New Hampshire Home Staging - Feeling The Love
You've probably heard that once you list your New Hampshire home, it's no longer a "home" but now a "house" for sale....a product. Although it's important to remember that selling a house is marketing a product, it's also important to make sure that your product is emotionally appealing to buyers.
Janice Ankrett, professional Home Stager in Canada, suggests feeling the love when it comes to real estate preparation and I totally agree!
In Staging we talk a lot about de-personalizing a home. We talk about creating a neutral envelope and about helping the buyer focus on their lifestyle while they view the home.
That's all true, but we never forget to leave in the warmth. It can be a fine line and if you cross it, you lose that 'feeling'.... the feeling of 'home'.
So don't forget that lov'n feeling when you prepare your home for sale. Your home should look and feel like a home that is working for the present owner.
A child's room should be tidy and uncluttered but still have that 'cute' appealing look that makes a buyer imagine how pleased their child would be in the room.
A Kitchen should be spotlessly clean and ready for the closest of inspections but not stripped completely. Here we walk a fine line between looking like a model home and looking like a kitchen that is functioning well for the owner.
If the style of your home means you entertain in the kitchen, add some 'dining' touches to elevate the space. Upgrade the chandelier and the table and chairs.
Make sure the Great Room looks spacious with good traffic flow but don't make it cold.
Show them where they can relax and watch a game or a movie with friends and family.
Turn on the fireplace if it's cold outside.
Master Bedrooms, no matter what the size, need to show the buyer their retreat from the world. Don't crowd it with excess furniture. Make sure the closet shows it holds a couples clothes.
If your bedding is tired, use the new bedding now. It will help you sell. Add touches of romance with candles.
Get the kids toys or the office area out of the room.
Yes, do remove family pictures, religious items and used soaps or tooth brushes.
Show the buyers a home you find comfortable, a home that works for you. Just don't show them those dirty sneakers, over flowing hampers, wet towels or make them smell last nights dinner. Leave the warmth but not the drudgery.
Leave that lov'n feeling.
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