Your House may be Due for a little Cosmetic Surgery (call your House Doctor)

Your House may be Due for a little Cosmetic Surgery (call your House Doctor)

August 11, 2010 | Barbara's Blog

Just was reading this great blog from Maureen Bray, a creative way to tell a story and convey the message.

Via Maureen Bray ~ Home Stager Portland OR ~ Room Solutions Staging ~ Portland Oregon (Staging that Sells Portland Homes):

 It happens to the best of us … we get a little older, and signs of age start to creep up slowly but surely.

A wrinkle here, a worn out part there, blotchy colors, and suddenly you’re tired and feeling your age …. sigh …. it happens.

Don’t worry ~ with a little “cosmetic surgery” you’ll be as good as new.  And it won’t cost a fortune, I promise! If you’re about to put your home on the market, all you need is a little cosmetic help from your professional home stager — Think of us as your House Doctor.  Here’s what we can do for your tired and dated home:

  • We’ll walk through your home with you (your agent is welcome to join us) and give you sound and cost-effective advice on how to best prepare your home for selling.  This process usually takes two hours (sometimes longer).
  • Painting fresh, neutral colors is an instant “face lift” for a home … buyers LOVE to find a home that’s move-in ready. We can tell you all the best colors to use for today’s buyers (hint: it’s not white!)
  • Is your home suffering from dated window coverings that have seen better times?  No problem, we’ll suggest that they be removed (along with the old hardware too). We want buyers to see a light, bright space so they can imagine themselves living here. Today the best window coverings are simple ones that let in a lot of light. We can tell you what to buy for a reasonable cost, and where to find them.
  • We see a lot of dated, worn out light fixtures in homes on the market.  Buyers don’t want to bother changing them out — and they might just say, “let’s go to the next house on our list” so let’s take care of that right now.  Fixtures in brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze are classic favorites.  Use whatever finish works best with the other elements in your home.  Especially important are the entry, dining room, living or family room, master bedroom, and bathroom light fixtures.  Let’s change those first!
  •  Is your flooring old, creaky, cracked, or faded?  If so, let’s freshen it up with something new! If you have hardwoods hiding under old carpet, surgically remove it and reveal the beautiful asset underneath.  Replace carpeting that’s worn and past its prime.  Consider new tile, vinyl, bamboo or Marmoleum flooring … buyers will be relieved it’s one more thing they don’t have to tackle.
  • Check your kitchen appliances.  If they’re old and  look like rejects from the scratch & dent place, it’s time to consider replacing them.  There’s no need to buy top-of-the-line unless your home is in the upper price ranges.  Decent quality that’s new or near-new is a smart option.
  • Sometimes your house needs just a “tweak” or two to bring it up to par — and your furniture may need to be thinned out and some of it put into storage so that buyers can see how spacious the house really is.
  • Remember that with all cosmetic procedures, it’s important to be sure your home is *sparkling* clean, top to bottom … especially windows, kitchens, bathrooms, doors (every surface has to shine).
  • Last but not least, we’ll talk about curb appeal and how important it is for buyers.  They’ll decide right away if they even want to see the inside.  Some of your landscaping may need radical surgery ... some of it just a little pruning.  Is the grass lush and green, or is it pale and thinning?  Either way, we can tell you  how to fix it FAST.

Don’t be afraid to take the first step — contact your local professional home stager for a consultation.  We promise, you won’t even need pain medication — it’s a completely pain-free process.   For a very reasonable fee, you’ll save time and money making sure your home stands up well when compared to others in your market area.  Looking good can lead to a faster sale!

If you’re located in the Portland metro area, we’d love to help your home look its best.  For just $150 we provide a Home Staging Verbal Consultation. Our clients love our home staging statistics and our dedicated customer service. Contact us @ 503-246-1800 to schedule your appointment!

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Design2Sell offers Home Staging & Design Services in the Metro Atlanta area.

About the Owner: Barbara Heil-Sonneck started her Re-Design and Staging Carrier in 2001, She is and an Accredited Staging Professional “ASP” and a Board Member of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP) – Atlanta Chapter. In 2008 Barbara co-authored and published her first book “ The Venus Approach to Real Estate Investing”.

Design2Sell has been featured in several publications. The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Home Improvement Magazine, Radio Shows and has just been selected to be one of 8 Designers showcasing their work at the 2010 Atlanta Homeshow…

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