Come On In, The Water's Fine!???

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Home Stager with Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes

Perception can be everything.  In my previous blog post, I addressed the refrigerator in the dining room.  Perception:  potential buyers might think the kitchen is too small.

Let's talk about water.  When you buy a house, you get the water access with it.  It might be "city water" or "well water", but you get water.  Is that water potable?  Does it taste good?  You might have the water tested, but in large part one assumes the water is fine!

So how far can we test this perception?

If you open the fridge, you may see bottles of water (or maybe not so much any more, with the higher cost and "going green"), but that's OK - it's portable, so you're sure the tap water is fine. 

There may be a water dispenser in the kitchen with large bottles of commercially-supplied water, and somehow that's OK too.  It's almost a luxury item.

But what do you think if you see a bottled water dispenser on the second-floor landing (and visible from the front door)?  I'll tell you what I thought on my Staging Consultation (Perception):  "The water in this house is so bad, that if I want a drink in the middle of the night, I have to use this dispenser - not the tap water from one of three bathrooms!"  I recommending putting this in storage for the duration.

A professional Home Stager can help prepare any house, occupied or vacant, at any price point, for today's market.  Call a Stager today if your house is on the market or you're thinking about doing so.  Many Realtors provide a Stager's Consultation as part of their listing package.  A small investment in a Staging Consultation can net you a faster sale for more money.

Nestings provides high-quality, value-added Staging for occupied, vacant and model homes in Fairfield County and Connecticut.

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Rainmaker
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 www.SouthBrevardBeachHomes.com
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Coldwell Banker Sun Land Realty
They does look awful. You sometimes need to nicely let folks know that you are not setting up your house to live in...you are setting it up to sell...and those are two different things.
July 10, 2008 10:19 AM
Rainmaker
238,853
Gene Allen
Realtor Hampton Roads Real Estate
Resh Realty Group
Some people have a problem with the floride in the water so may have a legatimate need for one.
July 10, 2008 10:40 AM
Rainmaker
324,430
Julia Maher
Connecticut Home Stager
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes
Gene: That is an excellent point. However, even moving the water dispenser to the kitchen - or bathroom - would make more sense. Besides, who wants to put anything to do with water on a hardwood floor? It's all about the buyer's perception. Thanks - Julie
July 10, 2008 11:26 AM
Rainmaker
420,174
Melissa Marro
St Augustine, St Johns, Ponte Vedra
Watson Realty Corp
Really good point. I haven't run into that here in Charleston yet, but I certainly agree with you about that perception!
July 10, 2008 11:31 AM
Rainmaker
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Elaine M. Gage
A Wonderful Space, LLC
A Wonderful Space, LLC
Julia- It's amazing what people live with and think is just fine. Perhaps they have a lot of people coming to their door and asking for a glass of water.
July 10, 2008 12:19 PM
Rainmaker
186,427
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas
Julia- We have one, but in our kitchen. What a strange place for this one. I would have asked them to remove it also. So many things are about perception, that's why we are needed!
July 10, 2008 12:37 PM
Rainer
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Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia
That is wierd. I went to an open house one time and the master bedroom which was located close to the kitchen had one of those little refridgerators in it and I am thinking "you can't walk a few steps to the kitchen for a can of soda?"
July 10, 2008 02:23 PM
Rainer
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Kristina Leone
Lionheart Home Staging, LLC

Julia, great point!  We don't want to "plant the seed" in buyers' minds about the lack of space.

July 10, 2008 04:04 PM
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Julia, I've never seen a bottled water dispenser anywhere but the kitchen in my staging travels. What a funny thing to do. Am so glad you got the problem cleared up. Betty
July 10, 2008 04:52 PM
Rainmaker
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Kathy Nielsen
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager
http://atlantahomestaging.net
I could see this in a kitchen but not where it currently resides. Very odd! Kathy
July 10, 2008 07:27 PM
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
New Hampshire Home Stager
Sharon Tara Transformations
I totally agree...it should be moved. It brings up too many unwanted questions about the water quality.
July 10, 2008 08:11 PM
Rainer
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Kym Hough
Staged to Sell East Bay - Danville, CA
www.Staged-to-Sell
Julia is this the same house as the fridge in the dining room? If so, do they have tons of kids? They seem very accomodating to their families thirst and meal needs. Kym
July 11, 2008 12:48 AM
Rainmaker
324,430
Julia Maher
Connecticut Home Stager
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes
Kym: Two "tweens", a dog and a bird! Thans to All for your comments, and to the AR Gods for the Double Feature! Julie
July 11, 2008 07:11 AM
Rainer
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Lisa Roy
SPACELiFT HOME STAGING, Greater Vancouver
We just had a staging where we asked them to remove the water dispenser as well. It was in the dining room, which makes more sense but they are ugly and bulky. Anyway, they did remove it and the room looked better because of it.
July 11, 2008 09:43 AM
Rainer
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No Longer Active in Staging. No Longer Staging
Julia, I had to disguise a water dispenser in one kitchen with a large plant - but at least it was in the kitchen.. I tried to get them to move it into a closet but there was no electrical outlet - God bless,
July 11, 2008 01:24 PM
Rainmaker
307,626
Don Fabrizio-Garcia
Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate
Fab Real Estate
Did they not have room for it in their kitchen? That is a first for me. Though, it never ceases to amaze me what we find in this business!
July 11, 2008 01:59 PM
Rainmaker
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Cynthia Bartch
Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal
Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio
Julia, You are right on all points. No water coolers in the foyer, Yikes!
July 11, 2008 03:24 PM
Rainmaker
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Valerie Osterhoudt
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889
Johnson Real Estate, Inc.
Julia.. I've never seen a dispenser anywhere but in kitchens and work places. On the second floor, though, might not be a bad idea if it is near a family room, or play area for children.
July 11, 2008 09:03 PM
Rainmaker
634,595
Cindy Bryant
"Houston Home Staging Pro's"
Redesign Etc. Home Staging
I don't run into here either, unless it's in some areas that have really soft water. Then everyone knows anyway.
July 11, 2008 10:25 PM
Rainmaker
208,127
Terrylynn Fisher
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CEP Realtor, Etc.
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com
Same effect as fans standing all over a house with air conditioning, or bars on windows, or portable heaters, etc. It's the perception of what it that becomes the reality of whether or not the home gets sold.
July 12, 2008 01:29 AM
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