Home Staging Tips That Never Fail

Staging Tips To Help Your Home Shine!

When selling your home, there is a fine line between living space and commodity. As a seller, you have to resign yourself to living in a less personal space for a while in order to best showcase your home for quick sale. Here are some easy, no fail tips to get, and keep your home show-ready.

De-personalize 

Books are turned around for an elegant, neutral look. Pictures are artistic, and clutter is minimized, evoking a fresh, clean feel.

There is a reason this is the first recommendation in any article about staging. It’s a must. You want a potential buyer to feel at home in the space they are touring, and personal family photos will make that difficult. So you will want to take down that family gallery wall, remove the adorable drawings from the fridge door, clear off the bathroom countertops of all your personal toiletries, and even remove any political or religious books or items. I know that last one may feel hard to do, but all these things can send a buyer out the door and to another house. It’s only temporary, and it can help your sale go through much faster.

 

 

De-clutter

Sparkling surfaces amplify light and maximize space.

Sounds pretty basic, right? But what does that mean, exactly? Look around your kitchen. Are there appliances on the counters that could be stored away for now? Do you keep a messy basket of highly used spices by the stove? Clear it out. It doesn’t need to be an empty, barely lived in look, but you want to show a shiny expanse of counter space–especially if counter space is limited. Clean off the mantle, if you have a fireplace. Group 3 or so artistic pictures on it, or perhaps one flower arrangement. But keep it clean. Same for your end tables and sofa tables. Less is more. Move furniture around to maximize the space in the room, if needed. It may not be practical for long term use, but if it makes the room appear larger, brighter, and more appealing, you’ll be getting an offer a lot sooner. Also realize that buyers will want to look into closets, so be sure to pull out off season items and go ahead and pack them away.

 

Deep Clean

It almost doesn’t need saying, but this goes beyond mopping and scrubbing the shower down. Clean the baseboards, touching up paint if necessary .

Next, take a look at your walls. Patch any visible holes or scrapes, clean any smudges (Mr Clean Eraser sponge works great). Give any tile grout a good scrub (Barkeeper’s Friend is YOUR friend here, but use gloves!). Don’t forget ceiling fans, blinds, and windowsills…especially if you have pets. And on that subject…

 

Pets

We love our pets, but buyers may not. Take this time to treat your pet to a walk.

Conceal signs of pets, such as food bowls, beds, litter boxes, and cat trees. Some buyers can be very put off by the presence of pets, and will even stop mid tour if they happen to be allergic to your adorable kitties. It’s best to put all their cute stuff away in the car, or concealed in the garage (like that litter box) and take the pets for a ride in the car while your house is being shown. I know this is a sensitive subject, because they are our babies, but trust me. It’s just for a little while, and think of all the new places your precious pets will get to roam in your new home!

 

First impressions count. Make the entry point of your home inviting, clean, and welcoming.

Curb Appeal

Be sure to keep your front yard looking it’s absolute best! Mulch flowerbeds. Trim shrubs and trees. Keep your front porch clean and inviting. This is the first thing a potential buyer will see, and first impressions are everything! (Check out my Pinterest board on curb appeal for some simple ideas to put your best foot forward)

 

 

Freshen up 

Wax melts offer a variety of fragrances, so you can change them up quickly, and often.

Even if you’ve deep cleaned, and are all ready to go, you will want your house to smell nice. Assume that you have gone nose-blind and keep something on hand to give your house a fresh, inviting scent. You can do this with wax melts that you turn off just before leaving for the showing, or use this stovetop recipe and let that simmer til just before leaving. This ensures both a pleasant smelling showing, and provides something memorable for a buyer who has probably seen 5 houses in one day. Stand out, and smell amazing!

 

 

 

More quick tips for a good showing.

Keep a large blanket basket in your family room. It provides a quick conceal method for last minute showings. Simply gather up all that family clutter that happens in 3.2 seconds when kids are involved, toss them in the basket, and fold a pretty blanket on top. This makes it look like you have a lovely stack of pretty blankets, and not a dozen nerf guns, a box of cheez-its and an empty bottle of wine covered by a paisley throw.

It’s a good thing to note that buyers tend to focus on 3 main areas of a house. Kitchen, living room, and master bedroom. So if you focus your efforts on those rooms, making them look positively Instagram -worthy, you should be good to go. Keep the rest clean, of course, but your 3 yr old’s room doesn’t have to look like it belongs in House Beautiful to get the job done. (Just your master bedroom.)

Also open the blinds, and turn on the lights. All of them. Brighten up your space so it, and all the work you did to get it looking that way, can shine! Now go have a fun drive, or walk, and wait for those offers to come in!

Set down Some Roots!

Welcome to this must see ranch style home ready for you to move in! This is 4136 Sequoia Trail, and it is perfection! Set on 1.76 acres, you are going to love it!


It starts with this inviting entrance, ready for your own “Welcome” sign…

…and dazzles you with this light, bright interior ready for busy mornings, to lazy Saturdays.

 

And the modern farmhouse kitchen, complete with shiplap and stainless apron sink, will awaken your inner chef in no time! All these gorgeous features make this the ultimate gathering place!

A spacious owner’s suite boasts enough space to have a sitting area by a window overlooking the backyard, and a lovely bathroom featuring the very popular subway tile.

And the secondary bedrooms are full of charm and whimsy!

This 4th bedroom is the sweetest home office!

The sunroom brings you outside all seasons, and there is enough space on the back patio for a nice sized grill!

And look at all this space to breathe! You can plant some pretty amazing garden space in a lot this size!

This is a rare gem of a home! Especially if you want a little bit of country, but still have convenience of amenities close by.

The Georgetown Tennis Center is just up the road!

4136 Sequoia Trail is 4br, 3 bath, and 2238 sf on 1.76 acres. You can find more information at the link above, and call me for your own private showing! Let’s get you into your brand new ranch!

 

The Ranch Is Calling

Why build when your dream home is right here. It isn’t just a home, it’s a lifestyle!

 

Located at 4024 Mercer in Wolf Ranch, Georgetown, this home is a in an incredible location. If you are a savvy shopper and love convenience, this is the place for you! There is so much to do nearby!

 

Imagine coming home every day to this picturesque stunner with custom landscaping. The beautiful glass front door just shouts “Come on in!”

 

 

The custom built, extra large island in this modern farmhouse kitchen is perfect for gatherings of any kind. And the open dining area encourages lingering over three course meals, or just enjoying coffee with a friend.

 

Very family friendly, the kitchen also features a space to do homework, or a little extra craft space.

And no farmhouse is complete without a mudroom, featuring a built in bench, hooks, and beautiful bead board paneling.

 

The bright, open living space beckons you to linger with a good book, or a movie marathon.

 

And an extra reading nook off the great room offers a more cozy option for relaxing.

Family or guests will love the bedrooms with the trees just outside.

And the master suite has all the peaceful chic one could want, with a classic bay window overlooking the backyard.  And the lavish bathroom, featuring the very desirable subway tile completes the suite.

 

 

There is also a spacious home office/bonus room.

Wow! Look at this remarkable neighborhood pool and spa! This home truly is a lifestyle.

 

4024 Mercer is 2112 sf, has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, tons of top notch upgrades, and is ready for you to come see it today! Call me for a showing.

Simple Elegance

Simply elegant. If you have to narrow perfection into two words, it is simply elegant.

The home at 1319 Shinnecock Hills Drive embodies exactly that. From the inviting entry to the lush, private backyard, and everything in between, you will find yourself carried away in blissful, old world charm. This stunning 3-4 bedroom features so many gorgeous details: textured walls, plantation shutters, surprising little nooks, incredible built in cabinets, and a kitchen that all other kitchens would be jealous of. It has it all!

The master bedroom overlooks a lovely backyard pool, creating your own private oasis…complete with a waterfall!

 

And you will love the spacious bathroom with it’s leaded glass window and an insanely large master closet.

Oh, and there is a coffee bar in the master bedroom. It doesn’t get any better than that!

A large, cozy office can double as a 4th bedroom that’s perfect for guests.

The great room has an incredible wall of built-in cabinets and a show stopping floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace.

The open kitchen features an oversized island and top-of-the-line appliances. And it looks over the inviting, warm great room making this perfect for relaxing family time, and great for entertaining.

 

A media/playroom leads to 2 more bedrooms with a jack-and-jill bathroom so kids, or guests, can enjoy their own quiet space.

And if all this isn’t enough, the side entry garage is fully kitted out with more storage cabinets. That is a ton of storage space in this oversized 3-car garage.

 

This home is custom built by Cockrum, who started in the cabinet business and became an incredible custom home builder. The cabinets that adorn many rooms in this home are a signature creation.

The home is located on a large corner lot with tons of beautiful, mature trees. It also has nearby access to the Berry Creek Country Club featuring tennis, golf, and swimming pool.

With grand, peaceful drive up appeal like this, one look, and you will want to make this beautiful home your own.

For even more information about this beautiful home, click here. And don’t hesitate to call me for your own private showing of this beautiful property!

600 Degrees Pizza

Arguably one of the coolest things about living in a big small town like Georgetown is the fun local restaurants that you can find in one.

600 Degrees Pizzeria is just one of those places. Casual dining, family friendly, unique pizza combos. Very popular with the locals.

Simple menu, tons of choices.
Packed on a weekend mid afternoon.

 

Expect a long wait, especially during rush times (which is almost always), and a very lively, colorful atmosphere.

Good time to catch up and enjoy craft beer.

As the dog statue says, the patio is dog friendly. So if you want to treat your dog to a mega slice, this is the place.

Yes, this is ONE slice. Yowza!

But it’s pretty good pizza (vegetarian options!), and the staff will definitely take good care of you.

600 Degrees Pizzeria is located at 124 East 8th Street
Georgetown, TX.