Sellers and Realtors: Staging Education, Part Six, Cleaning

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Sellers and Realtors: Staging Education, Part Six, Cleaning

Dream Interior Home Decorating and Real Estate Home Staging, Bass Lake CAPart of my role as a professional home stager is to educate Home Sellers and Real Estate Agents about the realities of Home Staging.  Watching home staging programs on TV frequently misleads viewers and does not impart the details of how a professional stager works and how the staging process plays out.

In the Fresno, Clovis and Madera foothill and mountain communities the housing market remains a very strong Buyers market.  I have heard many stories of buyers getting homes for 40-50% of the value that was established for them 2-3 years ago.  Many sellers are underwater with their loans and need a way out.  Home staging can help with these issues. 

Professional home staging is frequently misunderstood by many real estate agents and homeowners.  Sellers and agents are often fearful of the stager and the process.  They often think that it is primarily about decluttering, removing family photos and then adding beautiful items from a stager's inventory or having to buy new furniture themselves. 

While those aspects can be important they are NOT the sum total of what a professional home stager can do for you and your home.  We do NOT come into a home to demean or berate how the seller lives. As Professional Stagers, our goal is to help sell the property and to make the process as easy on the seller's as possible. 

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This is Part Six of a Seven (7) part series about the ins and outs of real-life professional home staging.  You can read Parts 1-5 here:

   Sellers and Realtors: Staging Education, an Overview, Part One

   Sellers and Realtors: Staging Education, Repairs, Part Two

   Sellers and Realtors: Staging Education, Decluttering, Part Three

   Sellers and Realtors: Staging Education, Neutralizing / Depersonalizing, Part Four

   Sellers and Realtors: Staging Education, Updating, Part Five

CLEANINGDream Home Decorating and Home Staging, Oakhurst CA

DIRT and DUST FOR SALE.   What a headline that would make when listing a house FOR SALE.  No one wants to spend their hard-earned money on your dirt, dust, mildew, grease and tarnish.  IF you do no other part of the staging/prepping your house, this is a MUST DO!  

Nothing will turn a potential buyer off faster than your dirt and grime.  If they pull back the doors or shower curtain and things don't see things sparkling then they're off to the next listing. If they see cobwebs, tarnish, dirty windows and fingerprints, they move on. 

Many stagers will tell you that your home needs to be "q-tip, white-glove clean".   It needs to be cleaner than ever before and it needs to stay that way while it is being marketed. 

Call a Professional Real Estate Home Stager to request a Staging Consultation.  We can provide assistance in making your house truly market ready. 

Dream Real Estate Home Staging and Interior Home Decorating, Bass Lake CA

 

Outshine the competiton by making your HOME FOR SALE sparkle and shine.

 

 

 

 

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  Dream Interior Redesign & Staging by Ginger Foust is a full-service, licensed and insured        Professional Staging and ReDesign company. 

Locally serving the California foothill and mountain communities of Oakhurst, North Fork, Coarsegold, Ahwahnee, Bass Lake, Wawona and Mariposa.  Also servicing areas of Fresno and Clovis, California.

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Rainmaker
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Ginger Foust
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
Certified Staging Professional

Cindy, I tend to agree with them.  I've purchased many dirty/grimey fixers and for the most part, I'm done with that.  It shouldn't be any surprised that in today's bacteria phobia world that no one wants some else's dirt.  Thanks for commenting. 

June 26, 2010 10:47 PM
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Cynthia Bartch
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Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio

Ginger, I'm here laughing out loud over line "DIRT and DUST FOR SALE". Oh yeah that screams, buy me!

I also have to remind a few clients to keep the toielts flushed too :(

June 29, 2010 10:13 PM
Rainmaker
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Ginger Foust
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
Certified Staging Professional

Cyndee, glad that I helped out with some laughter.  Here in the mountains they can't give away bare land so I guess seller's figure that dust and dirt in the homes is OK.  Go Figure????  Regarding your second statement....euwwwwww!

When's the move?

June 30, 2010 11:00 AM
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I can literally smell the mildew in that tub from here, Ginger! I know it is in my imagination, but it is such a distinct smell we can all recapture it immediately, (whether we want to or not!).  The cleanliness issue, HUGE! Over the many moves we have made and many houses we have looked at I have seen kicked in doors, cat throw-up, ( at least I think it was throw-up) childrens underwear in the middle of the floor at the base of the stairs, dirty laundry, dirty dishes, unmade beds, even one unmade bed with a sleeping teenaged boy in it! Even the Realtor was shocked at that one! LOL

June 30, 2010 11:44 PM
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Ginger Foust
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Certified Staging Professional

Thanks for commenting Cheryl.  I'm happy to say that by the time I get into most homes for a staging consult, they are "relatively" clean....but usually VERY cluttered so sometimes it's hard to see if they're clean.  Some people's kids...it's amazing!

July 01, 2010 11:10 AM
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