Preparing Your Home for Today’s Market: Do's & Don’ts From a Morris County Stager

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Preparing Your Home for Today’s Market: Do's & Don’ts From a Morris County Stager

Don’t:

1. Not listen to your Realtor, and list your home above fair market value – today’s fair market value, not 6 years ago when homes were selling like hotcakes - face it, those day are over…....for now!

2. Clean your home by cramming all your junk into every conceivable storage space. Buyers look in closets and cabinets – it’s a given! If your closets are crammed with “stuff”, your sending a flag that their “stuff” won’t fit either.

3. Wait until the first open house to eliminate unnecessary furniture and clutter. Rent a small storage space or call on family to store the things you don’t absolutely need. This serves two purposes: shows the rooms bigger and you’ll be ahead of the game when it comes to moving.

4. Assume buyers are going to take on all your unfinished projects like leaky faucets, broken doorbells, torn screens, and chipped molding. Today’s buyers want turnkey homes - they don’t want to finish your DIY projects - they just don’t!

5. Forget about curb appeal it’s the first impression; what buyers see on MLS and when they arrive at your home. Mow the lawn, trim the hedges, put down fresh mulch and add a few potted plants for pops of color and use a  blower to remove debris from your driveway, walkway, steps and porch. Drive buyers in, not away!

6. Fill the house with scented candles, air fresheners and Glade Plug-ins that scream you’re trying to mask a hidden smell – you’re not fooling anyone. It’s like substituting perfume or cologne instead of taking a shower – it doesn’t work and is a huge turnoff! Clean is the only smell everyone loves!

7. Assume buyers are pet lovers – many are not and even if they are, they don’t love your pets! During showings and open houses, temporarily take pets out and all traces of them. This is a hassle, I know, but it’s temporary and you want to sell.            

Now for the Do’s:

1. Find a reputable Realtor who will price your home based on their research, knowledge and comparable comps, not what you think your home should list for. 80% of people think their home is worth more than it is.  You don’t know the market – that’s why you hired a Realtor, remember?!

2. Paint the interior of your home if it hasn’t been done in 10 years – it’s the biggest bang for your buck with a 150% return on investment. Painting is the best way to clean up, neutralize and rid your home of unpleasant orders that have permeated the walls. Stick to beiges, taupes, creams, grays – it goes with any décor. Red dining rooms are out folks – it is what it is!

3. Throw out any outdated, dusty floral arrangements and flower swags that went out with the eighties. Replace them with real plants, or buy silk arrangements that will pass for the real thing – just not at the dollar store!

4. Replace or fix leaky toilettes, broken cabinets, door hinges, knobs – you know - all the projects you’ve been meaning to do, but didn’t. Now’s the time!

5. Highlight and clean up outdoor spaces like patios, decks and porches. Create a lounge or dining area, replace old welcome mats that say anything but, or add a few potted flowers.  Outdoor space reigns supreme in today’s market so give it a facelift.

6. Make your master bedroom non-gender specific. Invest in neutral bedding – grandma’s quilt isn’t going to cut it – look for a “bed in a bag” and keep it simple.

7. Invest in a home staging consultation. Home stagers are experts on preparing your home for the market. They understand and can implement necessary changes that will give your home that competitive edge it needs in today’s market.

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You have 90 seconds to make a great first impression once your home goes on the market. Consult a Morris County professional home stager serving Union, Essex, Sussex Counties for that competitive edge so your home stands out from the competition, selling faster and for top dollar!  

Elite Staging and Redesign offers home staging services to North Jersey homeowners, real estate agents, banks, builders, and investors in preparing homes to stand out in today’s real estate market. For a consultation on vacant staging, lived in homes or interior redesign projects call Elite Staging and Redesign at 201-602-2562.

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Sylvia Jonathan
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Thank you for this post. I find the reference to grandma's bedroom and flower swags from the 80s especially a propos. I had a listing period with a seller who did everything I recommended, including price adjustments, but the seller would not budge on removing excess old-fashioned decorating nor agree to consult with a stager. Absolutely would not. The house did not sell.

October 31, 2011 12:10 PM
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Debbie DeMarco
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Great tips and ideas!! Simple things to do to sell your house faster and for more money.
October 31, 2011 04:37 PM
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Hi Kristine,  Great post.  Today's rain drops are all about stagers and your title suggested the same but you post contained so much more!

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Great list of do's and don't, Kristine and you are right on with all of them.  I am a big fan of home staging!

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What a wonderful list! You hit the nail on the head and thank you for sharing.

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