Preparing a Home for the Market


Highlight your home's strengths, downplay its weaknesses and appeal to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers with these home-staging tips. First impressions make a significant impact on buyers. Over 81% of buyers find it "easier to visualize the property as their future home when it's staged” reported by National Association of Realtors 2015 profile of home staging report. 

BYE-BYE CLUTTER

The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. When professional stagers descend on a home being prepped for market, they often whisk away as much as half the owner's furnishings, and the house looks much bigger for it. You don't have to whittle that drastically, but take a hard look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without. Discreetly store away items that are not needed. You want to show buyers storage, not a lack of storage. Storage sells houses — it always ranks high on a buyer’s priority list.

NEUTRAL & APPEALING

Second most important thing to do is simply clean your home. After de-cluttering, Hire a professional cleaning company to scrub, dust and mop your home or do-it-yourself. Painting a living room a fresh neutral color helps tone down any dated finishes in the space. Even if you were weaned on off-white walls, take a chance and test a quart of paint in a warm, neutral hue. These days, the definition of neutral extends way beyond beige, from warm tans and honeys to soft blue-greens and grays. As for bold wall colors, they have a way of reducing offers, so go with neutrals in large spaces.

MUSICAL FURNITURE

Give yourself permission to move furniture, artwork and accessories among rooms on a whim. Just because you bought that armchair for the living room doesn't mean it won't look great anchoring a sitting area in your bedroom. And try perching a little-used dining-room table in front of a pretty window, top it with buffet lamps and other accessories, and press it into service as a beautiful writing desk or library table.

FURNITURE GROUPINGS

There's a common belief that rooms will feel larger and be easier to use if all the furniture is pushed against the walls, but that isn't the case. Instead, furnish your space by floating furniture away from walls. Reposition sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groups, and place pieces so that the traffic flow in a room is obvious. Not only will this make the space more user-friendly, but it will open up the room and make it seem larger.

SERENE & INVITING

Create a relaxing bedroom setting with luxurious linens and soft colors that will make a potential home buyer want to hang out. Bedroom staging trick: If you don't have the money to buy a new bed, just get the frame, buy an inexpensive air mattress and dress it up with neutral-patterned bedding and assorted throw pillows. And remember to declutter. By cleaning out your closets, you're showing off your storage space, which sells houses - it always ranks high on buyers' priority list.

ROOM TRANSFORMATIONS

If you have a room that serves only to gather junk (aka: Chuck's Room where you chuck things!), repurpose it into something that will add to the value of your home. The simple addition of a comfortable armchair, a small table and a lamp in a stairwell nook will transform it into a cozy reading spot.

HOME LIGHTING

One of the things that make staged homes look so warm and welcoming is great lighting. As it turns out, many of our homes are improperly lighted. To remedy the problem, increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures. Aim for a total of 100 watts for each 50 square feet. Don't depend on just one or two fixtures per room. Make sure you have various types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading) and accent (table and wall).

MAKE FUNCTIONAL REPAIRS

Buyers and more importantly, inspectors will find flaws. Walk about your home from attic to basement and around the outside looking for clues of anything that could require maintenance. Leaky pipes, malfunctioning doors or rotting wood piled near the home are just a few things that raise eye browse.

CREATE BALANCE

To make a room appear bigger, paint it the same color as the adjacent room. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space. Tip: If you want to give the illusion of more space, paint the walls the same color as your draperies. It will provide a seamless and sophisticated look.

MAKE IT BIGGER

To make a room appear to be bigger than it is, paint it the same color as the adjacent room. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space. And make a sunporch look bigger and more inviting by painting it spa green tone to reflect the color of nature. Another design trick: If you want to create the illusion of more space, paint the walls the same color as your drapery. It will give you a seamless and sophisticated look.

MAKE AWKWARD SPACE FUNCTIONAL

Make the most of an awkward space by giving it a function. The slanted ceilings in this attic bedroom created a hideaway nook with no real purpose. By adding wall-to-wall shelves and a desk, the area has immediately turned into a private office. This new space adds value to the home and is a feature potential buyers are sure to remember.

VARY WALL HANGINGS

If your home is like most, the art is hung in a high line encircling each room. Big mistake. Placing your pictures, paintings and prints in such stereotypical spots can render them almost invisible. Art displayed creatively makes it stand out and shows off your space. So break up that line and vary the patterning and grouping.

THREES COMPANY

Mixing the right accessories can make a room more inviting. When it comes to eye-pleasing accessorizing, odd numbers are preferable, especially three. Rather than lining up a trio of accessories in a row, imagine a triangle and place one object at each point. Scale is important, too, so in your group of three be sure to vary height and width, with the largest item at the back and the smallest in front. For maximum effect, group accessories by color, shape, texture or some other unifying element

CURB APPEAL

Walk around the outside of your home with a critical eye. It is just as important to present your home nicely from the outside as it is on the inside. Clear away debris laying around, store wood piles away from the home, clear walkways and fresh up the landscape.

RAID YOUR YARD

Staged homes are almost always graced with fresh flowers and pricey orchid arrangements, but you can get a similar effect simply by raiding your yard. Budding magnolia clippings or unfurling fern fronds herald the arrival of spring, summer blooms add splashes of cheerful color, blazing fall foliage warms up your decor on chilly autumn days and holly branches heavy with berries look smashing in winter.

Contact me for a home evaluation today! Kelly Kassab, REALTOR®

Kelly Kassab - REALTOR® Hallmark Sotheby's International Realty
11 Grove St Hopkinton, MA 01748
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