Home Staging: Tips, Do’s and Don’ts

  • By Jeremy Thompson
  • 01 Aug, 2014
Home staging: the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money. Staging techniques focus on improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into […] The post Home Staging: Tips, Do’s and Don’ts appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
Home staging is not a new concept, and it’s been known for some time staged homes routinely sell faster and for more money. But until recent years staging was largely left up to the homeowners, who were often clueless about the importance of staging or how to do it well. Enter the professional home stager. While professional staging is a great investment – first impressions are everything! – we believe many homeowners are STILL capable of their own staging if given the right guidance. Such guidance often starts with a consultation (usually free) with a professional stager, as well as utilizing a few tips we’ve offered below.
Clean:Dust EVERYTHING (think fan blades, appliances, etc.) and wash windows. Hire a cleaning service, if necessary, to clean every week.
Declutter:Clear out all clutter, including closets. Clutter distracts from the beauty of a home. And with storage space such a huge selling point, it’s critical to keep closets clear so buyers can envision the amount of space they’ll have.
Simplify:If an area typically just gathers junk, make it look more appealing by transforming it into a useable space (area under a stairwell becomes a reading nook with the addition of a table, chair and lamp). Group furniture so pieces are away from the walls grouped into conversational areas. Keep décor simple and eliminate personal items and bulky furniture. Experiment with moving your current furniture and accessories around to different rooms until it looks right.
Neutralize:Paint walls a neutral color. Bold wall colors typically turn off potential buyers. Traditionally you decorate your home to customize it to your tastes and preferences, personalizing, but the goal in staging is to depersonalize it by using neutral furnishings and décor pieces, which again are more appealing to buyers.
Light It Up:Staged homes look warm and inviting most often because they use great amounts of lighting. Open up all the window shades for natural light. Use a higher wattage bulb in your fixtures. Use different types of lighting including accent, task and ambient.
Don’tforget about curb appeal. Make sure the work you’ve put into the inside matches the appearance of the outside. Trim shrubs, weed flower beds and fix cosmetic problems such as peeling paint.
Don’tuse old, ugly furnishings. Budget-minded homeowners sometimes use their own worn furnishings or even worse choose to buy unappealing used furniture from Craigslist. Instead it’s best to rent new furniture from a staging company, if your current furnishings appear worn or out of style, or if you’re unable to invest in new furniture or high-quality used furnishings.
Don’tskip rooms. If a few rooms look as though they are staged, but others don’t (including garages or closets), the momentum and excitement over your property may be lost when a buyer is viewing it.
Dolook for gaps. If your home looks beautiful, but smells bad, is too hot or cold, or too loud, a potential buyer may be turned off. Make sure to address such issues before you start showing the property.
Dobring bring aspects of nature inside. Potted plants can help fill an area, or fresh flowers breathe energy into a space.
Dotake care of any small repairs/cosmetic issues such as leaking faucets, old fixtures, scuffs on the walls, creaky doors and so forth.
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Some of these considerations may not be in the forefront of your mind, but there is a long list of aspects you need to consider when building a new home. These should help to get you started thinking about some of the most important pieces of the home building process.
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This home is being built with our client’s specific wants and needs in mind. The homeowner
requested a single family home with a modern contemporary house design. Previously, he lived
in a townhome and desired a more private, spacious residence. A main floor living with a large
space to entertain and big volume ceilings were a must on the client’s list.

The client decided building as opposed to finding a pre-existing home was a better solution for
him because he wants something specific to his needs. He already had the perfect location in
mind and it was time for him to own his dream home.

The area is ideal for this client because it allows him to live in close proximity to his hobbies and
interests and it also allows him the ability to walk to nearby restaurants or bike to the
surrounding shops. This homeowner will be close to everything. He truly loves the location!
The design concept picked is pictured below. In sticking with a contemporary influence, the
design has clean, simple lines that will result in an extraordinary modern home. We combined
elements of residential and commercial materials and design to bring our client’s unique requests to life.
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You decide that you are ready to build a custom home for you and your family. Now it is time to figure out how to finance your dreams!

Let’s start with the basics. As with any loan process, do your research. Talk to several mortgage companies that specialize or have a strong understanding/history of working with construction loans. Ask questions and voice your concerns. Companies of course want your business, but they also want to make sure they are a good fit for you and what you are wanting to accomplish. Reviews and referrals are strongly regarded these days. They want to make sure you have the best experience possible.

There are several main differences between a construction loan and a regular existing home loan. An individual construction loan may require a longer credit history  or a higher credit score as well as more money down and along the way. It is more of a process, but it is most certainly worth it. With the right builder, the more involved process becomes a piece of cake; but, that is an article for another time.

Home loans can have a 30 year term whereas a construction loan typically has a max of 1 year. “The rates on this type of loan are higher than rates on permanent mortgage loans. To gain approval, the lender will need to see a construction timetable, detailed plans and a realistic budget, sometimes called the “story” behind the loan,” as reported by  bankrate . While your home is being built, it is typical to make interest-only payments. 

If you are thinking, “I don’t have enough money to pay off a newly built home in 1 year!” Don’t panic.

A popular option is the construction-to- permanent financing sometimes called “one-time close,” a “single close,” or an "all-in-one" loan. Upon completion of construction, the remaining loan balance is converted into a permanent mortgage with terms up to 30 years. Like most loans, “the rate and other terms of the permanent mortgage are set up-front when the entire loan package is closed” according to the  National Association of Home Builders .  Construction/permanent loans are offered by many different lenders, including banks and mortgage companies and are a great option for those of us wanting to finance their home purchase over an extended period of time.

Another option is a stand-alone construction loan. This type of loan can be beneficial if you currently own your home and want a smaller down payment option.   Read more about stand alone construction loans.

There are many different loan options. What makes sense for one person doesn’t make sense for everyone. Make sure you find the right product for you and your particular project. If you want to talk over some options, contact us! We would love to hear your ideas and figure out how we can build your dream home.

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