Maybe it's time for a trip to Grandma's House

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Home Stager with Janice Ankrett Home Staging

It's not easy keeping your house in 'show' condition.

You've had a Staging Consult and found out how to prepare your home for sale. You may have done the work yourself or you may have had the Stager do the work for you. Now you have to keep it that way. You want buyers that visit your home to be wowed by it's features.

The trouble is you have to live in the house. You may have a dog or cat as well as children to cope with. They need their space to play, eat, sleep etc.

Those first couple of weeks will be when the heaviest 'traffic' of buyers through your home will happen.

One alternative some of my clients have taken is to go on a trip. They plan their vacation for this time leaving the house staged.

Some clients have decided they will go and stay with Grandma for a couple of weeks. This usually involves Mom and kids and pets leaving Dad behind. I find it is families with very young children that choose this option.

I have had clients send their pet cat or dog to stay at a relatives so there will be less pet hair, dishes, toys, beds etc to deal with each day. It is also less stressful for the pet than having to deal with strangers entering their 'turf' while everyone is at work.

Not everyone has a relative close by so they create a routine to cope:

  • create a to do list to follow before you go to work or have a viewing
  • place a small basket or decorative box where you usually drop your keys etc.
  • keep show towels in the bathroom so you can quickly replace the daily towels
  • do as much preparation as you can just before you go to bed so there is less to do before you go to work
  • have bins designated for toys so they can be cleaned up quickly
  • keep your shampoos, razors, toothbrushes, used soaps etc in containers that will easily fit inside the vanity
  • arrange day care for your dog so it is not home loose in the house while you are at work - buyers don't want to meet him
  • make sure your Realtor knows how long you will need to do last minute touch ups before a viewing

There are ways to cope and your Stager or Realtor can help you find the ones that will work for you.

 

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Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
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Yes it is Ruthmarie ;) and it has to be a very clean fish bowl.

Leah, so true! Even if just Fido goes to grandma's there will be far less vacumming etc.

Gail, realistic pricing is very important. I know what you mean about the toilets LOL, that's one reason why we tell sellers to keep the lids down.

I hear you Irene! ;).

Thanks Michael!

Thanks Brian! Hmm ... franchised 'Grandma's Houses' ... interesting. ;).

February 21, 2011 10:29 AM
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Linda D. Pufford
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Janice,

Congratulations on the feature!!!  This is such a great post.  You have just been on fire.... one great post after another.  What a great idea to go to Grandma's house.... who would have thought!!!  Keep them coming Janice!!!

February 21, 2011 11:06 AM
Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
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Thanks Linda! I will ;).

February 21, 2011 12:43 PM
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The first 30 days are crucial. If you don't get a rush of showings the first few weeks, that means you are probably priced too high. 

February 21, 2011 01:19 PM
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Janice Ankrett
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Erica, that is an important time. Pricing realistically is so important ,as is a good presentation.

February 21, 2011 04:21 PM
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Home Staging tips and advice offered to help sellers. Working in Burlington Ont. and surrounding areas Janice Ankrett ASP helps sellers prepare their homes for sale. Janice works with real estate agents and owners to help the home sell as quickly as possible for the best possible price.