Real Estate Staging
By shelly on October 30, 2014
Des Moines staging experts note that staging your entire home is vital for a sale. People who are serious about making an offer on a home will go through it very detailed to notice any problems. The living room, however, is the marquee space in the home. Potential buyers will want to see a living room that invites them to call the house their new home. Des Moines staging in the living room is the most important work you can do to sell your home as quickly as possible.
There are several keys to staging the perfect living room. The most minor and the most important thing you can do should be to remove any personal family artifacts. Get rid of family photos and any artwork done by your kids. Replace it with generic art pieces or spackle and fill the holes and paint over the areas. Remove and recycle any old magazines and newspapers.
Another important key to staging the perfect living room is to stay clear of patterns for upholstery fabrics. If you must have patterns make sure they at least give the impression of being solid like small stripes. The upholstery colors should be neutral and allow for contrast with the wall color and flooring. Never use old, outdated or worn furniture. It’s important to keep things fresh for the buyers, who won’t want to see a tired looking living room. Speaking of furniture aim for smaller pieces in smaller living rooms to make it seem larger.
You may need to paint the living room. Des Moines staging by repainting the living room is a great affordable way to update the room. Like the furniture you should always paint in a neutral color. Painting a room is not the time to be creative. Using neutral colors will ensure you won’t turn off any buyers.
While neutrals are the norm for paint and furniture that doesn’t mean a splash of color won’t help. Use colorful accents to help brighten up the living room. This is especially important to rooms that don’t get a lot of natural light. Bright colors work well in form of flowers, throw pillows and rugs. Bring in some plants to liven up the living room.
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By shelly on August 23, 2014
Des Moines staging is a growing industry that is dedicated to helping you sell your home as fast as possible. When staging a home there are several right ways, and wrong ways to do it. Unfortunately without the help of Des Moines staging experts, many people make big mistakes that can cost them a buyer. One of the big mistakes people make is choosing the wrong furniture.
Ask any Des Moines staging expert and they will tell you furniture is a key component to stage a home to sell fast. Too much and the home feels cramped. Too little and it feels open and drafty. Outdated furniture can make a home seem drab but what about vintage pieces? Follow these Des Moines staging tips and you will be sure to have the right furniture.
Make the right first impression for people visiting your open house with the addition of mirrors. Mirrors are the perfect way to add light and depth to almost any room in your home. Use a mirror at the end of a hallway or several mirrors in a bathroom to reflect light in darker areas. Mirrors will create the feel of limitless space in a room but remember to avoid those tacky 1980’s style mirrored closet doors and bedroom walls.
Always remember to decorate the dining room table. The dining room is often looked-over in Des Moines staging however it is a key room to wow buyers. A large dining room table without food on it can look bland and uninviting so spruce it up with a few smaller floral arrangements.
Some people decide to rent furniture to stage a home. This is necessary for several reasons, like if the furniture in your home is outdated, if you have already moved, or if you are an agent trying to sell a brand new home. When renting furniture always go for sophisticated neutral colors. Des Moines staging is not the time to be creative and experiment. That doesn’t mean you always have to opt for whites. Mochas and gray-ish colors will pull everything together.
If you have a room that has been used as an “extra” room filled with your junk, clean it up and turn it into a guest room. Buyers want to feel like each room can be useful so they are getting the most for their investment. Setting up a basic bedroom set in that storage room will go a long way to making your home more valuable.
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By shelly on June 3, 2014
2014 is quickly becoming the year of the seller so far in the Des Moines real estate game, with home prices continuing to rebound from the Great Recession. The first quarter home sales in the Des Moines area started out pretty flat however a quick rebound as winter turned to spring has people confident once again about a stronger rebound. Des Moines real estate staging experts understand that a seller’s market means more competition to stand out.
First the good news for sellers: April saw home sales jump 18 percent from sales in April 2013. Realtors also saw homes sell faster in April. Homes sold last month had been on the market around 98 days which is down from the April 2013 average of 103 days. Overall pending house sales in the Greater Des Moines area rose 34 percent from March to April and the number of homes sold between March and April jumped from 735 to 788.
This is all welcome news after a rough start to 2014 that saw home sales drop 11 percent in the state and 7 percent in the Des Moines metro compared with 2013 prices. Many people blame the rough start to the first quarter home sales on the harsh winter, which seemed at points to be never-ending. The rebound in April is a strong indicator that home sales will eventually rise.
Now the good news for people buying homes: The bad start to the year, whether weather related or not, saw the average home price drop all the way to $148,500. In April that price moved up a bit to $159,000 however it is still well-below the predicted average price of around $185,000 made by Kiplinger.
Another good sign is the amount of homes on the market increased by 3 percent in April, meaning there are more choices for buyers. What many people listing homes are finding, however, is buyers are still very demanding. Des Moines real estate staging can help people struggling to sell their homes in a demanding market.
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By shelly on May 16, 2014
For realtors looking for every advantage for their home in the marketplace, no stone can be left unturned. To gain that important edge the home must be priced right and it must also be attractive to potential buyers. Staging a home takes the right keys and leaving one detail out can blow a sale. Here are a few things to keep in mind for staging your home to sell fast:
- Check all light fixtures to ensure burned out light bulbs are replaced. Also look at the lighting in each room and in hallways to make sure areas of the home aren’t too dark or too bright.
- How’s the curb appeal? Is the grass freshly cut? The outside of the home is your first impression. Make the right impression by ensuring the exterior is a show-piece in of itself.
- Keep curtains and shades or blinds open during the day to let the light in and show off any good views of the home.
- Make sure all necessary repairs have been made. Fix any cracks in walls or ceilings, check for any broken or dirty switch plates, etc. Buyers will expect repairs to be made anyways so take care of them ahead of time to save any negotiation headaches.
- What can you reduce? Remove family photos, limit packed bookshelves, reduce wall art or photos to one large piece per room or a few small pieces and remove any furniture that gives a room a cluttered feel.
- How does the home smell? Removing distinct odors of any kind should be done before an open house. Many agents will even bake cookies to give out to potential buyers (and to create a pleasant aroma in the home).
- Don’t forget about the little things. Little things (kids toys, newspapers, etc.) create clutter and need to be packed away by the seller or the agent.
- Rearrange furniture to create more space. This doesn’t mean put furniture up against walls, unless it makes sense to do so. Arrange furniture in a way that encourages conversation.
- Clean inside and outside. Make sure windows have been washed and have a professional clean the carpet. Dust, vacuum and scrub before potential buyers arrive. Take extra care to make sure the bathroom is as spotless as possible. Mold and mildew are major turnoffs and potential buyers will notice any little spec of filth in the home as a major turnoff. Make sure fireplaces are cleaned out as well.
If you are an agent in the Des Moines metro area and need help with staging your home, you can count on Shelly to take care of your needs at low rates! Shelly helped bring home staging to Iowa and her home staging services will get you results. For more information join us on Twitter.MORE >>
By shelly on April 28, 2014
Preparing your home to sell on the real estate market takes several key ingredients for success. Rather than getting overwhelmed by the details you can begin right here, by examining the dos and don’ts of real estate staging. Here is a list of five musts for staging your home and five things you should avoid when sprucing up your home to sell.
Do: Clean up the Clutter
When you are staging less is more in each room. Keep your décor simple and dismantle any themed-style décor (like a beach-themed bedroom).
Don’t: Personalize your Decor
While you’re cleaning out the clutter, remember to remove any over-personalized décor. When staging a home it is important to leave your personal artifacts out of the way. Remove personal pictures and any other décor that may make the house seem like someone lives in it already.
Do: Spruce up the Curb Appeal
The first thing people will see when they come to your open house is the interior of the home. Your home will be judged before they enter it so make sure the curb appeal makes them say “wow!” by planting flowers, mowing the lawn and making small repairs.
Don’t: Make Major Renovations
Your personal tastes may not be for everyone. Certain finishes and fixtures may not suit every buyer’s tastes. It’s important to limit the amount of time and investment you make on renovations. Focus on the essentials. Potential buyers will care more about outdated flooring and fixtures and worn paint than anything else. Plus you can save your major renovations for your new home
Make sure your home doesn’t have a spec of dust. Vacuum before every open house and make sure to mop the floors. Make sure there are no odd odors around.
Don’t: Ignore the Obvious
In addition to cleaning you should also take care of small details. If you have a broken doorknob, replace it. Fix any cracks anywhere in your home.
Get rid of any extra items in each room that will create distractions or make the room seem smaller than it really is. Put clothes and shoes out of sight and remove magazines. Hide figurines and simplify the décor.
Don’t: Buy Brand-New Furniture
Your furniture is probably not the reason your home isn’t selling. You may need to clean your furniture. Your furniture may be off-putting because it is created a cluttered look to your home.
Do: Ask for Help
Professional stagers like Treasured Spaces can help you stage your home. Making a small investment in a staging pro can end up increasing your return on investment by thousands of dollars.
Don’t: Assume Your House will Sell Itself
Real estate is a marketing game and you need to do all you can to make your home the most appealing in the neighborhood. Follow our steps, be proactive, and you will be on your way. Sit back and do nothing and don’t expect fast results.MORE >>
By shelly on April 1, 2014
Many people don’t feel like they can afford home staging. Home staging in Des Moines is sometimes viewed as an expensive cost to selling your home. However most home staging rates are pretty low compared to what you can lose by not staging a home. There are several frugal ways to stage a home that will be a lot easier on your budget than you might think. And considering all the studies that have shown the benefits of home staging in Des Moines it makes sense to take advantage of this low cost and proven method.
One of the most frugal ways to stage your home is to get rid of the clutter. Getting rid of your personal belongings will allow potential buyers to imagine the homes on their terms. Declutter books, pictures and other knickkacks that are personal to you.
Painting is another affordable method to home staging in Des Moines. Popular belief among real estate experts is that some colors inspire buyers to put an offer on a home over other colors. According to luxury real estate expert Paul Gorney the four neutral colors that you should look for are Shaker Beige, Jackson Tan, Linen White and Mellow Yellow. Most paint stores can do color matches if you don’t find the exact colors.
Cleaning is a very important, and frugal part of staging, especially in the bathroom. Potential buyers will want to see a bathroom that is immaculate, not a bathroom full of grime and mold. If you have moldy spots in the bathroom mix one part water with one part bleach in a spray bottle and use the mixture on the affected areas. The mold will fade away. To get rid of grime on a shower door use a mix of one part muriatic acid and 10 parts water, then scrub with steel wool.
Another frugal way to stage your home is to make sure your bedroom is gender neutral. The bedroom should appeal to both sexes so make sure that you remove any gender specific items. Paint the bedroom in a neutral color and choose bedding that will match the walls. You can also add a few accessories to compliment the color scheme.
Treasured Spaces is the leading home staging in Des Moines experts. We have been at the forefront of home staging in Des Moines for over a decade and we’re proud to help homeowners find frugal ways to help sell their homes as fast as possible. For more information about our services like us on Facebook.MORE >>
By shelly on March 2, 2014
The housing marketing continues to improve all over the country and right here in Des Moines we expect to see home sales jump. During the economic recession the housing market took a nose dive. When that happened more realtors relied on stagers in Des Moines to make their homes look as attractive as possible to the few potential buyers interested in the home. Now that the market has rebounded many realtors might not think stagers in Des Moines are as necessary as they once were. But staging in an economic recovery can have lasting impacts on the sale price of a home.
Now that the economic recovery is improving the real estate market, house flipping is hot once again. You may remember the popularity of flipping houses before the recession, from the shows on cable tv and the news that people were trading full time jobs to buy low-cost housing and fix it up to sell for a profit. The recession all but ended the house flipping craze but it’s returning in bunches along with the recovery.
In Des Moines last year was not a good year for house flippers. According to Business Report and RealtyTrac.com show that home sales dropped 30-percent on flipped homes in Des Moines in 2013, even though they rose nationally. Part of the reason why Des Moines is different from the rest of the nation is the lack of available homes to sell to flip. The other reason is many flippers ignore the staging aspects of the home. They may be handy and be able to fix the wiring or even the landscaping, but that alone will not sell a home. Using stagers in Des Moines to ensure the home has an aesthetic appeal can help curb the decline in sale prices for flipped homes.
Stagers in Des Moines can also help increase the price of a home. Now that the economy is better more people are willing to spend more on a home. Home prices are expected to jump several percent in Des Moines throughout 2014. Staging can ensure that you get the most for your listing. The real estate industry estimates staging a home can increase the asking price between 6-15-percent and now that people are willing to spend more for a home, make sure you have every advantage in a growing buyers market.
At Treasured Spaces we can help sell your home for more than you expect. Our stagers in Des Moines will work with you to create an attractive and elegant look that will wow potential buyers. For more information on how our stagers in Des Moines and the surrounding area can help you sell your home for more money please follow our Pinterest boards.MORE >>
By shelly on January 15, 2014
There’s a method that makes Des Moines stagers like Treasured Spaces successful at helping to sell a home faster than a non-staged, similar home. Des Moines stagers can help by providing the best marketing opportunity for your home. Proper Des Moines stagers know the tricks staging can provide to your home including the basics, traditional approaches and new fresh ideas.
One important key before you start to look for a stager is to remember to find the best possible real estate agent that will look out for your needs. Look at the listings for the agent you want to sell your home and look at the photos of the homes. Are the photos bland, dark or blurry? Are there photos of messy or dirty rooms? If the agent won’t take the time to make your home look its best, look elsewhere so your staging won’t be wasted by a lazy agent.
Many people selling a home think they can do the staging of their home on their own. While some homes only need modest adjustments, one of the major advantages of brining in Des Moines stagers is to have another perspective. Des Moines stagers can offer a fresh look at how your home looks to see the strengths and flaws that you may not notice.
Along the same lines, stagers can also help you detach yourself from your home. Staging can take away the “you” factor of the home and put the home in the mindset of a potential new owner. This part of the process can help you see staging as a investment rather than a cost. For example, if you have an empty room it can actually look smaller to a potential buyer than a staged room.
Des Moines stagers work from the front first. Curb appeal of a home is something we’ve discussed at length in our other blogs but it’s important to note that buyers will make up their mind about a home in the first 30 seconds as they approach a front door. By cleaning up the exterior you can turn your home into a showpiece.
Des Moines stagers will also look at changing anything that’s outdated about your home. We all have parts of our home with negative bits that can be quickly fixed. Removing outdated wallpaper, paint or furniture can go a long way to improving the look of your home. Simple steps like changing light fixtures, bed linens and throw pillows can also add a modern look to your home.
Treasured Spaces is the leading Des Moines stagers. Our Des Moines stagers understand that reliability and cost need to go hand-in-hand for home sellers. That’s why our Des Moines stagers have several packages that offer affordable options for your needs. For more about our staging and decorating services like us on Facebook.MORE >>
By shelly on December 18, 2013
Happy Holidays and happy New Year! The real estate market saw a rebound in 2013, however it was affected by the government shutdown in the Fall. Still signs point to another strong year for the real estate industry. In Des Moines home sales have seen steady growth over the past several years, and prices are starting to show signs of recovery after steady declines.
Across the nation real estate experts predict that home sales will rise from coast to coast by as much as 14-percent. According to Little Big Homes, the real estate market is expected to be on the rise for the Des Moines metro area until at least 2016. Little Big Homes expects home sales to increase by as much as 4.5-percent this year and they report an 80-to-85-percent accuracy rate.
This year the average home price in Des Moines was $186,500 which is up slightly from last year (0.5-percent) but most experts expect to see continued rising home prices over at least the next three years. The good news for home-sellers is prices are up, not just here but in 225 of the 276 cities tracked by Clear Capital. The bad news is overall numbers since the recession are still way down. Since the 2nd quarter of 2006 Des Moines home prices have fallen over 15-percent.
It’s expected that prices won’t fully recover for several more years, and that’s with uninterrupted growth and a consistently strong economic outlook. That is why Des Moines real estate staging is such an important part of the selling process. Using Des Moines real estate staging done by Treasured Spaces can increase your home’s selling value for a minimal cost compared to allowing the home to sit on the market or to tell for well below your asking price.
Remember that no matter the market conditions, Des Moines real estate staging is important for you to gain an advantage. Treasured Spaces is the leading Des Moines real estate staging company and we can help sell your home for it’s fair market value. Treasured Spaces will create a look perfect for your home to give you an advantage over similar homes in your neighborhood.
As the real estate market moves from a buyer’s market to a seller’s market you will want to ensure you do everything possible to sell your home as quick as possible. For more on Treasured Spaces services and Des Moines real estate staging like us on Facebook.MORE >>
By shelly on December 9, 2013
Although it’s still a few weeks away from becoming official, winter has returned. A few storms have already impacted our area and it may have discouraged some home-owners from trying too hard to sell their home this time of the year. But selling in the winter can give you an advantage in the market if you prepare accordingly. Strategies for staging in Des Moines this time of the year may be different, but the positive results are the same no matter what the season.
Staging in Des Moines becomes even more important during colder months for a number of reasons. You may not be able to make the best first impression with the curb appeal that will certainly take a backseat after the first freeze. That doesn’t mean the outdoors don’t matter this time of the year. If you’re hosting an open house it is vital to ensure that you keep all walkways and driveways clean of any snow or ice. You want to make sure safety is in mind, but you also want to present a house that looks like it’s been maintained.
The interior of your home should allow light in. Make sure the blinds are up and drapes are pushed back. Make sure you turn the lights on in each room and brighten dark rooms. Try to schedule your open houses during the smaller window of daylight to take advantage of what little natural light you can. Making your home appear bright and vibrant when the mood outside is gloomy will perk up your potential buyers.
You should also make your home feel warm and cozy. Turn the thermostat up a few degrees to make your home feel more welcoming. If you have a fireplace, turn it on to add some ambiance. You can also greet potential buyers with hot chocolate and the smell of cookies baking in the kitchen. You can also display photos of how your home looks in the summer so people will get an idea. Try to decorate with warm colors like deep oranges.
January and February see the lowest number of home sales, according to the National Association of Realtors. Treasured Spaces understands that staging in Des Moines becomes even more important in the winter. Shelly can help sell your home much faster than an non-staged home and we can work with your budget to ensure affordability and results. For more information on staging in Des Moines follow our Pinterest boards.MORE >>