Home Staging for Sale – Top Tips

It’s New Year’s Eve, a day synonymous with new beginnings. Every listing you take on will be a new home beginning for the buyer – out with the old home owner and in with the new. First impressions count, for houses as much as for people. Giving the right impression – of livability, class and comfort – right from the get-go is really important when it comes to home sales. Home staging is no secret. Do you know how to do it right? What to recommend to your home owner clients? Read on for some top tips on home staging for sale.

CLEAN

Be sure to clear away all bathroom and kitchen surface mold by spraying with a 1:1 mix of bleach and water. Wipe down any resistant stains and allow to dry.

Replace shower curtain liners with fresh, white liners. If you have shower doors, instead of curtains, clean these with a mixture of one part muriatic acid to 10 parts water and scrub with steel wool.

Clean carpets thoroughly – nothing beats a professional grade steam clean.

REMODEL

Give your kitchen a major update and refresh at a very low cost. Start by cleaning and staining cabinets and replacing any hardware. Modernize kitchen appliances by cleaning and resurfacing with stainless-steel stick-on coverings. If you can afford it, replacing kitchen appliances with brand-new stainless steel appliances is a great return on investment. Studies show that new kitchen appliances bring high returns from sellers, so the cost is usually justified and pays itself back.

Touch up dingy walls with a fresh coat of paint. In bathrooms, even tile can be painted, which is a great and cost effective solution to dated tile. Simply coat the tiles with a high-adhesion primer and then follow with a ceramic epoxy covering.

Don’t skip your dated brick fireplace. Start by giving it an all-over clean. Then paint bricks carefully using a rag or brush is a color that complements the décor and color of the room or use a stone polish enhancer to polish the bricks.

While you’re working on bricks, don’t forget an outdoor patio. A light coat of paint, sprayed gently with water and patted dry leaves you with a great outdoor look. If you have a wooden deck, make sure all boards are secure, and give it a fresh coat of paint or a new stain.

DECORATE

Take care in bedrooms to not go overboard catering to one gender or age. Master bedrooms, for instance, should appeal to both genders. And additional bedrooms should work for any age child or extended family member. You want potential buyers to be able to comfortably imagine themselves living there, regardless of their family makeup. Stick to neutral colors and themes.

Another great tip is to be sure rooms have a clear purpose. Clean out clutter and personal items. A room that looks like the equivalent of a junk drawer is a huge turnoff. Furthermore, an overcrowded room tells home viewers that your home lacks storage space.

Check your outside, too. Make sure lawns are kept mowed, weeds are pulled, and leaves aren’t spread around. If you have any unkempt areas, some fresh bark chip looks tidy at a very reasonable cost.

Oh, and Happy New Year!

By Jess Maria

Jessica Maria is an avid business and lifestyle writer on subjects ranging from technology to real estate to immigration. Her work has appeared in magazines in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, the UK and the UAE. She lives in California’s wine country, with her husband and two young sons.

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  1. Here is an easy way to get rid of surface mold: Mix a spray
    bottle with one part water and one part bleach. Just spray it on the wall, and
    watch the mold disappear. Give it a fresh coat of paint, and your grimy
    bathroom will go from red flag to red-hot.Don’t replace a yucky shower door: Just scour it.A
    grimy glass shower door can really wash out your sale. Instead of replacing it,
    clean it with a mixture of one part muriatic acid and about 10 parts water. Scrub
    with steel wool. After wiping it down, reinstall the door and you’ll have a
    shower that’ll help you clean up at the open house.Avoid dated tile by painting.Bathrooms
    sell houses, but dated tile in a bathroom doesn’t. A low-cost alternative to
    replacing the tile is to use paint. First coat the tiles with a high-adhesion
    primer. Next, brush on a special ceramic epoxy covering. For a fraction of the
    cost of new tile, you will have an up-to-date bathroom that brings in big
    bucks.Pedestal sinks are
    a big hit with buyers.They show off square footage in small
    bathrooms beautifully. First, your old vanity has to go. Next, just hook up
    your new sink, and your bathroom will have dramatic appeal that brings in big
    bucks. Plus, buyers will see how much floor space your bathroom has.A master bedroom should appeal to both
    sexes.When you are selling, your master bedroom should appeal
    to buyers of both sexes. Get rid of features that seem too gender-specific.
    Paint the walls a neutral color, and choose bedding that matches. Then
    accessorize with items that complement the overall color scheme.Do you have an overpowering brick
    fireplace that sticks out like a sore thumb?Here’s an easy way
    to tone it down with paint. Use a rag or brush to rub a light coat of paint on
    the bricks, one at a time. This will give them a new tone without covering them
    completely. And, if you use a paint color that matches the walls, your
    fireplace will go from sticking out to standing out.Updating an old fireplace screen is a
    cheap (and quick) fix.After removing the screen and wiping it
    down to get rid of the dust, mask off the windows so you won’t get paint on
    them. Then, using a can of heat-resistant spray paint, give the screen a
    facelift. Hold the can about 18 inches away, and use long, even strokes. For
    less than $5, you will have a fireplace screen that’ll keep your sale from
    going up in smoke.Turn
    an unattractive fireplace into a selling feature.Need to turn
    an unattractive fireplace into a selling feature? First, that dated brass
    screen has got to go. Next, give the fireplace a good cleaning, scrubbing it
    with soap and water. Then, using a stone color enhancer, polish the bricks to
    make them shine. In no time you will have a fireplace that will turn your house
    into the hottest property on the block
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  2. Always keep  Your  household  clean and tidy.Make  it  look  decent  and  more presentable.Give  an elegant  look  to all the  walls  and  the  interiors.. Make  the  outlook  of  the  house  more  graceful.Use  attractive  fittings in house   such  as sparkling lightnings  etc.Turn  the   seemingly  insignificant  looking  places  of the   house  its  unique selling point like  the fireplace and  the  bathroom (by putting  modern design  tiles on  the walls.)
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  3. if you are planning to put your house on the market this summer, it goes without saying that you are hoping to sell your home as quickly as possible and get your asking price. Set the stage for success with these tips for styling and upgrading your home, and see results — fast.Boost curb appeal,Welcome visitors with an inviting porch,Get your house sparkling clean,Clear away all clutter,Strike a balance between clean and lived-in,Style your dining room table,Take a good look at your floors,Rearrange your furniture,Create a gender-neutral master bedroom

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  4. To make the room look greater , and paint it the same shading as the bordering room. In the event that you have a small kitchen and dining room , and a smooth look make all the rooms feel like one major space . On the off chance that you need to give the figment of more space, paint the walls the same shading as your drapes.
    Thanks
    Ailsa @ http://www.affordablehomeinnovations.com/

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