Have you ever toured through a development of show homes? The paint is fresh, appliances are shiny, there is artwork arranged around the house, and fresh flowers stand on the kitchen counter. Mirrors are sparkling, towels fresh, and there are no toys on the floor. The rooms look spacious and the funriture comfortable.
The kitchens and bathrooms are polished, smelling fresh, and clutter is not to be seen. The closets are empty or organized. The garage floor is clean and neat and looks much larger than you'd need for two cars.
Now leave the development of show homes and go down the street where the homes are several years old. Children's toys are stacked in the family room. So many boxes are piled in the garage that you couldn't park even one car there. Clothes fill the bedroom closets and boots and mittens fill the hall closet. The house isn't dirty, but there are dishes in the kitchen sink and toothpaste stuck to the bathroom vanity. Homework is spread out on the dining room table. The family dog is yapping because of the strangers in the house and the floors are scratched. Dead plants "welcome" you at the front door.
With all other things being equal, which house would be more appealing to you? Of course, the first one! The homes may be the same size, but because of the clear layout, the first home seemed much larger. The house was prepared to "show off" all the good points and none of the bad.
When you list your house with The Chambers Real Estate Team, we will help you to prepare your home for sale. Kim Suntjens, in addition to being an associate with the Team, is also an Accredited Home Staging Professional. She would be delighted to walk through your home with you and give you tips on how to show it off! Call Gary or Kim today and let's show your home at its best!