Realtors recommend “staging” your home before putting it on the market. What that essentially means is removing the “junk” from your home, cleaning and scrubbing, and taking care of little odds and ends repairs until your place looks great. Then, with apple pie-scented candle lit, classical music playing softly in the background and your home looking better than it has on any day you’ve ever lived there, you open the door to strangers to hopefully sell your “new” slice of heaven.
Does that sound completely backwards to anybody else?
Well, what if you staged your home for you to live in and enjoy? Do you think that’s impossible? You would try it if you were selling, right? Why not try to stage your home and then stay?
Staging a home typically means removing 1/3 of your possessions. Take a cardboard box and go room-to-room and take an inventory of your things. If you would not take it with you on a move to a new home, put it in the box/boxes for donation or trash.
Next, take another walk around the house, going room-to-room. See anything on counters, tables, refrigerator tops, etc? Find a home for those items so that nothing is on anything that is not for decorative purposes. Everything else should have a home. If you can’t find one, create an odds-and-ends box and store that out of sight in the garage or attic.
Decluttering your cabinets and closets is another staging practice. Because what’s the first thing people do when they visit a kitchen in a house for sale? Open the cabinets. If more plates or glasses are in your cabinets than the space allows, remove the extra. If you want to keep them, put them in a box and store in the garage or attic. If you think you can live without them, donate or dump them.
The kitchen isn’t the only room where you can do this. Give your bathrooms a good cleaning and scrubbing. While it may be easier to have all the shampoos, body washes and conditioners in the shower, maybe you can store them in a closet or cabinet instead? Or limit the shower to one of each to decrease clutter.
Another staging must-taking care of small repairs. This would be things like fixing wall nicks, paint touch-ups, squeaky doors, running toilets, loose pieces, and replacing burnt out light bulbs.
The exterior of your home can also be part of the staging. While it goes without saying you want to keep the grass cut at a nice level and the hedges trimmed, extras like mulching, adding a shrub or two, pruning your trees or just putting the kids’ toys away can really make a difference.
But here’s the beauty of all this work. Once you’re finished, you get to do something you never would if your house was for sale-stay in it and enjoy it.
If this process still sounds a bit daunting, we can help, whether you’re staging your home for yourself or for sale. please drop me a line or call 508-246-6120 and we’ll help you get started.
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