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Selling Your Home - Tips Looking Forward Two Years

by Nancy Linebarier - Stager & Feng Shui Consultant

I recently did a staging consultation on a house that was going on the market. My clients were a young couple and they were expanding their family and buying their second home.

Because of their busy schedule they had left many repair and simple mini upgrades undone thinking they would get to them and not sure where to start or what issues to address.

Now because of this competitive market they need to address these” hanging” items right away.

Repairing doors, painting a ceiling stained from an old leak, broken kitchen door hinges.

The older bathroom that had a cracked and damaged counter top and sink.

Anyway you get the idea.

By doing just a couple of things differently they could have enjoyed their home more, spent less money, and they would have avoided a lot of stress.

Many of us know or have an idea when we may want to sell our home. So whether it is moving to a larger home, retiring or relocating, planning ahead is key.

Spend money where and when it makes sense;

  • Call in a design and or staging professional. It’s only needs to be a 1 hour consultation so that you have a good advise and a solid starting point and a style to work with. A designer will advise you how to spend wisely now, let you know expected costs and often has resources to share as well.
  • Look for and build a relationship with a handyman now.  It is especially important if you do not have the time or expertise to handle items as they come up. There are many great people in the profession that are willing to do very small jobs and can fill their schedule with your items. Work with someone who does “time and material”. Keeping your home in good order allows you to live more comfortably now and pays off later with fewer things to do in the midst of buying and moving.
  • Update small things. You do not have to wait for large projects. For example, replace outdated light fixtures (one room at a time is fine), paint one room, touch up baseboards.
  • Plan ahead with an “update” budget and account. Set aside a few dollars just for these types of expenses. Allow for design time, handyman costs, materials, fixtures. Doing some small things incrementally helps avoid sticker shock
  • Schedule. Plan that every month you accomplish tasks that need to be addressed. Stay disciplined. With busy career and family schedules if you are doing some of the projects yourself only plan what you have time for. ie. If you have only one hour Saturday morning only do a small item, change one fixture and feel good about that accomplishment.

Nancy Linebarier
Interior Designer and Stager
Feng Shui Consultant
Habitat Enhancements
Email Me 

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9 Effective Ways To Prepare Your Home For The Market

by Nancy Linebarier - Stager & Feng Shui Consultant


9 Effective Ways To Prepare Your Home For The Market

Clear your clutter. Clutter is a big negative to a potential buyer. You will be moving to a new home so this provides a great opportunity to pack away, give away or throw away anything you don’t want.

A “Deep Dip Clean” is a must. Have professional cleaners come in to detail the house. Kitchens, Bathrooms, Windows, Carpeting. Cleaning rids a home of many odors that have a negative impact on a buyer. A clean smell is very important. Pet, cooking, smoke and mildew/mold odors are the most common odors that need to be addressed. Covering up with plug-ins or sprays is not effective long term.

Paint; Fresh paint in appealing up to date neutral colors makes a good impression. Paint the front door (and add a new welcome mat). Painting is one of the best, most cost effective things you can do. It is the first impression and introduction to your home and what lays beyond!

Call in a professional Stager. As someone who has staged many hundreds of homes, I go from curb to backyard making recommendations particular to your home. Stagers provide that “third eye” to provide insight and changes that will appeal to your demographic.

Change out dated lighting. It is an inexpensive way to add to appeal.

Change out or remove dated window treatments.

Replace worn or irreparably stained carpet with a new updated neutral look.

Consider adding granite countertops in the kitchen or bathroom counters it will add tremendous value.

Adding fresh plantings and flowers in the landscape and on the front porch is important for curb and backyard appeal.

Nancy Linebarier
Interior Designer and Stager
Feng Shui Consultant
Habitat Enhancements
Email Me 

Author and Business are endorsed by Samia Realty Group
Move2CA - our website
San Francisco Bay Area Home Search  - find San Francisco Bay Area properties for sale
What’s Your San Mateo - San Francisco Bay Area Home Worth? - get current market information for your San Francisco Bay Area home

Maximizing Your Home’s Sales Potential Through Staging

by Nancy Linebarier - Stager & Feng Shui Consultant

Habitat Enhancements

Nancy Linebarier
Stager/Designer

Maximizing Your Home’s Sales Potential Through Staging

In today’s challenging market conditions, most Real Estate professionals and savvy sellers recognize the importance of Staging and properly preparing a property for sale.

In order to maximize your homes sales potential there are several very important things for you to consider:

Whether you are selling a $300,000 starter home or a $3,000,000 executive estate it is critical that your home captures the interest of your targeted market One of the most important things to accomplish this is for your buying demographic to see your property in the best possible light

• Staged homes will generally command top dollar
• Staging of your home highlights the more positive and sought after aspects of a home and softens and diverts attention from the less desirable aspects
• Staged homes will generally sell faster and spend fewer days on the market .
• Staged homes increase the likelihood of generating multiple offers even in today’s challenging market conditions.

Remember; “You only have one chance to make a good first impression”.

In follow up articles I will go into detail on how to implement a successful stage.

Nancy Linebarier
Interior Designer and Stager
Feng Shui Consultant
Habitat Enhancements
Email Me 

Author and Business are endorsed by Samia Realty Group
Move2CA - our website
San Francisco Bay Area Home Search  - find San Francisco Bay Area properties for sale
What’s Your San Mateo - San Francisco Bay Area Home Worth? - get current market information for your San Francisco Bay Area home

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