SOOTHING STAGING TIPS
Our homes are filled with little things that annoy or aggravate us all day long. No, not the kids, not the neighbor’s dog, but tasks that never leave our mental “to-do list.” You know what I mean: nicks on the baseboards or chips on the painted wall corners, a loose doorknob, a squeaky door hinge. Every single day you encounter these things and you say “I’ve gotta take care of that” and you walk away and forget. While you may have momentarily forgotten, you have not let go of that nagging feeling that, on some level, adds to your daily stress. So, commit to get these little things done…now. And from here on out, take a few moments to act upon those “to-do” thoughts. Tip: If you don’t have time to complete the project immediately, get it started by leaving out a visual reminder. Set that can of WD-40 right in the middle of the kitchen island so when you do get time you simply pick it up and get it done!
For many years the decorating trend for the master suite has been one of creating a spa like, relaxing environment. Look for soothing colors; the new neutrals, which are light blues and greens (think aqua and seafoam) can be used as features or accents. Nothing spruces up these rooms in homes for sale in Medina, ohio, like new bedding and towels. Nowadays you can purchase some very stylish ensembles without breaking the bank, and there are luxury hotel linens available at the big warehouse stores. And while you’re at it, pick up some fluffy new pillows.
Did you know that de-cluttering is also an exercise in de-stressing? It’s true. Talk about annoyances: have you ever thrown something into a closet and closed the door before it could roll out? If you’re selling, that’s a very bad thing since you’re buyers will undoubtedly open closets. Being assaulted by falling objects could give the impression of a lack of storage space…or bring a claim against your homeowners’ insurance ;-). Even if you are staying put, few things are more relaxing than the feeling that comes after organizing a closet, finding long-lost items, and putting things back where they belong. Remember, without order there is chaos.
We have little control over many things that add to our daily stress. Today’s world assaults our senses; our homes are our havens away from that barrage. Take control of these unconscious stressors you are surrounded by and have some fun decorating along the way.
GETTING READY TO SELL: CURB APPEAL
by Ro Reed
You may be surprised to learn that a good real estate agent instructs her buyers to drive past every property they are considering before a showing is scheduled. If that thought makes you cringe it's probably time to spruce up the curb appeal of your home.
There are two types of curb appeal to consider, permanent and temporary. As you may have guessed, the temporary you can take with you while the permanent stays put. Permanent improvements are usually more costly as well so let's get some bang for the buck, beginning with landscaping.
Instead of heading to the big box store for a few hostas and small evergreens, consider picking up a flowering tree at your local garden center. Rather than picking up multiples of a particular plant, look for an unusual specimen planting (think butterfly bush) that will make more of a statement. Not sure where to start? Drive around your neighborhood; remember imitation is a form of flattery.
Any painted surfaces should not be peeling as it signals lack of care as well as puts up a red flag for financing. If they are in need of sprucing up make sure to use a wire brush before repainting. You will be surprised at what a fresh coat of paint can do to boost your curb appeal!
On to the more creative, temporary enhancements. If you are fortunate enough to have a front porch take advantage of the welcoming opportunities. Change out the door wreath and décor on a seasonal basis. Place a brightly painted chair (or rely on a weatherproof toss pillow for the pop of color) as well as some planters at the entrance. With planters remember more IS more: nothing looks sadder than a lone geranium in a big pot of soil.
When the weather permits make sure to set out a book and some reading glasses on a table by a chair; before the REALTOR has even unlocked the front door the buyers will already be picturing themselves enjoying this extra “square footage” your home offers.
Remember to take every opportunity to capitalize on the pluses in your home. Every house has negatives so it just makes sense to strive to make those pale in comparison.
GETTING READY TO SELL: READYING THE INTERIOR
by Ro Reed
Give your home a thorough cleaning and de-cluttering.(You just KNEW that word was coming, didn't you?) Next is the simplest and highest return on investment....paint! Freshly painted rooms look cleaner and more updated, just be careful to choose neutrals that appeal to the majority.
Don’t misuse rooms: A bedroom should be a bedroom,
not a catch-all room.
Look around as your home's worst critic; remember how you quickly realized that lovely chandelier in the kitchen was a bad choice since you could never keep it clean? You won't be the only one to see the grease and grime. Replacing fixtures can be costly but there are many inexpensive, stylish choices at home improvement centers.
Assuming the carpeting doesn't need to be replaced, rent a carpet cleaning machine or hire professionals. You will remove odors you didn't know were there, and buyers will notice the care you put into your home. (Bonus: buyers won't think twice about the necessity to wear those blue booties in the basket at the entrance!)
Finally, overlooked needed home repairs will be noticed. Fix the cracked window pane, oil the squeaky door hinge, and change out that leaky faucet. Better yet, grab that honey-do list that has been hanging around and start checking things off.