home staging

Flowers on the front porch can make our senior parents house even more welcomingAre you or your senior parents planning on selling a house this summer? If so, be sure to have it ready to sell before you put it on the market. That's such a crucial time period and not one to waste. How can you prepare it?

  • Go through the house and remove all personal items that you possibly can – photos, statues, special decor, unusual lamps. When the prospective buyers come to look at it, you want them to be thinking "how will my family and our belongings fit in this house." If they see your personal items, that can prevent them from successfully accomplishing their goal and they'll move on to the next home.
  • Clean, clean, CLEAN – both scrubbing clean and smelling clean. This is always so vital but especially for those homes that have had pets, smokers, or aging parents with constantly closed windows. Odors remain in carpets, curtains, and sometimes even the walls. Have as much cleaned as possible. I also like to buy several of those deoderizing solids (my favorite is apple/cinnamon – but there are also citrus scents, vanilla, cookies baking, and more). I would put them in every room and when you walked it, the house just smelled so great.
  • Stage the items left in the home – whether it's a full house of furniture or just a few items left behind for staging. When we sold one house after we had moved out, it had a bedroom where the dining room used to be so we turned it back into a dining room because that's what buyers were looking for in that market. But I also made sure we noted on the sales info that it could be used as a downstairs bedroom in case any multigenerational families came to look at it. We bought several tall and lovely faux plants on sale at Walmart and placed them in various rooms to give them a nicer look, along with a corner table and lamp artfully placed in various corners to make each room look warm and inviting. We got several great comments as feed-back from other real estate agents and their clients.
  • Leave lights on and, if possible, curtains open 24/7. We used to live near several model homes and noticed they always did that and their homes looked wonderful day and night. Thus, I wasn't surprised to see this recommendation several times in various articles on the topic. 
  • Don't forget the outside. Make sure to have it mowed regularly. This is definitely NOT the time to save time or money by going a few extra days between mowing and trimming. Have it done at least once a week.
  • Flowers at the front porch lend a wonderful curbside appeal that seems to say, "Welcome" to all who come.

You can find more excellent tips from Realtor and Bankrate. And check out this article from Meg Ross of Keller Williams – 101 Ways To Prepare Your House For Sale. I'm saving that one too! 

Did you know that Twitter is an excellent resource for those involved in or interested in property investments. I have been active on Twitter for several months. As you may guess, based on SandwichINK, I have several interesting “Tweeple” I regularly read who write about all things caregiving. But I also have many who write about real estate.

From real estate agents to real estate investors to real estate blog-geeks, there are plenty on Twitter with great ideas and info. When I searched Twellow, the Yellow Pages for Twitter, the key words “real estate” show over 25,000 listings! Most of the ones I follow are in the real estate business and I find plenty of useful items of interest, even for those of us who aren’t real estate agents. I’ve learned great marketing tips, encouraging real estate info, and home staging ideas from different tweeps. Here are just a few of the ones I’m following and enjoying:

@BlogBoy2 – The infotech for Sugar Pine Realty in Sonora frequently has fascinating bits of info.

@PChaney – A social media expert who writes on a wide variety of issues, including real estate. I’ve enjoyed his real estate book, Realty Blogging: Build Your Brand and Out-Smart Your Competition, as well.

@nik_nik – Her site is an excellent real estate technology knowledge base and her tweets show that.

@realtors – As you can imagine, the National Association for Realtors (NAR) tweets plenty of interesting links on real estate, including a great article on the 2009 first time home buyer tax credit. That’s a great article to pass on to our adult kids and grandkids!

@TerriMurphy – Author of the real estate agent’s book, Terri Murphy’s E-Listing and E-Selling Secrets: For the Technologically “Clueless,” which I have and enjoyed, she posts about marketing in a wide variety of areas

@RemaxFoothills – a real estate company from South Carolina with some real estate tweets of interest.

@StagingFlorida – A home stager with  interesting links and info primarily centered around staging your home for sale. I’m a big beliver that home staging can help sell a home fast, so I’m always on the lookout for new tips in that area.

@Aging_In_Place – And last, but not least, one of my caregiving Tweeple who shares my real estate interests. His site is an excellent resource for helping you help your aging parents stay in their own home, or be more comfortable and safe in your home.

This is just a handful of all the great real estate tweeters out there. I’ll keep my eyes open and add to this list down the road. In the meantime, enjoy their tweets, and do follow me as well.   🙂    @SandwichINK.  I write about real estate, caregiving, and other items of interest from the multi-generational perspective as a member of the Sandwich Generation of caregivers, grandparents, and more.