staging

Say “Yes” to Staging

While the most common phrase a person hears regarding real estate is “location, location, location,” a close second should be “stage to sell.” So many buyers today expect what I like to call the “HGTV home” and lack imagination. There is nothing wrong with HGTV (in fact, I’m a big fan),  but the responsibility to show them the “wow” factor falls to the seller. Often, buyers are not sure of what they want in home. Therefore, the more the seller can do to help buyers envision themselves in a home, the more likely the buyers are to write an offer. When listing a vacant home, staging becomes of utmost importance. Almost as bad as tacky furniture and decor is NO decor.  To demonstrate my point, check out these pics of my listing at 1320 S. Ruston in Evansville, IN.  Think like a buyer and tell me which is easier to envision a future in.

Before Pics: The home is a perfect starter home with hardwood throughout.

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Freshly painted living room

Dining room

Dining/Bonus Room – Buyers need help to envision how to use this space

Bedroom One

Not sure if your bed would fit in here, huh?

After Pics:  With help from {nu} life restoration, the house now feels like a home.

Living room one

Adorable living room space

Living room two

The furniture adds character & warmth

Dining

Not only does the space look warmer, but buyers know exactly how to use it.

The bed fits easily with lots of room to spare.

The bed fits easily with lots of room to spare.

The Sweet Smell of Savings!

Tired of spending money on the expensive store bought cleaners, only to get home and realize the smell can knock you out? Sick of walking into your home after cleaning it two days prior and realizing it smells like a hospital because of the harsh cleaner you used? Here’s a great recipe to not only save money, but save your sense of smell. (Bonus point is that citrus boosts your mood, which is a great trick when showing your home.)

What You Need:

Materials
Citrus Peels (I used a combination of navel orange and clementine)
Distilled White Vinegar
Water (optional)
Airtight Glass Container
Spray Bottle

Tools
Measuring Cup
Strainer

1. Collect citrus peels and store them in an airtight glass container.
Note: citrus fruits contain d-limonene, a natural solvent that chemically reacts with oil to break it down.

2. Once your container is full, cover the peels with white vinegar.

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3. Date your jar, and let it sit for about 2 weeks.

Note: when ready, the vinegar should have a strong citrus odor and be yellowish in color.

4.. Strain the peels.

5. Dilute with water if you so desire.
The concentration depends on your intended use and preference. I used a 1:1 ratio.

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6. Pour into a spray bottle and use.
While I have been using it mostly in my kitchen to clean up stove top grease,it makes for a great, all purpose cleaner, too. Use it in bathrooms for a fresh, clean smell.