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Prepping You House to Look Great For The MLS

By May 21, 2014October 5th, 2018One Comment
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Prepping your house for the MLS – multiple listing service can be a challenge. The presentation of your home is vital to the marketing of your house.

Think about any décor magazine.

Do you see the counters, coffee tables, or bathroom counters covered with items? Most likely no, there are select items placed with a purpose. When you look at those rooms you think ‘wow, I like this look.’ When selling, your goal should be the same.

Clean and De-clutter, start packing now:

Kitchen: Do you have a great La Creuset pot? Use it on the stove. Limit the items on your counters. Add a little color to the room with possibly a bowl of fruit, a vase of fresh flowers.

Dining room: First get rid of the tablecloth. Tablecloths do not enhance the room. If you look you rarely see tablecloths in a decorating magazine either.  Instead replace with a beautiful serving dish, a group of candles, a beautiful arrangement of flowers, possibly a simple table setting.

dining table

Shelves: Clients always ask how to make their shelf space more desirable. One rule of thumb I will suggest is to make sure that you have the right amount of empty space. The items on the shelves should be interesting but not overwhelming.

Fireplace: If you have a fireplace, light it for the pictures in the fall/winter seasons it gives the room a warm serene feeling. In the summer make sure it is cleaned out and that the surrounding area is clean of soot. You can create a nice display with candles in the warmer months. For gas fireplaces make sure the glass screens sparkle.

 Bathrooms: Think twinkling clean. A fresh coat of paint does wonders. Make sure your counters are clean; put toothbrush, toothpaste, tissues, and liquid soap bottle away. Get all the stuff out of your shower the shampoo, razors and other stuff. Use flowers, rolled towels or a little touch that makes the bathroom feel more luxurious like a spa.

bathroom accessories

Bedrooms: Are a special place of the house to get away from the craziness of the day’s activities. Fresh linens in relaxing colors, new fluffy pillows make a statement. These are items you can move with you so why not invest in something you really will enjoy!

Other Ideas:

Furniture; sometimes you need to play with the furniture and composition to make the room feel welcoming and charming. Don’t hesitate to move things around to convey a welcoming feel.

Flowers in any room always add color and some dramatic effect especially if the palette in the room is minimal.

Symmetry and balance relay’s calmness. When people see things that are symmetrical it makes the image easier on the eye and therefore calming.

If you cannot envision your house any differently, or cannot be objective realizing the positives and negatives that will distinguish your property as favorable to buyers contact us. We love to help sellers accomplish their goal of selling quickly and for top dollar. 

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Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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