Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Lets continue our staging series today by cleaning up.
Cleaning out closets and cupboards so they are well organized and not stuffed is a great palce to start. Consider actually putting part of your clothing and other items in storage if your closets are stuffed to the brim. Not only will you feel better, the closets will feel more spacious. A definite plus when selling your home. Take time to clean out and declutter bathroom and kitchen drawers too. Don't forget to scub all drawers and cupboards on the inside and out.
To create a home that appeals to many different buyers, a sense of detachment needs to take place. While we want to surround ourselves with the things we love, buyers may not be able to see our home through our "stuff". A Stager can wander through objectively and tell you things that you need to pack away and what can stay. You'll be packing soon anyway, so think of this as a head start. A Stager is not attached to you stuff. She can take the emotion out of the stuff and focus on what is best to create a space a potential buyer will love. For example a collection of coffee mugs on every nook, niche or cranny, may not be a good use of the space or a great selling point for your spaces. She would suggest packing them up. She may even suggest packing up some of the furniture to make a room feel larger as well. Remember that how you live in your home and how you sell your house are two entirely different things. The goal here is to create a "show home" of sorts.
Can you do this yourself ? Most of us can't
One reason is this. We don't see our home the way an outsider might. Let me give you an example. When we first moved into our home many years ago, I wandered through it with a very critcal eye. Places where the texture was too heavy, or the carpet could have been seemed better, etc. really bothered me. Do you know I never see those things now. We become blind to
many things like that in living our lives each day. We may not see the things that need "fixing" the way a stager might.
To be continued...