Here are a few tricks I found while trying to LIVE in a house on the market (anything to help the process be less hassle. We have open vanities in the bathroom. This makes it impossible to throw things out of sight quickly, therefore, I have a basket, about 16"x16" that matches my other storage baskets in my master closet. I put all of my daily grooming things in it including my hair dryer, and just stash it in the master after getting ready. I also found decorative boxes big enough to hold toothbrushes paste, deorerant ets. and each vanity has one for those things. I have acutally found it working better than drawers, but it makes for quick pick up. I put hand towels in these, so my hanging towels stay neat and trimmed.
Another trick, for my teen, I have her dust her room daily, wash when she comes home, keep all the laundry caught up, so no smells leech out from anywhere. We daily wipe sinks, and fixtures, so that scrambling out quickly is always an option.
We have our pet things all in one place with a basket to throw everything in and put into the garage, and out we go with our pet in hand. It is a fine balance to let the home look homey, tidy and still not too personal, but we have gotten good at it, and stage for others now.
For vacant homes, it's not necessary to furnish the entire home. Smaller bedrooms, laundry room, office, etc can be left vacant. The common area such as the living room, family room, kitchen, master bed/bath should get the most attention. If the home features a foyer, that should be nicely decorated to welcome people as they enter. The overall look shouldn't be too specific, but the furnishings don't have to be so neutral as to be bland. A modern look for a downtown loft may be perfect and Country French might really sell a large cottage.
The staging with furniture, paint, changing of fixtures, new granite counters tops in kitchens and baths is all part of staging and will allow your home to show at it's very best. Staged homes sell much faster and at higher prices than un staged homes.
Katherine J. Higgins
Realty Executives, Inc.
6263 N. Scottsdale Road, #140
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
De-cluttering, painting, and cleaning, while all desirable, do not constitute Staging.
Bringing in furnishings, decor, paintings, carpets, and using specific principles, colors, locations etc are all part of staging.
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