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Home Stage Quickly With What You Already Have

Curb Appeal

The way the home looks from the exterior is going to be the first point of contact with the viewer, so you want to make a good impression here. Mow and water your lawn, organize your trash, recycling, and anything kept outside, and clean the exterior with the hose if it needs it. Pull weeds if at all possible, especially weeds growing in between sidewalk cracks. Be sure to make your home numbers visible so that potential buyers or guests can find it easily. It’s likely the inside of the garage could be seen by visitors and should be organized as best you can. If you have any exterior paint you’ve used on the house, use it to make minor touch ups.

Pack Away Personal Items

When home staging, you want to have a clean slate to begin with and you want to view the home not from your point of view anymore, but a potential buyer. Professional homestagers not only want all your personal items packed away from view, but the cupboards and closets emptied too. Buyers will be looking at these details. Leave out only your best decor options and furniture; more on that later.

Clean and Deodorize

As long as a home is clean, a potential buyer will overlook the lack of updates because they perceive that the home was well cared for otherwise. Deep cleaning, just as you would moving out of a rental, is a must. Remove all dust, marks on the doors and walls, and window smudges. Clean the kitchens and bathrooms as thoroughly as possible including the inside of appliances. Infusing too much scent is frowned upon, but a burning candle during an open house is acceptable. Baking soda and vinegar can help you deodorize appliances, furniture, carpet and other odor vulnerable items and spaces. For serious mold infested spaces, use diluted bleach and water to clean the area. Musty basements would benefit from a dehumidifier to eliminate odor causing moisture.

Make Repairs With The Materials You Have

Unfinished projects scare potential buyers, so complete any that you’ve purchased supplies for before any showings.

Edit Furniture

Staging your furniture is meant to assist a buyer in perceiving the space before them but largely use their imagination to see themselves living there. Fill the space, but not entirely, just enough to realize the size of the room. Be sure to portray realistic walkways and an arrangement that encourages socializing and liveliness. It’s important to improve the perception of current “dead spaces”, awkward spaces, or spaces that don’t already have a clear purpose. Every space in the home should be staged to convey its purpose. Reading corners or additional storage are two ways to assign jobs to spaces that don’t already have a clear purpose.

Accessory Tips

Forget your own style if you can. Home staging is about showing off the features of a room. Arrange furniture to draw the eye to the focal point of the room, a fireplace, or the view out the sliding glass doors. Arranging paintings on the wall in an ordinary way is as good as not hanging it at all. Professional homestagers encourage a little wackiness in the way you’d usually decorate to get the viewer’s attention. Decorative displays, especially those on tables, should be grouped in odd numbers, usually three. It’s okay for the home or shelves to look a little empty. It leaves the guest wanting more and encourages their own creativity.

Adequate Lighting

Gather all your lamps and sources of light and really work on distributing enough light to each room. Some professionals recommend at least 100 watts per 50 square feet. Even among homeowners, a survey has unveiled that lighting had a lot to do with why they didn’t like certain spaces of their home. A variety of lighting choices (lamps, nightlights, ceiling fans, and natural light) are great to have, but no room should have more or less light than another.

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Maintenance Tasks to Prepare Your Home for Winter 

prepare-home-for-winter-2When the warm season has ended and you’ve already enjoyed your outdoor escapades, it’s now time to stay at home and arrange your home for the impending nippy climate. Winter could turn very hard-hitting so you have to check that the house will be a true refuge when the first snow appears. Protect your abode with these guidelines and live through snug and worry-free moments in this time of the year.

Prepare an entrance shoe storage.

Since there is a lot of snow winter, a place to drop your shoes will be necessary so as to keep your floor clean and water free. You should consider investing in boot trays, cubes or hooks.

Check your smoke detectors and fire extinguishers

Be sure to check if your smoke detector system is still functional. Switch to another battery in preparation for the cold weather. If the fire extinguisher is above 10 years old, change it immediately.

Mount storm windows and doors

Recent models for storm doors and windows appear with a multi-sheet glass that holds an insulating air in between. If these are set up, the warmth that you need will be kept inside your house for as long as you want.

Perform an HVAC evaluation

HVAC signifies “Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning”. An HVAC inspection is performed through examining ducts, heating supply, and ventilation in the home. This assessment will ensure that your residence has fitting air flow structure that can endure the wintry weather. The chimney must also be looked over for blockades that can begin to flames and inadequate air supply.

Shield the water heater and tubes

Water heaters expend more power than any other piece of equipment at home and it becomes worse in the winter time when the climate gets really bitter. The water heater acts harder to maintain the warmth of the water and your electricity costs can increase just for the utilization of this appliance. Shielding a thermal insulating blanket for the water heater would protect it from the freezing temperature in the air. This is also true for the water channels; they will ice up in the winter and could come apart if not appropriately insulated.

Insulate your garage and attic

The scarcely visited areas in the house such as the attic and garage require adequate insulation, especially on the floor parts. To hold the icy air outdoors and the hot air inside, the floors in these areas should be insulated as well.

Inspect the waterways and roof

Don’t forget to look for broken pipes and roofs; take out all fragments so that snow can go without restraint. Close any cracks in the roof and substitute parts that are irreparable. If you cannot do the climbing, you could always request a contractor to do the task.

Fend off pests.

Spiders and bugs are more likely to enter your home during winter due to the cold weather outside. Consider spraying your home with a critter repellant product.

Protect outdoor furniture.

Patio furniture and outdoor heaters should be protected from the elements of winter. If it is not possible to bring them inside, they should be covered. Also, don’t forget to clean the children’s sand table and the grill.

Empty plant pots.

Leave pots filled with clay outside during winter may crack due to a drop in temperatures. They should be taken inside to prevent this but if live in a warmer climate, you can just empty the pots and leave them outside.