How to Earn Ds and Fs: Let a Professional Stager Tutor You!

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Home Stager with Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes

Listing a house:  It's like sending a child off to school.  You hope they've received the right preparation and developed excellent study habits so they will earn straight A+s, go to an Ivy League School, and successfully pursue the career of their dreams.  If they need help along the way, you'd get them a tutor, wouldn't you?

Classic Family Room

You're so proud of your new listing.  You've given the Sellers checklists of things they need to do:  repaint the kids' bedrooms; power wash the deck; farm out the pets.  You're now ready for the MLS photos because the house is clean and neat as a pin, right?

What kind of grades did the house earn?  You're thinking "Well, gee, the Sellers worked hard and accomplished a lot of the things I told them to do.  So I'll give them As and Bs."  It would be far better if you'd hired a professional  Stager to earn Ds and Fs!  Here's why:

 

The report card for a successfully Staged house should have all Ds and Fs:

D = Declutter:  Clutter is in the eye of the beholder.  It takes an objective eye to identify and remove it.  Is the grouping of twenty-three family photos still on the family room wall?  Pack them up and fill the space with one large piece of neutral art.

D = Deep Clean:  Most homes are clean (except mine - but it's not on the market!), but once a home is on the market it must remain spotless.  Moreover, here "clean" means like new:  the grout, fixtures, appliances must all look NEW.  Also, be careful of unique cooking smells that can linger for days!

F = Function:  Is it a dining room or a playroom?  Don't confuse the buyer.  Each space must have a clearly defined function, usually the one it was originally designed for.  Hint:  Got a three bedroom house?  Better show it as that, not a two bedroom and home office.

F = Flow:  Does the layout of the furniture enable a natural and easy traffic flow through the house?  You don't want potential buyers ending up at dead ends, backtracking or feeling crowded.  You want the house to feel as expansive as possible.  A Stager can provide the optimal layout.

F = Flavor:  It's not about decorating.  It's about presenting the house's features in the best light possible for potential target buyers.  So even though those valances are clean and neat, get rid of them.  They're outdated and block the light and architectural trim!  Install some updated neutral drapery panels to give the room height and let in the light!

Family Room Redux

A professional Stager will tutor the house and Sellers towards the desired goal:  a quick and successful sale!

 Happy Staging!  Julie

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Kim Dillon
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What a great twist! Very clever post--and so true!!
December 18, 2009 11:27 AM
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Cindy Bryant
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Redesign Etc. Home Staging
Cute post, maybe we need to reformat our consulations and give sellers report cards!!
December 19, 2009 11:52 PM
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Kathy Alexander
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Julie - very clever and well-written post. Those who refuse to work on their D's and F's will end up with an Incomplete!

December 20, 2009 12:17 AM
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Virginia Tatseos
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You said it better than any one else.

Let's hope the sellers and realtor hear you

December 20, 2009 08:17 AM
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Betty & John Knowles
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Julie, Great post.  Incorporated it with right pricing and you will have a sell!  Merry Christmas from Team Knowles

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