Blog :: 11-2015

It's All About The Journey ... Thanksgiving ? Time for Turkey, Stuffing and?Staging

Geri Turkey

Everyone wants a home where your guests feel welcome, relaxed and right at home. You know you’re successful in creating a welcoming atmosphere if you end up with a house guest that never wants to leave! You may dread that situation as a host, but as a seller you hope a buyer not only wants to spend more time in your home but can envision themselves living there.

Selling during the holidays provides a perfect opportunity for potential buyers to see your home as their future gathering spot! Here are a few Thanksgiving decorating tips that will have buyers gobbling up your home. (Yes, I went there)

 

Set the Table (this may be the only time of year this suggestion makes sense)

thanksgiving table

Let your buyers’ picture themselves sitting at a beautifully set table and enjoying the ambiance of the holiday. This shows your home’s potential for entertaining which is sometimes hard for buyers to envision. Bring out the fine china, linens and pretty serving pieces. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving, this will also give you a head start in preparation for Turkey Day!

Less Is More…Usually

thanksgiving fireplace

Thanksgiving is a holiday where most people overindulge. As Jay Leno quipped, “You know you ate too much for Thanksgiving when you have to let your bathrobe outâ€. During holiday selling season, you have a little more leeway to display family items, decorations and photos that are normally put away in a staging scenario. People tend to feel nostalgic for family at this time of year and a few of these items can make your home feel cozy and inviting.

A “Peel†to the Senses

thanksgiving simmer pot

Simmer pots are one of the easiest ways to make your home smell amazing. Just fill a saucepan with water, bring to a boil then add your favorite autumn scented ingredients. Allow to simmer gently on the stove top, topping up the water when needed. Soon the scent will fill your entire house. Don’t have time to keep an eye on the stove? Bake a pie or cookies - even "slice and bake" will do or the oldest trick around is to put a dab of vanilla or almond extract on a lightbulb-the scent will be heated when the light is on and will permeate throughout the house. Word of caution - it's easy to overstep the line on this one.

Nature’s bounty

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Seasonal fruits can make beautiful and inexpensive decorations. Fill a bowl with green apples, mason jars with cranberries, or create a centerpiece of nicely arranged gourds.

 

Everyone is busy at this time of year, especially holiday home sellers. By using a few simple tips your buyers will walk away with a good feeling about your home and you’ll be thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's all about the Journey ... Step up the look of the Staircase

The stairs may be the last place a homeowner thinks about updating. But stairs often dominate the landscape, and updating them can bring a fresh and modern perspective to your home. A few changes can take your staircase from drab to fab!

Remove the Carpet or Add a Runnercarpet coming off stairs

custom-cream-carpet-stair-runner

Since stairs are used so much, the carpet can look dingy and worn. Replace the carpet with hardwood or even new, updated carpet in a neutral palette. If the hardwood is in good shape but you like the look of carpet, adding a runner can provide an instant update.

 

Paint the Stairs

painted stairs

If you take the carpet off and don't like what you see underneath, paint the stairs in a fun color to coordinate with the rest of your entry. If it’s the main foyer be careful to use a color that will be appealing to a wide variety of buyers.

 

Paint the Risers

painted risers

If you want to keep your treads in natural hardwood, it is easy to add some color or design by just concentrating on the risers. A coat of white paint refreshes scuffed risers. Adding a color can make a bold statement. (Think strategically, your goal is to sell the house, so the same rules apply to painting risers as painting the entire staircase).

 

Update the Balusters (the spindles that come down from the railing to the floor) or Stain the Handrail a Darker Shade

Iron_baluster_before_and_after

dark stained handrail

Change the baluster or handrail if you have a bigger budget. If you don’t, a little sweat equity goes a long way. Consider staining an oak railing a darker color to give it a fresh clean look. If you have oak balusters, painting them white can contrast nicely with a dark stained handrail and take your staircase out of the 1980’s and into 2015.

 

Add a Newel Post

newell post

Adding an architectural element can create interest on a lackluster staircase.

 

Decorate the Wall in the Staircase with Artwork

solid color frames

Change outdated, mismatched frames and move them into modern frames in a uniform color and pattern.

 

Add Decorative Molding

molding staircase

Wainscoting adds a classic, timeless element to your stairway. Raised or flat panels going up the stair wall and underneath can add visual interest to an otherwise overlooked area. If your budget is tight, adding trim molding imitates the look of raised panels for a lot less money.

 

Take a look at your staircase with a fresh pair of eyes. Doing some of these improvements can have a dramatic effect on modernizing the entire foyer and adding a welcoming vibe to your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since stairs are used so much, the carpet can look dingy and worn. Replace the carpet with hardwood or even new, updated carpet in a neutral palette. If the hardwood is in good shape but you like the look of carpet, adding a runner can provide an instant update.

Paint the stairs.

If you take the carpet off and don't like what you see underneath, paint the stairs in a fun color to coordinate with the rest of your entry. If it’s the main foyer be careful to use a color that will be appealing to a wide variety of buyers.

Paint the risers.

If you want to keep your treads in natural hardwood, it is easy to add some color or design by just concentrating on the risers. A fresh coat of white paint refreshes scuffed risers. Adding a color can make a bold statement. (Think strategically, your goal is to sell the house, so the same rules apply to painting risers as painting the entire staircase).

Update the handrail.

Change the baluster or handrail if you have a bigger budget. If you don’t, a little sweat equity goes a long way. Consider staining an oak railing a darker color to give it a fresh clean look. If you have oak spindles, painting them white can contrast nicely with a dark stained handrail and take your staircase out of the 1980’s and into 2015.

Add a decorative ornament to the newel post.

Adding an architectural element can create interest on a lackluster staircase.

Decorate the wall above the stairs with new artwork.

Change outdated, mismatched frames and move them into modern frames in a uniform color.

Add wainscoting.

Wainscoting adds a classic, timeless element to your stairway. Raised or flat panels going up the stair wall and underneath can add visual interest to an otherwise overlooked area. If your budget is tight, adding trim molding imitates the look of raised panels for a lot less money.

Take a look at your staircase with a fresh pair of eyes. Doing some of these improvements can have a dramatic effect on modernizing the entire foyer.

 

 

 

It's All About The Journey ... Come In From The Cold!

76 Quarry Entry

Entryways and foyers create a transition from outside elements to the inner warmth of your home. You want buyers to feel welcome, comfortable and intrigued to see more. Don’t underestimate the importance of creating a welcoming entry.

Try these easy ideas to add vibrancy to your vestibule or fizz to your foyer and buyers will feel right at home!

 

Let there be Light

foyer lighting

For overhead lighting, suspend a pendant or a chandelier high enough so that the tallest person you can imagine won’t hit their head. Hanging it much higher loses its visual effect and if you hang it much lower it could cut off someone's head.

A table lamp also casts a soft glow that blankets your space just enough for you to function without causing a harsh glare. Keep the base slim so the lamp doesn’t feel overwhelming, especially on a slender console table.

 

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

foyer mirror

A mirror helps create the illusion of extra space. Make sure that it is in proportion to the dimensions of the foyer.

A mirror also reflects light and can bring the sun into a darker hallway. If you follow Feng Shui, do not place a mirror directly opposite the front door as this would send the Chi or energy in the home right back out.

 

Nook Look

foyer seating

If you have a little nook in the foyer, tuck in a table and a chair (or even just a chair) to give it a cozier feel.

Give the chair a pop of color by covering it with fabric in a lively pattern or a small pillow. This also provides a spot for people to remove shows in inclement weather.

 

Shut the Front Door

foyer door

Front doors make an impact on the outside and inside of your home. Consider painting the interior of the door a color that coordinates with the accessories in your foyer.

Ensure the door can open fully without encumbrances behind it.

 

Keep it Simple

foyer no clutter

An outdoor mat keeps the entry free from debris. Once inside, the foyer should be simple, neat and organized. An area rug can be added to warm up the space in colder months. Keys, coins, mail, shoes etc. should be organized and stored out of sight. A cluttered, messy entry is a big turn-off to buyers.

 

Which way do I go?

foyer runner

No one likes to enter a space and be confused where to go next. Consider a runner or artwork on the walls to cause the eye to go in the direction you want buyers to go.

 

Bring the Outdoors In

foyer plants

A potted plant, or a vase filled with fresh flowers brings life to the space. Make sure they are well-tended. Replace flowers before they become wilted and ensure your plants have adequate sunlight and water.

 

Follow these tips and buyers will feel welcome, relaxed and excited to continue the tour of your home.

Call me to find out how to get buyers to your front door!