Stage Your Home for Viewing

Staging your home to attract buyers attention requires decorating, designing, organizing, and de-cluttering along with a Q-tip clean presentation. Organizing the cleaning tasks can be more manageable with the following checklist:

 

Starting Outside

The Yard

Cut and trim

Put away all lawn equipment, bikes, and toys

Remove all weeds, rocks, and debris from flowerbeds (and concrete cracks)

Wash the driveway and sidewalks

 

The Rest of the Outside

Trim bushes and trees

Patch any wood rot on the outside walls

Paint/repaint all fences, siding, house numbers, mailboxes, etc.

Repair or replace broken shingles and flashings

Clean out gutters, downspouts, siding, trim, and shutters

 

Move Inside

Kitchen

Clean backsplash

Clean inside kitchen cabinets (also a good excuse to multitask with some cleaning out kitchen cabinets)

Clean sinks and other reflective surfaces

Clean and keep all dishes put away every day

Clean kitchen exhaust fan, filters, and hoods

Clean oven, stovetop, and burners

Clean appliances

Clean all countertops and other surfaces

 

Bathroom

Clean floors, toilets, showers, and sinks

Polish mirrors

Clean backsplash

 

Other Rooms

Clean and polish light fixtures

Polish all woodwork

Deep clean carpets and wash floors

Clean baseboards and trim

Wash walls

Wash doors and doorjambs, especially in the house entryway

Clean all window screens and storm doors

For other suggestions on how to stage your home, visit our website for more downloadable documents here:
http://www.stylemyspace.com/realtor-information.asp
or call me for more information regarding staging services at:
Kim Kapellusch – 818.726.6429

4 Sales Enhancing Master Bedroom Home Staging Tips

Master bedrooms are one of the top decision factors for home buyers when choosing which home to make an offer on. Creating a master bedroom retreat appeals to the buyers senses and helps them form an emotional connection to the home. This means attractive and fresh bedding, no clutter, light and bright and an overall feeling that one could come into the space to relax and rejuvenate after a long day.

1. CREATE AN UPSCALE ENVIRONMENT
Every buyer aspires to own something they are proud of and that their family and friends would be impressed with. Producing this type of an experience in a home is easy with the right elements. To ascertain whether this is happening in your property, ask yourself objectively in each room if the space feels expensive and luxurious. Even in an entry level home, there are ways to create a feeling of luxury. In general, this means fresh and stylish pieces. Remove outdated pieces and replace with new. In a master, you just need a bed, fresh bedding, 2 night stands and some art at minimum, so even if all the pieces are outdated, start with new night stands which you can purchase, borrow from a friend or rent from your favorite stager Kim Kapellusch (818.726.6429). Add a nice lamp on each night stand (great deals at Home Goods or Marshalls if needed) and some fresh new bedding. Add artwork and you will have a master retreat that has buyers sold! Again, all these items can be rented from me if that is a better option.

2. COLOR
The color of the master bedroom should definitely be warm, peaceful and neutral. Colors like beige, brown and green or dark red as an accent color will feel comfortable for both men and women. Colors that are very feminine or masculine should be altered to appeal to both genders thereby generating the most interest possible.

3. DECOR
The idea behind creating a restful and spa-like master bedroom is to create that ‘wow’ factor in the buyers most intimate and personal space. Try to incorporate everything and make it blend together style-wise. Take out extra pieces to make the room feel as large and spacious as possible. Night stands should have a lamp and at most, 1 or 2 other decorative accessories. Put away phones, alarm clocks and functional items that are not in line with the restful theme. TV’s should not be visible in master bedrooms whenever possible. New bedding with fresh bed pillows is a must. If a home owner’s bedding needs an update, Ross has many great choices typically ranging between $49 – $79.

4. KEEP IT GENDER NEUTRAL
The furniture and accessories should not point to one gender. Things like the pillows, bedding, drapes and rugs should be neutral hence having designs and themes that are not too feminine or masculine. Having fluffy things and stuffed animals in a master will be biased as would sport items and icons. Being neutral is the key since we will want to appeal to both men and women.

Feng Shui Tips to Enhance Your Home Value

The feng shui of a home is determined by factors both inside and outside your house. With feng shui methods, one can give their home the look they desire. The value of a home can be seen through the first look of its surrounding. This gives your visitors the impression of how your home is. The feng shui methods will help bring life to your home and enhance your house and its surrounding. Below are ten tips of how you can use feng shui to improve the value of your home:

(1). Use of warm colors.
In feng shui methods and style, red, yellow and orange represent fire, warmth and masculine. The use of these colors accordingly on pillows, flow rugs and throws can help you give your house life and energy. Use of natural fabrics with vegetable dyes will help improve the feng shui energy of your home.

(2). Lighting systems.
Installation of full light bulbs in your lamps and lighting fixtures also improves the feng shui energy of your home. The full bulb lights are close to sunlight so they give your home the natural look and mood. Make sure to always open your windows to allow light into your house. The energy flow in your house will always be improved by the natural light.

(3). Use of evergreen plants.
Plant evergreen plants in large containers and place them in your hall ways and doorways. Also on the outside of your house, ensure you have planted evergreen plants. They give your home a natural look and fresh air circulation in your homes.

(4). Use of water elements.
Your backyard is very vital, and you can install water elements in it to improve your home value. Use table fountains and small desks and you can add small plants around it to enhance feng shui balance.

(5). Use of indoor plants.
To improve positive feng shui energy, place indoor plants on your windows, hallways and other parts to give your house a fresh look. Avoid placing plants near heating vents and make sure to choose plants that are easy to care for and do well indoors.

(6). Creating inviting entry ways.
Your entry ways give the first impression of your home/house. Make sure your entry ways are alive. The use of green plants should be well applied to give your visitors a good impression of your homes.

(7). Sticking doors and drawers.
Make sure that your doors and drawers open easily with fewer efforts used. Easily opened doors and drawers save your home energy by improving the accessibility to the rooms in your house and drawers.

(8). Clutter clearing.
Get rid of all those items you do not use in your home. It helps make your house spacious enough, giving easy light penetration and flow of air in your homes.

(9). House furniture position.
Ensure your chair is in a position for you to have a clear view of your door way. Preferably, have a view of all the door ways to your room. In your bedroom, your headboard should not be along the same wall with your door.

(10). Stovetop burners.
Use all your stovetop burners since they each represent an avenue of prosperity in your home. Overlay the bagua on your stovetop and pay attention to the feng shui trinity; your bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. These areas are important in matters concerning your health.

The use of feng shui methods will in a great way improve the value of your home. Plan well and apply the above tips to enhance the energy of your house. A home with great energy flow gives a great first impression and feeling to a potential visitor or home buyer.

5 Do’s and Don’ts When Staging Your House

When putting your house up for sale, the first thing you need to do is present it in a way that would appeal to the broadest possible buying audience. The trick is to envision certain things when in their place and look at things objectively. Ask yourself whether you can imagine yourself living there. Keep in mind that you are selling a home, not just a house.

Part of the commitment of selling your house is to be mentally prepared to take the necessary steps to get it sold. If you’ve been living in the house, it’s easy to overlook or get used to the clutter every day. But to a buyer, it may seem like a messy and cluttered home that they may not want to move into. It is also a proven fact that buyers prefer to purchase a house they don’t have to put too much time and money into fixing. With the right techniques, your efforts to dress your house will fly off the market in no time at all. Follow my 5 do’s and don’ts and you will be set for success.

Don’t leave it un-repaired. Go through your house and make a list of things that need to be repaired, and have them done. A buyer will usually take note of negatives and this will be high on their list. Don’t overlook the simplest repairs such as leaking taps or stuck kitchen drawers. If you need to, get professional help for the more complicated problems.

Don’t forget cleaning and de-cluttering. If you live in the house, make sure you clean every nook and cranny. An unclean house makes buyers feel uncomfortable. Pay extra attention to areas such as the bathroom and the kitchen. If you can’t seem to clean the fingerprints on the wall, consider giving it a fresh coat of paint. You may have grown used to your untidy garden or exposed household cleaning equipment, but unnecessary clutter like this can lose you the sale. Tidy up family photos and books by dusting and arranging them nearly or storing some of them away. The less clutter you have, the bigger the space will seem.

Don’t neglect neutralizing. If your walls are too bright or patterned, it might make it hard for the buyers to imagine their own things in the house. Paint your walls in a neutral, warm and inviting color scheme such as cream or mocha. Even just a warm white all over would certainly be better than a purple wall.

Give the room in your house that special look. Make sure that each room clearly conveys its function and purpose. For the bathrooms or toilets, display fresh towels and toiletries like they do in hotels. For the living room, put a vase of fresh flowers on the coffee table. These little touches add towards giving a breath of fresh air to the space.

Lastly, always consider “ShowTime”. After all is said and done, you’re finally ready to show off your house at its best. Make sure each room is as bright and welcoming as possible by drawing the curtains and turning on necessary lights. Turn on the air conditioning of fans before prospective buyers arrive. It can help put them at ease when they enter the house. If you have a broker showing the house, make sure he or she can answer important questions and handle objections so as to be able to get the best possible price in the shortest time. If you don’t have one, take the buyer around the house in as professional a manner as possible. In either case, it’s best to receive buyers when the house is not in a state of chaos with children or pets running around.