This is a guest post by Angél Rodenbeck, Home Staging Expert, HSE
Psychological Staging Expert, PSE
This time of year, we are busy prepping houses for sale. My days are filled with home staging consultations, making Pinterest boards for clients, buying fixtures and other items to update client’s homes and staging listings. Once we have a signed listing agreement from a client, I immediately schedule an appointment for the staging consultation and my work begins. During this appointment, I’ll go over everything I recommend the client do to maximize the selling price and appeal of the home. This ranges from renovation recommendations to furniture placement and everything in between. As a Spyglass client, you will be in awe of the amount of prep work we put into a listing before it hits the market. We work with contractors, landscapers, etc. to make sure your property is the best it can be for the budget you have and that the professional pictures reflect it.
Use of Color
One of the most common updates I recommend is interior painting. Nothing freshens up a house faster than an on trend neutral paint. A lot of us who have lived in our homes for a while have colors up that we like and that go with our décor or reflect the personality of the people who live there. If you have a house with multiple colors that aren’t neutral, you really need to paint the space. Buyers who walk into a house with old paint that is dated in color, choppy among rooms, has smudges, chips or is otherwise just worn looking are going to view that home as an older, worn, lived-in house instead of a fresh and ready to move in home for their families. It’s all about perception.
Right now, hot colors are neutral greys, greiges (a mix between grey and beige) and beige. In the 78704 zip code however, I would say less beige. These should all be combined with a white or off white trim. Benjamin Moore’s Grey Owl, Revere Pewter and Edgecomb Grey combined with trim color Chantilly Lace or Decorator’s White are the most common ones I’m using right now.
Use of Lighting
Another really important and easy to implement update for homes going on the market is lighting. I typically recommend updating the exterior front entry, foyer, dining room and kitchen lights. These lights will give you the most impact as viewed by buyers. If the budget allows, bathroom vanity lights need to be updated too, especially if you have unattractive gold or brass fixtures. Ideally, all fans should have brushed nickel hardware on them.
Home Depot and Lowes have come a long way in their lighting options for clients on a tight budget. I recently discovered that the San Marcos outlet has a West Elm and Pottery Barn store located under the same roof! I was in heaven during a recent shopping trip where I was looking for lighting for a flip house I am working on. I picked up 3 amazing lights at a fraction of the retail cost. Not only were they discounted, but there was additional 25% off offered on one of them. Score!
These lights are going to look amazing in this house and give it that custom look that buyers are looking for today. These lights are for the exterior entry, foyer and above the kitchen island. The remainder of the lights in the common areas of the home are all recessed, which is such a popular, clean look in today’s homes. If you can afford to spend more and your house is in a higher price point, Fantastic Lighting off Burnet can’t be beat. They have such a beautiful showroom that is filled with amazing lighting. I like to go look around there for ideas and try to find them cheaper elsewhere.
There’s no sense in having stand out lighting if it’s not properly placed. You have to make sure lighting is placed directly above and centered in key areas. An off-centered kitchen island light or dining room light will be immediately noticed and talked about by buyers looking at a listing. This is an easy fix that should be taken care of prior to listing your home.
Getting a house ready for the market can be very stressful for most people. This is a process that I thoroughly enjoy and feel lucky to be able to make a career out of. I hold two staging certifications and have helped over a hundred clients in the last 5 years. My service is complimentary for Spyglass clients, but I also am available for hire by individuals listing with another brokerage.
Please feel free to contact me for a staging consultation and I will help you bring your property to the next level for the sale.