Getting ready to sell
When you are getting ready to sell your home, the work involved can seem overwhelming.
If you are like most homeowners, you know that there are certain things that have to be done before it goes on the market.
Now is the time to finish that unfinished project, to replace that cracked tile, to fix the squeaky step, to paint the walls, to update the faucets, to remove the carpet and the list goes on…and on…!
Everybody wants to sell their house for most money possible and everybody wants to sell in a timely manner. But there’s the budget to consider. We all only have so much money we can allot to these fix ups. And which fix-ups are the best bang for your buck? Is it better to replace the carpet or to paint the walls? To update the kitchen flooring or to update the counter top?
And let’s face it. Buyers are rather demanding these days. Statistics show that the vast majority want move-in ready homes and they are willing to pay more to get it. There will always be a few buyers who are looking for a run-down home for a good price, but most buyers today are not those.
This is where we can help home sellers. Home stagers do more than make your house look pretty. We are experts at knowing what the buying public wants and what is most important to them. Therefore, we can advise you what is worth the investment and what is not. We are actually marketers, not decorators:)
Stagers can help!
Some of our advice is basic and you’ve heard it all before. Declutter, depersonalize, neutralize, etc. But did you know that we can help you with these tasks. Decluttering, for example, means different things to different people. It does not simply mean to get rid of all the junk lying around, wherever it may be. Decluttering can involve removing some very precious and valuable items, even expensive items. Some examples would be collections of any type. The collection itself may be beautiful and quite expensive, but it can be very distracting to a buyer. Plus it takes up space, visual space especially, and it is better the buyer see the house, not the collections.
However, sometimes we may suggest using some of your collection for staging purposes. It totally depends on the house and the collection and what is needed to show the house in its best light. So how do you know what to declutter? That’s where a stager can help. An experienced stager will tell you exactly what to keep and what to remove.
And maybe you know you need to paint your red dining room to a neutral color. But what is the best neutral to tie in with the rest of the house and its furnishings? Again, a home stager will pick the perfect neutral for your dining room. Not all neutrals are equal!
Or maybe you just need help with updating your bedroom with new bedding, art and lamps. What bedding should you buy and what art and lamps? And how do you tie it all together? See the photos below to show how we updated one master bedroom for our client.
For an investment of $200+tax, we at Homestyling by Cathy will do a comprehensive consultation on your house, helping you to prioritize and know where to spend your budget for the best results. Don’t underestimate the help a simple consultation with an experienced stager will give you! Call us today!