Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Top 5 Tips for DIY Staging: Tip #2 Pack Away the PERSONAL

#2 Pack Away the Personal:
A buyer really NEEDS to imagine themselves and THEIR things in the house. This means making your home appeal to 90 out of 100 people. It's not that you don't have fabulous taste, it's just that neutral can be better when it comes to selling. Try and keep in mind that your objective is to ultimately move, so the sooner you can begin to emotionally detach, the easier you will find the process of selling. Not everyone will appreciate the same things that you do. So remove yourself from the picture….LITERALLY! 

On a side note, this photo is a personal pet peeve of mine when it comes to pictures in MLS…seeing "photographers" or the sellers themselves in the pic. Yikes!

Try and look at your home from a neutral viewpoint. If this proves impossible, find a trusted friend who will give you an honest opinion of what buyers may notice that you miss. Don't have such a friend? Well then, find a real estate agent or home staging expert that will tell you what will help you sell your home the quickest and for the most $$$$. This is particularly crucial if you've had your house on the market already with little to no interest or offers.

I have nothing against your teddy bear collection, but buyers will notice it and the cork board of personal notes before they notice the beautiful plantation shutters

It relates to curbing the clutter, but like it or not, right or wrong, prospective buyers make judgements about who we are or what was in the house before them when viewing it. Such as, why is that creepy mannequin sitting in your formal living next to the baby grand piano? I wish I was kidding.

Why give them the opportunity to make a negative judgement that could lead to either NO offer or a LOW-BALL offer? Remove some of your personal or religious mementos, knickknacks, or collections and put them in to safe keeping.

This is also true of that beloved antique chandelier hanging over the dining room table, or the hand carved shelf you bought on that fabulous trip you took 10 years ago. If you don't want them to WANT it, you need to REMOVE it. Sure your agent can always list things that don't convey (meaning come included with the house), but if you REALLY insist on taking those $300 ceiling fans with you, it's best just to get them out of sight rather than allow a deal to fall apart over contingencies.

It might go without saying, but keeping your home clean and tidy while it's on the market is a MUST. There is nothing worse than finding dirty laundry on the floor and an unmade bed when you are in a house with a buyer. Particularly one that is listed on a lockbox with a message that says "show anytime."

So remember……...Less is more in staging your home.

LESS of YOU = MORE money from the BUYER!

Up Next….Tip #3 Apply A Coat of Color!

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