While the world adjusted to home schooling and earning a paycheck from the dining room table, houses were flying off the shelf. As I was fond of saying, “I want buyers arm-wrestling for your home in the front yard!” And they did!
The homes I staged for my beloved and savvy agents (you know who you are, and thank you!) saw multiple offers, with final sale prices thousands over asking. It’s a team effort: the agent, the seller, the stager, all doing what’s necessary for that one shot to get top dollar.
It was during lockdown, while perfecting my remote staging service, that I tallied my 9,000th home. To celebrate this milestone, here are a few interesting things I learned along the way:
- A screened-in porch will buy a lot of forgiveness for dated wallpaper.
- I’ve identified Cynthia’s Law of Surfaces: If you have a surface, it WILL get covered.
- Any clothing at the bottom of a stack can probably be donated.
- Walk-in pantries create the most inefficient kitchens.
- The Goldfish Theory is alive and well. It states that “We grow to the size of our container.”
- Plastic bins and storage units allow us to keep more useless stuff for far too long.
- The older we become, the older our adopted pets should be, so that they don’t outlive us.
- Adult children living rent-free are not motivated to see a quick sale.
- There are people who favor blue and people who favor green, and strangely there are more Green People than Blue People.
- It’s easier to spend $50 ten times than $500 once on home décor, but it’s the $50 items you’ll find in garage sales.
- Some of the best deals in life are the ones we DON’T get.
- Fewer than 20% of kitchens and bathrooms are set up efficiently.
- We unpack and wherever something lands is often where it stays. Forever.
- We own generations of items that stay in storage and are never used.
- 95% of everything we own in our lifetime will end up in a landfill or with strangers.
- When tossers (people who get rid of stuff) pair up with keepers (people who keep everything), it can become a constant source of friction (not the good kind).
- Because we know where everything is located in our home, we’re managing it twice, both physically and mentally.
- “Maintenance-provided” simply means that we’re paying someone else to mow grass and shovel snow.
- Metal file cabinets are often just well-organized trash cans.
- Unless you want a lifetime gift supply of a collectible, don’t display it.
- Sometimes the best way to complete a project is to let it go.
- We regularly use only 30% of our stuff.
- Tile will date a home faster than anything; we know exactly what era it was installed.
- Hardwood floors will always be timeless.
- To save a marriage, some people have a child, others buy a new house.
- We leave our expensive vehicles out in the elements in order to store a few thousand dollars’ worth of junk in our garage.
- Buyers often assign a nickname to a home, and rarely buy one they make fun of.
- Our homes usually reflect what’s going on inside us.
- We all have more coffee mugs, flower vases and rags than we’ll ever use.
- Trends come back around, but there’s always a tweak. Brass may be back, but it’s not the bright version.
- Matching clothes hangers make me happy.
- Just two hours of my home staging expertise costs far less than a price reduction of a home.
Home Staging is the best return on investment you’ll ever find in preparing your home to sell. Check out my expanded list of services to see how I help, and give me a call to schedule an appointment! It has been, and will continue to be, my pleasure to serve you!
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