How my trip to Mesa Verde changed my perspective about design My family and I recently returned from a family vacation at the historic Mesa Verde National Park. For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity, I highly recommend it!Mesa Verde is in the southwestern part of Colorado and known for its well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, notably the huge Cliff Palace. I had only traveled there to run a cross-country race in high school,
Am I truly ready to list my home?
I personally believe that emotional attachment is one of the hardest things to conquer when it comes time to sell your home, at least it was for me. This photo happens to be my home back in Kansas. Oh the memories!
BUT, if you don’t have to think twice about taking down the personal photos, have the heart to paint over the children’s room (see photo below), pack the treasured knick-knacks, or ditch the drapes that you paid high dollar for in 1980, you are off to a good start.
I cannot overstate how important it is to have an open mind when selling. You need to view your home as a product rather than a house. As with any product, homes for sale must be marketable and appealing in order bring people through the front door.
So, what happens when taking down your baby photos you become overwhelmed with emotions as you reminisce about the precious memories made in your home? Perhaps you are certain that if your Frasier dad-chair is removed, Game of Thrones would never be the same. If this describes you, you just may have some emotional connections that could hold you back to properly preparing your home to sell. Believe me, I’ve been there on a personal level. Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia was my escape.
Because I have experienced this on a personal level, I can empathize with the emotional roller-coaster when selling. The good news is that I’ve also been there on a professional level. It’s much easier when the home to be sold is not our own. Home stagers are trained to be empathetic yet bring attention to what it will take to help showcase your home. We will come through the front door with fresh eyes.
The next thing to consider is time. So, you painted that room ten years ago, surely it will be a snap to do it again…except now you are 10 years older with a million more responsibilities. If the funds allow, I strongly encourage you to hire professionals to take care of things not at your skill level. Carefully chosen investments for updating or upgrading may be what differentiates you from the competition.
I use the term “carefully chosen investments” purposely. The investments in prepping your home almost always pay off, and then some. Using professionals will increase the likelihood of your home selling quicker and for more money. Every month your home is on the market, you are likely making a mortgage payment. PLUS, professionals can get the job done in half the time and, let’s face it, will likely look a lot better than what you would have done.
Once the home improvements not in the realm of a stagers ability are complete, the staging begins. Done properly, it takes a lot of time and planning to market a home from a staging perspective. Staging is a lot more than clearing off the counter tops. Decluttering, depersonalizing, space planning, and obtaining updated accessories are just a few examples that will be required for staging a home.
Stagers research the demographics, assess the competition, and then do what it takes to make your home ready to list. So, if you are ready to take this on, then I applaud you! If not, don’t leave money on the table and invest in the pros. whenever possible.
It’s already August! It’s hard to believe the beginning of school is right around the corner! Our spring consisted of snow until after Mother’s Day resulting in shortened summer activities which is a bummer when you live in Colorado. I am a Colorado native, but we raised our children in Kansas, so they had no idea how many added activities they could do in a dryer climate. Fortunately, they are both attending college in Colorado
We meet you where you are at The world of home staging and redesign has grown tremendously over the past decade, thanks in part to HGTV. We have also observed expanding growth opportunities for professionals within the industry. There are stagers who specialize in vacant and/or occupied staging, those who also provide color consultations, photo prep sessions, personal shopping, and those who specialize in consultations and reports. We are also trained to redesign spaces when
Do I really need this many wooden spoons? If you are preparing to list your home, NOW is the time to have a serious pep talk with yourself about how to tackle “the purge”. It is crucial to attack this from a practical perspective, otherwise you will find every excuse to keep items that will continue to bog down space both on a physical and emotional level. If you are on the fence about
Common misconceptions about home staging! Misconception: The home stager only works on the interior of the home. Reality: The home stager’s evaluation starts at the curb. We will address landscaping needs, exterior paint, things in need of repair, and excessive clutter. Basically, if an item doesn’t add to the aesthetic beauty of the surroundings, it shouldn’t be part of the first impression. Misconception: Home staging and home decorating are basically the same. Reality: While many professionals can
Am I truly ready to list my home? I personally believe that emotional attachment is one of the hardest things to conquer when it comes time to sell your home, at least it was for me. This photo happens to be my home back in Kansas. Oh the memories! BUT, if you don’t have to think twice about taking down the personal photos, have the heart to paint over the children’s room (see photo below),