Yocum Team Staging Tips
The objective to “staging” your home is simply to get your home sold quicker and for more money. The Yocum Team has helped their clients prepare their homes for the market for many years. Please see below a general list of tips on how you can prepare your home for the market.
- Cleanliness: Your home should be Q-tip clean. One of Angie's favorite sayings is, “nobody wants to buy your dirt”. Every surface should sparkle. Wash your windows, ceiling fans and light fixtures. Vacuum the dirt from your vents. Clean your oven. Wash down your front door and hose off your entry porch. And please, scoop the poop.
- Clutter: Basically, pack up most everything that you do not use every day. You’re going to move anyway, so this just gives you a head start. You’re striving for the model home look here. Focus on your kitchen, bathrooms and study. Clear off the refrigerator, remove most items off of the counters in the kitchen and bathrooms and box up all stacks of paper and books.
- Color:Dark colors make most homes look smaller than they actually are. Furthermore, they tend to narrow the pool of potential buyers because they are more personalized. Most walls should be either off-white, or have earth tones if the room has plenty of light. Ideally, the carpet should be “builder beige.” Open or take down curtains, so that the rooms will have as much light as possible. Leave on lights in darker areas.
- Furniture:Generally speaking, most rooms have either too much furniture or furniture out of scale with the room dimensions. Less is typically more here. Reduce the number of paintings on the walls.
- Dining Room:Remove the leaves from your dining table and place no more than four chairs around it. Set the table as if for a meal. Place a nice centerpiece in the middle of the table. Reduce the number of dishes in the china cabinet, leaving only a few.
- Kitchen:The exterior of the refrigerator should be bare. Store any appliances that you don’t use daily out of sight. Hide your trash can and put any sponges and soap under the sink. You can spruce up an outdated kitchen simply by changing the knobs and hinges. Buyers are sensitive to cooking odors, so consider avoiding cooking meals that generate strong odors while the home is on the market.
- Master bedroom:Buy a new bedspread, if necessary. Clear off bedside tables and chests of drawers. As for closets, pack up all out-of-season clothes and store them. This will make the closets feel spacious.
- Bathroom: Replace bar soap with liquid soap. Coordinate all towels using one or two colors. Fold them in thirds and hang them neatly. Clear everything out of the shower except for one bottle of liquid soap and one bottle of shampoo. Make sure that you clean the shower enclosure after you shower and make sure that it does not have soap scum on it. Make sure that the caulking and grout is in good condition. Keep the toilet lid down and the trash can empty.
- Exterior: You are striving for the manicured look here. Mow, trim and edge the lawn. Remove weeds from flower beds. Trim shrubs so that they look neat and are not touching the house. Prune trees so that you can walk underneath them. Landscaping is supposed to accentuate a home, not cover it up. It is also hard to photograph a home that has overgrown landscaping. The exterior photo is the first thing a buyer sees, whether on-line or from the car. After all of the clean up, plant some seasonal flowers to add color. Does the house need painting? How does the front door look? If there is furniture on the front porch, make sure that it is not plastic but rather high quality wicker or wrought iron. Store kid’s toys in a bin.
- Intangibles:Buying a home is as much about emotion as it is logic. That’s why model homes have soft music playing ( sound ), fresh cookies baking ( smell ), every light in the house on ( sight ), beautiful landscaping ( sight again ) and every surface Q-tip clean ( touch ). It’s a well designed assault on your senses that make it easy for you to buy their product.
All of the advice above is intended to generate the best possible offer(s) on your home. It is not at all an indictment on how you live. Once you start the staging process, you need to emotionally say “goodbye” to your home. You are now trying to sell a product, your home. Your success will depend, in part, on how well your home shows and feels compared to your competition. Angie is committed to assisting each client individually to help produce is best results.
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