Tuesday, May 7, 2013

My seller and staging clients quickly understand the meaning of "Tough Love"!

They come to understand that "the way you live in your home and the way your house is marketed and sold" are indeed TWO different things.

Part of my BOOT CAMP is to review a list with them that I call "Showtime". It's a daily reminder of how to keep the space Show Ready. is just part of that list:

• Open draperies / shades

• Kitchen counter free of all clutter (including small appliances)

• Kitchen sink shined, store dish soap or other detergents under sink

• Refrigerator doors free of any magnets, notes, etc

• Top of refrigerator free of all clutter, clean and organized inside (buyers will look)

• Newspapers, mail neatly stacked or put away

• Empty all waste baskets and place any kitchen trash in outside receptacle daily

• Take note not to prepare strong smelling foods prior to open houses

• Dining / kitchen table free of clutter - Top with 1 centerpiece or fruit bowl

• *Never leave account #’s, sensitive information, cash, jewelry or medications in plain view

• Store any religious / political articles and publications

• Pare down knick-knacks, display items, throw pillows (less really is more)

• Pack all collections (too distracting for buyers)

• Pare down personal photographs (buyers need to “picture” themselves in the home)

• Removing items from tops of tall hutches, cabinets will make ceilings appear higher

• Cleaning out closets makes them appear more spacious

• Bathroom sinks clean and counters free of clutter

• Showers / bathtubs clean (keep bath products to a minimum)

• Keep toilet lids closed

• Fresh towels displayed in every bathroom

• Beds made each day

• Dressers, nightstands free of clutter

• Home office space neat and organized

• Vacuum OFTEN

• Corral toys in attractive baskets – keep floor areas clean and clear for buyers to move around

Pictures are worth a thousand words as they are what the buyers see when beginning the home buying process...on the internet. If you can't get their attention there, you will NEVER get them through the front door. When clients SEE photos of staged properties - they GET IT!


These photos were taken by talented photographer, Glenda of Glenda Cherry Photography.

The NoVA area is in a sellers market these days. Those sellers that have prepared and staged their homes for sale are the ones reaping the benefits of this market. They are the ones getting the BEST price and even multiple offers in some cases!

Need help with your space? Let's chat about it!


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