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The smell of Fall is all around. Leaves are changing colors, mums are blooming everywhere, outdoor fire pits and wood-burning fireplaces are sending comforting smells through the air. And depending on what part of the country you live in, you may be spending more time indoors. Traditionally, in America, we decorate our homes more in the Fall — bringing the outdoors inside to enjoy. We decorate for the upcoming holidays at the end of the year as well.
Decorating a house that is on the market for sale can be challenging, especially if the homeowner is prone to extreme seasonal decoration. When a house is staged properly, buyers can see the indoor space in a more practical way, but with seasonal decoration, the potential buyers may not be able to get past your Nutcracker collection or other bric a brac. If they leave your house referring to it as the pumpkin house or the turkey house, you may have lost their attention and probably the sale. They just couldn’t see the house as theirs.
I generally recommend during any time of year that sellers start packing things they will not need in the next few months and place them in storage or the garage. Since they plan to move anyway, why not get a head start on packing? Packing up unnecessary items minimizes clutter so potential buyers can view the house, not the stuff in it.
If you must decorate your for-sale house this Fall, remember this: you are going to sell the house. Everything you pulled out to decorate with needs to get packed again. Think minimal. A simple pumpkin display by the front door or on the fireplace is appealing. Perhaps a bouquet of fall-colored flowers or a pot of mums on the dining table will add a festive touch.
If a Christmas tree is necessary, consider keeping the size of the tree and decoration minimal. A tree too large will make a room look smaller. You want your rooms to look big.
Leave hand-railings free of decoration. It allows buyers to view the railings in their natural and beautiful state. Additionally, some buyers may need to hold onto the railing to get safely up and down the stairs. If garland and stockings block their grip, it’s a safety risk.
Is yours the house in the neighborhood known for the lights and blow-up characters on the lawn? Maybe this year you can start a new tradition in the neighborhood. Chances are that the new homeowners will not carry on your family’s enthusiasm for lighting, so this season, with your house on the market, keep your items in storage and let the neighbors get used to a low-light holiday. It’s less for you to pack up, too, if the house sells quickly. You will also save money on your electric bill that you can use toward your new home.
When your house is on the market for sale, think minimal decoration during the Fall and Holiday seasons.
Eileen Saunders, SRES, REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors 2092 Old Taylor Road Oxford, MS 38655 | 662-404-0816 | 662-234-5344 | email@example.com | Equal Housing
The living room is usually the first room a person sees when they enter a house. Your living room needs to be in top shape when you are selling your house. A cluttered entryway and a cluttered living room sets the stage for the rest of the house. Since people spend most of their time in the living room, that is the first place a buyer will start visualizing their stuff. Is there enough room for the furniture? Is the fireplace in an appropriate place for their furniture to configure around? What about wall space for art? Are there built-in bookcases? If so, will they work for the buyer’s needs?
Minimize your stuff to maximize the room. Declutter, repurpose space to its original intent, show off the walls, organize the room to flow. Here are some tips:
Eileen Saunders, REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors 2092 Old Taylor Road Oxford MS 38655, 662-404-0816 or 662-234-5344
Your pet is part of the family and usually lives quite comfortably inside your house with you. But, when you are getting ready to sell the house you need to consider the pet with each step of the process.
Getting your house ready to sell, when you have a pet, means you need to look carefully at how your pet affects the house. Does it shed leaving tumbleweed sized hair balls to float around the floor? Is there a pet smell? You may want to ask your REALTOR or a true friend about the smell. You and other family members may not notice it but strangers will. A pet odor may be in the duct work, the carpet, drapes and more so get a reliable opinion on this issue. Has your pet damaged any part of your house?
These things need to be considered to get the house ready to sell. And, since your pet will be living in the house with you, you need to pay attention to cleaning up each day so buyers don’t turn around and leave before really seeing the house.
Here are some tips for getting the house ready to sell and for caring for your dog when the house is showing.
Eileen Saunders, REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, MS 38655 662-404-0816 or 662-234-5344 Equal Housing
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If you work at home you might be lucky to have a dedicated office or library room to use for an office. If not, your home office might take over a spare bedroom, one of the dining areas in the house or share space in the bonus room with the kid’s entertainment center.
Either way, if you are selling your house, you need to keep your office space clean and as free of clutter as possible. Buyers snoop, so take that into consideration when planning your home staging. If you keep confidential information in your office, don’t leave it where others can spy with the corner of their eye.
Here are some tips to keeping your home office active while selling your house:
Eileen Saunders, REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors, 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, MS 38655, 662-404-0816 or 662-234-5344 Equal Housing
We all spend a lot of time in our bedrooms. We don’t just sleep there, we read, hang out with the kids, watch TV, relax.
As comfy as the bedroom can seem, it is usually the first place in the house to get cluttered. What do you do when guests come over? Hide clutter in the bedrooms. We pile our dirty clothes on the floor or a chair or drape clothes to be worn again, over a chair or other piece of furniture. Shoes don’t quite make it to the closet. Books can pile up, dust can pile up. Kids often use their rooms for school work, electronic entertainment and regular toy playing.
This room, all of the bedrooms in the house need tending to and kept clean and uncluttered during the selling process. Remember it’s only temporary, until you move, and you may even teach yourself some new habits in the process.
Here are a few tips:
Eileen Saunders, REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors, 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford MS 38655, 662-404-0816 or 662-234-5344 Equal Housing
Bathrooms are an important part of the house. There are either too many (that need cleaning) or not enough. Bathrooms need to be a certain size for comfort. Buyers want a tub or a shower or both. Double sink or single sink.
The counter top is always a sticking point: what is it made of? How high or how low is it? And what about the finish on the fixtures? Tile floors, wood or carpet? There are too many options and everyone has a different requirement for this room. After all, an article by the American Grandparents Association claims that Americans average 30 minutes a day in the bathroom. (I really think its a lot longer).
Like the kitchen, the bathrooms can look dated quickly but with a little work, your dated bathrooms can look great even to a picky buyer.
Here are some tips:
Eileen Saunders, REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors, 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, MS 38655 662-404-0816 or 662-234-5344 Equal Housing