, it will take a longer time to sell.

A common problem among home sellers is that they believe their house is worth more than what a home buyer is willing to pay for it. A recent HomeGain survey shows that even though homebuyers and realtors are telling homeowners their homes are worth significantly less than homeowners think they are and while homeowners may be aware of falling home prices around the country, many believe that the slide does not apply to their homes.

The bottom line for home sellers is, if you are motivated to sell your property, increase your home's sales appeal and do not overprice! You will just cause yourself unneeded stress and frustration. Price it right from the start and put your best foot forward and you will reap the benefits of your wise decisions.

Stay tuned for # 3 in our Effective Home Staging Tip series where I will cover the importance of having a Plan of Attack during the Pre-Staging Process.

Effective Home Staging Tip Series Number 3 – How to Create a Home Staging Plan of Attack

Now that you know what really sells a house, let's talk about how to create your plan of attack during the Pre-Staging process. I can not begin to stress the importance of having a game plan. I see sellers and real estate professionals either waste money and time or leave thousands of dollars behind by…

Now that you know what really sells a house, let's talk about how to create your plan of attack during the Pre-Staging process.

I can not begin to stress the importance of having a game plan. I see sellers and real estate professionals either waste money and time or leave thousands of dollars behind by not having their act together in this arena.

These are the things to do that, in general, I find most important:

1) Having a clear schedule

2) An objective and thorough assessment of your property

Let's elaborate a little …

1) Having a clear schedule – If you are going to have a successful home sale, you must have a clearly defined schedule of all the activities that need to take place prior to your home actually being on the market. Start with the target market date and work back to fill in dates when significant activities need to be completed. This exercise will save you the stress and reduce the overwhelm that would otherwise be inevitable.

The goal is to fit the “necessary” tasks in order to properly prepare your home for sale. DO NOT skip this crucible step, you will live to regret it.

Here's a sample list of things to calendar:

* date of first open house

* date of broker's tour

* date of virtual tour

* date of professional photo shoot

* date of home inspection

* date of scheduled cleanings, ie house, window, carpet, etc.

* date of scheduled repairs or renovation work

There were many times that I received calls requesting my staging services and when asked when they were planning on putting the house on the market, the answer was “this weekend” or “next weekend” or “as soon as possible”. With further qualification, the inquiring party realized that the timeframe was not realistic to accomplish everything they had in mind or was later shown was needed.

2) An objective assessment of your property – get a notepad and walk around the perimeter of your home and jot down anything that you see that needs to repaired, changed or replaced. Better yet, to assess your curve appealing, stand across the street and see it from that perspective. Walk through the entire property, room-by-room and do the same. If you do not see anything wrong, enlist the help of an objective friend who will tell you like it is, not just what you want to hear. Really evaluate the condition of everything from the carpet, walls, lighting, even the scent of the home. Decide if you need help eliminating any food or pet odors. Make notes about all the deferred maintenance that needs to be addressed now.

Remember, buyers are particularly choosey in today's market. They need turnkey, not a fixer upper. Anything that needs work, however minor, conjures up dollar signs in the buyer's minds. Do not give them any argument against you. Squash any concerns before they arise.

This pre-staging process will be the foundation for your home selling success.

Stay tuned for # 4 in our Effective Home Staging Tips series where you will learn what upgrades are expected in your neighborhood and price range.

Home Staging is Not Meant to Cover Real Flaws

I've heard people suggest home staging is actually a deceitful practice because it is meant to disguise real problems, but this is not the case. Home staging is about letting a home's best features shine through, not hiding serious problems that need to be addressed. The entrance of this home says “fixer-upper” because of all…

I've heard people suggest home staging is actually a deceitful practice because it is meant to disguise real problems, but this is not the case. Home staging is about letting a home's best features shine through, not hiding serious problems that need to be addressed.

The entrance of this home says “fixer-upper” because of all the junk on the porch, overgrown hedge and peeling paint. But it's actually a sound property that just needs some care to change the first impression from “fixer upper” to “welcome home.”

However, there are instances where home staging is bought after as a band-aid solution for much larger issues.

With certain properties it makes more sense for the owners to invest in repairs before staging and “home staging with integrity” means that the stager will point this out.

When a home is a true fixer-upper and has a long list of structural issues and obvious defects, no amount of paint or new furniture will disguise the problems.

If you're asked to stage such a home, suggest that the owners fix what's wrong before having it stalled because any problems will be disclosed in the home inspection anyway.

There's a big difference between patching up cracked plaster and repainting after a leaky roof has been fixed, and doing the same to hide the fact that it's leaking.

The roof issues will be uncoovered in a home inspection so the home seller will be no further ahead, and may in fact watch their deal fall apart when it could have gone through had they addressed the issue in the first place.

As a stager, you should emphasize the need to fix the leak and why, and suggest once that's done that the wall be repaired and painted. You're of course taking the color, but that does not remove the responsibility of pointing out the steps that need to happen before any paint goes on the wall.

I once refused to stage a dilapidated house that had sat on the market for months without an offer. Instead of calling me, the vendor really should have called a contractor first.

I advised the client to either drop his price significantly and sell the home as a 'tear down' for land value, or to take it off the market during the summer, repair all the problems and then call me to stage it for the fall real estate market.

As a professional stager, you do not want your home staging business associated with problem properties masquerading in nice paint and furniture.

There are plenty of solid homes crying out for cosmetic changes that can make all the difference in a real estate sale. Let your talents as a home stager shine on these. Do not waste your time or reputation staging obvious tear downs, instead keep marketing your business and more clients will follow!

Increase the Selling Power of Your Home With Furniture

A big mistake home sellers make is trying to sell a home without furniture. It really detracts from the value of your house. For example when my wife and I were looking to buy a house I absolutely fell in love with one of them and thought this is definitely the house for me. My…

A big mistake home sellers make is trying to sell a home without furniture. It really detracts from the value of your house. For example when my wife and I were looking to buy a house I absolutely fell in love with one of them and thought this is definitely the house for me. My wife was not quite so sure about it so we waited a few weeks and we went back to have another look. I was sure it was the house for us nothing else even came close. The second time we went back the house was empty, the owner had moved out and there was absolutely no furniture in the house. Wow … I could not believe it, the house now looked horrible and it was obvious that I was drawn to it by the furniture that was in it the first time. Now looking at an empty house and picturing our own furniture in there it was very unappealing. To matters worse I got a nice told you so from my wife, and yes, she really did know better. By having no furniture in the house that home owner lost thousands on the end deal and had to settle for way less then they otherwise would have got. So furniture in a house is a huge determining factor of the value of your home. The better the quality and design of the furniture the higher the perceived value of your home will be in the prospective buyers minds.

If you have to move out before the sale why not hire some furniture until the sale goes through? Of course selecting the right kind of furniture is easier said then done and there are now full-time professionals who specialize in dressing up your house to give it a better selling price. You have to select furniture that suits the size and shape of each room in your house. Also be very careful not overdo it with too much furniture and avoid clutter. Also if you select furniture that is too big it will make your house look smaller and this will only devalue it.

Almost everyone likes wooden furniture and with reselling your house in mind wood is a safe option as wooden furniture can look good in all homes and blend in with all shades and backgrounds. Apart from wooden furniture, metal furniture durable sounding cold can surprisingly look warm and friendly, as with wrought iron furniture. Wrought iron furniture is actually lighter then wooden furniture and usually takes up way less space. Another favorite is cane furniture and it is even lighter and requires very minimal space. I nice mix of wood and cane look exceptionally good.

If you are not renting the furniture or if you own your own and your not to attached to it then you may consider selling your house as fully furnished. Most buyers will be willing and even expecting to pay more for a fully furnished home and not only will you increase the value of your sale it will save you all of those removalist hassles.

Staging and Selling a House So it Will Sell Faster

Selling a house is quite different from selling just about anything else primarily because so much of the buyer / occupant's emotion is involved in the decision to buy. I like to watch all those house shows on HGTV cable channel because, even if the situation is stagnated by players, there is a lot to…

Selling a house is quite different from selling just about anything else primarily because so much of the buyer / occupant's emotion is involved in the decision to buy. I like to watch all those house shows on HGTV cable channel because, even if the situation is stagnated by players, there is a lot to learn about dealing with buyers and showing a house.

The first thing I notice is that the salesperson is at the awards before the buyer arrives, and is almost always a woman. An extraordinary percentage of the most successful people in the house business are women. I think this is because women take the time to see and hear things that men often miss when dealing with buyers; and they take pains to avoid being confrontational.

Another factor that I think is critical is that the salesperson knows how much money the buyers have to work with (which they typically call a “budget” rather than the maximum amount a buyer can “afford.”) They also know how much a lender will lend on the house, so they do not waste time showing homes that buyers can not buy.

When they arrive at the target house, there are two approaches that salesladies use: One is to open the house and to let the buyers roam around for about 5 minutes on their own. The house is usually “staged” with attractive furnishings, and immaculate. After the buyers have had a chance to see all of the house, they are “steered” into the room with the most “pop” where they are asked to list the attributes they liked best, then those they liked least. This way they can be kept thinking positively about the house.

The other approach to showing a house is to steer the client around so that the most positive aspects of a house are seen first. The kitchen, baths, patios, extra features, master bedroom, closets, etc. are seen, then the negative features are shown in the context of being minor inconveinances when compared to the positive aspects of the property.

When a buyer makes a negative remark, this is usually ignored. When it is responded to, it is with a positive remedy that the buyer can implement, rather than the seller making an accommodation.

Initially, price is mentioned only in the general context of its relationship to the “budget” of the buyer. Only when the general likes and dislikes have been discussed is the price mentioned. When the price is right on the market, it becomes irrelevant with respect to the house because the other competitive houses the buyers will have seen will have been in the same general price range. Can your salesman ship be improved by these examples?

Home Staging – 10 Tips For a Better Sale

Are you interested in selling your house fast and for top dollar? If the answer is 'YES', then you need to get it ready to look and feel its best. The concept of Home Staging is not new and is used extensively in the USA and Western Canada to market real estate. These Home Staging…

Are you interested in selling your house fast and for top dollar?

If the answer is 'YES', then you need to get it ready to look and feel its best. The concept of Home Staging is not new and is used extensively in the USA and Western Canada to market real estate.

These Home Staging tips cover some of the things you can easily do yourself at a minimal cost.

1. Before you do anything, you have to stop thinking of your house as a HOME and start thinking about it as an investment, for which you want the largest return possible.

2. If you do not have pictures that show your house at its best, you are probably missing out on dozens, if not hundreds of potential buyers.

3. Curb appeal (or, lack of there) can deter a visitor from wanting to pursuit. The exterior of your house has to be clean and taken care of.

4. Buyers want to see space, above anything else. You have to declutter, so the visitors can focus on the house and not on your stuff.

5. Chipped paint, loose or missing tiles, broken door handle, a closet door that does not quite close properly can become a BIG turnoff for a potential buyer. Fix!

6. Painting is the cheapest way to transform a room! Repaint main rooms in fresh, neutral colors.

7. Refresh and update. Simple things such as a new bed ensemble, a few decorative pillows and two nice table lamps will transform a bedroom.

8. Make the house as neutral as possible to please a variety of potential buyers and their lifestyle and taste.

9. Make sure there is sufficient light in every room- you can not have too much light!

10. Space optimization and proper furniture and accessories placement is essential. It will give a home a warm and appealing look and feel and create the WOW factor.

So, a small effort will pay of at the sale time. Stage your house-sell your house WELL!

3 Important Factors Most Real Estate Agents Overlook When Staging a Property

Staging a home is a detailed and intricate process. You're going through the process of making your home as nice as possible to get the highest price possible. When it comes to staging, there are many things most real estate agents do right. However, based on my years of experience in the Sarasota Florida, I've…

Staging a home is a detailed and intricate process. You're going through the process of making your home as nice as possible to get the highest price possible. When it comes to staging, there are many things most real estate agents do right. However, based on my years of experience in the Sarasota Florida, I've found that most agents tend to leave out these three important factors.

Factor # 1 – Scent

Scent plays a big part in staging a home. Remember that a home purchase is an emotional decision. The sense of smell plays a big part in influencing one's emotions.

Having any odors, stale air, muskiness or strange smells will kill your chances of making the sale. It's absolutely critical that your house smell at least neutral, if not good.

There are many ways to change the scent of your house. You could burn incense an hour before showing the house. You could install some air fresheners. You could even use essential oils that are used in aromatherapy to truly create a luxurious feel.

Factor # 2 – Lighting

Lighting is another very important factor that many agents overlook. The lighting in the house literally colors everything else. A house that appears bright will feel vibrant, happy and alive to the buyer. A house that's dim will feel gloomy, dark and dead.

Natural lighting is the optimum source of lighting. If you can not get natural lighting to work or to be well lit enough, the get some artistic indoor lighting. Avoid hard lights and avoid fluorescent lights.

Factor # 3 – Furnishing

It's very common for agents to show an empty house. While this does create a clean and open look, the reality is that most people do not have a very strong ability to imagine what a house will look like with furnishing.

It's important to have good furnishing in the house when you're staging it so that the buyer can really get a feel for what the house will feel like when it's furnished. Pick just a few key pieces to help the buyer do that.

How-to Tips For Home Staging, Storage and Moving

Home staging, real estate staging or simply 'staging,' is anything that helps a home become more attractive and appealing to potential buyers. Home staging has become an increasingly popular trend in the United States, and can be done in a few different ways. Many people hire a professional home stager to bring in furniture, art,…

Home staging, real estate staging or simply 'staging,' is anything that helps a home become more attractive and appealing to potential buyers. Home staging has become an increasingly popular trend in the United States, and can be done in a few different ways. Many people hire a professional home stager to bring in furniture, art, rugs, plants and other home accessories to show off the home's best attributes while it is on the market. Other home staging services will give homeowners a list of areas where they should remove clutter, move furniture and paint walls. For the budget conscious mover, the latter is the most economical option for home staging, and is a more 'do-it-yourself' approach to home staging.

Real estate agents encourage their clients to stage their home because of the positive impact that staging has on a home's final selling price. According to reports by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, homes that are stagnated will sell for approximately 17% more than homes that are not. Most buyers want a home that appears to be move-in ready, meaning they can visualize their family living in the home. When the walls are crowded with family pictures, and your magic eight ball collection is covering the living room window sill, it is more difficult for buyers to see themselves living in your home. Only a small percentage of people can see past clutter, so helping them along through home staging is definitely worth your time.

There are three major goals that you should keep in mind when you are staging your home:

  • You want to show off the best features of your home, while minimizing the less desirable elements
  • Removing clutter from counters, shelves, window sills and on top of furniture will make your home seem more spacious.
  • Maintaining a neutral color palate and flow from room to room makes your home seem move-in ready and appealing to potential buyers.

Since not everyone is an interior decorator, staging services can help you attain these goals, and relate the stress of preparing to sell your home.

Whether or not you choose to use a home staging service, the most important thing to do when you are preparing to sell your home is to remove clutter. If you are methodical with packing up your knick-knacks, you will have a head start on the daunting task of packing. When removing clutter, it is best go through your home one room at a time. This will allow you to pack similar items together, and give you a sense of accomplishment when you can check 'living room' off of your list of rooms to clean. Home stickers recommend that you go through each room and clear off dressers, tables, counters and shelves, particularly of hobby related items and personal photographs. You want potential buyers to be able to see themselves in your home, rather than wonder about your hobbies and the collectables in your home. In the kitchen, it is OK to leave out your toaster and a microwave (you do live there after all!) However, you should clear off all other appliances, cookbooks and gadgets to make the kitchen space feel more open.

Now you are probably thinking: What do I do with all of these boxes? Since you have a new clutter-free home, storing these boxes in your house is not a viable option, and will detract from the hard work that you have done. Taking these boxes out of your home is ideal, and one of the most popular ways to do this is by using a storage pod. Pods storage companies offer a convenient way to easily store your extra furniture and boxes while you are selling your home. There are many storage pods that offer door to door services, and can make storage much easier than renting a u-haul truck! These companies will deliver portable storage containers to your home, where you can pack the container, and then the company will take the storage container to a facility for you. Many times, these storage companies will also deliver your storage pod to your new home when you are ready to move.

Why Rent Furniture For Staging Your Home

Anyone who's sold their home knows how hard it can be to best stage their home for sale with the furniture and artwork that they have in their house. Many of us use the spaces in our home in ways that suit us and our lifestyles but leave the rooms in our homes looking messy…

Anyone who's sold their home knows how hard it can be to best stage their home for sale with the furniture and artwork that they have in their house. Many of us use the spaces in our home in ways that suit us and our lifestyles but leave the rooms in our homes looking messy or cluttered.

The purposes of staging a home are to give the home a “show home” quality and minimize the amount of our own personalities remaining in the home so that other people can better see themselves living in the house. Most people do not buy furniture as soon as trends change and because of that their furniture may be somewhat dated, or it might be a holdover from the Nixon administration.

A few well-placed neutral or classic pieces of furniture can do wonders to brighten up a room or even just make it feel more welcoming to prospective buyers. Not everyone has the perfect furniture to complement a particular space and the furniture that you do have may not be in the best shape, especially if you have pets or children. An appropriately sized piece of art in colors that complement your room can also make a huge difference to how your house is viewed.

Another problem that homeowners may find is that they do not use all the rooms in their home and so may not have enough furniture to effectively show buyers what potential the rooms have. Prospective buyers in an empty house are forced to use their imaginations to see how they might use these empty spaces, which often results in a lack of interest in your home. Entire empty houses are even harder for a prospective buyer to feel at home in as it's really just a big empty shell.

Whether you work with a stager or not, consider renting updated furniture from either a reputable rental agency or a staging company to help showcase your home and show off its best assets.

Effective Home Staging Tip Series #1 – What is Home Staging and What is it Not?

As the real estate market has cooled and many real estate professionals and home sellers are struggling to sell their properties quickly, many think the best way to survive is to cut their budgets for staging their listings. “Studies show that pulling back on staging your lists during a recession actually hurts, rather than helps…

As the real estate market has cooled and many real estate professionals and home sellers are struggling to sell their properties quickly, many think the best way to survive is to cut their budgets for staging their listings.

“Studies show that pulling back on staging your lists during a recession actually hurts, rather than helps with home sales. Listings that are stagnated and priced competitively sell in half the time that non-staged properties do.”

That does not mean, however, that you can not find lower cost options to help you prepare your properties for sale.

I decided to create the Do-It-Yourself Home Buyer Attraction System to meet this need for valuable information at a lower cost than traditional staging services. The system provides real estate professionals and home sellers with the knowledge and skills that I have acquainted working in the field over the last few years. These tools and strategies are proven to work in a seller's market and they will work in a buyer's market to make your property truly stand out in the marketplace and draw buyers to you.

So, over the next few days I'm going to lead you through a short, but information packed series on how you can start transforming your listing or home into a home buyer magnet.

Let's start with a very important distinction: What is Home Staging and What is it Not?

Home Staging (House Staging, House Fluffing, House Primping, Real Estate Staging, Staging Design) is the art of decorating a home to sell quickly and for TOP DOLLAR. It is the most proven way to get top dollar for your home as you prepare it for sale.

What Home Staging is NOT … It's not just decorating. It needs to be strategic. An important thing for both Real Estate Agents and Home Sellers to remember is that before you start the staging process, you need to identify who is most likely to buy the house, otherwise known as your target home buyer.

Staging is not just about hanging up some art, sticking a tree in the corner and adding pretty pillows to the sofa. This seems to be the misconception many times. By knowing who the target buyer is, you will be able to design a lifestyle to appeal to that specific group of prospective buyers. As a real estate agent, you can then design a marketing plan to attract those same people.

I remember a particular property that I was hired to “stage”. It was for a Realtor client of mine. The interesting thing about this property was it was a job that was going to be a favor to him since the original Stager he hired for that project flaked on him at the last minute. I usually do not work on properties that I have not had a “relationship” with, meaning I have not seen the property and the sellers have not gone through my staging consultation process so that they fully understand what needs to be done in preparation and shown how they were going to live in their staged home. Well, to no one's surprise, when I arrived to do my 'thing, “the house was not a READY. over the house, the small kitchen and bath were cluttered and dirty, beds were not made, it was NOT READY! When I spoke with the owner, their comment was “Well, can not you just stage around me?” The answer to “I left that property, unstaged. .

I understand that real estate professionals and home sellers are anxious to start marketing their properties as soon as possible, but take a moment to consider what you're allowing to be marketed. REMEMBER, you only have ONE chance to make a FIRST impression, make it the best one possible !!!

Staging a Home to Be Inviting

Staging a home for resale or rental has become a hot commodity that many hopeful sellers will pay to have done professionally. Professional home stagers are more than just furniture movers or even interior designers. Stagers set the mood of a home so that potential buyers will be able to relate to the house emotionally.…

Staging a home for resale or rental has become a hot commodity that many hopeful sellers will pay to have done professionally. Professional home stagers are more than just furniture movers or even interior designers. Stagers set the mood of a home so that potential buyers will be able to relate to the house emotionally. The goal of a home stager is to allow the home buyer to see themselves living in the home.

To accomplish this, the home stager must do several things. The first thing they need to do is to de-personalize the home. This means that all personal items that relate to the home seller must be removed from the home and boxed in storage. This include pictures, memorabilia, personal decorations, and personal items. This is often the hardest part for the home seller, as often they are still living in the home while it is being sold. It is hard to pack up all of the things that you cherish most. They are what make the home a home for the seller, but they are also what makes the seller feel like they are trespassing into someone else's house. That is the worst feeling you could give to your potential buyers.

The second thing a home stager must do is de-clutter the home. This sometimes means packing away all but the bare essentials. Books, multi-media, knick-knacks, unused dinnerware, unneeded furniture, crafting items, office clutter, childrens toys and untidy clothes are the most common things that are downsized or removed during the de-clutter stage. To much clutter can make spaces appear smaller than they are and also makes it more difficult to keep the house clean.

The third thing a home stager must do is neutralize the home. This usually means painting the walls a neutral color that will appeal to everyone, adding couch covers, and removing any art work. This helps to keep the house crisp and clean and will not turn away potential buyers who are apposed to painting over an orange wall or do not like the art on the wall. It helps the home buyer feel at ease, as if they were in a hotel suite and not as if they were in someone else's home. Adding soft sheet drapes in place of heavy dark drapes is also recommended to make the home light and airy.

Lastly, done on the day of the open house, the stager must set the mood. This often involves adding soft light effects to the home using directional floor lights and adding ambiance through smell. Believe it or not, smell has much to do with how the home buyer will connect with the house. If a house smells like cigars or dogs, the buyer will not be impressed. Even the smell of fresh wall paint or flowers can turn buyers away. The best smell to add to the home? Freshly baked cookies. This makes the home feel like home. The old way of adding this homely inviting scent to the home was to actually stick some cookie dough in the oven of the house at a very low setting. The new way is by using a flame-less and low heat candle wax melting pot or simmer pot.

If you follow all of these steps, you could easily and cost-effectively stage your home for resell or rent!