Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Do-it Yourself Staging in 7 steps

Do-it Yourself Staging in 7 steps

Home staging is basically the process of using design principles & tricks that emphasize space to help get your property sold for the most money in the shortest amount of time. You don’t have to have a fancy house or spend hundreds having a professional designer do it… Just follow these 7 steps & Call Us for Free!  


1.Repair it!

  • Exterior paint peeling, leaks, torn carpet, broken tiles…Repair them. Buyers have a way of imagining a much higher cost of repair than if you fixed it now. 
  • Don’t do major remodels/additions …they don’t pay off 
  • Ask us to point out the little tricks of the trade & what an inspector is looking for 

2. Neutralize & De-Personalize it!

  • Making your house appear as attractive as possible is largely about allowing potential buyers the opportunity to imagine their lives in your property. 
  • De-personalize: Pack up any personal items: family photos or mementos. 
  •  Any décor that does stay up, should be as neutral as possible. 
  • Painting - Think neutral-toned paint! Paint over any bright or bold paint in the house (ask us if you are unsure)

3. De-clutter it!

  • Start Packing & Stacking in Garage.  Toys too- at least 70% (it will be like Christmas part 2 for the kids later)
  • Rule of 3: 3 items on a surface. Any distracting decorations remove or pack 
  • Minimize the amount of stuff…may feel sparse, but allows people to imagine their décor & feels bigger
  • Minimize the amount of furniture you have in each room. needs to in good shape & be visually appealing

4. Open it !

  • Creating the appearance of openness & space is key  
  • Position furniture in a way that opens a space up. The room feels bigger & more inviting. 
  • Think light & BRIGHT .  Replace all burnt out light bulbs, 
  • Open blinds & curtains before showings
  • Hanging mirrors in the house, can be positioned to emphasize & reflect key areas & light

5. Clean it!

  • Deep Clean! Clean: Windows, outsides of cabinets, walls, trim, doors, appliances, counters etc. 
  • CARPETS. Professionally clean them if they need it. 
  • Outside: Clean garden beds, & Trim bushes, mow lawns, weed …siding wash spots or pressure wash as needed.

 6. Secure it!

  • Put away Medicines, Mail, personal documents (including listing documents), jewelry etc. 
  • Put away stuff that accumulates on a regular basis like the mail or your dirty clothes

7. Walk it!

  • Start at the curb. Pretend you are a buyer. Critique the house as if you were going to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on it. What wouldn’t you like?

Ask Patty & Tara to come review your Southern Oregon home from a buyer’s, inspector’s and appraiser’s perspective at no cost! We will give you all the free tips you want.

Patty Davis & Tara Jacobi
(Southern Oregon Realtors)
Licensed Brokers in the state of Oregon
Keller Williams Realty - Southern Oregon