Do’s and Don’ts of Living in a Staged Home

Tracy Sterling —  November 11, 2014

Your property is ready for the market. You have followed the advice of your stager, and each room and closet has been staged and de-cluttered. You are now facing the daunting realization that buyers may pop-in any time, but you also have to live there and get on with your daily life…yikes!

Don’t panic. This process can feel exhausting though all the excellent preparation you did is going to grab the attention of a buyer and keep these inconvenient days to a minimum. Here are a few tips from the Staged Interior experts to make your life much easier:

Take pictures of every staged room or use your listing pictures as a reference to ensure the exact same look with pillows, bedding, towels, tabletops/counter-tops, and accessories.

Hide all of your mail/bills, not only for tidiness, but for safety too. You can either use a designated drawer or handbag ton take each morning.

Pets should be removed from the home, not only during showings, but on days you can’t get home before a potential buyer visits; you can ask a neighbor or family member to care for the pet during the day. All signs of a pet (bed, food/water bowls, hair, and litter box) need to be out-of-sight before a showing.

If there are several bathrooms in the house, make all but a couple off limits so you will only need to clean and tidy the accessible ones. You should not use the towels from the stager, using your own personal towels instead, tossing them in the dryer before you leave each morning.

In areas like bathrooms, bedrooms, and toy areas, place loose items in baskets or bins. Make a space under the sink or in the closet to hide them for showings. It is much easier to tuck away one bin than to grab and stuff several items.

A stager’s bedding is never to be slept in. You’ll want to pull off the stager’s bedding every night and use your own to sleep. Then refer to your photos in the morning to reset the stager’s bedding.

Be aware that prospective buyers will look everywhere, including built-in cabinets, closets, pantries, and other areas you might think are off-limits. If possible, move items that are rarely used to off-site storage (i.e. formal dinnerware, the lobster pot, and off-season clothing). Not only is this a great selling strategy for showing spacious closets and cabinets, this will make room for stashing the day-to-day items you need, disappear for showings.

Make a morning to-do list. Wipe down vanities and sinks, toilet seats down, pet items and garbage removed, wet towels in the dryer, and/or a fast walk-through.

Prepare a lighting plan for day and night showings. Have lights on for any dark areas such as lower-level hallways, accent lights on for ambiance wherever appropriate, and special lighting (i.e. under-counter lights) to display everything properly. Also, turn-on exterior lights to enhance the property anytime after late-afternoon, and all lights if after dark.

Remember, this is all about getting your property sold faster and for more money. Happy selling!

Your property is ready for the market. You have followed the advice of your stager, and each and every room and closet has been edited and dressed, perhaps painted and upgraded. You are now facing the daunting realization that people will be coming through at any time, sometimes with short notice, but you also have to live here and get on with your daily life while keeping the house looking just the way it looks right now. Yikes!Don’t panic. All the excellent preparation you did is going to grab the attention of a buyer and keep these days of inconvenience to a minimum. Also, there are little things you can do to make this process much easier.If there are several bathrooms in the house, make all but one or two off limits. That way you will only need to clean and tidy the ones being used.In areas like the bathroom and bedroom place toiletries and small personal items in baskets or bins. Make a space under the sink or in the bedside stand to hide away for showings. It is much easier to tuck away one bin than to grab and stuff several items.If possible move to off-site storage items which are rarely used, such as formal dinnerware, the lobster pot, and off season clothing. Not only is this a great selling strategy for showing spacious closets and cupboards; this will make room for stashing the day to day items you want around but out of sight for showings. For example, the toaster comes off the counter for showings and fits into the newly created space in the cupboard.Make a list of last minute to-do’s before a showing. What to wipe down, toilet seats down, pet things and garbage removed, check the lights, a fast walk through.
Everybody should help out and get in the habit of always leaving the house ready. Everyone makes their bed, cleans their room, cleans up after themselves in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room, and even pumps up the couch after watching TV.Prepare a lighting plan for day and night. Have lights on for any dark areas such as lower level hallways, accent lights on for ambiance wherever appropriate, special lighting such as under counter and pot lights to show them off, exterior lights to enhance the property from late afternoon on, and all lights on if an after dark showing.Happy selling! Remember, this is all about getting your property sold faster and for more. – See more at: http://interiorsbymelanie.com/blog/post/how-to-live-in-a-staged-home#sthash.noyusdNK.dpuf
Your property is ready for the market. You have followed the advice of your stager, and each and every room and closet has been edited and dressed, perhaps painted and upgraded. You are now facing the daunting realization that people will be coming through at any time, sometimes with short notice, but you also have to live here and get on with your daily life while keeping the house looking just the way it looks right now. Yikes!Don’t panic. All the excellent preparation you did is going to grab the attention of a buyer and keep these days of inconvenience to a minimum. Also, there are little things you can do to make this process much easier.If there are several bathrooms in the house, make all but one or two off limits. That way you will only need to clean and tidy the ones being used.In areas like the bathroom and bedroom place toiletries and small personal items in baskets or bins. Make a space under the sink or in the bedside stand to hide away for showings. It is much easier to tuck away one bin than to grab and stuff several items.If possible move to off-site storage items which are rarely used, such as formal dinnerware, the lobster pot, and off season clothing. Not only is this a great selling strategy for showing spacious closets and cupboards; this will make room for stashing the day to day items you want around but out of sight for showings. For example, the toaster comes off the counter for showings and fits into the newly created space in the cupboard.Make a list of last minute to-do’s before a showing. What to wipe down, toilet seats down, pet things and garbage removed, check the lights, a fast walk through.
Everybody should help out and get in the habit of always leaving the house ready. Everyone makes their bed, cleans their room, cleans up after themselves in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room, and even pumps up the couch after watching TV.Prepare a lighting plan for day and night. Have lights on for any dark areas such as lower level hallways, accent lights on for ambiance wherever appropriate, special lighting such as under counter and pot lights to show them off, exterior lights to enhance the property from late afternoon on, and all lights on if an after dark showing.Happy selling! Remember, this is all about getting your property sold faster and for more. – See more at: http://interiorsbymelanie.com/blog/post/how-to-live-in-a-staged-home#sthash.noyusdNK.dpuf
Your property is ready for the market. You have followed the advice of your stager, and each and every room and closet has been edited and dressed, perhaps painted and upgraded. You are now facing the daunting realization that people will be coming through at any time, sometimes with short notice, but you also have to live here and get on with your daily life while keeping the house looking just the way it looks right now. Yikes!Don’t panic. All the excellent preparation you did is going to grab the attention of a buyer and keep these days of inconvenience to a minimum. Also, there are little things you can do to make this process much easier.If there are several bathrooms in the house, make all but one or two off limits. That way you will only need to clean and tidy the ones being used.In areas like the bathroom and bedroom place toiletries and small personal items in baskets or bins. Make a space under the sink or in the bedside stand to hide away for showings. It is much easier to tuck away one bin than to grab and stuff several items.If possible move to off-site storage items which are rarely used, such as formal dinnerware, the lobster pot, and off season clothing. Not only is this a great selling strategy for showing spacious closets and cupboards; this will make room for stashing the day to day items you want around but out of sight for showings. For example, the toaster comes off the counter for showings and fits into the newly created space in the cupboard.Make a list of last minute to-do’s before a showing. What to wipe down, toilet seats down, pet things and garbage removed, check the lights, a fast walk through.
Everybody should help out and get in the habit of always leaving the house ready. Everyone makes their bed, cleans their room, cleans up after themselves in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room, and even pumps up the couch after watching TV.Prepare a lighting plan for day and night. Have lights on for any dark areas such as lower level hallways, accent lights on for ambiance wherever appropriate, special lighting such as under counter and pot lights to show them off, exterior lights to enhance the property from late afternoon on, and all lights on if an after dark showing.Happy selling! Remember, this is all about getting your property sold faster and for more. – See more at: http://interiorsbymelanie.com/blog/post/how-to-live-in-a-staged-home#sthash.noyusdNK.dpuf
Your property is ready for the market. You have followed the advice of your stager, and each and every room and closet has been edited and dressed, perhaps painted and upgraded. You are now facing the daunting realization that people will be coming through at any time, sometimes with short notice, but you also have to live here and get on with your daily life while keeping the house looking just the way it looks right now. Yikes!Don’t panic. All the excellent preparation you did is going to grab the attention of a buyer and keep these days of inconvenience to a minimum. Also, there are little things you can do to make this process much easier.If there are several bathrooms in the house, make all but one or two off limits. That way you will only need to clean and tidy the ones being used.In areas like the bathroom and bedroom place toiletries and small personal items in baskets or bins. Make a space under the sink or in the bedside stand to hide away for showings. It is much easier to tuck away one bin than to grab and stuff several items.If possible move to off-site storage items which are rarely used, such as formal dinnerware, the lobster pot, and off season clothing. Not only is this a great selling strategy for showing spacious closets and cupboards; this will make room for stashing the day to day items you want around but out of sight for showings. For example, the toaster comes off the counter for showings and fits into the newly created space in the cupboard.Make a list of last minute to-do’s before a showing. What to wipe down, toilet seats down, pet things and garbage removed, check the lights, a fast walk through.
Everybody should help out and get in the habit of always leaving the house ready. Everyone makes their bed, cleans their room, cleans up after themselves in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room, and even pumps up the couch after watching TV.Prepare a lighting plan for day and night. Have lights on for any dark areas such as lower level hallways, accent lights on for ambiance wherever appropriate, special lighting such as under counter and pot lights to show them off, exterior lights to enhance the property from late afternoon on, and all lights on if an after dark showing.Happy selling! Remember, this is all about getting your property sold faster and for more. – See more at: http://interiorsbymelanie.com/blog/post/how-to-live-in-a-staged-home#sthash.noyusdNK.dpuf

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