This townhome built in the 1980s still had most of its original finishes. The cabinets were refinished with soft gray paint and new quartz countertops were installed. The interior was painted a crisp linen white and wood grain tile was installed throughout, as well as new fixtures and new lighting. Even though no structural changes were made, the home now has a completely new look that helped it sell for top dollar.
This Scottsdale kitchen is another example of how a small change can make a big impact. Instead of replacing the countertops and cabinets, only the backsplash was replaced. By simply removing the slate backsplash and installing a gray subway tile, the kitchen was given a new look appealing to buyers.
Remodeling a kitchen and bathroom can often seem like an overwhelming, and expensive project to take on, especially when selling your house to move. This kitchen and bathroom are examples that sometimes only small, inexpensive changes can make a big impact for a big return on the sale of a home. New appliances were installed in the kitchen and all the cabinets received a coat of white paint and new hardware, yet the countertops and flooring remained the same. Even though each room only received half a make-over, they each look completely updated.
Despite this Troon home having breathtaking views, the outdated interior was making the home difficult to sell. Replacing the carpet with hardwood floors and painting the cabinets a soft gray allowed this home to sell quickly for new homeowners to enjoy.
When the Sibbach Team stagers meet with sellers, the first thing they often address is decluttering the house. Why? Because decluttering helps buyers focus on the house, not your stuff. Many buyers simply get distracted consciously or subconsciously by your stuff, instead of focusing on the house itself. If you remove your stuff, then you are allowing the buyers to see the space and imagine themselves living in it with their stuff.
When selling, you need to maximize the space you have in your house. Buyers need to see all of the space to see the full value of your house. They want to see the condition of the walls, floors, counters, etc. This can be hard if you have most of it covered with your artwork and family photos.
It’s understandable if decluttering and packing away your stuff makes you emotional. When you have called somewhere “home” for a long time it can be hard to move whether you want to or not. Yet, when you pack away or throw away items, you start see your house changing from less of your “home” to more of just a place you lived. Plus, decluttering before selling will help you be more prepared for the big move once you sell!
Where do you start? Kitchens are a big selling feature, so start by clearing off your kitchen countertops. There should be only a few things on your countertops when your house is listed for sale. Put away all countertop appliances, such as coffeemakers and toasters, in a closed cabinet. If you have décor above your kitchen cabinets, we also suggest packing that away. Keep only minimal decorative items on kitchen countertops, such as a pretty flower, apothecary jars filled with accents like beans or noodles or an open cookbook. Remember, home staging is different from regular decorating, a few simple accents will make the home feel warmer and more inviting, but shouldn’t distract buyers from focusing on the house itself.
Thin out your bookshelves. They help make the house feel more like a home, but it can be distracting to home buyers. We always suggest thinning out bookshelves as much as possible so the space looks more visually clean and open. A general rule is to try to keep 50-75% of each shelf empty for the best results.
In addition to actual decluttering, it’s important to do some visual decluttering-busy patterns and a variety of colors can be very distracting for home buyers. A top home staging tips is to neutralize the color palette. This not only allows buyers to see past your personal tastes, but it also helps them stay focused on the home’s features. Start by neutralizing the palette with beige or gray walls, neutral furniture, and only some colorful accents. Also, make sure the furniture is well-scaled for the room, you’ll want to remove large furniture pieces and stick to pieces that are visually lighter to make the space seem larger.
Don’t forget to clean out your closets. Many homeowners will “hide” more stuff in their closets while selling to declutter the rest of the home. The problem with this is home buyers will look inside your closets and storage is often important to buyers. If your closets are overflowing with stuff and not neatly organized, they will appear to be much smaller than they actually are. Instead of storing all your clutter in your closets, thin them out to the bare necessities and store the rest at a friend or family member’s home or in a storage unit until you sell the house. It will be worth it when buyers enticed about all the great storage space.
Ramadas, pergola and gazebos? Is there a difference? Many people use these terms interchangeably, but there are distinct architectural differences between each structures.
What is a Ramada?
A ramada is rectangular or square in shape with a solid roof. It is often built over outdoor kitchens to protect the appliances from rain and other outdoor factors that can damage them. If you plan to install an outdoor kitchen in your backyard, a ramada is a smart choice.
What is a Pergola?
Pergolas have cross beams as a roof. They are also commonly used for outdoor kitchens and built in BBQs (see photo). Pergolas have become popular in recent years because their design accommodates modern styles and can be less expensive to build than a ramada.
What is a Gazebo?
A gazebo also provides shelter and has a solid roof like the ramada with open sides. The shape of a gazebo is either octagonal or circular in shape. The gazebo design has been around for several centuries, they can be seen on old properties all over the world.
Which one is right for you? Ask yourself if you want full protection from the weather or partial shade. If you want full protection, ramadas might be the best option for you. If you want partial protection, then a pergola or gazebo may be best. Of course, you will also want to consider your personal style preference and the style of your home.
The master bathroom in this home was tired and dated, thanks to cultured marble countertops, brass fixtures, dated cabinetry, and unattractive tile floors. With the help of our design team and a contractor, we designed a gorgeous master retreat with Carrera marble counters, updated plumbing and lighting fixtures, a frameless glass shower door, modern subway tile shower, and tub surround, and classic yet modern porcelain tile flooring. We then staged this beautiful space with a few accessories to add dimension to the listing photos, and to bring life to this space for showings to prospective buyers.
Multiple realtors were unable to get this home sold. We came in with our designer and worked our magic. Simply put, darker, smaller floor tiles are not enticing to prospective buyers. We helped our clients swap out their dated, dark tiles for lighter, 20 inch porcelain tiles, which instantly lightened and brightened the living area.
Instead of the 7 most important steps when selling a house, I could have called this article “First Impressions”. We have a few rules at the Sibbach Team when it comes to selling homes, one of them is the 7 step rule. Within 7 steps of entering a property a potential buyer knows whether they can live there or not.
Our house staging services focus on the first 7 steps as well as the 3 most important rooms in a house. There are a few tricks we have up our sleeves to make rooms feel more spacious, welcoming, and updated.