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Elements of Effective Home Staging

by Lorelei Mangan 03/07/2019

When it comes to making a good impression on prospective home buyers, small details can make a big difference! Not only do you want prospects to see your home as being clean, neat, and well organized, but it should also leave them with a good overall feeling.

Even though it can be a bit of a hassle to continually prepare your bathrooms for house showings, there's no bigger turnoff to prospective buyers than a grungy bathroom! Generally speaking, if people cringe at any aspect of your home (especially the bathrooms or kitchen), then they're probably not going to make an offer on your property.

In addition to making all fixtures and surfaces sparklingly clean, winning over potential buyers also involves making your home look inviting.

One thing many home sellers overlook is the condition of their bathroom towels and washcloths. If they're wet, bedraggled, or ragged looking, then that's going to send the wrong message to buyers. There are a variety of ways to overcome that, including putting out brand new, colorful towels that have never been used before (Just make sure to take off the store tags before putting them on display!).

If they're neatly folded and strategically placed, then they'll convey an impression of freshness, cleanliness, and neatness. Those are among the key qualities people want to see when they're considering buying your home. By making sure your house is well organized, uncluttered, and tastefully decorated, you're also giving the impression that you and your family take pride in the appearance and upkeep of your home. This is sure to score many Brownie points with potential buyers!

Besides ragged-looking towels, another subtle, but powerful turnoff for buyers is old-looking curtains. Although you may be so accustomed to your old curtains that you don't even notice or see them any more, there's a good chance they'll stand out like a sore thumb to other people! If the appearance of your curtains degrade the rest of the room, then that one aspect could literally be a deal killer. As the expression goes, "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link." People may not know exactly why they weren't favorably impressed with your home -- even though it met all their basic requirements --but it could be something as simple as grungy, faded, tattered-looking curtains, rugs, or towels. It's often an easy, relatively inexpensive fix, but you have to be aware of the problem before you can take corrective action.

Working with a real estate agent to help you present your home in its best light can make the process go much more smoothly and result in a faster sale. Experienced agents will also provide you with valuable advice, guidance, and marketing assistance that can favorably affect the actual selling price and the length of time your home remains on the market.

About the Author

Author
Lorelei Mangan

 

Who I am...

As a native of San Jose, I was raised in the Rose Garden neighborhood and grew up in its public schools. I started my own business in my early 20s and moved onto the real estate in 1986, where I have thrived for the last 30 years. As a Realtor®, I strive to make your sale as smooth as possible, utilizing my knowledge, intuition, and experience for the best possible outcome. I want to impress you so much that you will recommend me to your friends and family. In fact, a majority of my business comes from repeat clients and their referrals. There are a few issues I have not seen over the course of my long career. My experience gives me the confidence to negotiate tough transactions and solve any problems that may come up. From studs to sheetrock, I know construction inside and out. I will use this knowledge to help you better understand all of the disclosures and inspections relating to the property as well. I am a mother of two twenty-something daughters, so I am well versed on the schools in our valley. My older daughter, Lindsey, joined me in the business a few years ago and offers a young, technical edge to my established business. Not only do we love what we do, but we are grateful to be working with each other every day. No matter what your real estate goals are, we provide you with honest and reliable service and strive to make you a client for life.

Our Philosophy

Buying or selling a home is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. I focus on my clients' needs, first and foremost. If you are looking to sell your home, my job is to price it accurately and effectively market your home so you will receive the highest possible price in the least amount of time. As a buyer, you will draw on my experience with all types of properties and neighborhoods. My goal is to direct you to the areas that best suit your needs and to educate you on the loan and sales process. When you find your dream home, you will have the confidence to go forward with an offer. Nothing feels better to me than to have a happy customer moving into the home they have dreamed of and will be proud of for years to come.

To My Clients

I would love to work with you in making your real estate dreams come true. Please contact me to discuss any questions or concerns you may have, or if you are looking to buy or sell a home anytime in the near future. I look forward to working with you!