Colorado Real Estate News

Summer Home Staging Tips

Homes are selling fast in Colorado, and a well-staged home is on and off the market in no time. Make sure your home is ready to sell and stand out among the rest with these four summer staging tips.

1. Make a Strong First Impression

Curb appeal is crucial; it is the first thing potential buyers see, so you want to make a good impression. Summer months can be extremely rough on grass, but you want your front landscaping to be looking its best. Skip the backyard if you need to manage water usage; buyers won’t blame you if all the neighborhood backyards are brown. Ensure your exterior entryway is swept clean and add a fun, welcoming element like a lush potted plant by the door.

First impressions go beyond the front door. When buyers walk into a summer showing, they want to feel the cool air conditioning as they enter, so make sure you get your HVAC inspected beforehand. Consider keeping your house off the market until fall if your home doesn’t have central air. Buyers don’t want to tour a warm home in 90-degree weather.

2. Set the Scene

When you’re staging your home for summer, put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. They should visualize it as their future home, and it’s essential to set the right mood. Set out a pitcher of fresh-squeezed lemonade in the kitchen before prospective buyers arrive (you can ask your listing agent to help if you’re out of town). Use fresh flowers and green plants or herbs around the house to brighten the atmosphere and add a splash of color. Play up any entertainment areas your home has, especially outdoor spaces.

3. Lights, Color, Action!

Throw open the curtains and let in the light! Take advantage of the summer sun and illuminate your home with natural light. If rooms don’t get much sunlight, amplify what’s available with some mirrors and decorative lamps.

One of the easiest ways to add some summer flair to your home is by incorporating bright pops of color into spaces with neutral color palettes. Whether that be some yellow throw pillows on the couch or hanging a bold, blue painting on the wall, it’s sure to bring life into the room.

4. Make Yourself Scarce

It may seem obvious, but everyone who lives in the home needs to get out of the house whenever buyers come in for a showing. Many prospective homebuyers do not feel comfortable if the seller is present and often are discouraged from purchasing. Find a coffee shop or spot nearby where you can hang out for an hour or two. If you have kids on summer break, take them out to the park and grab some ice cream to cool off while you wait.Taking a few extra steps to create a welcoming and pleasant environment can make a world of difference when listing your property. To further maximize your home sale, partner with an experienced Kentwood broker for marketing assistance and leverage Kentwood’s Amplify service for a spectrum of home improvements that will garner more profit for your residence. With renovation payments deferred until your home closes escrow, explore how to elevate your property and earn a premium when it sells at the link above.

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Tips and Tricks For Staging Your Home For Fall

photo showing a rustic, fall decorated living space with a grey couch, light wood furniture accents, and orange pumpkins.

Staging is the first major step in marketing your home. It leads to eye-catching listing photos, which is usually the first step of the buyer’s journey when purchasing a home. While that potential buyer is scrolling through hundreds of listings online, you want yours to stand out from the crowd. 

Not only that but staging your home can save you money and maybe even make you money. A survey from the National Association of REALTORS® revealed that 77% of buyers’ agents said staging makes it easier for their buyer to visualize the property as their future home. 39% of sellers’ agents said staging a home greatly decreases the amount of time a house is on the market and 21% of sellers’ agents said staging a home increases dollar value between 6% and 10%. 

There is no guarantee that staging will get you a higher offer or sell your home faster, but it won’t hurt your chances either. It can be an incredible marketing tool when done right, which is why we’ve put together this list of tips to stage your home for the fall because expert stagers know how to tap into the mood of the season and bring out the best in your home. 

Selling starts at the curb

The moment a potential buyer drives up to the home, you want them to say, “Wow.” Start with the normal landscaping, rake up the leaves, pull weeds, add a layer of mulch, and prune trees and shrubs in preparation for winter. Take care of the home maintenance to give buyers the impression that your home is well taken care of. Clean the gutters, windows, and siding. If early fall, plant a few seasonal flowers like Mums or Pansies to give the front lawn some color. If you have a covered porch area, add a bench or small patio furniture. Dress it with a cozy throw blanket on the chair and a book or coffee cup on the table. Create a scene for the buyer to easily imagine themself relaxing on the porch on a cool fall day. Add a fall wreath to the front door but steer clear of traditional Thanksgiving or Halloween decorations.

Let there be light

The days are shorter in the fall so ensure there is an ample amount of artificial light to supplement. During the middle of the day, open up all the blinds and pull back the curtains to ensure you take advantage of all the natural light you can get. If the home is being shown close to sunset, turn on the lights to ensure the buyer isn’t stumbling looking for a light switch or walking in the dark. (Don’t forget your porchlight!)

Tap into the mood of fall

When people think about Fall, it typically involves a cozy, relaxing time with a warm drink and a good book. Tap into this feeling by creating cozy spaces around the home. Use a soft blanket on a chair or couch near some magazines or a book. Use furry throw pillows of complementary fall colors and set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature to encourage the buyer to feel relaxed. Add some simple fall decorations such as a bunch of dark twigs wrapped in twine set near the fireplace or a bowl of fall fruit on the kitchen counters. Set a vase of fall-colored flowers on the dining room table, the mantel, or the bathroom counters to make them more inviting. 

No matter the season, keep the home decluttered and depersonalized. Create scenes of everyday life where they can insert themselves to really feel what it would be like to live in the home. Doing so will help in ensuring you get a top-dollar offer in the least amount of time.  

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Staging Hacks in a Pinch

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If you’re staging your home to sell, obvious tips include decluttering, cleaning off counters, and opening window blinds for more light. The goal for a staged home is to look clean, spacious, and inviting at all times. As we all know, staging a home is much more difficult when you’re living in the home you’re selling and need to make it show-ready with short to no notice.

 

This may seem overwhelming, but don’t worry! Here are 5 staging hacks you need to know to keep your home staged with no notice:

 

1. Add more decorative pillows to make beds look luxurious.

The master bedroom is especially important, as that’s the room your buyers will be living in. Hide your regular sleeping pillow and replace them with more appealing, decorative ones. You can buy more pillows, or simply purchase new pillow shams that you can put on in the morning before any showings take place. Add a couple smaller pillows and a lumbar pillow to finish the look, and it’ll make a big difference for the overall feel of your master bedroom.

 

2. Put out flowers and greenery.

Flowers, greenery and house plants all add visual appeal to the space. Mix fresh-cut flowers with low-maintenance potted houseplants. If you don’t have a ‘green thumb’ or simply don’t want to spend time potting plants, opt for a few quality faux plants. Faux plants come in all shapes and sizes, no matter the growing season!

 

3. Hide the clutter.

A common place to find junk mail, schoolwork, and pots and pans is on kitchen counters – make sure they are always completely cleared. Check around the house for charging cables and cluttered electronic cords. Do your best to keep tangled TV and entertainment center cords from view. Check the house for phone cords sitting idle in sockets. Use zip ties to organize and secure cords around computer desks. Before showings, round up all portable electronic devices and chargers in a tote bag or a part of your daily routine.

 

4. Use display towels.

Kitchen and bathrooms need to look immaculate. Put all your day-to-day bath and kitchen towels away during showings, and buy new, clean towels to display instead. Since you won’t be using them, keep them folded between showings so they’re always ready. Swapping out towels should be a part of your morning and evening routine when selling your house to ensure it’s show-ready at a moment’s notice.

 

5. Remove all traces of pets.

We all love our pets, but potential buyers may not. You’ll want to take all pet items out of the house or hide them during showings. This includes food and water bowls, toys, brushes, beds, and most importantly, your pet! Cleaning after your pet is equally important. Be sure to regularly lint roll your furniture – including couch, bar and dining room table seats, and bedroom duvet covers – vacuum often, and wash your pet regularly to avoid any lingering pet odors.

 

There you have it: 5 easy home staging tips to make your home looks beautiful and inviting while living in it. Maintaining your personal life in a staged home is never easy, but there are tips and tricks to keep last minute prepping to a minimum.

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Your Home Staging Guide

When it comes to selling your home effectively and efficiently, home staging can truly make a difference in how the buyer places value on your home. A well-staged home can not only urge buyers to be more inclined to walk through the home that they viewed online, it can also help them visualize the property as their future home. Staging is an excellent tool that can give buyers the extra nudge that they need to purchase a home. Following is our guide to a successfully staged home!

Home Staging | Your Guide

Say Goodbye to Clutter

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The single most important home staging element is to clean and organize your home in preparation for showings. Be sure to clean your home thoroughly, scrubbing the tile in the kitchen or bathrooms, steam clean carpets and drapes, and mend holes and cracks in the walls. You want your home to shine! A major contributor to a house feeling cluttered is too much furniture. Take a good hard look at your home and evaluate what things you can live without and how to create a feeling of spaciousness in your home.

Another important step in the home staging process is to depersonalize your home. When showing your house, you want your prospective buyers to be able to imagine themselves living there. This becomes a lot harder to do when they are in a space that has echoes of the current owner. So, remove family photos, personal collections, medications…etc. Be sure to secure your valuables and relocate your pets for the time being.

Lifestyle Appeal

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Often, when someone buys a home they are also buying into a lifestyle. We are seeing these small neighborhoods popping up, all with their own unique cultures. When decorating your home for a showing, use bright colors, along with artwork and accent furniture to create a space that brings out the vibe of your neighborhood and bring life to an otherwise vacant and sterile room. Give them a glimpse of what it’s like living in the unique area!

Going Green

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Going green is all the rage in real estate these days. Finding a way to reflect that trend in your home staging could give your home an extra boost over the competition. Some common green accents could be twigs or flowers from your backyard, wooden pallets to create an accent tray or coffee table, or an old bucket to use as a vase or on your front porch. Re-purposing antique furniture to create unique or hidden storage options in another great way to bring in a green element to your home.

Charm the Senses

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Sight

This is the sense that is most associated with home staging, and rightfully so. The placement of furniture, decor, plants, and everything else is central to successful staging. But the most fundamental piece to catching a prospective seller’s eye, which often goes overlooked, is lighting. Not only does a dark home come off as unwelcoming, it will also make it hard to show off the unique qualities that could help you sell your home. So, if your home has a floor plan that doesn’t allow for much natural light, be sure to add vibrant lighting to help your home feel bright and inviting.

Sound

Music can have a powerful effect on our emotions, mood, and comfort levels; and can also be deeply evocative of memory. Therefore, playing music around your house during a showing can do wonders for filling a space as well as giving a touch of personality to your home. You want to be careful to stay away from anything too disruptive or loud that might take away from the staging or make it difficult to discuss with your prospective buyers.

Smell

Smell is the strongest, most personally connected sense that we have. It is also the sense that is most closely tied to memory. We often associate certain aromas with experiences we’ve had to a degree that different scents can make us feel nostalgic, comfortable, cozy, or just the opposite. In home staging, it’s important to use natural or neutral smells like sage, pine, or lavender to create an atmosphere that feels like home.

Taste

Let’s be honest, everyone loves a snack! Food is inviting and makes people feel welcome and comfortable in a new space. Not to mention it can add a feeling of sophistication to your home. Keep in mind that not everyone will be interested in your hors d’oeuvres, but most people will appreciate some fresh fruit, mild cheese, and even a glass of wine while they take a glance around your home.

Touch

The chance that your prospective sellers will go around touching every minute detail of your home such as walls, floors, and tiles is unlikely. But touch is our main exploratory sense, used to gauge everything from temperature to softness and quality. Outfitting a home with comfort and quality is important, but the main concern should be with temperature. If a home is too hot or too cold, it will make your prospective buyers uncomfortable and distract them from the other aspects of the home that you would like to show off.