5 Tips for Staging Your Home During the Holidays

Tis the season to bring out the decorations and hang the festive lights. If your home is on the market, however, there are a few considerations to keep in mind this time of year. While it’s certainly okay to embrace the holiday spirit, the key is to do so in a way that feels luxurious. Here are a few tips for decorating your home in a way that’s sure to please any potential buyers.

Keep it Simple
“Less is more” is one of the golden rules of staging and that certainly rings true during the holidays. It’s essential not to go over the top with extravagant decorations and lighting displays, as that can be overwhelming. Instead, try going for an understated feel that’s festive and inviting without being too personalized. Remember, it’s important that your home feels appealing to as many high-end homebuyers as possible.

Holiday Curb Appeal
Greeting guests with some holiday cheer at your front door is always encouraged. If you’re the house on the block that takes pride in an elaborate display each year, you might want to rein it in this time because a simple lighting arrangement and wreath will do the trick.

Tasteful Touches
You can create a cozy ambience throughout your home with just a few touches, like a bowl of pinecones in the foyer, a garland around your banister and stockings hanging from the mantle. The dining room table can be a fun place to create a holiday centerpiece that buyers can envision themselves gathering around.

Seasonal Scents
In addition to candles and essential oils, there are other ways to capture the most alluring seasonal scents in your home, such as making your own pomander with cloves and oranges or boiling a pot of cinnamon sticks and orange peels on the stove.

Maintain Balance
When you’re decorating, it’s important to do so in a way that complements your interiors. Keep a sense of space and harmony by using colors that go well with your current palette and a tree that’s well-portioned to the size of the room.

Easy Home Staging Tips

For most of us, our home is the biggest investment we will ever make. When it comes time to sell, treating your home as such will help you get a bigger return on your investment. You want it to look it’s very best when potential buyers come through or view your photos online. First impressions matter, which is where home staging comes in. Home staging emphasizes its strengths and minimizes its weaknesses. This is important for your marketing photos and when potential buyers are trying to visualize a life there.

Here are a few tips to help you get your home ready to sell.

Declutter

One of the first things you want to do is declutter. Clutter takes up space and space is what sells. Make your home look bigger and more desirable by editing down to just the basics.

De-personalize

De-personalizing goes hand-in-hand with decluttering. You want potential buyers to be able to picture their things in the house. Go room-to-room and clear off the countertops, desk tops and shelves of all personal items. This includes your family photos. In this case, less is always more.

Clean

Cleaning goes a long way to improve the look and feel of your investment. A deep clean before you list the home is a good idea, but then set aside time each week to give the floors and bathrooms a once over.

Spackle and Paint

Now that your home is decluttered, de-personalized and clean, it’s a good time to spackle and paint. Filling in the holes and applying a fresh coat of paint will freshen the look of the house. Using lighter colors like white or beige will make the room feel bigger.

The National Association of REALTORS took a look at the value staging a home brings to the selling process, the return on investment or ROI. Here is what it determined.

  • 83% of buyers’ agents say that staging makes it easier for buyers to visualize the property as their future home.
  • 44% of buyers’ agents say that staging a home increases the dollar value offered
  • 53% of sellers’ agents say that staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market
  • 95% of agents recommend that sellers declutter their home before putting it on the market.

When it comes to the return on investment, a staged home will sell faster and for more money than a non-staged home. The results of a recent Coldwell Banker survey show staged homes sell for more than 6% above the asking price. For a $200,000 listing, that’s $12,000 extra in the seller’s pockets.

AimeeHartwigRealEstate.com / 541-579-9213 / aimeehartwig@bhhsrep.com

From Fixer Upper to Fabulous

Photo courtesy of: Laurie Schuler, CMPS, Stearns Lending

From Fixer Upper to Fabulous! We’ve all seen the shows on HGTV. It’s trending nationwide and there’s a reason for it. Home buyers get the customized home they want for less and typically have thousands of dollars in built-in equity by the time the deal closes.

In Lane County, 80% of the homes on the market are 15 years or older. With a lack of housing, and a lack of affordable housing in general, renovation loans are a perfect option for buyers who want more bang for their buck.

“Putting families in, with an equity base, is a great place to start for them.”

Alan Martin, Branch Manager, Stearns Lending

Did you know there are loans out there that allow home buyers to couple the purchase of their fixer upper with a renovation budget to customize it into their dream home? Well, there are!!! These programs have been around for a long time, they’ve just been under utilized.

What if you could take a house from this…

Photo courtesy of: Laurie Schuler, CMPS, Stearns Lending

To this…

Photo courtesy of: Laurie Schuler, CMPS, Stearns Lending

The first step is to find a real estate broker, like myself, who can help you find a great deal on a home that needs some work, or even A LOT of work. With the current loans available, no job is too BIG, so long as the house appraises. Depending on the scope of the project you could walk away with anywhere from $10k to $100k in built-in equity by the time it’s completed.

Unfortunately, in this market, getting into a starter home can cost you $250k, but what if you found a fixer upper for $150k and put $100k in renovations into it to create your dream home? It’s possible. I have a network of lenders and potential contractors that can turn a fixer upper into your dream house before you ever move in.

And, you have to admit… the before and afters are amazing!

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Outdoor Space

If this is something you’re interested in learning more about give me a ring or drop me an email and we can chat about your options and getting you into your dream home.

Aimee Hartwig: aimeehartwig@bhhsrep.com or 541-579-9213 or aimeehartwigrealestate.com.