Pt. 1 of 2: Ten Often Overlooked Tips To Get Your Property SOLD

Tips from Christine Rae, President CSP International Staging Academy and author of Home Staging for Dummies: Don’t Get Personal! Whether working with a professional or going it alone cut all […]

Tips from Christine Rae, President CSP International Staging Academy and author of Home Staging for Dummies:

  1. Don’t Get Personal! Whether working with a professional or going it alone cut all emotional ties! Visit each room, remember the memories, and then pack the sentimentality away. It clouds judgement – don’t look at your house from the perspective of it being yours, or this is who we are; buyers aren’t interested. Remove and store as many personal Items as possible, all family photos, certificates, diplomas, medicine, etc.
  2. Pack and store/dispose of 2/3rds of every closet and cupboard. It is a great time to start deciding what you want to keep/donate/dispose of. Organised storage space is one of the most frequently requested interior feature of buyers.
  3. First Impressions are the only ones that count; people have choices today- they make decisions about your property within a blink of an eye. Where ever the eye rests, the sale begins- are they looking at the RIGHT things?
  4. Understand staging is about condition more than décor; sure the house has to look and feel good, but remember buyers are savvy- they will deduct from the offering (IF they offer) their own perceived value for deferred maintenance! Which means repair anything which needs it, replace any fixtures over 8 years old then clean like your life depends on it (your equity will) and, pack and store (off property) anything you won’t use in the next two-three months. Remember buyers are buying their new house not your old one!
  5. Update the kitchen. This is the most important room in the house. Buyers will often compromise anything on their “must have” list when the kitchen exceeds expectations.

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Photo by Colleen Donovan – CMD Home Staging

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About Christine Rae

Christine Rae blends her passion for the staging and decorating industries, her desire for helping people develop their potential, the thrill of training to the presentation of the CSPâ„¢ workshop. She has honed her skills and built her knowledge through extensive training in a variety of disciplines. During the last five years Christine has trained over 1600 people and in 2004 was recipient of an International Staging Award. Christine believes a crucial part of success as a trainer is to keep your hand in the industry you speak and teach about. This is why she continues to work (outside of training sessions) at building her own staging business, and works with a select group of Realtors® . The best business anyone can have is from a referral - it is an honor and privilege to work with you and your sphere of influence. Wellness with Essential Oils: http://www.christineraelivingoils.com