We all love our kids and are so proud to see them spread their wings and start their own lives. However, sometimes moving forwards first requires them to take a temporary step backward. Many of us have experienced our kids moving back home for awhile to be able to take that step forward.
This home had a nice open floor plan, which worked great for the family. However, once one of their kids had to move back in for awhile, that open floor plan became a large storage area.
One of the great things about this home was that it had two staircases. The main staircase was grand and made quite a statement when you first walked into the home. The second staircase, which was in the family room, seemed forgotten and felt like it just took up valuable square footage. It also had these tall 20 foot ceilings that felt a bit cavernous. Our job was to take advantage of the height while still making the rooms feel cozy and inviting.
We used great artwork to bring our eyes up and to make the forgotten staircase seem part of the family room. Also some great rugs on top of the dated carpeting really made the rooms feel fresh and inviting to all potential buyer’s.
The staging helped the home sell quickly and now the seller’s and their daughter are able to move into their new……..but separate homes.
When it comes time to move from the home you’ve raised your family in, it’s never easy. However, now all those years of memories need to be tucked away. The time has come to take a cold, hard look at your home and try to see it the way new buyer’s will see it. All the little projects that went on the back burner are now staring you in the face. Most people can’t afford to do a remodel and why would you want to. There’s no way of knowing whether the changes you would like will actually help or hurt your chances of selling the home.
The goal now is to get your home looking as good as possible, while spending the least amount of money. More than likely you will need to clean or replace the carpeting and paint the walls. Finally, you will want to freshen and update the feel of the home. That’s where staging comes in!
With this home, the family wanted to move closer to their out of state children and grandchildren. So the work began. Their furniture was packed and shipped to their new home. The interior was painted a nice neutral light gray color then we were able to come in and work our magic. We wanted to downplay the dated area’s of the home and accentuate the wonderful qualities the home had, which included a view that went on forever.
I can not overstate how important it is to capture the buyer’s interest as soon as they walk into the home. Many buyer’s have told us that they know within the first few seconds of entering the home whether they want to continue viewing it or not. I was one of those picky buyers. I would step inside the home and either like what I saw, or, I would utter a big “Nope”. Now that first impression also includes photos that all potential buyer’s can view online. You want to capture their interest on that first photo.
The next chapter of your life is beginning. Embrace it. Rejoice in knowing that a new family will soon begin to make their own wonderful memories there.
Many of today’s buyer’s are much more sophisticated, not only in technology, but also in what they are looking for in a new home. Most buyer’s view the online photo’s before they ever go out to see the home. They have also seen the shows on HGTV showcasing homes that have not only been updated utilizing current trends, but have been decorated by professionals. This sets the bar pretty high for most normal sellers. That’s where staging can really help.
This home had a wonderful floor plan and beautiful yards with a pool. So what could be missing you ask?? The home felt a little dated and color palate needed an infusion of color. A color most popular with buyer’s today is blue, which worked beautifully with the tan’s and brown’s currently in the home.
So working in a gorgeous blue color along with restyling the existing furniture and adding in some fun pieces really changed the feel of the home. In fact, the entire energy of the home changed! When the seller’s got to see their newly staged home for the first time, the wife actually cried as she felt her home was now so beautiful. That always a good feeling.
Well not only did the home sell quickly, they had a bidding war and the home ended up selling for $20,000 above asking price. Now that would make even make the HGTV generation stand up and take notice!!