My Home Buying and Selling Experience: Part Two - The Stager!

Posted by Karen Gustafson on Monday, January 28th, 2013 at 4:59pm.

Staging Your Home Before And AfterHaving the stager visit my home to evaluate its show condition, was both an exciting and scary prospect. Albeit a great one that left me thinking positively about the home I have loved for many years.  Laura Toebe is a professional staging designer who works closely with my agent Lydia Creasey.  Lydia suggested I meet with Laura earlier on in the home selling process because I was a bit nervous about budgeting out home improvement projects that I know need to be completed.  Meeting with the stager has given me a better understanding of which projects I absolutely need to address and which ones can be left to negotiations.

If you have ever read anything on staging a for-sale home, you know the first thing they tell you to do is to clean, de-clutter and depersonalize everything.  Knowing this beforehand made it easy to agree to taking down personal items like my “wall of Clark” where I display all my son pictures, and helped me to keep an open mind about how great my home could potentially look. 

Some of the first things to do on my list include: replacing the sliding glass door, repainting the upstairs bedrooms, retouching up white paint, painting an accent wall in the living room, relocating cable hookup to more appropriate wall, and rearranging foyer, living room and dinning room.  I also found out removing personal pictures and knickknacks can wait to right before we have our professional pictures taken and start actively showing the property. Since I have a young child and work from home, relocating his toys and tidying up things will become a daily task in order to maintain a pristine appearance for unexpected showings.

Overall Laura had tons of practical and realist ideas that I can easily accomplish within a tight budget.  She was totally understanding of how I don’t want to invest too much money into a home I am planning to sell but at the same time gave me a fair assessment of what potential buyers will see right away.

The whole experience was insightful!

Karen Gustafson

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