Sheron Cardin's Input...: October 2007

I have been an interior designer for over 27 years and I have always taught my clients the principles I used while decorating their home so they may enjoy decorating too. The home staging trend in residential real estate is a great way to reach more people every day and what I enjoy the most is they are learning the basics of good design through staging. It is my dream for every person to know the joy and pride of living in a decorated home.

Is Your House Ready For Today's Market? 10 Tips to Make Sure!

handsMost homes are decorated WRONG if decorated at all. Since entering the decorating business in the early 80's, I can count on two hands how many homes I have walked into where the furniture was in the right place, the art was hung the right height, window coverings were flattering and functional, and accessories were exciting and fresh. I can count on one hand how many homes CLOSETS were neat and organized...smelling fresh, and towel bars were lint free and polished, dog dishes coordinated with the decor, and the beds were made properly.

tooth brushAnother bugaboo of mine is seeing liquid soaps, shampoos, moisturizers, toothbrush holders, cleaners, sponges, laundry soaps, and squeegees all out in plain sight. This may sound very anal but when was the last time you walked into a model home and thought about your teeth? All these items on counters and shelves do just that...they take you down the hygiene highway far away from where you are supposed to be heading.

magazinesSo as far fetched as it may seem, if you are going to be showing your home to anyone other than cousin Joe and Aunt Mildrid, then you better get your home shaped up for prospective buyers. There is a good chance they just went through the model homes down by the school and have a slew of decorating magazine's in their kitchens looking for the right kind of place they can call home. So if you want to sell your home to these people, you are going to have to catch up and match up.

 

Dear Consumer,

Here is a quick list to help you visualize what you must do if you want to compete and win in the house selling game:

  1. Your yard, front and back, needs to look better than everyone else's on your block.
  2. Your exterior lights at night need to be brighter than anyone else's on the block
  3. The paint color of your house needs to be fresh and current.
  4. Your front door and entrance to your front door need to be spotless and colorful.
  5. Your view from the entry in your home needs to be decorated and clearly defined.
  6. Each room needs to reflect the purpose of that room like a page out of a magazine.
  7. Every closet and cabinet needs to be organized and odor free.
  8. All hardware and lighting fixtures need to be fresh and working properly.
  9. All walls and floors must look and feel new.
  10. The lifestyle of your target market needs to be addressed and presented clearly.

I know this is a lot of work but today's market is a NEW MARKET with above average expectations! If you fall short and don't give it your best effort, then your buyers will keep looking for someone who does.

how2homestage.com shows you how to do it yourself. 

 

 

Namaste

Comment balloon 14 commentsSheron Cardin • October 25 2007 11:50AM
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