Ready to sell? Ready to stage?

Great tips from our friends at Westchester Magazine

6 Westchester Home-Staging Quick Hits

Local home-staging expert Marlene Gold offers up insider tips designed to put your home’s best square foot forward.

Before

Before

An accredited staging professional, certified interior decorator, and former PR exec in the home-furnishings industry, Larchmont’s Marlene Gold founded Gold Staging & Redesign in 2008. Since then, home staging—visually presenting a house to its best advantage—continues to be a critical real-estate marketing tool. Want to attract serious buyers this fall—or just spruce up the family home? Check out Gold’s expert advice.

Refrain from staging in your own decorating style.

Professional stagers remove the sellers’ personality so that it doesn’t distract buyers from envisioning the home as their own. This should not be an opportunity to express your personal talent and style, explains Gold.

Consider a neutral color palette. Light grays, blues, and whites are current, says Gold, and will help buyers envision their own furniture in your house. Check out HomeGoods, Target, and Pier 1 for accessories, and IKEA and Home Depot for lighting fixtures with the look of upscale designers at discount prices. Gold also likes Overstock.com for well-priced designer bedding.

Refrain from putting tablecloths on dining-room or kitchen tables. The more shiny surfaces there are in a space to reflect the light, the brighter and more spacious it will appear, says Gold.

Choose one or two large pieces of art for less visual clutter. And refrain from hanging art on an angle—too distracting, Gold explains—or covering every wall with lots of small pieces.

Invest time and energy on your home’s exterior. Curb appeal counts—many buyers will do a drive-by before scheduling the first appointment.

Resist the urge to “decorate to sell.” You may think that by buying lots of new accessories and occasional furniture you will give the room the “wow” it needs but, says Gold, “You’re just trading clutter with too many distracting small things.”


After

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Tag Sale

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Last year around this time my neighbor and I decided to have a Tag Sale.  After trying unsuccessfully to hire a company to help us we decided to go at it alone.  We spent some time hitting other tag sales to see what was being sold and to check out pricing strategies. The research was actually fun! It’s a great way to clear out your clutter and make a few bucks.

Here is what you do:

1.Go through your house top to bottom and take EVERYTHING OUT … people actually buy it all!!
2. Get supplies – sticker labels, cash box, signs, change, rent a few tables
3. Price your items….half of original value to start…as the day goes on slash prices
4 ADVERTISE – local paper, Craig’s List, and GS Air or other another APP

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Here are a few tips I wish we had:

1. Big furniture dd not sell very well
2. Be tough…some of these people are pros…the early birds are all in this for a living
3. Organize
4. Dont be afraid to break up a set…we found this out the hard way.
5. Have one tough negotiator…my partner was ….she was really tough, and it paid off.
6. Line up a service or friend to come at the end of the day and take all that is left.  We both told our friends, gardeners, babysitters, to come at 5 and everything was free…the place cleared out in 30 min! No clean up!!

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Have fun….we did…we still have great stories about all the characters that showed up, and to boot we made a bunch of money.  I also have another career lined up if need be.

Are you Bikini Ready?

The Spring market is upon us and boy are things heating up! Here are a few ways to start DE-CLUTTERING your home and have it looking better than ever. First step, you heard me people get rid of the STUFF!

QUICK TIP: take a snapshot of your home on your phone and you will notice all the clutter building up around you

 

  • Rent a temporary dumpster  for your driveway or yard and PURGE! If you haven’t worn it, read it or touched it in the past six months throw it away (you wont miss it)
  • Go to staples or the container store and buy a cork board for those random pieces of paper that you just cant throw away. Invitations, receipts, tickets etc. 

  • Challenge yourself to CLEAR and I mean CLEAR your kitchen countertops. How about finding a cute candy jar or glass vase to store all those loose items you swear you use and need, lipstick, coins, pens, hair bands, the list can go on…. If its good enough to keep shouldn’t it be displayed right?   Also store unused appliances in the garage or basement you will create the look of a bigger kitchen.

  • The Garage, biggest catch-all of them all. Baby steps but use these images as inspiration!