Decluttering


That’s the first thing my client said to me when I walked in the door on our second meeting.  He was thinking I was crazy I could tell.

We’d met earlier in the week and I had given him a list of “to do” items – mostly removing extra furniture, decluttering and I was now returning with art and decor to stage his home.

These rooms look bare and boring.  I can’t believe this is really what home buyers want to see.

It’s a difficult shift to go from living in a home to preparing it for the masses to view. What do home buyers want to see?

How we live in our homes and how we market them for sale is two different things.  I’ve met very few people who can be totally objective about their own homes.  Homes are more than just wood and nails — it’s our haven, safe place, our sanctuary.  However, when home buyers come to visit, they don’t care about your haven — they want it to be THEIR haven. And be the house of their dreams  (not your dreams)!

Mr Client went on his way and we went to work . . .

using what this family had, adding some items from our inventory.

living room before home staging

living room before home staging

living room after home staging

living room after home staging

Furniture arrangement for home selling?

Furniture arrangement for home selling?

Using furniture you have in a different way can often be more appealing in photographs

Using furniture you have in a different way can often be more appealing in photographs

Removing small items makes a big difference when home staging

Removing small items makes a big difference when home staging

Decluttered rooms photograph better when home selling

Decluttered rooms photograph better when home selling

Can't do it everything when preparing to sell?

Can't do it everything when preparing to sell?

A few changes, like curtains and art make a huge difference!

A few changes, like curtains and art make a huge difference!

Do sellers want to see kitchens as we live?

Do sellers want to see kitchens as we live?

Or as they wish their kitchen looked every day?

Or as they wish their kitchen looked every day?

A picture speaks a thousand words and when home selling often can give potential buyers the wrong impression.

Utilizing a professional home stager to maximize a home’s marketability is a important strategy in home selling for 2011.

We were gone before Mr. Client returned so I don’t know what he thought of the changes.

I do know what the real estate agent thought about how this home now appeals to buyers.

Priceless.

Margaret Oscilia is a Professional Home Stager with Creative Concepts – Home Staging and Contracting serving Salem Oregon and surrounding areas who specializing in helping home sellers stage to sell or re-design to live well.

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My job as a professional home stager takes me into over a dozen homes a week and I meet some fantastically creative people along the way.   It is amazing to me the unique things people do, create and collect – a fun part of my job.

All too often I have to tell these clients that their hobbies are going to prevent them from getting a good price for their home.

  • The doll collector, whose guest room housed hundreds of dolls,
  • the former antique dealer who can’t let go of so many beautiful antique pieces,
  • the rock collector – whose every flat surface contained rocks, crystals or agates,
  • the quilter, whose fabric collection would be the envy of many small shops
  • and the scrapbooker whose papers, punches and cute items have taken over not only the desk, but cabinets, storage bins and more.
  • yes – I’ve worked with them all in the past few months and each and every one of them is killing their own home sale.

Sound extreme? If you can answer yes to any of these questions – your hobby (or lifestyle) is killing your home’s quick sale!

Do you have furniture pieces in rooms where they don’t belong?  Desks in the dining room?  File cabinets in the master bedroom?  Collectible cabinets in the guest bedrooms?  Is your bedroom, family room and dining room places of serenity where people can enjoy the space without viewing lots of “________”  (file in your vice – books, model cars, fabric, work piles, etc).

How much is your hobby costing you? If your home remains on the market more than 60 days your agent will probably recommend a price reduction of at least $10,000.  Are you sure you can’t live without your “stuff”?

Spacious rooms are desirable to home buyers Home buyers are buying space.

Collections and hobbies take up a lot of space and usually don’t photograph well.

Keep your “stuff” and I guarantee your home will remain on the market longer than necessary.

Time and time again I see that those who pack up their hobbies and get ready to move are able to do so. Their homes sell. Others who drag their feet and tell me they “can’t live” without these things for a few months have homes who remain on the market month after month.

When you’re selling your home, you’re selling a lifestyle too.

And don’t just stuff everything in your garage.  Get a storage unit, pack it off to a friend’s garage, or to mom’s attic.  Potential buyers want to think there is enough storage for all their stuff along with room for their cars in the garage.

The quickest selling homes in 2011 are:

  • Priced accurately
  • Prepared beautifully
  • Presented (marketed) well

Pack it up, and get ready to move.  Take a break or reduce your hobby to a small space.  It will save you time, energy and get it sold!

Margaret Oscilia is a Professional Home Stager with Creative Concepts – Home Staging and Contracting serving Salem Oregon and surrounding areas who specializing in helping home sellers stage to sell or re-design to live well.

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Many will think that poorly prepared listings are a rare case, but unfortunately I rarely see listing photos that couldn’t be improved.

Home sellers count on real estate professionals to advise them on how to sell their homes the quickest, for the least hassle, and for the most money. Some agents are afraid to:

  • hurt feelings or make their sellers uncomfortable,
  • don’t want to spend the time needed to fully explain what needs to be done to prepare the home for sale,
  • lack faith in the ability of their seller to improve the property,
  • are naive on the nuances of home selling psychology and marketing at it’s finest,
  • underestimate the power of photos in his market where 90% of home buyers are shopping for homes on the internet!

Gotta love this example from a fellow blogger:

Via Alan May, Coldwell Banker Evanston Realtor®, Evanston Real Estate (Evanston Condos, Evanston Homes, North Shore Homes):

How do you prepare a home for a quick sale? YES, this is a property currently for sale on our MLS.  When it popped up on my screen it actually made me “gasp”.

Most properties could benefit from a decluttering, or a stager… but this property… I think it may be beyond staging or decluttering.  I think this one may call for an Exorcism.cluttered rooms will not attract home buyers

There isn’t a surface that doesn’t have “something” hanging on it, or from it.  There isn’t an uncovered surface. It’s literally a cacophany of colour and junk.

I can’t believe that the agent listing this property allowed these photos to be taken, let alone published on the MLS.

Perhaps, in defense of the agent, the place looked much worse before the photos and the agent thinks that NOW it looks so much better… “You should have seen the junk that she got outta this house!”Listing photos are the key to attracting home buyers

Do you think these photos show the property to its best advantage?  Do you think it does the property a good service, and will help it sell?how to stage a room for sale?

Yikes!!  It makes me think that Linda Blair must live here. As you cross the threshold, the walls will begin bleeding and a disembodied voice will quietly cry… “Get out” (oh, wait… that was the Amityville Horror).

Oh, well… they’re both appropriate here. I think this is enough to make the average stager cry.

 

Selling your home?  If your photos aren’t fabulous be prepared to have a lower selling price or a very long wait in this real estate market!


Margaret Oscilia Home Stager Salem OregonMargaret Oscilia is a Professional Home Stager serving Salem Oregon and surround areas who specializing in helping home sellers maximize their equity when preparing to sell.  Moving or improving? Creative Concepts and Contracting has the expertise to showcase your home’s full potential, stretch your budget, and maximize your time.

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Thinking about selling your home, but hate the thought of de-cluttering?

Ask any real estate agent or home stager and each one will agree —

Clearing the clutter is key to effectively marketing your home!

Still not inspired?  Here’s a great article stating that de-cluttering is not only a good idea but that “Buyers can’t project themselves living in a place that’s crowded. So by failing to de-clutter, you could potentially lose thousands of dollars on your sale”. Most of us will agree, we want to increase the value of our homes, especially if it doesn’t take a monetary investment.

The time you spend de-cluttering can give you more dollars when it comes to listing and selling your home,  but where do you start and how can you prioritize all that needs to be done?   The article has some great ideas and tips to get you started, so check them out!

Still have questions on the value of cleaning, decluttering or improvements? Overwhelmed by the thought of getting your home “show perfect”?  We love helping sellers reduce stress, get a prioritized plan and get on track to having a home that brings in offers.

Moving or improving? Creative Concepts and Contracting has the expertise to showcase your home’s full potential, stretch your budget, and maximize your time.

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By the time the holidays are done I’m really tired of the extra decorations, clutter and hub-bub.  Most people will agree its fun to decorate for Christmas, but decorations that were so much fun to put up are really a drag to take down.

Another problem is that our holiday decorations continue to expand and take over more and more valuable storage space.  This year, take a few extra minutes and add some planning while packing away the holiday decorations.  Here’s some great ideas to help storing your holiday decor be anything but ho-hum!

First check out the items you didn’t use this year.

Are they really items you’ll use again?  If you are holding on to them for sentimental reasons, is there another family member or friend that would use them and cherish them?  Maybe it’s time to pass on ornaments to the kids or grandkids?

Do you know a young family that probably doesn’t have many holiday decorations?  Sharing these decorations can be wonderfully fun – especially if your decorations will be enjoyed and displayed in years to come.

Purge ruthlessly — realizing that decorations that didn’t get used this year probably won’t be used next year! (Sharing is caring!)

Store them well.  Walk through any store this time of year and there are storage boxes galore on sale.  Measure your storage space and buy a few well fitting boxes or totes with lids.  A tall narrow box for wrapping paper is super handy as well.

We store much of our decor by color.  Each year we have a color theme for our tree.  If the theme is for example, silver and red –  we have fewer boxes to sort through as we unpack and decorate because the other colors are sorted to separate boxes.

I love to buy wrapping paper and cards on sale after Christmas and by having good storage and well labeled boxes it’s in perfect condition and easy to find next year.

Wind lights around  paper towel tubes or rolled newspaper.  Leave the end that is plugged into the outlet on the outside of the roll.  Next year you’ll be able to test the lights and have no tangled messes to deal with.

If you are moving in the coming year:

  • Make sure to add extra packing materials and pack for the move now.
  • Label the boxes and seal so they won’t need to be evaluated and repacked later.
  • Purge, purge, purge and don’t buy the year end holiday sale paper or cards.  It isn’t worth storing and moving!
  • Give away your excess cards and wrapping paper.
  • If hard to move items like your Christmas tree stand aren’t in great shape, toss them now rather than later!

Next year as you pull out your holiday decorations you’ll appreciate the moments you spend now organizing!

Margaret Oscilia Home Stager and Redesign Specialist 503-881-0886

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Wanting to improve home organization in 2010?

Wishing your closets and cupboards had more room?

Thinking of selling your home and wondering if you should remove clutter?

Today’s a great time to get started on these goals — take tiny steps and soon they can be accomplished.  Here’s a quick tip to get you started!

Putting away your new Christmas gifts?  This is a perfect and easy time to  remove older items and donate them.  Make it a game for you and your family and get some quick and easy decluttering done.  If you received six new items – what six things can you toss, donate or recycle?  Kids will more willingly make room for new toys and discard older ones too.

In with the new and out with the old! Make it fun, fast and best of all – you’re on your way to a better looking and feeling home!

Margaret Oscilia – Home Staging and Redesign Specialist  503-881-0886

Moving or improving? Creative Concepts and Contracting has the expertise to showcase your home’s full potential, stretch your budget, and maximize your time.

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Thinking about putting your home on the market?

prepare to sell your home

Do you think people will understand that you are getting ready to move and see past your “stuff”?

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We all live busy lives and when you’re getting ready to move its hard to keep things spotless

does it really make that much difference if there is a little clutter or things lying around?


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Will serious buyers be able to see the room sizes,

features and the beautiful amenities your home has to offer?

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Can’t they see the potential of this fabulous home that is so spacious?

Do you think it’s a waste 0f your time and money on to think about home staging?

Hoping that you can list your home “as is” and everything will be just fine??

THINK AGAIN!

With more homes on the market buyers can be choosy and most look first on the internet —

your home won’t even get a viewing appointment if it doesn’t look great in photos!

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Not only can buyers not look past your “stuff”, but they will remember it — and not your home!

If you are preparing your home for sale – remember that the first impression is the only impression!


These before photos were taken when we provided a staging consultation for a busy family who was preparing to move.

They were motivated and did everything we advised.  Home staging goes beyond cleaning and decluttering – our advice also addressed the important first impression, room flow, lighting and much much more!

When we returned a week later, we brought some decor items which they rented from our staging company.

Furniture was rearranged,

some art and decor added

and now the sparkling clean home was ready to list!

This specific home was in a subdivision with over 25 competing properties.

It sold in 26 days with an excellent offer.

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Home staging highlights the amenities and shows your home in a beautiful way!

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A professional home stager will provide you solid advice, furniture and decor rental and less stress in the process.

Home staging consultations,

color consultations,

model homes and

rental furniture, decor and art

— what is it that will help your home compete in a buyers market?

We’ve got some ideas for you!

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