Sounds like a great title for something pertaining to business. It is business, just personal business. We met with the realtor and setup a meeting with the stager. The stager doesn’t actually decorate your home for sale, their job is to let you know what will help sell your home.
Candy came over and spent just over an hour with me. I took notes! She started with the outside and mentioned that curb appeal will get buyers in. Our yard is a bit over grown so she suggested removing anything dead, trim and mulch. She also recommended power washing the walkway to the door and polishing/painting around the door jam. ( Might need a new door mat too).
Next she mentioned something about a 10 second rule. Once a buyer walks in the door they decide within 10 seconds whether they love it or hate it. Wow! So, standing at the doorway she looks and smells. I’m looking at her intently with a puzzled look.
She says immediately that she wants to see through to the living room. I’ve always wanted that room out of view from the front door, but she says no. She is the expert. We spent a lot of time in the living room. She took out a runner, removed a large side table, a love seat, couch table and re-arraned another table and few decorative pieces. Now I can only sit 4 instead of 6 in my living room. Ok, if it sells fine. She suggested to remove personal stuff, pictures, anything with our name on it, anything that would point to a religion or ethnicity. My husband’s office decor screams a very in your face sports fan. So I removed his prized framed jerseys and borrowed a globe picture from my neighbor.
Candy suggested that we add some kind of room sent like vanilla or clean linen near the front door. We went room by room noting changes that needed to be made. For the bedrooms she asked for a couple of pieces of furniture be removed. In the master closet, she asked for everything to be off the floor and moved up. In the bathrooms all personal stuff, tooth brushes, etc. be placed out of sight. Same thing with the kitchen, bare countertops. And everything in the pantry off the floor.
I need to fix a cabinet that separated from the wall in the kitchen. Some one came out and said I have to have the whole thing brought down, repaired and put back up. Ugh! I’ve spent the week painting (touching up) and scrubbing. (I’ve actually washed the doors). We had the carpets cleaned and now my house is as pristine as it’s going to get.
Hurricane Harvey is hitting to the south of us. My plans for mulching and taking care of the outside stalled. The one good thing about the rain is that once the ground is saturated, it will be easier to remove weeds. I already removed an entire outside trash can full of weeds behind the garage. And around some equipment I need to wait for the 20 or so inches that are forecasted to fall, then those bad boy weeds will come out. So the weekend will be spent inside. I’m trying my best to look on the bright side. There are so many people that will need to make repairs after this storm. I hope we don’t have more to repair. That budget keeps me awake at night. I spent $80 on paint and $325 for carpet cleaning so far.