Don’t get too excited here. Try and control yourself, we don’t have medics standing by. I’m not Oprah, so I don’t have anything to offer you for free, except advice. When it comes to real estate though, I do have a list of favorite things. These are products that I have found over time that work well in regard to cleaning, staging and prepping a home for sale. Not all of them are pricey; in fact you may already have a few of them. I mention many of them in my listing presentations as I walk around a home to see what seller’s might need to do, to show their home in its best light. Here is a list my favorite things and why they made the list. They are in no particular order.
Glade Vanilla Scented Plug-Ins
The Vanilla and Lilac scent is ok too. They give a nice warm undertone to a home. Seller’s have a tendency to make a home smell too fragrant. Buyers just want a home to smell clean, floral scents are often over powering.
Dyson Vacuum Cleaners
I am not going to get model specific, because I don’t think it matters. I have pets and have a tendency to kill my vacuum cleaner every 2 – 3 years. The Dyson picks up pet hair others leave behind. It is great for picking up after the kids as well.
Candles are a great staging tool, because they work in every room of your home. Try putting 3 together on a shelf, a dresser or centerpiece on a table. They give a home a warm feeling even when they are not lit.
Buy a couple to help divide a large room up, and give smaller areas more definition.
How many of you have a closet with empty show boxes? Shoe boxes are a great way to store items you don’t necessarily want potential buyers to see when viewing your home.
Bamboo lives a long time, just in water. It’s a great plant to add to a room even if you don’t have a green thumb. Try putting 3 stalks together in a clear vase with pebbles or glass beads.
Let’s face it, comforters can be pricey. Duvet covers are a great way to use the same comforter when you change the décor of a room. Or, if you need a new comforter you can save money and buy any pattern you want, because no one will see it with a duvet.
I use Kaboom on everything including my carpet. I advise you test an area before trying this.
Books are another great staging tool that works in every room of a home.
IKEA is a great store if you are looking to re-do a room, add extra storage or if you simply want to finish a room with items like bookshelves.