she is almost ready to invite friends over!
"I am feeling like a proud parent over here!" <3
Close your eyes and imagine your home exactly as you would like it to be…clutter free and ready for visitors! This project required a little more effort than that, but with a very motivated client to purge, several trips to the dumpster, and many trips St Vincent dePaul…
she is almost ready to invite friends over!
"I am feeling like a proud parent over here!" <3
Believe to or not, I had a really fun day helping family with a project to get a condo ready to sell…
Ready or not she is headed south y'all!
I intentionally wrote the title of this post as a sentence. I could have used "House Aroma" or "Sense of Scent"…but, no! I wanted to get your attention!
If you walk into a space: home, restaurant, park, etc there are smells. Some smells are good and we want more. Some smells are awful and can induce a physical reaction. Every place has a smell, and while some are more obvious than others, I can say that you are probably oblivious to the smell of your own house. I recently read an article that explained the way olfactory receptors are desensitized over time. (If I find the exact article again I will post it, but you can also google the topic on your own and find many resources.)
Your house smells.
Ok, it does. Good, bad or ugly, before you put that house on the market, you need to know what it smells like. You need to ask an outside, impartial source to give an opinion.
Invite a friend, family member, or neighbor over, and ask your real estate agent to be brutally honest! Have them take a tour and give you the low down. Different spaces in the home might be better or worse than others.
Make sure to minimize odor causing offenders:
What to do to make it smell better?
The two images directly above are from an article:
"Using Smell to Make a Sale. What scents move property best. Think Simple."
February 14, 2013 by Sanette Tanka
Here is a link to the article from the Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887323696404578298513849141412
You have decided to sell and your real estate agent has suggested that you declutter. You decide to start in the living room. When you walk in, you look around and notice that you have "things" out, but they are useful and used every day. You decide to start in another room...
Realtors and stagers do not have any emotional attachment to your things, and it is easier for them to point out the obvious "clutter." Be realistic about what it means to have your home on the market. You want others to picture living there, and their lifestyle may be very different than yours.
It is very important to make sure your home is ready for it's closeup!
Buyers will most likely have their first impression based on photos they will see online. This is where I suggest the staging start! Take a camera and stand at the curb, entrance to each room, and furthest corner from the door in each room. Snap a photo from each one of those locations. Then, upload them on your computer, and take a look, a real close look. Consider having someone such as a friend, family member, or neighbor help with this process and ask for their brutal honesty. What do you want potential buyers to notice about each room? What is the first thing you notice about each photograph? Is it what you want buyers to notice?
Many times, the answer to that question in…NO!
Make a list of things that need to be done BEFORE you have the pictures taken for your listing. Dedicate the time to get as many of those tasks done. All the time you put into making your house the bast it can possibly show, will help sell it faster. Buyers do not want to have to rehang doors, touchup paint, and clean before they move in. All of those things that you take care of for them, means a larger selling price.
Once listing pictures go online, and buyers see them, it is hard to undo the damage. Consider learning a little about living a minimalist lifestyle temporarily…who knows, you might even like it!
Ok, ugly is a little harsh…maybe visually offensive or displeasing? Whatever term you decide to use, know that there are solutions besides major remodels requiring a home equity loan.
First of all, if it is not nailed down (and maybe even if it is!), load bearing, or downright necessary, consider removing it! Examples?
But, what if removal is not an option? You will have to get a little creative!
What a difference a coat of paint can make! Can you paint the undesirable? If so, use analogous colors to help the uglies blend in to the colors around it. Then with complementary colors add pillows, art, and fun accessories to add a twist and to draw the eye away. Consider using bold patterns, throws, lamp shades, and art to freshen up the room. Give buyers a distraction that will draw their eyes to a feature in the room such as tall ceilings or windows. (Remember a previous post however that less is more when it comes to accessories. We are not staging for a magazine photo shoot, you want buyers to be able to image themselves in your home, so make it easy for them. Identify the use of the space, make sure it is clean, and minimize clutter!)
Not sure about analogous or complementary colors?
Analogous colors are next to (think neighbor), and complementary are across the color wheel.
For example an analogous color to yellow would be yellow orange or yellow green. A complementary color for yellow is violet.
Maybe you have really outdated yellow counters. You might consider choosing a very pale green or yellow to put on the walls (think almost white), that will make the counters less obvious. You are trying to make them blend in. Using these examples with the example color wheel may be difficult for you to swallow. If you are really uncomfortable choosing a color, take a sample into the paint store and they can help you choose just the right color. You will learn a thing or two about shade and tints as well!
To include an analogous color, identify the one thing (or two) in the room that you want buyers to notice. Maybe it is a large window. Make sure window treatments are minimal (curtains usually removed), and the window is sparkling clean. You may want to place a bud vase with one flower on the window sill to bring attention to the space, but not block the view or the light. Then use the complementary color of violet to add some flair around the room…more fresh flowers, towels, placemats?
I had so much fun today working with a client, that I had to share what we worked on…before it was completed! This is my first pro bono project of 2014, and I am thankful for the opportunity to help out these small businesses! The space is an amazing industrial space that has been repurposed to house several small businesses. It is required to wear many hats including: offices, small and large meeting spaces, art studio, children's play area, kitchen, library, and storage… WOW!
The space was functioning, but not to the level that the ladies would have liked. The organization of the spaces was in need of an outsider's opinion. As with all my clients, first questions included: How is the space used? Who uses the spaces? What is working? What is not working?
We do have a couple of other changes to make in the future, which will include some partition walls to provide some much needed privacy to sensitive areas, as well as creating a more warm entry way. For now, they will use the newly defined spaces and be fabulous!
So, I committed to a December purge, and wanted to share with you my personal progress after only a week. My goal was to find one item a day that I could donate, throw away, or sell. Below you will find a photo journal of my first week's purge that includes: a child's Halloween costume, swim suit, athletic pants, plastic containers, seasonal decorations, child safety tools, and potty chair… Now, I should point out that some of the photos include more than one item, but I counted them as one "collection."
I wanted to do this in December for a couple of reasons:
So you want to get started, but are not sure how?
You will be so surprised at the end of the day, week, and month that you might be inspired to keep going. If you are having trouble getting started, then give me a call ;-)
As always, I would love to see and hear about your personal progress. Feel free to share here or email me and I am happy to give feedback as well as share for others!
I chose this [PIN of the WEEK] because I laughed when I saw it! I do this any time I am planning even the smallest event! After the menu is prepared, I pull out my dishes to see how it will all be organized. I often do this a couple of days in advance because it takes one less variable out of the equation and I sleep better at night.
Here is it...kinda makes your mouth water huh? "Why didn't I think of that!" Those words roll off of my tongue every time I visit the PINterest mind suck.
Anyways, back to the PIN of the week...
I am a big fan of finding ways to get things off of the kitchen counter. There is good reason for this at our house:
Someone once said "A place for everything and everything has a place", or something like that. In my experience, it is true that if you give your "things" a home they are more likely to get put away. However, as an organizer I often suggest people leave things in easy to access areas without lids or doors if posssible. Remember, any barrier to put it away or get it out leads to piles of clutter. This is something that I work with at all my clients appointments. So while we can minimize clutter in the kitchen for example, we can not put everything away, but get more creative on how we use the space.
After years of a counter top paper towel holder, we went for an under cabinet bar and I hate it. It can not easily be used with one hand. That would also be my concern for this system. I would love to see pictures if anyone tries this at home.
What are your thoughts?
SAIL is a great organization for seniors in the Madison area and we are proud to be associated with them as a vendor ("Downsizing Made Easier" p.1) Here is the most recent newsletter...can you believe July is here so soon!
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