Living Mode vs Selling Mode

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Home Stager with Janice Ankrett Home Staging

 

When you are in Living Mode, your house is set up to facilitate your lifestyle.

There may be a room where the kids play that doesn't get tidied daily and that works for you.

It doesn't matter if there is good traffic flow through a room. You are only concerned that everyone has a good view of the TV.

That rack full of shoes by the front door is very convenient and saves a lot of running around looking for kids shoes.

When you want to store something in the basement, you can just plunk it anywhere and come back to it later.

 

But when you put your house on the market, you have to switch to Selling Mode. There are very different guidelines.

No longer are your needs the focal point of the home. Now you must focus on the buyer's perspective.

Now the house has to be picked up daily. There needs to be good traffic flow throughout, so that view of the TV means less.

That convenient rack of shoes is now telling your buyer you lack good closet space and have to make due with a rack by the door.

Clutter whether on the main floors or the basement makes the house look smaller.

You have to be aware of all the messages your house is sending out to buyers.

Selling your home will disrupt your lifestyle and daily routines. It is best to accept it, stage your home, make it available and get it sold.

The faster it sells the faster you get back to the norm.

 

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  1. Gene Riemenschneider 07/09/2011 09:27 PM
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Rainmaker
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Sonja Patterson
RE/MAX Realty Center - Cypress, TX
Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou

Janice, it is very rare to have someone whose "living mode" and "selling mode" look the same--always looking like the model home! 

Jul 09, 2011 05:06 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Kristine Ginsberg
Morris County, NJ: Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Morris Plains, NJ
Morris County, NJ Stager

Great point Janice - we might not live in staged home, but that's how we should be selling them! Especially in today's market where every home needs an advantage!

Jul 09, 2011 05:56 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Burlington Ont. Accredited Staging Professional

That's right Sonja, including my own home LOL. Very few home owners live 'staged'.

Kristine, every home does need an advantage. It's very competitive out there.

Jul 09, 2011 06:40 PM #3
Rainer
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Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Janice, living in thee selling mode is the part time job. You will get paid well after.

Jul 09, 2011 08:45 PM #4
Rainmaker
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Another great post.  You may take care of my Reblogging Quota this week.  Thanks for the great post.

Jul 09, 2011 09:29 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Burlington Ont. Accredited Staging Professional

I agree Anna!

That's great Gene, glad to help LOL.

Jul 09, 2011 10:30 PM #6
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Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Janice--yes, "selling mode" is just a temporary inconvenience to achieve the happy result of sold.  Sometimes very hard to convince clients of this, but buyers aren't interested in excuses--just seeing a home they can actually live in. 

Jul 10, 2011 08:51 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Burlington Ont. Accredited Staging Professional

That's right Janet! The focus has to change.

Jul 10, 2011 10:50 AM #8
Rainer
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Marian Lake Walker
Staged 2Gain - Inverness, FL
Home Stager Florida, Home Staging Central Florida

AND how many times have your sellers told you they wished they'd had you come in years ago?! It's the most common response I get, even my most resistant (initially) seller clients.

"Selling mode" may be more pleasant than imagined!

Jul 11, 2011 09:20 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Burlington Ont. Accredited Staging Professional

Marian, I know what you mean LOL. Or they say I've never known what to do with this room, what would you do with it? Some are so pleased they want help with their new home.

Jul 11, 2011 10:20 AM #10
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