Create a master suite that feels like a private oasis. Use bedding with a bold but elegant pattern and add accent pillows in a restful color like blue or green. Carry this color into the bath with new, fluffy towels, a few elegant accents on the counter, and some white orchids. Complete the retreat with a tea-for-two tray on the bed and soft music. See more master bedroom retreats and spas.
There should be no sign that work actually happens in this kitchen! First, clear EVERYTHING off the counters. To make it easier to live in the staged kitchen, I like to create vignettes of items on trays which can easily be moved when it’s time to cook dinner. My go-to kitchen trays include an Italian-themed, high-end pasta tray and a French press coffee tray. See more kitchen trays.
I had a listing that was in foreclosure. It needed a new roof, windows, flooring and electrical panel, and had rodents in the crawl space. The seller did not have any financial resources, but he was able to get friends to help him paint and clean. I then staged it to the max and generated a bidding war. We got nineteen offers and sold for $25,000 over list price. See more fixer-uppers.
Most staging companies in the greater Seattle area only stage vacant homes and will not bring their inventory into a home that is occupied, especially if there are kids and pets in the home. You can usually book a consultation with the stager for an hour or two to give you advice, or your broker may be like me and do their own staging or be able to recommend the two or three staging companies that still do occupied homes.
First, do the basics. For the home to be financeable for the largest number of buyers possible, including FHA and VA buyers, the most important repairs are a sound roof, fixing safety issues and no peeling paint. The next priority is to fix obvious problems that may scare buyers away (plumbing or electrical problems) and make sure all your systems are in working order.
A quick way to determine if you’ve found “the one” is to see if you’re using the house as your yardstick for all the other houses you see. If you find yourself constantly holding other homes up to this home--particularly if they don’t consistently measure up--you may have found “the one” and not even be aware of it!
Your inspector should be ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) certified. A skilled home inspector will uncover defects in the home during the inspection. He or she should be able to explain the issues that are found, determine how serious they are, and put them in context with other homes in the area. Your inspector should give you a written report, accompanied by photos.
You’re likely not the only person with keys to your new home. Previous owners may have shared keys with babysitters, dog walkers, and the neighbors. And when the house was for sale real estate agents, appraisers, and contractors all had access to the key. Rekeying your new home should be the first thing you do, even before moving in.
The biggest myth is that the highest price always wins. While price is important, there are other factors. Is the buyer getting a loan or paying cash? How large is their down payment? How quickly can they close? Have they waived any contingencies? Often the scales can tip to a buyer who is more competitive or flexible on terms other than price.
“Perfect” doesn’t exist. Regardless of your budget, you make compromises when buying or building. If you find a home that is eighty-five percent perfect, seriously consider making an offer. Some of what’s in that missing fifteen percent may well be something that you can add, remove, update, or otherwise change to move your home closer to your vision of perfect.