Archive for the ‘Staging’ Category

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It isn’t easy being GREEN – How to Stage a Home with Green Resources!

August 19, 2013

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“Green” home staging can mean a variety of things, but one emphasis is on creating a “green story” for prospective buyers.

 

With green home staging, companies usually try to reuse or integrate as much of the seller’s original furniture as possible. In instances where new pieces are needed, green stagers will often reuse furniture from their own collection, or select pieces which are on consignment from local shops.

 

This can actually save a seller a fair amount of money in the staging process. A green staging company will also be sure to recycle all packaging associated with new furnishings used to stage the home.

 

In terms of paint and carpeting, green stagers will recommend eco-friendly replacements. One of the advantages of making green replacements is a home is the added selling point an agent can use with prospective buyers. Consider, for example, a couple looking to raise their first child in a new home. It’s not hard to imagine how fresh, non-toxic, environmentally friendly paints and flooring might favorably improve their view of the listing.

 

In addition to cosmetic recommendations, green stagers are specialists in pointing out improvements a seller might consider to both improve the energy efficiency of the home as well as further the green story for potential buyers. Air filters, weather stripping, and programmable thermostats are just a few details green home stagers often recommend.

 

What do you think? Can green staging matter? Do you think green staging ever presents an edge over traditional staging approaches?

 

(By the way… If you’re interested in green staging, I’d be happy to help you research the option for selling your home. Contact me today for more information: Linda Hutchinson, REALTOR @ lindahutchinson@msn.com or407-925-7721 Cell or Text.

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Looks matter…

May 7, 2011

I am preparing to sell my parent’s villa-style retirement home and I am getting ready to set the “stage” with color, light and stunning furniture & accessories. All this for a home that will sell under $200K. But I know in doing so – I’ll sell it faster than my competitors.

Why do I do this? Because in today’s real estate world – looks matter. They matter more than ever. I have noticed that you can show buyers great values but if the homes are ugly, dirty, smelly or just not exciting, then they won’t sell. Buyers want something pretty and they don’t want to do anything to make it pretty. They are looking for inherited pretty.

I recently had someone submit a contract on one of my listings where they asked for ALL the furniture and accessories in the home to be included in the purchase price. While this may be extreme, it further validates my belief that a visually stunning home will sell faster than a home without decorating. Buyers want it all.

There will always be investors looking for great buys. But investors are now buying dumps and turning them into show homes with staged furniture. It’s more common than ever and a smart move for savvy sellers. Have you noticed that even foreclosed homes are now getting a facelift and banks are reaping the benefit with higher sales prices?

So for anyone who wants to improve their chances of getting a home sold? Call in a decorator and get that home in show shape. It makes a difference.

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If Looks Could Kill – Help for Home Sellers

January 11, 2009

Our homes are so well-used that we rarely take a moment to really look at them and we miss the clutter.

My advice to sellers who are wondering why their home isn’t selling? Break out your camera. You need to photograph each room and see what stands out. Start at your doorway of each room and try to view the space as if you’d never seen it before.

By using photography, you will notice little things that make the room looks messy, cluttered or just plain ugly. Just as you can “tune out” noise in your life…so too can you “tune out” the visual imagery that you see every day. You become blind to your home’s defects.

You don’t notice the dirty walls; you maybe miss the fact that there are too many pictures on the wall. You are so de-sensitized to your “objects” that you don’t realize your space is gasping for air. I have had many sellers tell me that they never realized what their house REALLY looked like until they viewed photos taken prior to a virtual tour. I do this so they will see what we need to remove to make their home tour spectacular.

Like a lady dressed for the evening…you look in the mirror and take one thing off. Too much is still too much. So it goes with your house. Take out the extra stuff and get down to the bare (and I mean bare) minimum. It will make your house look fresh and if you still aren’t sure…break out the Polaroid and look at your home as other’s see it. It may not be as glossy as you think.