Selling Your Home? Here’s some tips for staging it from a pro

3 Quick Upgrades

To Sell Your Home Faster

Sometimes, you don’t have time – or the budget – for a lengthy renovation before selling a house. While the place could probably do with an upgrade in places, many home improvement projects can take a long time and delay the buying process by weeks or months. Here are three things you can do to increase the value of your house without losing precious time.

Boost Your Curb Appeal

First impressions are important. Prospective buyers have made a judgment about the house the second they parked outside it, which could heavily influence their decision.

Ideally, you should put some real landscaping effort into your front yard, as this can have some great return on investment. However, this can take time. To keep it short, do some basic maintenance. Mow the lawn, trim any bushes, rake leaves and make the space look tidy. You could also invest in some pots and planters with flowers to brighten things up.

Also, don’t underestimate the difference a bucket of soapy water or a power washer can make: an exterior wash could add $10,000 to $15,000 to the value of your house. The New York Times has a good guide to washing the exterior of your house safely and effectively.

Let There Be Light

Buyers want to see light, airy spaces, so you should look to maximize sunlight by opening curtains and blinds. However, there are cases where that’s not enough. You could be showing the house on a dark gloomy day or later in the evening and some rooms may not get a lot of natural light anyway. This means that how you light the room could make a big difference.

There are three types of lighting: ambient, task and accent. Ambient is the general lighting for the room, which enables you to see and determines the overall brightness of the space. Task lighting helps you perform a specific action like a reading light, while accent lighting highlights a specific feature of the room. A well-lit room should have all three with sources spread around the space.

You should also consider the type of bulbs you are using. Realtor.com recommends looking for “true white” bulbs for task-oriented spaces including the kitchen and bathroom and using softer warm whites for living spaces. Make sure you are using the same kind of bulb in each room to avoid it feeling disjointed.

Declutter

When staging a home, you need to strike a balance between removing enough clutter that the house looks spacious and neutral, without removing too much character. After all, while you want your buyer to be able to see themselves in the space, you don’t want them to think the house is bland.

Start with getting rid of anything you don’t want, don’t use or don’t really need. Donate anything useful, recycle what you can, and throw away the rest. This will not only make staging your home easier, but it will also simplify your upcoming move.

Then, you should consider the things that you still want, but also may be unappealing to a buyer. These include things such as personal photos and knickknacks, toiletries on the sink, and kitchen ingredients lying around on counters. Select a few particularly nice objects to leave out so the room still feels homely and hide all the rest.

Instead of just putting everything into a box for the showings, consider whether there is any quick DIY you can do to improve storage around the house. Buyers are likely to look in closets and drawers and creative, tidy storage will give the illusion of plenty of storage space.

These changes do not require any significant DIY knowledge and can be done in a couple of days, but could make a big difference to the appeal of your home. They could also add some value, so make sure to get the house valued by a real estate agent after you have done these. Afterward, you can also find out how much profit you are expected to make from the sale with an online calculator, which could help you in your search for your next home.

Author

Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.

“I don’t think this carpet needs cleaning”

IMG_0054My customer at the job where this photo was taken almost didn’t clean this area, since there were no “obvious stains”. Soil levels are hard to determine just by looking for stains.

What makes it harder is the poor results many companies offer from their cleaning service. This customer had a different company clean this same carpet two years previously and didn’t see a noticeable improvement, so assumed the carpet was not very dirty.

Then, we cleaned it. Notice the drastic before/after line during the post-rinse cycle.

With our unique 4-step method, we achieve results that no other company can.

If you’re going to spend money on professional cleaning, why not do it right the first time?

Yes, It’s Possible!

People sometimes think that our reviews are too good to be true, but it just aint so! The power of our cleaning system makes restoration possible, when other companies are forced to shake their heads and walk away….

Testimonial

A recent customer was so impressed with the service we provided her family, she took the time to write up a testimonial letter for me:

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The above link contains the actual letter, which reads:

“D&D Carpet Cleaning serviced my home on August 30, 2017. I have two young boys and the stained carpet to prove it but was very reluctant to try yet another carpet cleaning service. In the past, I have used both steam and dry carpet cleaning services in search of the method that actually removed stains from the carpet AND prevented the stains from returning. Also, my oldest son has allergies so finding a company that did not use harsh chemicals was also important to me. D&D Carpet Cleaning addressed both of my concerns. 

David arrived to do the job and carefully moved all pieces of furniture to actually clean the entire carpet. After he had cleaned under the furniture he then placed the furniture back in its original position with pieces of aluminum foil under the furniture legs to protect the newly cleaned carpet. David also cleaned my area rug for free and used essential oils to deodorize the room. He worked diligently the entire time and when he left my house did not smell like a chemical factory.

I would highly recommend D&D Carpet Cleaning for an organic and chemical-free experience. It has been over 2 weeks and I am still enjoying stain-free carpet because David’s four-point cleaning process really removed the stains! Thanks, David, for restoring my carpet while protecting my family from harsh chemicals.

Best wishes,

Shanta Tisdell” (Snellville, GA)  

Some before and after pictures:

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Unexpected Excellence

The biggest obstacle I have to overcome, on most occasions, in my efforts to win the opportunity to perform work, is the common perception that carpet cleaning is a commodity which yields small returns for the investment. Regardless of the price, if a person does not believe beforehand that hiring a carpet cleaning company is going to accomplish the desired result, then the service is not valued.

People don’t mind paying for value. They do mind paying for something that doesn’t accomplish the goal.

Recently, a customer of mine was hesitant to hire me at first because her Realtor told her that her carpets were too far gone and that “carpet cleaning rarely makes that big of difference. You would be wasting your money to get it cleaned.” She hired me anyway, since $150 was cheaper than the $1,500 she would have to spend for replacement, but admitted to me afterwards that her expectations upon hiring me were low. She was merely holding out hope that I could help.

The results exceeded her expectations. These are her words:

“Pet stains? GONE!!! Pet odor? GONE!!! My carpet has been restored and if I did not know it I would think I had new carpets installed. Can hardly believe the huge before and after. David LeBlanc, you have a customer for LIFE!!!! Wished I had before pictures. D & D carpeting is the way to go folks! With the fall holidays upon us now is the time to get on the schedule for a deep, so deep you get brand new, carpet cleaning!”   – Shana, resident of Lawrenceville (used by permission)

I wish I had taken pictures too, since a picture would have told the story better. Alas….

Shana is looking forward to showing her Realtor what a truly exceptional cleaning system can accomplish, and what the value of carpet cleaning, done right, truly is.

Thanks for allowing me to bring some unexpected happiness to both of us, Shana.

 

 

A New Home Base!

D&D Carpet Cleaning is moving to a new home base, as we are relocating from Milton, VT, to Buford, GA.

We are very excited to make this transition. We have been so thankful for the support our service has received in the Burlington, VT area over the last four years, as we quickly developed a reputation as the go-to company for carpet, upholstery and tile restoration among high-end clients, both residential and commercial.

Many real estate agents in the area would refer no one else! We are thankful for this, and are confident that we will develop similar relationships in Gwinnett County.

We are available to service your carpet, upholstery and tile cleaning needs as of June 26.

 

Furniture cleaning: Our secret!

People often don’t think of cleaning their furniture, and sometimes this is because of the incompetence of the companies who have attempted in the past.

Recently, a customer of ours was charged a good deal of money by one of my competitors and was dissatisfied with the results, and told that was “the best they could do”.

Two years later, yesterday in fact, they hired us. We not only were cheaper, but look at the results!IMG_0176IMG_0177

This is because we don’t just “powerwash” your furniture. We practice the multi-step method of hand-scrubbing and extracting the furniture, which is preferred by the professional standard-setting agencies in our field. We are the only ones in our region who do so, actually.

In the picture above, the cleaned couch is still wet, so it will be even brighter than this once dry. All the stains are gone!

And, we’re not more expensive. Often, we are less so!

Don’t give up on your furniture!