House hunting is like speed dating |

House hunting is like speed dating

Special to Summit Homes and Properties


Have you heard of this dating craze? Singles meet 20 or more potential mates in one evening by having five minute “dates” with each of them. Within five minutes, the “interviewer” is expected to make as important a decision as to whether or not to further pursue a relationship with the “interviewee.” It’s all about first impressions. Everyone goes into one of these “dates” with a logical list of qualities that they expect their mate to possess. But when the chemistry and emotional connection are right, who remembers logic? We follow our hearts.If you’ve ever gone house hunting, you can see the similarities. Your agent will take you to six or more houses in a single afternoon. Within minutes, you’ll reject most and possibly choose one property to go back to for a second look. Did any of these properties meet your criteria? Or did one of them just grab you and wouldn’t let go?

As the homeowner, your goal is to romance potential buyers … you want them to lose their hearts and say, “This is home, we have to have this house!”Home Staging is all about creating the best first impression – paving the way for potential buyers to fall in love. Creating just the right atmosphere is accomplished in the overall look of your home, but it’s also very much in the details.Potential buyers start to form an opinion of your house before they even walk through your front door. It’s important to maximize curb appeal, but then you must also carry that same attention to detail into the rest of the house.

Expensive furnishings don’t necessarily help sell your home. But, an organized and calm interior can put buyers at ease and help them imagine their own furnishings in the space.The furnishings should also suit the target market of the home. If you’re selling a high-end home, it shouldn’t look like students are tenants in all of your rooms. If necessary, rent more appropriate furniture to project the right image. If you have a smaller property, scale down your furniture so that the square footage is visually scaled up. Many homeowners have the right ‘stuff,’ but there’s just too much of it and many items can be better used in different rooms. And don’t forget that “lived in” feeling created by greenery.

More often than not, homeowners are surprised by how much better their home works for them after it’s been staged. That’s a major plus, especially if the property doesn’t sell. You now have a more comfortable, newly decorated home to live in.JACKIE PICARD is a certified Professional Home Staging Expert. She has successfully staged many homes for clients as well as a number of her own own properties. Call (970) 485-1514, e-mail or visit for more information on consultation, home staging, move-in, condo makeover and one-day redecorating services.

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