Living with a staged home
Home Staging.BY JACKIE PICARDYou’ve decided to sell, and your house is now officially on the market. The possibility of your home being shown at any time of day is a reality. To keep your home in “top show condition,” adopt a simple routine. Give yourself a few extra minutes every day to attend to the following suggestions, and get everyone else who lives in the house to do their part.Bathrooms Every morning when you brush your teeth, shower, put on make-up, shave, etc., make sure all items used are put out of sight before you leave the room … later may never come and you will be caught! – Wipe out the sink and faucet with cloth to keep them sparkling;- Put toilet lid down; and- Be sure that all towels are folded and neatly hanging on the rods.Bedrooms- Make all beds;- Fluff decorator pillows before you have your morning coffee;- Hang up or put away all clothing;- Install closet organizers;
– Put a clothes hamper in every closet for easy clean-up; and- Keep bedside tables clutter free – and this means tissue boxes or reading material!Living room, family room – Remove all clutter, especially the remote controls! Put them away or in a decorative box;- Return any objects that were left out the night before to their storage place and throw away yesterday’s newspaper;- Walk through the rooms making sure accessories and decorator pillows are put in their proper place; and – Store all magazines, books or coasters that may take up residence on the coffee table.Dining room- Remove clutter and push in chairs; and – Place fresh flowers on the tabletop or buffet.Kitchen – Be sure the dishes are washed and out of sight;- Keep counters and appliances spotlessly clean;
– Wipe sink and faucet dry and put away any towels that have been used;- Stand back and make sure the decorative accessories and appliances are in place; – Place live plants and/or flowers on the countertop where there’s room; and – Store any small appliances that may have been used.Patio- Make sure furniture and any other items are in place and free of clutter; – Check awnings and umbrellas for dirt or collecting leaves; – Cut dead leaves off of plants and flowers so they look fresh; – Roll up hoses; – Remove cobwebs from any and all surfaces; and – Blow off any dirt, dust, leaves, etc., that have collected over night. Front and backyards- Be sure all clutter, toys, and debris are removed and out of sight;
– Make sure all your blinds are open evenly from the outside view;- Be sure exterior concrete and stone are either hosed down, blown, or swept; – Walkways should be cleared of snow; and- Check for unwelcomed pet droppings occurring during the night.Things to remember in general- Dust bust all floors;- Make sure all surfaces are dust-free;- Clean smudges from glass, mirrors, windows and TVs; – Open your blinds and window treatments and check for cobwebs;- Never walk by a spill or a smudge … it is easier to wipe them away on a regular basis than to end up with a dirty house that cannot be shown with a 15-minute notice;- Have a key holder for everyone to use … a decorative box is perfect for the job; and- Look behind as you leave the house to make sure all is complete and your house is ready to show. Remember, the above process should take no more than 15 minutes if all family members do their part on a daily basis.If you follow these simple steps your home will always be presentable for a sold sign to go up.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.mountainhomestaging.com for more information on consultation, home staging, move-in, condo makeover and one-day redecorating services.
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