Kitchens Sell Homes…Or Not

Kitchens Sell Homes…Or Not

How To Sell A House Fast; Musings from A St Paul, MN Professional Stager (vol. 4)

Today’s Topic:  7 Tips for Staging Your Kitchen

In today’s How To Sell A House Fast lesson we will turn our attention to staging the heart of the home, the hub of the home, the most expensive room in your house for a buyer to renovate…the kitchen. 

how to sell your house fast by staging the kitchenKitchens are super important and weigh heavily on a prospective buyers decision to put in an offer on a piece of real estate or to pass it up.  It is a room that is used constantly and home owners also know that a renovation can be very expensive.

Even if your kitchen isn’t ever going to make the cover of House Beautiful you need to spend time getting it in the very best shape that you can. You may be asking; why should I bother staging this old kitchen? Sometimes the goal of staging is to show prospective buyers that they can live with the kitchen for a couple years while they get themselves finally settled into their new home.

Follow These 7 Tips To Get Your Kitchen Ready To Sell    

  1. Clean it top to bottom. Clean everything, the light fixtures, the inside of the oven, the refrigerator inside and out.  This step is super affordable and non-negotiable. If your home will be vacant while it is on the market this step becomes even more important.
  2. If your cabinets are in good shape, but the hardware is dated, change out the knobs to get a fresh new look.
  3. Clear the counters of almost everything.  You can leave a few things out such as a set of knives, a coffee maker, or a beautiful cookbook, but mostly you want counter tops cleared off.  Buyers want to see lots of prep space and desire very organized kitchens.
  4. Purge the cabinets and pantry of out of date food that you will not use and you will not move.
  5. Critically evaluate the number of pots and pans you really need on hand.  If your cabinets are crowded, weeding out the extras in this category is always a good place to begin.
  6. Check for unpleasant odors.  One of the biggest offenders is the cabinet where the giant bag of dog food is stored. You might want to move Fido’s food to a sealed container in the garage while your property is on the market.
  7. Check on the adequacy of lighting.  Buyers want bright light in the kitchen

So now you know how to sell your home FAST…You Stage it!

If you live in the St. Paul area and would like the help of a professional home stager I’d be happy to help you with your project.   If you have questions relating to this post, please drop me a comment and I will do my best to respond quickly. You may contact me by email or call me at 651.587.5887.

Staging Your Laundry Room – Stand Out from the Competition

Staging Your Laundry Room – Stand Out from the Competition

How To Sell A House; Musings from A St Paul, MN Professional Stager (vol.3)

Today’s Topic:  Staging Your Laundry Room

In today’s How To Sell A House lesson we will turn our attention to staging the laundry room.

I bet you thought I made a mistake when I typed the title to this post. How can staging your laundry room help you stand out from the competition?  Stay with me.

I live in a neighborhood that went up in a hurry in the late 1950s to accommodate all the families that were quickly producing the baby boom generation.  Block… after block…after block…of the same home went up.  Well, I might be exaggerating a little.  They did put four different colors of siding on the properties! I am the third blue house on the right.

Ideas about organizing your laundry room from Woman's Day

Laundry Room Tips from Woman’s Day

When I moved into my home I had an itch to make a beautiful laundry room.  I envisioned a place where I would enjoy being while I washed, and folded and ironed my families mountains of dirty clothes; A place where I could catch a little of my favorite show on a small portable TV; a fabulous location for wrapping gifts.  All of this in eight by six foot room!

I worked hard on the space.  I added a table for wrapping gifts, hung wrapping paper and ribbons from dowels above the table.  I could find stain remover and wrapping tape with out a moment’s hesitation. My TV was mounted on the wall; a folding ironing board was installed. It was grand!

Shortly after finishing my laundry room project I had the neighbors over for a holiday open house. Without a doubt, the most talked about topic that night was the laundry room.  Why? Think about it. All my neighbors have the exact same house as I have…I stood out from the “competition” because I had the most amazing laundry room in a three block radius!  They all wanted my laundry lady lifestyle.

I wish I could show you a picture of it…but that was eight years ago and it isn’t so grand anymore.  BUT…if I was selling my house I would spend two hours and bring her back to her glory days.  Remember, how you live and how you present your property to sell are two different stories.

Think about how you can stage your property to stand out from the competition and you will sell your property fast and for the best possible price.

If you live in the St. Paul area and would like the help of a professional home stager I’d be happy to help you with your project.   If you have questions relating to this post, please drop me a comment and I will do my best to respond quickly. You may contact me by email or call me at 651.587.5887.


Home Staging and the story of Goldilocks and The 3 Bears

Home Staging and the story of Goldilocks and The 3 Bears

Do You Remember the Story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears?

  • Sometimes the porridge is too hot,
  • sometimes the porridge is too cold,
  • and sometimes the porridge is just right

The same is true with home staging. I have been staging vacant and owner occupied properties in the St. Paul, MN areas for many years and I see staging results that are:

  • too hot …busy and distracting
  • too cold…uninspired and leave you flat, and
  • just right…that’s where I like my projects to be!

busy decor in staged vacant property


Here is an example of the staging being too hot!

A buyer viewing this property on the MLS or in person would likely miss the great features the space has to offer because his or her eye is drawn to

  • the large green plant looming in the foreground,
  • the enormous vase of flowers on the sideboard and
  • even more flowers on the window treatment and the table.

Home staging is all about making the property appeal to the maximum number of buyers. A skilled stager will stage the property to appeal to the lifestyle and taste of the target buyer.

This property is in Highland Park, MN, a neighborhood in St. Paul, MN.  Highland Park appeals to young professional families. Most 30 somethings would not relate to this decorating style, it might even remind them of their grannies house. I bet that most would not make a listing appointment after viewing this on-line.

Home buyers in St Paul, Minnesota are discriminating and sophisticated.  This staged vacant home would not be on the top of their must see list.

I wonder if a buyer would even notice that updated light fixture, the beautiful hard wood floor and the generous size window that lets in lots of natural light?

stripped staged vacant


Then there is the other extreme.  A property that is stripped of all accessories and only has a piece of furniture placed under a light fixture to keep buyers from bumping their heads is also not going to capture positive attention either.

In this picture a buyer would be struck by how crowded the room is with the sideboard and the table completing for the space. The room is cold because there are no accessories on the table, or art work to soften the wall, or rug to anchor the table in the space.

I think most buyers would pass up this listing on line because their first impression would be that the dining room is too small to be really useful.

perfectly staged vacant dining room


And now we have a room that is simple but lovely.  The sideboard has been moved out, accessories have been added to the table, art has been added to the walls, a small natural element has been placed in the corner to soften the angles in the room, and an area rug has been placed under the table.  Oh…and let’s not forget about the floral
from the window.  Too taste specific, it had to be removed.

Staging a vacant home in this crowded St. Paul, MN real estate market is critical.  But just as important is hiring the stager that will get it JUST RIGHT.  You can count on me to do just that!

Make It A Great One!


Home Staging with Fall Colors Transforms This Vacant St Paul, MN Home

Home Staging with Fall Colors Transforms This Vacant St Paul, MN Home

Do you like to change out your home decor with the seasons?  As a home stager specializing in vacant home staging in the St Paul Metro area I like to change out my staging accessories and props to fit the changing seasons too. Take a look at this investment property that was completely transformed into a warm and cozy get away.  Now the inside of the house matches the beautiful fall colors outside the house.  An Amazing Transformation!

Before this vacant home was staged by the Home Staging Coaches in Minneapolis.

Before  the vacant St Paul property was staged the walls are freshly painted, the carpets replaced, new counter tops and stainless steel appliances have been added….but somethings still missing.

Vacant home staged by the home staging coaches.

Look at the transformation that home staging caused for this investment property.  Staging is not just for McMansions any more. This is a tiny home…but staging helped to demonstrate that it had all the amenities a first time buyer could desire.  Even more important, staging helped to show a first time home buyer that they could realize the lifestyle they desire in this home.