The transition to a new home can be one of the most stressful things humans endure. The best thing you can do for yourself is to declutter/pare down your possessions before you begin the process of making your home market ready. It is much easier on you and your family to get a handle on your belongings before your move, as opposed to unpacking boxes of unwanted items in your new home. And, if you're going to list your home while you're still residing in it, it is a must.
1. It is crucial to go room by room and take a detailed assessment of everything you own and what you actually use every day.
2. If closets are mainly full of storage items, decide what actually needs to be kept. For the items that you don’t need easy access to, consider donating, storing, or throwing away.
3. For each item, try to ask yourself how valuable it is to you. Does this item bring meaning and joy to my life? If the answer is no, it’s time for it to go.
4. If the kitchen is bursting at the seams with every possible cooking gadget or appliance, determine what is used daily, or at most a few times a month. Donate or store the rest.
5. For clothing and other items that you still like, but never wear or use, create a pile for re-gifting! If the items are still in good condition, someone else may really love to have that beautiful scarf that only gets worn once a year because you live in Houston.
Once every room has been pared down, it's much easier for buyers to see the home and visualize the potential of each space. Once these tasks are complete, the home is now ready for staging. These two steps combined (paring down and staging) will ensure you're putting your best foot forward on day one of your listing.
by Andrée Guillory, Lead Stager, Reveal Home Staging
Over the holiday, we had time to veg out a little (ok, maybe a lot). During a Netflix binge, we came across a documentary that moved us enough to want to share it with you. It's called “Minimalism, A Documentary About the Important Things”
To many of us, the idea of a minimalist lifestyle isn't a completely foreign idea, however it's still likely in the stages of 'Um, that's a little extreme/I wish I could do that/How on earth does anyone do that?/No way I'll be able to do that'. Especially in anything but a one person household.
But, like with any concept presented in extreme form, it may lose the attention of its audience quickly. So, here is the most important take-away from the film:
Do all the things you own bring meaning, function, and lasting fulfillment and joy to you or your family members' lives?
Of course, there will be items that don't check all the boxes; that's almost impossible to get around. But, if most of your possessions haven't been in view in the last year or so, it may be time to take a hard look at all the things we own, as well as our further desire to consume.
The act of paring down can seem like a daunting task, especially in large homes. This is why it's so important to involve everyone in the household. Making everyone a part of the discussion and decision making will undoubtedly create more awareness, and will help the process move along more quickly. And it’s a great way to help teach kids to value the things they own, and ultimately connect more with our family and loved ones, not our things.
How does this relate to home staging for the market? Join us next week for 5 tips for transitioning to a more minimal look.
by Andrée Guillory, Lead Stager, Reveal Home Staging
As 2016 comes to a close we wanted to reach out and wish you and yours a very Happy Holiday Season.
And we also wanted to share with you some of our success stories from this year.
Since March of this year, we've helped sell over $14 Million in real estate in the Houston area. And despite what has become a more challenging market, we've helped sellers get their homes sold in record time with our home staging experts. Now more than ever, your home has to stand out.
For homes that were previously listed, the average Days on Market (DOM) was 109. After staging, the average dropped to 21 DOM.
For homes that were previously not listed and staged with us, the average was just under 5 weeks. Yes, staging your home matters that much.
Of the homes we staged in the Houston area in 2016:
We were just thrilled with these stats and wanted to share them with you. As we move into next year, please keep our team in mind to help you and your clients get their homes sold faster. We can't wait to help sell even more homes in 2017!
Last time we talked about mattresses and sheets, now it's on to pillows and the finishing touches.
For a queen-sized bed, use two pillows, covered first with pillow protectors (again, think easily laundered) then placed in matching pillow cases. A king bed will need two king-sized pillows, dressed as above, or three standard-sized pillows. Next, place the decorative shams followed by the accent pillows. This is where you will have fun choosing a palette of colors that bring you much joy and happiness. Place a coordinating throw at the end of the bed, for chilly nights; or if you live in a warm climate, for an added pop of color.
You now have an inviting and comfortable bed to welcome you at the end of the day. Studies show, a well-made bed, put together first thing in the morning, actually leads to a more productive day and a positive outlook. It is one of the first things you can cross off your list, resulting in a sense of well-being and success, which can create a domino effect for the rest of your day.
The National Sleep Foundation reports that 75 percent of people get a better night’s sleep when resting upon clean bedding. Consider laundering your sheets at least once per week in hot soapy water, and don’t forget to tumble dry. The body sheds skins cells at night, and excretes oils and perspiration, leaving these biological remains in a warm environment for roughly eight hours a night. With this in mind, it is nice to have three sets of sheets per bed: one to use, one to wash, and one to spare. Obviously this is a “most-desirable” scenario, and even starting out with one very nice sheet set, and another to rotate in, will still give you the benefit of fresh and clean.
By Janice Brittain, Contributing Writer for Reveal Home Staging