Old stained carpet was the first item potential buyers would notice in this Scottsdale Townhome. Our staging team chose wood grain tile planks to replace the worn carpet. The original cabinets remained but were given a coat of white paint to brighten the kitchen and bathroom, all walls and ceilings were also given a fresh coat of paint. Quartz countertops replaced the dated countertops and new stainless steel appliances were placed in the kitchen.
Painting the dated cabinets in this North Phoenix Townhome gave the existing countertops and kitchen backsplash a modern look that appeals to buyers.
The sellers of this Mesa home moved prior to listing the home for sale, thus allowing our stager to easily schedule a contractor to repaint the inside, then replace the old carpet and tile with new wood look tile planks. A few light staging accessories were added to the kitchen and bathrooms, and shortly thereafter the home was under contract.
The staircase of this home was the focal point of the entry. Painting the railings black and the banisters white gave the entrance the “wow factor” the home needed to impress buyers.
Searching for homes can be a daunting process for any buyer. Our clients will view many homes in one week, and the more difficult it is for them so “see” themselves in prospective homes, the more likely they are to pass them up.Leaving everything up to the imagination of the buyer when selling a home can be a big mistake. A major part of listing a home for sale is the staging process. The purpose of staging is to create a great first impression for buyers coming into your home. Simple, clean, and livable is the goal, and is what will create the emotional connection with the potential buyer and persuade them to offer.
When we list real estate in North Scottsdale, we take a walk through every room, closet, bathroom and outside area to make recommendations about how to get the maximum value out of the sale of the property. Our clients get a detailed checklist of the changes and updates needed. We take into consideration their time, how much they want to spend, and how we can best gain added value for their home. “In today’s market, a dollar spent (on home staging/remodeling) will usually get you $1.30 to anywhere up to $2.50 on your investment.” – Jeff Sibbach
Some homes will take more work than others to stage. We’ve come into clients’ homes that need simple tidying up and a good cleaning and call it a day. The house is listed immediately. These are homes that are newer or have been recently painted, the inside and outside are in good repair, recent updates in the kitchen and master bath have been made, knick-knacks and décor is kept to a stylish minimum, and the overall feel of the home is comfortable and livable. This environment allows potential buyers the room to feel themselves in the home and actually picture how their items and life might fit in, making an emotional connection.
Homes that need more work in order maximize value vary from older homes without a lot of updates, to the condition of the home outside or inside is in disrepair; the overall color scheme or flooring inside is mis-matched; rooms that are cluttered and do not flow nicely into the next; too many knick-knacks; too much furniture for the size of the space, and generally just too much stuff.
A home like this will not sell for maximum value because a buyer will not be able to see how they will fit in the space. They cannot picture their own furnishings in it, they cannot see how large or small the room is, and the color and clutter is distracting and chaotic. Instead of making an emotional connection with the home, they are so distracted by thoughts of the repairing, re-painting, and re-modeling of the space they would have to do, that they will leave without any thought of ever returning.
Often, recommendations such a updates and remodeling can seem overwhelming to our clients. That’s why we take care of these projects from start to finish. We babysit the process so we take the stress off the seller. If you want to get maximum value for your house, call the Sibbach Team we’re here to help.
Both the kitchen and master bath of this Scottsdale home had sufficient counter space, unfortunately, daily clutter makes it difficult for buyers to appreciate the space. Once the seller removed their personal items, Sibbach Design Services had bright white quartz countertops installed to visually increase the counter space even more. Additionally, the cabinets were painted and a backsplash was added in the kitchen to modernize this home that sold the first weekend on market.
This North Scottsdale home on Legend Trail’s golf course received a full remodel designed by Sibbach Design Services. The new gourmet kitchen is complete with new quartz counters, new backsplash, modernized cabinetry, prep island, vegetable sink, wine refrigerator, RO system, and breakfast bar ready to seat five. The brand new limestone flooring throughout the home is the finishing touch.
I just spoke with a client who is in the middle of touch ups, repairs, de-cluttering and a long list of “To Do’s” while we prepare his home for sale. While he and his wife both know this process is necessary in order to get maximum value for their home, living in a home staged for sale can be intimidating, especially when you have kids to consider.
From a buyers point of view, a home that is lived in has a whole different feel than a vacant home. Even if the vacant home is fully staged and furnished, the animate quality of the home is entirely different. While the vacant home will stay beautiful, it is stagnate while the lived-in home has movement.
This movement is natural, and to minimizing your stress during the time your home is on the market, the following ideas can help ease the strain on your family.
1. When it comes to bathrooms, if you have small children, delegate just one or two bathrooms for use. This way you’ll minimize the areas that need to be kept clean. Keep a storage bin under the cabinets with Clorox Wipes, Windex Wipes, and Toilet Bowl Cleaner. Also, keep a stack of your folded decorative towels nearby. When everyone’s washed in the morning, take the bin out and go over the surfaces, mirrors, and toilet. Throw used towels in laundry, and quickly hang the decorative towels over towel bar. For older children, teach them to take out the bin for a quick clean-up in their bathroom each morning.
2. The kitchen is always the busiest, and messiest room in the house. Do the same as in the bathrooms and keep a storage bin close at hand with cleaning wipes and dishwasher soap. It will also be helpful during this time to stock up on paper plates and cups. This will minimize the dishes that need to be cleaned. After dinner, and after breakfast is eaten, just throw paper items away, and do a quick counter and table wipe up. Leave appliances used daily out, just quickly wipe them down. Throw any dishes that need to be washed in the dishwasher.
3. For the living areas and outside, in the evenings pick up toys and stash them away. Give the kids a box to gather everything at once, and put away. With little kids make it a game and set the timer. (This works with the big kids too.)
4. For the beds, tuck the kids in at night in a tidy bed with the sheets and comforter made. Teach them (and yourself) to scoot in from the top like a sleeping bag. When they get up in the morning all it takes in a quick pull up of the comforter and pillows placed. (Once you try it, you may be keeping this idea for good!)
Don’t worry about clothes in the dryer, just make sure laundry is not out to be folded. And don’t agonize as your driving away that there might be a fingerprint on the sliding glass door, or a shower door left open. These are things that will not hinder the sale of your home. It’s the big “picture” of open, spacious, clean and livable that makes all the difference.
Entire North Phoenix home was fully remodeled by Sibbach Design Services with designer touches. Kitchen and bathrooms were updated with new white shaker style cabinets, quartz countertops, and under-mount sinks. Additional kitchen updates include breakfast bar, pendant lighting, tiled backsplash, and new stainless steel appliances. New paint and wood tiles complete the home remodel that helped this home sell the first week listed.
This home in Scottsdale’s premier gated community of Silverleaf was previously on the market for a year with another agent. After a consultation with Sibbach Design Services, we painted the fireplace and the cabinets, added cabinet hardware, and changed out the lighting. Additionally, we changed some landscaping and added an outdoor BBQ. As a result, the house sold with multiple offers the first weekend listed with the Sibbach Team.