Home Staging for Baby Boomers

Home Staging for baby boomers is about creating the best look your house has to offer so buyers fall in love when they open the front door. Most of the younger generations understand the concept of home staging – they’ve seen shows on HGTV and they realize that the way you live in a home and the way you sell a house are two different ways.

But what do you do if you are a boomer selling your lovely home after all these years? Does home staging really make a difference in a hot seller’s market? Yes it does and now more than ever.

You see, in order to get buyers interested in your home, you’ve got to step up to the plate and turn your home into a hot commodity. You must get your buyers emotionally involved. They won’t buy your house until then.

Here are my top 7 home staging for baby boomers tips

  1. Your home may need a new coat of paint to freshen things up.
  2. Make sure there is absolutely NO wallpaper lurking around your home.
  3. Remove the collections or “treasures” as one of my clients lovingly referred to her stuff. Buyers don’t want to see your years of accumulation. Put away those “grandma” things – doilies, etc.
  4. Pack up the photos of family members and friends from the tables and remove them from your walls. Today’s young buyers want to add fresh new photos of their own families.
  5. Renew your main living areas with some colorful throw pillows, hardback books, and trendy accessories.
  6. Do the same with the master bedroom and master bath. Add some new bedding in the way of a bed in a bag if necessary. Make the bed the focal point of the room and bring the décor up to today’s standards. Buy some new fluffy towels for the master bath and add some new accessories.
  7. De-odorize the house with some seasonal scents – no matter what the season. Make the house smell delicious.

Today’s buyers don’t want to buy grandma’s house

Years ago, I had a listing that I showed to a young couple looking for their first house. After walking through I asked them what they thought. They said it reminded them of their grandma’s house and they would never buy a house like that.

After the showing, I shared that conversation with my seller and she asked me when she “got old.” First of all, I replied that she just hadn’t bought any new things lately. For that reason, she decided to buy some new things for her new house and use them to update her home that was for sale.

We went shopping and she bought a new kitchen table and chairs, a new couch for the living room and a few new accessories. It was part of our home staging for baby boomers plan that truly worked!

The house sold immediately after changing things up. I believe her new look definitely added a freshness to her older house that appealed to her younger home buyers.

It comes down to 1st impressions

Remember, it’s all about first impressions when selling your Overland Park home. Selling your home starts with the 10-second rule. If your buyers think of your house as their grandma’s, it’s probably going to take some time to get an offer.

Start with the above home staging for boomers tips and dress your home up ready to impress those picky buyers. As I always say, give the buyers what they want and they will buy your house faster and will pay more money for it every time.

If you want to know exactly what you need to do to prepare your home for the Overland Park real estate market so it sells faster and for more money, call or text me direct at (913) 515-3250.

Home Staging Pet Peeves to Avoid

When you are thinking of selling your home, there are so many home staging pet peeves that are made by sellers and their real estate agents that really bother me.

First of all, probably my biggest pet peeve is not hiring a professional home stager. It’s the same as not hiring a professional photographer. Why shouldn’t you have every opportunity to speak with a professional home stager who can not only advise you but also help you? Many agents advise their sellers on what to do when staging their homes. Sure, there are certain things about staging that everyone knows about – like decluttering and depersonalizing. But I find sellers want and need more help than that. After all, home staging shouldn’t be taken for granted or left to chance. For those very reasons, be sure to request a home staging consultation, at the very least, from your agent. You want to create the best Model Home Look for your house.

Our home staging process

At Melinda Bartling Real Estate and Home Staging, we use our sister company, Overland Park Home Staging for every listing we take. We believe home staging is the determining factor for the results you get when selling your Overland Park home.

We will meet with you and do a complete walk-through and walk around of your home. This is part of our Home Staging Consultation. The actual Home Staging occurs once you’ve done your punch list of our recommendations. We will tweak every inch of your home before your Professional Photo Shoot.

When it comes to selling your home, you must remember…it’s not about you anymore. You have decided to sell your home and move on. It’s time to put on your buyer’s hat and make some serious money. Everything you do from here on is marketing. You are setting yourself up to sell your house for some ridiculous amount of money while you can. Take advantage of it.

My other home staging pet peeves

The hardest conversation I always have is about dead animals mounted on the walls. I call them home staging don’ts or no-no’s. Unfortunately, all dead animals must be removed from the house. Furthermore, I find that a lot of agents don’t know how to have the right conversations with their sellers so they just overlook certain things that really should be addressed.

Home staging consultation case study

Years ago, I received a call from a lady that had been unable to sell her home. She hired me for a home staging consultation to see what she needed to do to get her house sold.

When I got to the house, I immediately noticed a number of things that needed to be changed to attract the most buyers. It’s all part of my 10 Second Rule and the fact that buyers will make a decision about your house within 10 seconds of opening the front door.

As soon as I entered this home, I saw several things that probably prevented the house from selling.

  • They had bright blue tile and countertops in the kitchen
  • The rooms were stuffed full of furniture
  • The arrangement of their furniture was wrong for selling the house

Finally, I went to the finished lower level and there it was!!! My jaw dropped.

There was an entire room full of mounted heads with brass nameplates next to each one. There must have been at least 25 dead animals in that room. (I wish I had a photo but I don’t). I asked if there was a photo of this on the internet. She honestly didn’t know – which was another problem in itself. I looked at her and said not every woman likes those things and they had to come down.

While we were downstairs, her husband returned home. She gave him the bad news and his response was, “If I have to take them down, we’re not moving.” He stormed out of the house. She apologized to me and said he was angry long before I got there. LOL!

Months later, after they had changed out the blue in their kitchen and removed all of his trophies from the house, the house sold. But in the interim, how much money did they lose with being on the market for almost 9 months? It was a terrific house but it wasn’t staged to sell.

Are you serious about selling your home?

This is just one example of this situation. I see it at least once a week in homes in all price ranges. There are all specimens…bears, wolves, fish, deer, moose heads, stuffed roosters, etc. I actually saw a full-size standing bear wearing a designer scarf one time.

If you’re serious about selling your home, prepare your house to sell before it comes on the market. It’s your money when selling your house. It’s the largest investment you’ll ever have and you’re giving away your hard-earned equity.

If you want to know my other home staging pet peeves that will cost you money when selling your home, call me at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here.

Zing Your Home into Spring

After a long cold winter, it’s the perfect time to zing your home into spring. After all, it deserves a new attitude. At this point, you might be sick and tired of looking at your same old stuff the same old way. Now is the time to do something about it. Or maybe you’re just frustrated with the way your home looks in general. Have you thought about having a Spring Fling and you need to spruce things up but you’re not sure what to do?

Regardless of your excuses for not doing what you should do, there are many ways to give your winter-weary home a little new pizzazz. Believe me, it may be long overdue. So, take some time and create your plan. You have so many options to choose from. Start looking online and find your favorite style and get busy shopping!

Here are 5 easy ways to zing your home into spring so it makes a powerful impact

Start by creating some fresh front door appeal

After all, curb appeal is everything – especially in the spring. Take a walk to the street and look at your house. What do you see? What do you like and what don’t you like?

Focus on the front door area. Whether you have a porch or merely a front stoop, there are so many things you can do to create some fun curb appeal. Your goal is to bring a smile to your face every time you come home.

It begins with the front door. Go shopping to look for a new wreath and doormat. Adding a fun wreath will create a statement. Then add a fresh doormat that goes with the wreath or vice versa. Maybe you’ll find a doormat before the wreath. Either way, choose one and match the other. Then add something on each side of the door…maybe a potted tree or plant on one side and a cute accent piece, like a chair, on the other side. Or you could use two matching pots and plants to balance your door.

Add some new throw pillows to your couch

Nothing changes your living area more than replacing tired, worn-out throw pillows. I like Home Goods for pillows but you can shop anywhere you want. Don’t spend an arm and a leg on these as they get worn and should be replaced on a regular basis. Go bold, mix and match your colors and patterns and have fun with new throw pillows. That’s what they are for – to make a statement and make you smile.

Update your artwork

Look around your house and pick 2-3 wall hangings that you could update without upsetting the rest of your décor. Granted, I live in 800 square feet and if you’ve been to my tiny house, you know there is not much room to add anything else. But changing some things out seasonally is very doable.

I like to add a couple of spring-like canvas prints around my house to bring out the season. One of the areas I especially like to decorate is Shed Chic. It’s 88 square feet and fun to decorate for the holiday or the season.

Buy some new bedding

The quickest way to refresh your bedroom is with new bedding. A new duvet or comforter will change up the whole look of your bedroom. Check out At Home for great prices on comforters. Add some fun new throw pillows to accessorize and you’ll be amazed at the difference it will make.

Rearrange your furniture & accessories

Sometimes a little Amazing Rearranging can work wonders for your spirit. A fresh rearrangement of even one of your rooms will change your whole mood about your house. It’s funny when I stage homes before listing them for sale, the typical home seller has what they need. It just needs a fresh, new look. The Amazing Rearranging process is to make you fall in love with your home all over again.

Hire Amazing Rearranging to zing your home into spring

If you’re not sure how to rearrange your room, that’s what Amazing Rearranging is all about. Our March special is a One Room Rearrange for $150. If you’re sick and tired of looking at your house the same old way, call or text us at (913) 515-3250 to schedule your One Room Rearrange or reach out here. It’s quick, easy and you’ll love the results! Don’t delay, these specials book up early and spring is just around the corner!

Smudging Your Home in Overland Park

Smudging your home is an ancient spiritual practice and ritual that we use to cleanse a home, rid it of negativity and prepare it for its new occupants. Above all, it’s an actual sage burning ceremony that works for sellers or buyers depending on their specific needs.

Who is home smudging designed for?

At Fresh Juju, we know our home smudging services can be for sellers who want to rid their home of negative energy, buyers who want to know that the home they bought will be filled with positive energy or residents who want to remove bad vibes from their homes.

The very first smudging I did was in 2008 when I listed a home where a murder with a chain saw had been committed. Needless to say, it was a gruesome situation. Even though a couple of years had passed since the incident, I learned about smudging because was having bad feelings just being in the home. I studied the practice of smudging and took it upon myself to perform a smudging ceremony once a week while the home was on the market.

Other reasons sellers smudge:

  • There was a break-up or divorce
  • One of the occupants went through a long illness
  • Someone passed away in the house
  • A dramatic event occurred at the house
  • Turbulence in the family
  • The house was the scene of a crime
  • The home had been vacant for a while and had stale energy

Buyers love the art of home smudging for similar reasons:

  • Smudging helps to purify and redirect the energy in the home
  • It’s a natural disinfectant
  • Removes any negative vibrations, pains, fears, anxieties, and uncertainties that could be lingering in a home
  • Sage is known to boost your mood, improve memory, focus and help with insomnia

Smudging is a quick and easy fix to prepare the home for new buyers. Furthermore, they can move in knowing all negativity has been released and the environment is filled with positivity, love, and light.

Our process of smudging your home

We prefer to smudge the home after the sellers have vacated and before the buyers move in. An unoccupied home is a perfect backdrop to rid a home of any previous negative energy. But either way, occupied or not, we can smudge your home to your satisfaction.

There are as many different ways to perform a Smudging Ceremony as well as different products to use. We prefer using white sage as our main tool for the ceremony. Our intentions are always set first. Then we ask why we are there and what you want to specifically accomplish with the home smudging. The final preparation step is to always smudge ourselves first before we smudge the house.

The art of smudging can be done with your hands or with a feather. We use a feather to direct the smoke from the sage to clear the space. In our Smudging Ceremony, we say different prayers to rid the house of evil spirits. We will get very specific with the prayers if we know “the story” of the house. We go room to room as we smudge. The process is slow and mindful and each smudging ceremony usually takes about 1 hour.

Will one home smudging do the trick?

That depends. As previously stated, I smudged a house once a week for about a month back in 2008. We’ve had buyers purchase a home where the previous owners had been battling through a divorce for the past couple of years.

With this type of negative energy flowing throughout the house for so long, we would recommend at least 2 smudging ceremonies. The 1st should be once the house is vacant before the buyers move in and the 2nd one about a week after moving in.

Those 2 smudgings will remove any negativity from the house as well as the new owner’s things. Furthermore, that will clear the air of the occupied space by the previous occupants and allow the buyer’s possessions to go through a good smudging as well.

Is smudging your home right for you?

While smudging your home may seem a bit weird and confusing to many people, it’s merely a way to remove bad juju from a home and replace it with light, love, and joy. Especially when buying a home, you never know what went on behind those closed doors. You may discover the previous residents were horrible people who did terrible things.

Smudging is a sacred, religious and spiritual practice to many Native American tribes. For that very reason, we have high regard and respect for the process. We believe smudging works to rid a home of its demons.

You can start off life in your new home with a clean slate knowing the bad energy has been moved out of the house to make way for your positivity, love, and light. It’s a small price to pay for a large investment and a fresh start!

Personal smudging ceremony

Due to the recent chaos with Covid and unrest in the world, we offer our Personal Smudging Ceremony to rid negativity from your mind, body, and spirit. Much like a home smudging, the purpose of the ritual is to allow the smoke from the white sage to carry off all negativity, fears, and attachments and be replaced with light, love, and joy.

We use White Sage, which is a natural healer for your mind, body, and spirit. Furthermore, its leaves are rich in compounds that work to turn on your brain activity, raise your mood, reduce stress, and relieve pain. It’s even been proven to be a solution for insomnia!

The smoke from the sage cleanses everything it touches and has direct communication with our Creator. With your intentions and goals for healing, combined with our Ceremonial Prayer Ritual, you will start a daily practice of reciting your personal affirmations to deepen what we created.

Our most requested service

Our most requested ceremony is smudging the home and one of the residents. On average, about 8 out of 10 personal smudging ceremonies that we perform are centered around health-related issues. Whether it’s a recent diagnosis or surgery, our clients understand the importance of removing all the bad juju from their homes as well as their spirits. In addition, as everyone knows, having the right positive attitude is the most important attribute for healing.

If you or a loved one has encountered ill health, unmanageable stress, anxiety from a break-up, insomnia, or just negativity in general, a Personal Smudging Ceremony can work for you, too!

Get the combo!

Our Combo Personal and Home Smudging Ceremony is the best deal! Likewise, it will remove the contaminated demonic forces, stale or negative energies, fear, sadness, uncertainty or anxiety about the future, or just plain bad spirits that may be lingering in your environment and your mind.

We work with your intentions to promote new beginnings, purify the mind, body, and spirit, and transform all energy from negative to positive.

How much does a smudging ceremony cost?

Personal Smudging Ceremony (for one person) – $95

Home Smudging Ceremony – $95 (average home) – $195 (over $3,000 sf)

#1 Best Offer – Combo Personal and Home Smudging Ceremony – $175 – $275 (over 3,000 sf)

Each extra Personal Smudging Ceremony is $75 if performed while we are there.

ATTENTION REALTORS – ask about our Preferred Realtor Program that can save you $$$ on your next Home Smudging Ceremony. It makes a great housewarming gift for your favorite buyers!

How do I order a personal or home smudging?

Schedule your personal or home smudging by calling or texting (913) 515-3250 or contact Melinda here. For more information, check out our Smudging website at

Home Staging for Occupied Homes

Home staging for occupied homes is a concept that was created in 1973 by a woman named Barb Schwarz. The whole idea behind the concept was it was designed for homes that people lived in that didn’t show well. After all, what home shows well as it is? Every home needs a little extra something to help bring out its best.

My mantra has always been…

“The way you live in your home is your business but the way you sell your house is my business”

Melinda Bartling

Home staging and the Red Carpet look

Just like celebrities on the Red Carpet who spend hours and sometimes days or months preparing for an event, your home should go through the same detailing process. After all, people always detail their cars before selling them. Don’t you think your home deserves a little sprucing up?

Home buying is not only very personal, it’s extremely emotional. It’s a known fact that home buyers will make a decision about your home within 10 seconds of opening your front door. They either “feel” your house or they don’t. If your house doesn’t speak to them and if they don’t feel themselves living there, they will move on.

Well-prepared and well-staged homes not only show better they sell for more money! You do want more money, don’t you? So, get busy and create your best Red Carpet look for your home.

Home Staging for occupied homes versus vacant homes

The whole concept of home staging in 1973 was never created for vacant homes. The main idea was to make a lived-in home stand out from the other houses on the market through the art of home staging. I learned the concept in 2006 and actually staged homes in Chicago with the creator herself. I was fortunate to learn not only her home staging techniques but I was able to get inside her head to better understand her thoughts about the process.

Staging for vacant homes became more prevalent with HGTV where the stagers would bring in a truck full of new furniture and accessories and furnish an empty house in order to flip a house for sale.

That’s a very different process than working with what a typical seller already has in their house. I’ll be honest, not every seller has great furniture and accessories like what you see when you furnish a vacant home. That’s what makes staging occupied homes very challenging – but so much fun!

Overland Park Home Staging

After working in Chicago and learning home staging with Barb, I returned to Kansas City and started my own home staging business. I had been in real estate for 19 years. It was 2006 and home staging had not yet caught on at that time. But as a Realtor, I knew houses were not selling and competition was fierce. Interest rates were over 6% and we were headed towards a real estate bubble. So, if you were selling your home, you needed to look better than any other home on the market because buyers were few. I knew home staging was about to blow up big time!

Getting the idea of home staging across to Realtors was challenging and home sellers just thought it was silly. Those were the days of sellers saying, “they can take the house the way it is or not buy it. I’m not changing anything.” With that attitude, no wonder houses weren’t selling. I remember telling some sellers they needed to repaint their sponge-painted kitchen cabinets. Needless to say, that didn’t go over well.

After getting fired from that listing, I spent the next couple of years promoting the concept of home staging to my fellow Realtors and learning how to sell the idea. At one point, we were the busiest home staging company in Overland Park. Then once home staging became a “thing,” everyone started doing it – and not always well, as you can imagine. New stagers would offer next to nothing prices to Realtors to get their foot in the door with a busy agent and there the industry went.

To this day, I follow Barb’s techniques that I learned from her, and more than that, I have never divulged her best-kept little secrets that she shared with me. She took me under her wing and saw that I had a natural talent and a great sense of style.

The average home stager

Even though everybody thinks they can stage a home, we all know that’s just not right. Realtors are not home stagers. Just because you have a real estate license or take a home staging course, that doesn’t give you a sense of style that makes you a great home stager. The number one thing a home stager must have is knowing whether or not the end result looks good. If you can’t make a decision or have to ask someone else’s opinion, you probably don’t have confidence in your style.

There are lots of home stagers that don’t have the eye that it takes to be a great home stager. You’ve got to take what you have to the next level when you’re selling and give it that model home look.

What you need to know before staging your home

If you are selling your house and your Realtor says they will bring their stager in, which usually means a home stager will stop by, consult with you and provide you with some tips for selling. That’s probably better than doing nothing but they also won’t come back and rearrange your furniture or accessories. A true home staging is about decluttering and depersonalizing your home. Once that’s completed, the final step is the rearrangement of your furniture and accessories that welcomes buyers into your home. You always want to create the model home look as much as possible if you want top dollar when selling. The right home staging will always make you more money than not.

I would suggest you hire your own home stager so you have control over the process. My home staging is always a two-step process. I will come out and provide you with a list of things to do and when you’re done, I come back and tweak things. Simple! There is a fee but if you list your home with me, I stage your home for FREE! Either way, I AM A HOME STAGER! And since 2016, I’ve been doing home staging for occupied homes!

How to get started with your home staging

Please call or text (913) 515-3250 or contact me here to talk about staging and selling your home and making lots of money doing it.

Best-Kept Home Staging Secrets

Overland Park Home Staging has been around since 2006. For that very reason, we’re often contacted to provide our best-kept home staging secrets.

Don’t miss our most recent excerpt – “Selling Your Home is all About the Buyers” – as well as other great tips from home stagers around the country, in the Redfin blog post below:

“Home Staging Secrets: Simple But Impactful Staging Tips”

One important aspect that many home sellers overlook is staging. However, in today’s competitive housing market, home staging is an essential step in order to sell your home quickly, increase home value, and stand out from the competition.

Redfin asked us to share why staging is so important for home sellers. So, whether you’re relocating to Los Angeles, CA, or packing up and moving to Toronto, CA, you’ll be able to set the stage and sell your home for all its potential. Check out what Overland Park Home Staging had to say!

“Home Staging Secrets: Simple But Impactful Staging Tips”

Best-kept home staging secrets

Those are just a few of my best-kept home staging secrets. I love helping home sellers create their best model home look using their own things. What I find is most people have what they need to stage their homes, it just needs to be rearranged for selling versus living.

“Remember, the way you live in your house and

the way you sell your home are

two very different ways”

Melinda Bartling

Thinking of selling your home this fall?

If you’re thinking of selling your home this fall, call or text Melinda at (913) 515-3250 or get started here. You could be moved on to your next chapter before the end of the year.

Creating Fall Curb Appeal

Fall Home Staging starts with creating fall curb appeal whether or not you are planning on selling your home. Only after that, should you start busting the clutter inside your house. Here are some tips that can get your outdoor look up to date.

6 ways to start creating fall curb appeal

Here are 6 simple curb appeal tips for the exterior of your home:

1. First of all, walk across the street and take a long hard look at your house. What do you see? Look long and hard. Make some notes and get busy. Home Staging doesn’t mean removing everything in sight. It’s about removing and adding back in to create that perfect model home “I can see myself living here” kind of look. You know the one. If you’ve been to the Fall Parade of Homes, I’ll bet you’ve said that to yourself – more than once!

2. Likewise, painting is the number one thing you can do to spruce up your exterior fall home staging. Look closely at your house. NOW is the time to do some whole house or touch-up painting – before the temperatures drop. Beware of the waiting-to-paint dilemma. I know about that. I woke up one cold morning in January and decided I was selling my house. Unfortunately, my house needed to be painted. Luckily it was one of those typical Kansas City winters where we had a few mild days in the ’50s and I was able to get my house painted in February.

3. Above all else, clear the clutter around your front door. Do you have too much stuff? KISS – keep it simple staging is the best advice. Add a couple of urns on each side of your door with some pretty mums to frame the space. Invest in a new doormat and a simple fall wreath. As the season’s change, so should your curb appeal.

Take a trip to your home improvement store

4. Do you need to change your outdoor lighting? The answer is yes if it’s weathered brass. You’re so used to looking at it that way, you don’t even see it. If you’re selling, agents see these things first thing and wonder what else hasn’t been updated. Yes, today’s buyers want an updated home so if you’ve failed to do that throughout the years, you’ve got some work to do!

5. Along with the lighting…look at your house numbers. How do they look? Is replacement necessary? Or moved? Are they located so people can see them from the street? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost entered the wrong house for sale because I couldn’t see the numbers.

6. Finally and last but certainly not least, look at the hardware on your front door. If you have more than one lock, do they match? Many times, the doorknob will be brass and the deadbolt will be silver or vice-versa. Be sure to replace them entirely if they are worn. It will send the message to the buyer and agent that this house is going to be just what they are looking for – clean, fresh, and updated.

Selling your home this fall?

Do yourself a favor and follow these simple tips to start updating and creating your fall curb appeal to sell your home. There are plenty of houses out there, just not a lot of inventory that buyers want to buy.

Get a leg up on your competition and sell your house fast. Remember, it’s all in the updates and details when selling your house faster and for top dollar. Buyers don’t want “projects” unless of course, they can get a steal on the house. Once you get those projects done, it’s the final arrangement of your furniture and accessories that seal the deal. The home staging is always the icing on the cake and the reason my average house sells in less than 3 days for thousands over the asking price.

There’s still time to sell your home this fall and be moved by the holidays. That’s what my clients, Gayle and Jerry did. We listed their house in November and by Christmas, they were living happily ever after in their new home in Texas. For that reason, be sure to get your house ready now if you are thinking of selling anytime before the spring market.

Make the decision right now to start creating your fall curb appeal. If you’d like to see what it’s going to take to get your house sold faster, for thousands of dollars over asking price, call or text me at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here.

Home Staging and Emotions

Home Staging and emotions go hand-in-hand when it comes to selling your home. And I’m not talking about your emotions. Until your buyers get emotionally involved with your house, they won’t buy it.

How can you get buyers emotionally invested in your home?

The art of Home staging is designed to allow buyers to see and feel themselves living in your home. And that starts with the 10-second rule.

The right home staging will draw buyers into your home. That’s why it’s so important to follow my simple, 3 step “Now to WOW!” Home Staging process to lure them in.

From Now to WOW!

Do these 3 things if you do nothing else. These things will ensure you’ll be ready for a final Home Staging tweak by a professional like me.

  1. Declutter – you must remove the clutter from your house. I know that’s a hard one but you are preventing your own sale from happening. Just yesterday my buyers said to me, “there’s no way they could be out of here in 30 days.” We eliminated that one from our list of possibilities.
  2. Depersonalize – be sure to remove all of those family photos, collections of beanie babies, etc. Buyers cannot and will not visualize their own family photos and collections in your house if yours are still there. They only see it as your house, they don’t visualize themselves living there.
  3. Rearrange – this is the big one. You’ve got to rearrange your furniture to evoke an emotional feeling from the home buyers. Recently, I had an agent tell me that her buyers are trying to make a decision between one of my houses for sale and one other. She said they sat in the living room to see how they felt in the house. (It’s a good thing I moved furniture into that vacant house).

Closing in on emotions

When I know buyers are showing signs of loving a house, I will be the first to sit down in my favorite room. Inevitably the buyers will join me. That’s when they start getting comfortable and feeling themselves emotionally living in the house. The right furniture in the right places helps draw them in and feel right at home. Too much furniture in the wrong places will create a feeling of claustrophobia. I will be the first to run out the door.

Set yourself up for success when selling your home by helping your home buyers get emotional about your home. They have no memories there. It’s your job to become unemotionally detached in order for your buyers to become emotionally attached. Once you master that concept, you will be on your way to selling your home faster and for the most money possible. That’s also where a great home stager will be worth her weight in gold and will turn your lived-in home into a model home masterpiece.

If you are even considering selling your home, call or text me directly at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here to create emotion that will reap you thousands of extra dollars in your pocket.

Restaging a Home Staging

Last week a lady called me and hired me for restaging a home staging. When I asked her to explain her situation, she said her house had been staged and she thought it looked awful. She said her agent staged her house, it had been on the market for almost 30 days and she was not happy with the way her house looked online or in person.

What is Home Staging?

Home Staging is an art and a science.  It’s the most important part of selling your home. Your photos online portray your home stager’s understanding of the home staging concept. Furthermore, your online photos determine whether or not you will have any showings or any offers.

Similarly, Home Staging is about creating the best look for your house that will appeal to the largest number of buyers. Above all else, it’s preparing your home to sell it faster and for more money.

What is restaging a home staging?

Restaging a home staging is typically one of two scenarios:

1) when people move to a new home without removing all their belongings and they get spread out throughout the house and/or

2) when the house has been staged by someone who didn’t understand the concept. I’ve restaged hundreds of homes since 2006.

In this particular situation, these sellers had downsized and had moved out of their house into a smaller condo. What didn’t fit into the condo, they left in the house. The real estate agent they hired to sell their house thought she was a home stager. After all, how hard can it be to put some random pieces of furniture around the house?

The homeowner said that the agent they hired “sold a lot of houses” and she was told the house would be staged before coming on the market. Since they had already moved out of the house and she trusted the agent to do the right thing, they didn’t see the house before they saw it online. They literally freaked out!

Home staging is the most important part of selling your house. It’s your house and your responsibility to have a conversation with your real estate agent about the home selling process and what you can expect – especially when it comes to preparing your home for sale. In addition, all buyers follow the 10-second rule when buying a home.

Home staging case study

I sold a house in Parkville that I listed after it had been on the market for 435 days with another agent. The sellers told me not one agent they had interviewed had mentioned anything about Home Staging.

It’s the first thing I told them after walking through their house. They did everything I asked them to do, I showed up and staged the house and their house SOLD.

The right price will get the buyers to the house but your home staging will get you the offer. Why don’t home sellers understand that concept? It’s not new. Home Staging has been around since 1973. I learned the concept in 2006 from the lady that created home staging. I knew then I could make a difference for home sellers that would sell their home faster and net them more money.

Detailing your house

Today I showed a house that had a dirty front door, peeling paint on the threshold, a dirty master bath shower. Needless to say, I was embarrassed. The buyers made a comment to me about it. Nobody wants to buy a house that’s not ready for the market. All homes should be shown in their best light. Unfortunately, they’re not.

Whether it’s home staging or restaging, you’re under the microscope when selling your home. Buyers will leave one house and come to your house and compare the two houses. If your house isn’t stacking up to The Joneses, you’d better step up your game.

Want more money?

Home Staging or restaging a home staging is the fastest way to not only get your home sold but also get it sold for the most money. Your lack of staging is only costing you your hard-earned money. Unfortunately, too many agents don’t even understand that. I am making a difference in the home selling experience with my home staging concepts.

If you want to sell your home fast and for more money, call or text me at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here.

Home Staging Roadblocks

Every home seller has some home staging roadblocks to reach their ultimate goal of selling quickly and for the most money. Yet when it’s time to sell, not every seller is prepared.

The number one question all sellers ask me is “What do I need to do to prepare my home so it sells fast?”

I’m currently working with some sellers on this very process. It’s an older house and it needed some updating to bring it up to today’s standards. We walked through the house room by room and I gave them the lowdown of what I would do if it was my house. They had already done some major updates like the kitchen and master bathroom but the upstairs was showing its original condition.

The kids were gone and this couple didn’t even go upstairs anymore. Seems like that’s so typical of empty nesters. Trouble is, the condition of the entire home needs to be addressed. Today’s buyers don’t want to fix your projects even though you might say you don’t know what they would want.

Here’s my biggest tip:

“buyers don’t want it the way it is!”

Melinda Bartling

My advice? Hire a professional that can tell you how to update your home without ripping everything out. Above all else, you should look at the big picture. What are the biggest problems and what are the most cost-effective ways to make some changes? This is where you need to get creative.

What are your real home staging roadblocks?

You don’t have to spend a fortune to address your home staging roadblocks. I help my clients come up with affordable fixes all the time. It’s called preparing your home for the market on a shoestring budget.

For example:

  • Can you change a vanity top rather than ripping out the entire vanity?
  • Can you add a new vanity top with 2 sinks versus the original 1 sink?
  • How about buying some new bathroom mirrors and faucets?
  • Do you need to update any flooring…especially in the bathrooms or utility room?
  • Adding new register covers or switch plates after painting a room can do wonders
  • A few new light fixtures here and there will make a huge difference
  • A thorough house cleaning is the icing on the cake for the entire home staging project

None of these things cost a lot of money but don’t do them and it will cost you a lot of your hard-earned equity. Getting your home show-ready so it sells fast and looks better than other homes for sale in your neighborhood is imperative.

Being ready to play

Part of my job, not only as your Realtor but also as your home stager, is to go through every inch of your house and tweak whatever isn’t quite right. I’m like the wedding planner fixing the bride or the celebrity stylist at a Red Carpet event. I prepare your home for the photoshoot and am 2 steps ahead of the photographer. Your first day on the market is the most important. When buyers see your home online, I want them lining up to get in to see it.

You see, there are plenty of buyers out there. Your buyers are probably waiting for a home to come on the market just like yours. They’re ready, willing, and able. You have one chance to make a first impression. You’re being judged – will your house make the best dressed or worst dressed list? It’s up to you to remove those home staging roadblocks. Do you know what to do?

If you know you’ve got some things to do to your house before you come on the market, call or text me at (913) 515-3250, or contact me here and let’s see how I can help you prepare your home on a shoestring budget!