Charlotte NC - Home Staging to Sell

Charlotte NC - Home Staging to Sell -  It is essential to know what improvements to make, be precise about what you can expect to gain, and have a clear understanding of what is happening in the neighborhood.

Do Your Home Staging to Sell Research -
Before you think about selling a home, compare the home you plan to home stage and sell with other homes in the area. If a comparable property sold for $500,000 with a renovated kitchen and new appliances, don’t think you can get the same $500,000 by repainting the kitchen cabinets and laying down new flooring.

When you investigate other homes, take note of what upgrades have been made. Are the kitchens and baths fully renovated, with granite countertops, stone tile, custom made cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, or are they more ordinary? Are there up to date or brand new hardwood floors throughout? Recessed lighting? Finished basement? Is the electrical and plumbing up to date and upgraded? 

Enhance Exterior Home Landscaping -
Remove dying trees, bushes and flowers. Always trim overgrown areas. Replace dead grass with fresh sod. Plant evergreens, wreaths and potted urns in the winter months, and colorful blooms in spring and summer. Try using wood chips like chocolate or cedar-scented brands or gravel to economically cover large challenging areas this will enhance the homes exterior.

Exterior Home Curb Appeal -
Repair flaking paint and dry-damaged windowsills and shutters. Paint the front and back doors as well as garage doors, and if needed, replace them. Repair or replace broken or non-working eaves troughs. Fix and replace any aging or broken fencing. Consider adding exterior lighting to enhance curb appeal.

Update the Kitchen & Bathrooms -
These are lasting focal points for potential buyers, keep in mind that you must find a balance between being cost-conscious and looking like you took the cheap avenue. Kitchens can cost between $15,000- $80,000, bathrooms can range between $6,000-$30,000. Check and compare to see what materials they use. If most of the homes in the neighborhood highlight granite countertops and brand new appliances, then you should do the same if you expect a similar price tag.

Upgrade / Replace Flooring -
Check and compare in your neighborhood before you decide on what flooring you should choose. If all the homes in the area have new hardwood, don’t lay down laminate, unless you want to sell your home at a lesser value.

You can bring down costs by choosing synthetic opposed to natural stone tile, and sanding and re-staining hardwood instead of replacing it.  You can save by having your carpet company bind large leftovers for bedrooms instead of installing wall-to-wall carpet.  Do this only if the floor is hardwood and in good condition.

Apply Paint when Home Staging -
Paint more then the walls, paint everything the ceilings, closets, baseboards and interior doors. It will make the home feel clean, fresh and brand new. Note choose neutral paint colors.

Replace Old Switch Plates -
Nothing ages a homes property more than old, dated and discolored switch plates. Hire an electrician or do it yourself if you have the skills. Dimmer switches in dining rooms, kitchens and living rooms add an inexpensive touch.

Install Crown Moldings -
Adding crown molding is a nonstructural change that can recreate an interior. Stay away from poor quality versions from hardware chains that you can install yourself; they may save you money, but will look cheap. Choose a crown molding of significant size that matches the style of the house, and make sure there are no visible seams once installed. It’s a good idea if you redo crown moldings; look at adding new baseboards as well.

Bring Lighting Up to Date -
Install Pot lights they offer a clean, uncluttered look and create good lighting in a space.  They can run around $100 and up, this is a high return on investment. When home staging to sell think about adding new chandeliers in the foyer, dining room and kitchen. Hardware chain stores will often have knock off versions of designer fixtures that you can purchase for a fraction of the cost.

Upgrade Electrical and Plumbing - If you can afford it, the cost is well worth it.
Make certain that the changes you make bring your property up to a comparable level to the competing properties in your neighborhood. Charlotte NC Home Staging to Sell.

 

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Comment balloon 6 commentsPeggy Johnson • November 02 2009 06:31PM

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All great points, keep educating!

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) over 8 years ago

Hi Peggy, you've put this in a way that adds a firm voice behind the usual staging mantras and really did a good job emphasizing what sellers should be doing and why. I always encourage my clients to shop the competition too and if they haven't kept up with the Joneses, they can't expect the same price for their home.  I like what you say here:

"...When you investigate other homes, take note of what upgrades have been made.

.... If a comparable property sold for $500,000 with a renovated kitchen and new appliances, don't think you can get the same $500,000 by repainting the kitchen cabinets and laying down new flooring."

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) over 8 years ago

Cindy,

Thanks for the comment Charlotte NC -  Staging to Sell.

I will keep educating...

Posted by Peggy Johnson, Home Stager - Charlotte NC (Redesign + More) over 8 years ago

Karen,

Thank you for your positive feed back Staging to Sell - Charlotte NC. I am happy to hear you are educating your clients as well like Cindy Bryant said keep educating.

Posted by Peggy Johnson, Home Stager - Charlotte NC (Redesign + More) over 8 years ago

Great list-all so important to be ahead of the competition when selling in todays market.

Posted by Cathy Lee, ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA (CL Design Services Home Staging) over 8 years ago

Hi Cathy,

Hope all is well with you.

Thank you for your comment Staging to Sell - Charlotte NC

 

Posted by Peggy Johnson, Home Stager - Charlotte NC (Redesign + More) over 8 years ago

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