While preparing for a Basic Stage Coaching visit in Sonoma a few weeks ago, I was looking at some online photos of the listings in the area. It occurred to me that most of the homes on the market all suffered from a lack of Basic Home Staging help. Taking notes, I made some interesting observations. Here’s a list of some of the things I discovered were commonly found in Homes for sale in Sonoma.
10. Many of the Beds were not on “The Bed Wall” – believe it or not, most home built in the last 20 years have a bed wall. This is very important in the Master - pictures should be taken from the foot of the bed, not the side.
9. Smoke stains on the tiles over the fireplace – they are not that difficult to remove! Try Scrubbing Bubbles and a damp sponge. What message are you sending sellers by leaving this? "I almost burned the house down, but it's in great shape!"
8. Making Beds – it is not rocket science, but it seems some people think making a bed just means pulling the comforter up over the pillows. That works in the dorm, but not when selling your home. Go to Macys.com and look at their bedding - they make the beds to impress you. This is how you want the Master Bedroom to show when selling your home.
7. (Matching) Towels on Towel bars – if you have towel bars in your bathrooms, you should have towels on them. Matching Towels. You can find some good towels for under $5.00 each at H.E.B.+, Walmart, or Kohl's. Fluff them in the dryer with a dryer sheet and a damp wash cloth before putting them out... And, not to sound like Mom but, Don’t use the decorator towels!
6. Empty Kitchen Counter tops – another Staging Tip that goes too far: it is OK to have some items out on the counters. Removing everything is not what “Declutter the counter tops means.” Pick and choose, leaving the items you will need daily, like the coffee maker.
If you would like to see the rest of the list, or find out what The Stage Coach can do to help your home show better than your competition, Contact us!