Are your listings attracting the right buyers? Is the house full of dated items that are a past trend? Did you know that millenials make up more than 1/3 of all buyers? They are adults who grew up watching HGTV, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, and they are pros at Instagram and Pinterest. They are stylish and have high expectations when it comes to design. Simply cleaning a house and listing photos on MLS will typically not bring the highest offers and quick sale to your seller.
When Clover Lane Design, LLC works in an occupied home, we are fully aware of the potential buyers and their expectations. Few people want to buy a home that reminds them of "going to grandma's house," or reminds them of their college apartment, and many buyers have a limited budget and/or vision to make changes to an outdated house. Read more to see which outdated trends need to go (even if they were expensive 25-40 years ago).
Don't use heavy window treatments.
This is probably the biggest change that you can make with minimal work! The goal is to let in as much light as possible. Curtains block light, attract dust, and often have cigarette or pet odors lingering in them. Plus they often date a room with old-fashioned prints and colors. Sheer, straight white or ivory panels can be used to soften the edges, but anything more is a distraction. Blinds, shades and shutters can be left in place if privacy is needed, but we recommend all drapery and curtains be removed.
Don't use bright or patterned shower curtains.
Do you ever see these types of shower curtains in a nice hotel? Of course not! We want each bathroom to feel like a spa - and spa bathrooms use white towels and white shower curtains. We recommend a plain white curtain that perhaps has some texture to it. Then keep it at least half way open so that buyers can see the nice tile, faucet, etc. If a new one is not in the budget, remove the curtain completely if possible. The bathroom will look cleaner and larger in photos.
Don't display dried flower arrangements, ficus trees, and ivy.
I know it seems weird that plants and flowers go out of style, but THEY DO! Faux arrangements from 1980-2000 should be boxed and put away. They immediately date the room. This includes any wall florals above doorways, mirrors, etc. Instead, use faux or real plants where plants might naturally grow. Green or neutral colors like ivory and white loook great, and a tall orchid looks amazing on a bathroom countertop. Succulents are very popular and look very welcoming in a kitchen. Replace ficus trees which were quite popular back in the day with a fiddle leaf fig or olive tree. If the budget is too tight, just remove the outdated plants.
Don't keep all of the dark and heavy matching furniture.
When all of your furniture is all heavy and dark, it can really make rooms appear cave-like and overcrowded. This happens frequently in bedrooms and living rooms, and was really popular in the past. We suggest that the pieces be scaled down to the bare minimum. Pack away clothing or other items that are not needed for the next 3-4 months, and remove those furniture pieces that contained them. Lighten up the spaces with lamps, throw pillows, white bedding, and a large light rug. Updated bedroom styling tips can be found at ApartmentTherapy.com if you're interested in reading more.
Do style a house for the target buyer!
Whether the home is a condo downtown, a two-story brick in a young family neighborhood, or a sprawling ranch that backs up to a golf course, we keep the potential buyer in mind when staging a home. We create spaces that cause the buyer to linger and envision themselves there.
We are experts at using what owners already have to create spaces that can appeal to the masses. When more trendy pieces need to be rented or purchased, we know just what to use. Contact us today if we can be of help!
Read 7 Staging Mistakes to Avoid for more "what not to do" staging tips.
Happy selling! - Shana