Now that your home is de-cluttered and sparkling clean from top to bottom, its time to add the final touch: staging. If you have interior decorating skills, you will have already done this yourself, but most of us simply aren't that artistic and we need a little help.
Staging is the art of placing the items in your home for their most appealing effect. It can mean adding a vase of flowers here or a bright throw rug there. Stagers often place mirrors in strategic spots to make a space appear larger or brighter, and re-arrange furniture for the same reason.
A good stager will advise you about items you should remove while the house is for sale - such as family photos, trophies, collections, and anything that announces your political or religious beliefs. Then they'll help you fill those spots with items that add an air of comfort and style without drawing any attention to themselves.
Your goal in staging is to create a feeling rather than draw attention to any of the home's furnishings.
Feng Shui can help you with this process. It's an ancient Chinese art of placement that integrates all nature's elements into a room, giving it balance. The home, and each room, will incorporate and balance objects and colors that symbolize water, fire, metal, wood, and earth. Studies have shown that when a room contains too much of one element, it becomes uncomfortable and uninviting. (Think of glass and chrome waiting rooms.) In most cases, you can accomplish this balance using objects you already own, although you may need to buy small items such as a throw pillow or a new set of towels.
We always recommend hiring a professional stager, but if that simply isn't in the budget, do visit the library for a book on Feng Shui. You can also refer to my "Seller's Checklist" for items that need to be removed before buyers arrive to view your home.
If you're unsure, please feel free to call me. I spend a lot of time listening to buyers' comments after viewing homes, and can point out items that distract them from fully appreciating your home's benefits. I'll be happy to assist you as you prepare your home - so that when the first buyers arrive, your "Wow factor" will be firmly in place.
Call me today if you need more tips.
P.S. Watch for my next message - What I have to tell you about marketing may show you exactly why your home didn't sell the first time it was listed.