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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Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
Burlington Ont. Accredited Staging Professional
Janice Ankrett Home Staging

I agree Anna!

That's great Gene, glad to help LOL.

July 09, 2011 10:30 PM
Rainer
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Janet Jones
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC

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. 

July 10, 2011 08:51 AM
Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
Burlington Ont. Accredited Staging Professional
Janice Ankrett Home Staging

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

July 10, 2011 10:50 AM
Rainer
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Marian Lake Walker
Home Stager Florida, Home Staging Central Florida
Staged 2Gain

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!

July 11, 2011 09:20 AM
Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
Burlington Ont. Accredited Staging Professional
Janice Ankrett Home Staging

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.

July 11, 2011 10:20 AM
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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.