Best Red Carpet Look for Your Home

Whether you realize it or not, there is the best red carpet look for your home. After all, the whole purpose of home staging is for your home to stand out from your competition.

Just like the stars walking the red carpet at the Grammys, it’s a process for the stars to look that way. From choosing the right gown and accessories, to their hair, make-up, and nails, they will tell you it takes a village to create their red carpet look.

First of all, the stars know they will be judged and the consensus will either be good, outstanding, or bad. It’s the same when selling your home. You, too, have one chance to make a first impression. If you knock it out of the park, you may sell your home for more money than you imagined. And if you don’t?

The best red carpet look for your home

The best red carpet look for your home comes from using a professional home staging stylist. It only makes sense when your home’s reputation is on the line. A star wouldn’t walk the red carpet without her team behind her. When selling your home, your money is on the line. The faster your house sells, the more money you will make. Your professional home stager or stylist will be responsible to create the best red carpet look for your home. And when the buyers fall in love, it’s money in the bank from there!

What’s the alternative? Sell your house as it is and see what that gets you. I call that selling by default…you get what you get. Your money comes down to the Realtor you hire. They might sell a lot of houses but at what price? And how fast does it happen?

There are a lot of skills necessary to sell houses for top dollar. Likewise, the number one skill agents don’t have is home staging. And yet many agents will attempt to stage your home themselves. Why? All the extras in real estate cost money. Many agents don’t want to spend money to make money. They probably had a bad experience of spending their own money on a home they didn’t get sold.

On the other hand, some agents will bring their home stager in for an hour-long home staging consultation. That is not home staging. That’s advising you on what to do. That’s like a hair stylist telling you what style will look good on you versus doing it. And have you ever had a bad hairstylist? Case closed.

The art of home staging

Perhaps unknown to the average Realtor, above all else, there is an art to home staging. After all, there’s a whole giant industry based around it. It’s so much more than clearing the countertops. It’s creating your best first impression look, so buyers are drawn into your home, sweeping them off their feet, causing them to fall in love with it, to the point they have to have it, and will gladly pay you extra money to get it.

That’s what I do as your home stylist. You can declutter and put your family photos away but you need a professional stylist to create the best red carpet look for your home that will sweep your buyers off their feet. Your job is to find that person with the right broom.

Remember, the way you live in your home and the way you sell your house are two different ways. Consequently, selling your home is a beauty pageant and a competition. You need to be ready. There will always be another house that looks better than yours if you don’t create your best red carpet look for your home. I’ve seen your competition and I’m in it to win it. Game on!

Want to know your home’s current, local value, not some computer-generated Zestimate? Click here!

If you’re thinking of selling your home, allow me to create your best red carpet look. Call me at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here to schedule your FREE home selling consultation and let’s see if what I do will work for you!

What You Need to Know about 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.

Creating Your Stunning Red Carpet Look When Selling Your Home

The whole purpose of home staging is to create your best red carpet look. Just like the stars walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes, it’s a process for the stars to look that way. From choosing the right gown, to their hair, make-up and nails, they will tell you it takes a village to create their red carpet look.

First of all, the stars know they will be judged and the consensus will either be good, real good or bad. It’s the same when selling your home. You, too, have one chance to make a first impression. If you knock it out of the park, you may sell your home for more money than you imagined. And if you don’t?

How to get that red carpet look

Furthermore, using a professional stylist only makes sense when your home’s reputation is on the line. A star wouldn’t walk the red carpet without her team behind her. When selling your home, your money is on the line. The faster your house sells, the more money you will make. Your professional home stager or stylist will be responsible to create your best red carpet look.

What’s the alternative? Sell your house as it is and see what that gets you. I call that selling by default…you get what you get. Your money comes down to the Realtor you hire. They might sell a lot of houses but at what price? And how fast does it happen?

There are a lot of skills necessary to sell houses for top dollar. Likewise, the number one skill agents don’t have is home staging. And yet many agents will attempt to stage your home themselves. Why? All the extras in real estate cost money. Many agents don’t want to spend money to make money. They probably had a bad experience of spending their own money on a home they didn’t get sold.

On the other hand, some agents will bring their home stager in for an hour long home staging consultation. That is not home staging. That’s advising you on what to do. That’s like a hair stylist telling you what style will look good on you versus doing it. And have you ever had a bad hair stylist? Case closed.

The art of home staging

Perhaps unknown to the average Realtor, above all else, there is an art to home staging. After all, there’s a whole industry around it. It’s so much more than clearing the countertops. It’s creating your best first impression look, so buyers are drawn in to your home, sweeping them off their feet, causing them to fall in love with it, to the point they have to have it and will gladly pay you extra money to get it.

That’s what I do as your home stylist. You can declutter and put your family photos away but you need a professional stylist to create your red carpet look that will sweep your buyers off their feet. Your job is to find that person with the right broom.

Remember, the way you live in your home and the way you sell your house are two different ways. Consequently, selling your home is a competition. You need to be ready. There will always be another house that always looks better than yours if you don’t create your red carpet look. I’ve seen your competition and I’m in it to win it. Game on!

Want to know your home’s current, local value not some computer generated Zestimate? Click here!

If you’re thinking of selling your home, allow me to create your best red carpet look. Call me at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here to schedule your FREE home selling consultation and let’s see if what I do will work for you!

The Best Kept Secrets of the 10 Second Rule

The typical Overland Park home buyers use the 10 second rule when they arrive at your house. What does that mean? It means, that within 10 seconds, the buyers have made a decision whether or not they are going to buy your home.

Unfortunately, I can’t tell you how many homes I see that have terrible curb appeal, porch appeal and entry appeal. Sellers who don’t think these things are important should think again.

What today’s home buyers want

Furthermore, today’s home buyers want to be impressed. Why? They are getting ready to spend their entire life’s savings to buy a home. It’s a place they will make memories for themselves. So many of these home buyers are moving from apartments that are pretty impressive. If they have a gorgeous rental, they certainly expect to be impressed with a house they are going to buy.

Therefore, buyers want to know the home they are considering buying has been well maintained. At a recent panel I was on for first time home buyers, their biggest fear was buying a money pit. That means if you are selling, you had better step up your game because today’s buyers are looking for a reason not to buy your house. They are looking in every nook and cranny for something that isn’t right. They are eliminating all of their options until they find that perfect home with the Goldilocks effect.

Consequently, Overland Park home buyers have already decided about your home long before they reach your front door. Even more, they have researched everything they possibly can online. They’ve done an aerial view, they know what your street looks like and your next door neighbor’s house. When your house is ready, the buyers will come.

Finally, here’s what they really want to see when they get there: (and while living up to the 10 Second Rule)

  • A good street
  • A well maintained neighborhood
  • Respectable looking homes
  • Awesome curb appeal
  • Perfection at the front door
  • And a “wow” factor as they enter your house

When home buyers fall in love with your home

In addition, to please today’s Overland Park home buyers you’ve got to have that “you had them at hello” scenario. It all comes down to the details. Let it begin in that first 10 seconds and keep it going as they walk through each room of your house. When they’re done with their tour they’ll be saying, “We have to have this house and we’ll pay more money for it.” That’s how smart sellers are winning at the 10-second rule with today’s picky buyers.

Think this is foolish? As a result, buyers can take your house or leave it? With that attitude, you’ll surely be on the market awhile. It’s not the new way to sell your house. You’ve got to change with the times or take your chances of not winning the home selling game. The choice is yours. Remember, not all houses sell. Will you be one that adopts the new rules to sell your home and adopt the 10-second rule as part of your home selling strategy? Selling your home is simple – but it’s not easy.

I’ve been helping home sellers with their 10-second rule since 2006 when I started my home staging business. If you’d like to incorporate it into your home selling strategy, call me direct at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here.

The Successful Golden Rule of Home Staging

Selling your Overland Park home can be very intimidating but if you use the Successful Golden Rule of Home Staging, you’ll get a jump start on your competition. The more information you have, the better you can prepare yourself for what is to come. With an abundance of homes currently on the market that haven’t sold and the addition of new homes coming on every day, how will you win? One of my best tips for Overland Park home sellers is you must follow the Golden Rule of Home Staging.

Selling Your Home is a Beauty Pageant and Price War

Hopefully, by now, you know that selling your home is a beauty pageant and a price war. Your house has to look better than your competition. The first step is your Home Staging – or preparing your home to appeal to the masses.

How Does Your House Look Online?

People tell me all the time that they automatically eliminate homes on the internet by the way they look. Doesn’t that indicate that unless your home looks fabulous online, you are not only hurting your chances of selling your home but also sabotaging your chances of even getting buyers into your home?

Does Home Staging Make a Difference?

I learned a long time ago that Home Staging was the answer to selling homes faster and for more money. When I got into real estate in 1987, we didn’t know what we didn’t know. Did I sit around in 1987 thinking that if I had a smart phone and a fabulous looking virtual tour on my website, my listings they would sell so much faster? No. We didn’t have any of those things.

But I always knew houses that looked better sold faster. Perhaps it was from my upbringing. My mom was in design and we always had fabulous homes that were perfectly decorated. I grew up living in House Beautiful.

Home staging has been around since 1973. It has completely changed the way I do business and every home I stage, sells in 3 days or less and for thousands of dollars over asking price.

Are you Ready to Play?

Do yourself a favor and don’t come on the market if you’re not ready. There are plenty of buyers out there but they want the very best in the house they buy. So, listen to your inner instinct. Are you the best house on the market in your area and price range? Does your home look like it stepped out of a magazine? If not, we can help.

What is the Golden Rule of Home Staging?

The Golden Rule of Home Staging is “Do to Your Own Home what You Expect Others to do in the Home You Want to Buy.” In other words, selling your home is not about you. It’s about your buyers and what they want in the house they are going to buy and pay you a boat load of money for.

Does Your Agent Really Care?

If your agent doesn’t believe in Home Staging, I’d seriously get a different agent. I’ve been staging homes since 2006. Granted I was an early adopter but it’s absolutely necessary to sell your home faster and for more money in today’s market. Home Staging is not optional. It’s required.

When you pay attention to the Golden Rule of Home Staging, it will make you thousands of extra dollars. It’s mandatory in today’s busy real estate market. When you give the buyers what they want, you will reap the rewards financially.

I live by the Golden Rule of Home Staging. It’s about your buyers and what will make them happy. The Rule works for me. 100% of the homes I list sell, in 3 days or less. And for thousands over the asking price. Plus I care that you make more money faster when selling your home.

Call me today at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here.

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