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Tips for Adding Pleasant Smells to Any Home Staging

Not only should your home look appealing sporting every nice aspect through visual presentations, it should also engage other senses specifically the nose. And there is no better way to engage the nose than by letting it smell as good and pleasing as possible. Don’t let your prospects find their ways out of the house. Instead, let them find comfort by treating their noses with respect. Here are some tips to have a home scent that will take you closer to signing a deal with the buyer.

  • Clean the house as clean as you can. Cleaning the house doesn’t mean you only have to sweep or vacuum the floor or run the mop. To make it as clean as possible means you have to go beyond the usual tasks. If you need to shampoo the carpets, then do it. If you need to move huge furniture and appliances, you have to. Professional cleaners who go beyond the ordinary cleaning ways can help you in the cleanliness tasks.
  • Infuse the house with aroma of real fruits, specifically citrus. According to a study in which several homes were infused with scents of real foods, that which had the scent of real citrus was highly favored by potential home buyers. The scent was chosen over baked goodies and chicken. One precaution though is to avoid the use of chemical-based citrus such as air fresheners. It may create the notion that something is being covered up because the air is chemically infused.
  • Lit up few aromatic candles. Give your house the warmth and comforting scent of aromatic candles. They never fail to relax the mind and soothe the senses. They also send message to potential buyers how relaxing a stay in the house can be.
  • Invoke neutral scents of cleanliness. While some buyers will go for scents, some will just opt for the simple smell of cleanliness. Aligned with the first tip, the use of baking soda and other non-scent products will give off the image of simplicity. This is in contrast with the complex scent that potpourri and fresheners emit.

Scents condition the brain and affects the mood of people. Imagine how your potential buyers would be turned off when there is bad smell circulating inside the house that you are selling. Imagine how they will be tempted to give you offers if your house is appealing, inviting, and nice-smelling.

For other real estate concerns, always approach your local real estate agent.

Things to Consider When Building a Home

Working with a team of custom home builders can be a fun process as first time home owners design their dream house. Most people that choose to build their own house have no idea how many options they have until they realize that they truly have a blank slate, and that they have the option to add whatever they would like to on it. Browsing through all the options available can take hours on end, so here are a few things that persons should consider before meeting with a team of house builders. Starting with the basics is usually the easiest for those that are designing their first personalized house.

Size

Before picking the details of a house, it is vital to know how much space the family needs, or would like. For example, professional house building companies will need to know the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, if there will be a laundry room, finished basement and so on. Obvious rooms, such as one bathroom and the kitchen are usually a given.

After determining the number of rooms, people are encouraged to consider the general size of the house. Some clients dream of having a large mansion while others are fond of the tiny house movement. This will also help the team of house builders give an accurate estimate.

Location

After figuring out the number of rooms, decide if there are any particular quirks regarding the location of the rooms. For example, individuals with back or leg problems usually opt for at least one bathroom on the lower level. If children’s rooms will be upstairs, the laundry room will be in the basement or there is a particular vision that buyers have, such as owning a mansion with all the children’s rooms in a circular shape upstairs, home builders would like to know. These companies can often work around as many quirks as families have, but it is usually easier to know before the designing process begins.

Flooring

Carpet is out and hardwood floors are in. Most people are opting for hardwood floors or tile in almost every area of the house except for bedrooms, but that does not mean that every person should. Take the time to carefully consider every room that will be in the house, and then decide what type of flooring is right for the family. This will help determine what type of flooring will be put down when the building is constructed.

Energy efficient or not?

Custom home building companies are seeing an increase in consumers that would like to build an energy-efficient house, but there are still people that are uncomfortable with new ideas, and are fonder of traditional houses. Consumers should already have a plan as to whether they would like their house to be as energy efficient as possible, traditional, or somewhere in the middle.

Undecided families are encouraged to contact their local house building company for a consultation to discuss the differences between energy-efficient houses and traditional houses to help reach a decision. Experienced staff can explain the differences in building material used, and how being energy-efficient can benefit families, particularly those that are concerned about rising energy costs.

Custom housebuilding companies run into everything from people that would like to create a house as small as possible to customers that are not the least concerned with energy efficiency and would like a grand mansion, complete with an elaborate staircase. Whatever quirks or preferences there may be, a highly skilled team of custom-house builders will be able to work around them in a helpful, non-judgmental manner.

Is It Good To Let Your House Stay On The Market During Holidays?

If you think that only the warmer months of the year are good times to sell your house, think again. The colder months brought by the upcoming holiday is also a good opportunity to sell your house. Listed below are some of the reasons you can take advantage of.

Fewer home owners sell during holidays.

The holidays, specifically Christmas, send signal to many homeowners that it is an inappropriate time to let their homes stay on the seller’s market. Many homeowners are also busy with their shopping lists, gift-giving, and Christmas parties.

This creates a unique opportunity for you because their will be fewer competitors. This means more chances for your house to get noticed by more buyers who are also taking the opportunity to buy their new homes.

One precaution to observe is to have your house in its best show condition. Have it clean, simple, and attractive.

Home buyers during the holidays are serious buyers.

The Christmas season is a time when most people busy themselves with various activities related to this festive time of the year. Do you think home buyers during this time will waste their times just to make fun of the homes listed in the seller’s market?

There are various reasons prompting home buyers to grab the holidays as a more serious time to buy a house. There are some who are relocating when the year changes. There are also some people who buy homes for tax reasons. Some buyers also grab the holiday vacations to actually conduct ocular of the houses they see on listings.

And because the holidays is a very busy time, be sure to adjust your showing times to the schedules of potential home buyers.

Less hassles to make your house attractive.

Home staging may be a difficult process to homeowners. But because you are selling your house in a time when decorations are fittingly good additions inside and outside your house, you can be sure that it will bring less hassle to make it more attractive.

Be sure to add decorations that will make the overall atmosphere joyous. Do not over decorate that will tend to make your house look and feel cluttered. You can let your house be a mirror of a home in which your potential buyers can imagine themselves celebrating their next holidays on it.

If your house has spent months in the seller’s market. Do not lose hope. This holiday can be the perfect opportunity for buyers to notice it.

And if you need some professional help, your local real estate agent is always a call away to lend his or her expertise.

Home Sellers! Are You Guilty of the 7 Sins of Home Selling?

Greed: This one is a biggie. It was easy in a seller’s market to get in touch with your greedy side. Feeling like Midas, anything you asked for from a buyer turned to gold in your hands. Drunk with that kind of power, buyers were often left feeling helpless to comply if they wanted your home. In a balanced market, or even in a buyer’s market, many sellers have not kicked the greed habit. Ironically, greed is costing those sellers money. Ask any real estate agent and they will tell you stories of deals that were blown because of a $300.00 item that could not be agreed upon. No longer with the advantage, many sellers are refusing to make any concessions if it means less money in their pockets, but now the buyer’s are free to move along to the next house on their list. A seller may balk at fixing a $500.00 item in the house, or providing an inexpensive home warranty, but when the buyer moves along to an accommodating seller, the greedy seller is left to wait for another buyer – all the while making mortgage payments on the house they can’t sell. Bad move.

Unrealistic Expectations: Anyone who has sold a home in a seller’s market is going to have a hard time grasping a buyer’s market. If you want to sell your house, you have to forget everything you remember about selling your house in the past. Odds are that your home will not sell in a week, nor will you receive multiple offers. Unrealistic expectations are the foundation of blame and resentment, and they keep you from selling your home. The first few weeks of having your home on the market is filled with hope, anxiety, and irrational exuberance. It’s completely normal to believe that your home is somehow more special than the others on the market, and yours will be the exception to the tough market. Once it becomes clear that the bidding war has not materialized, and your home still sits along with the others, a home seller with unrealistic expectations is crushed. Stay positive about your home, but don’t blind yourself to what selling it will entail. A home seller with a realistic view of what it takes to sell a house in a balanced or buyer’s market, can easily adapt to changing market conditions, use constructive feedback to improve their home, and in return sell their home faster.

Pride: If you really want to sell your home, make the promise right now that you will never utter the following phrase: “I’m going to send that buyer a message.” If you enjoy sending messages, then perhaps you could raise carrier pigeons. If you want to sell your home, drop that phrase from your vocabulary. The message that sellers send, when they respond to buyers that way is “I don’t want to sell my house to you. You have insulted me.” In the end, all you are left with is your pride, and that house that just will not sell. As an active Ebayer, I have never witnessed a transaction in which the seller of an item got indignant at the lowest bidder. It’s all business. Divorce your emotions from the home selling process, and you have an advantage over the angry sellers in your area, because the buyers that they turn way with their “messages”, are going to buy a home – just not theirs! The message to send to a buyer should be in the form of a counter-offer. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Impatience: You want this home sold. Now! The impatient seller can’t understand why their home hasn’t sold in the first week. By the third week on the market, the impatient home seller is fuming, and wondering how to get out of the listing agreement. Are you an impatient home seller? If you’ve chosen your real estate agent carefully, and believed when you signed the listing agreement that they are up to the job, then sit back and let the market work. The impatient seller calls their agent more than once a day for updates, even if there has been no activity on the house. The question, “why isn’t it selling?” is regularly pleaded over the phone. Are you, the impatient seller, doing everything you need to do to get your home sold? Have you done the things your agent suggested to get your home in selling condition? Did you really listen to the comparable pricing data your agent provided you? Or did you have a set price in your mind and refused to move from it when listing the home? The impatient seller can create an enormous amount of stress for everyone involved in selling the home, and it’s totally avoidable. In the end, the timing of the sale of your home will be a combination of price, condition, and luck. No amount of impatience is going to change that.

Ignoring the market: Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is disaster for a home seller. Yes, we know that your neighbor sold their home for the same price you want for your home, but that was four months ago. The residential real estate market is more fluid than ever now. Educate yourself about current market conditions, not last year’s market, not even last month’s market. A home seller who ignores the market will interview a few real estate agents, read the data provided by the agent, then ignore the data and list with the agent that gives them the least argument about pricing their home unrealistically. Real estate agents do not price homes, sellers do. The agents will provide valuable information and input to help a seller choose a price. Some agents will refuse to take a listing if they feel the seller is unrealistic about pricing, but many others will take the listing with the caveat that the seller be open to reducing the price later. With so many other properties on the market, an overpriced home will sit there like a deli tray at a gathering of vegetarians. Then, the seller will be chasing the market by lowering the price after watching the prices around them fall. Eventually, the house may sell, but the price will be determined by the market, as it always is. If you are guilty of ignoring the market, you can save yourself a lot of time and headache by scheduling a meeting with your real estate agent to go over the current sales data for your home, and setting a realistic price, now.

Stubbornness: When selling your home it’s best to imagine yourself as a supple tree gently swaying with the wind, instead of a donkey with its heels dug solidly into the dirt resisting all attempts to be budged. Stubbornness can show up in many situations. When you are contacted to schedule a showing, do you leave the house? Though it’s a fact that your home has a better chance of selling if you are not there for the showing, do you refuse to be inconvenienced by having to leave? You may tell yourself that the buyers can work around your schedule. They won’t. The chance for a sale often vanishes because a buyer feels uncomfortable with the homeowner in the house, and cannot freely assess the house. Expect to be inconvenienced when you sell your home. It’s part of the process.

Being Uncooperative: Are you a partner with your real estate agent when it comes to getting your home sold? Do you resist all suggestions by your real estate agent to make changes to your home that will help it sell faster? I’ve had this conversation with home sellers many times. Is it fair that people judge your home based on the things that are not going to be in it when you move out? No, probably not. Do buyers judge your home based on those things? Absolutely. I’ve seen buyers lose their enthusiasm for a home based on a decorating theme that didn’t suit them. No matter how many times their real estate agent might remind them that they can decorate in their own style, it’s too late. The home is now referred to as the “duck home”, or the “doll home”, or the “pink home.” Every house gets a nickname when buyers are shopping. Don’t let your refusal to cooperate stop your home from being the “perfect home.”

The sale of your home requires the cooperation of countless people, many of whom you’ll never meet. The key word here is “cooperation.” We, as home sellers, expect those that are working to complete our sales transaction to be cooperative. What about you, the home seller? Are you willing to meet the buyer halfway in negations? Are you willing to work within someone else’s schedule to get something signed? Remember, you may be selling a property, but in the end, real estate is about humans. Be a good one.

The Indestructible House

One hundred ten years ago in 1909, a large house was constructed in St Petersburg, Florida. But it was not a typical home that needed repairing. From the time it was built, the house never had repairs and nothing had to be replaced. The locals called it a “miraculous” home because nothing ever had to be repaired. Over the past one hundred years, there was a rumor that it was indestructible and nothing could harm it.

Little is known about fifteen workers who built the house.

The only common knowledge is that they built the house in very little time. But some townspeople reported strange spooky chanting during the nights it was being built. After it was built, the workers were never heard from or seen again. Many believe the fifteen men somehow cursed the house. Was it the strange “rituals” and chanting that made the home indestructible?

The “indestructibility” theory had been successfully tested throughout the years. In 1995, an army of residents set out to disprove that rumor. They went inside while some stayed outside using every tool available to physically damage any part of the home. However, nobody could even put a dent inside or outside the home. A few years ago, attempts to use dynamite proved useless. Even the original paint stuck to the house, which had never even chipped or fallen off.

Local newspapers over the years reported the home still stood exactly like she did when she was constructed many years ago. Theories as to why the house couldn’t be harmed ranged from angels built it to it was cursed. However, most people believed a meteorite from space hit the site thousands of years ago.

Since the home was completed, it had low owner turnover because of the low costs since the house never needed repairs. The only differences owners made was during Halloween and Christmas when they spruced up the house with holiday ornamentation.

But several years ago in 2015 Jim and Mary Dexter, a young couple bought the house from the last owner for a lot of money. They knew their new home had been considered “indestructible.” The couple set out to find more out about their interesting home by researching its history in the local library. They gathered little useful information. So Jim decided he would explore the home a little deeper. However, Mary couldn’t assist him because she had to go out of town for a business conference.

When Jim set about the hunt, he walked through each room, examining the walls and every corner for hidden doors. He looked for anything that had not been reported in the house’s history. He searched around for nooks and crannies, even hidden rooms that had not been explored. Although he didn’t find anything unusual, he journeyed to the basement, knocking on the basement’s walls to listen for hollow spaces, but didn’t have any success. Then he looked at the floor which appeared solid. Nevertheless, he walked carefully on it listening for weak floorboards.

He saw a dusty carpet that was so old, it was about as brown as the rest of the floor. He believed that carpet was the key to an entrance to something underneath. Jim tried to remove it, but it wasn’t easy – it seemed stuck onto the floor. He went to his toolbox and dragged out a sledgehammer to smash the carpet so it would dislodge. After smashing it seven times, the wooden floor submitted to the pounding force by falling down underneath the house into a never before seen area.

So much dust kicked up that it swirled around the basement. Jim could scarcely breathe So he covered his nose and mouth with his hands until the dust settled. He moved toward an opening he made and took out a flashlight from his pocket, shining it all around downward. Apparently, he had found a way into a new room. As he looked around, he felt exuberant that he had possibly made a never before seen part of the house. Suddenly he saw a human skull on the floor in one corner. Then he moved the light around the room, he saw a dozen or so skeletons.

Jim’s eyes beamed wide open and thought, “Oh no!!!” He panicked and immediately called 911. Within five seconds a woman came on and Jim told her what he had found in his home. She told him a sheriff would be there immediately.

Jim tried unsuccessfully to call Mary on his iPhone. Although she was unavailable, Jim didn’t leave a message. He was shaking, thinking about what he just saw. He wondered how those people ended up sealed underneath their home. The police raced out to the house with a firetruck tailing it. When the police car arrived at the house, the sheriff got out, Jim led him in and showed them the skeletons he had discovered. After the firefighters arrived they pulled out their ladders and positioned them downward. Police and firefighters climbed down the ladders, trying not to step on the bones.

The news of the discovery quickly got out to the St. Petersburg area. Reporters arrived at the house, but they were restricted as the yellow tape was placed around the house as the FBI forensic technicians carefully examined the bones. Hours later, the bones were separated and were individually taken out of the house with great care. But just as soon as all of the skeletons were taken out, suddenly an enormous cracking noise could be heard from the top of the house. Before anyone knew it, the roof had completely collapsed, followed by the rest of the house. Although people were standing near the house, they ran from it as fast as they could. Unfortunately, several FBI personnel fell and died right in front of the house.

Jim immediately called Mary who was already driving home. He told her the entire story, which she filled in the conversation with many surprised gasps, and lots of “I don’t believe it!” and “OMG”.

A week later, the St. Petersburg Times reported in its headlines: “One Hundred Year Old ‘Indestructible’ House Collapses from Inside”. The article reported, “The skeletons of 15 dead people who, according to authorities may have been the home’s original builders. They were lying near each other which formed a circle. All had been shot in the head in what appeared to be some kind of ritual cult murder. Apparently, this had been a hidden room discovered by the owner, who believed the floor he knocked in had been built to hide the skeletons. It has been suggested that the remains of these builders had something mystical to do with the house’s ‘indestructibility.’ This theory is plausible since the house caved in after a forensic FBI took the last cadaver out of the home. The current occupants did not respond to questions.”

Home Staging Myths to Throw Off

The home selling process involves several stages such as the home staging. It is an essential part of that process which has been done for many years even before the term was coined. However, there are beliefs that may lead others to confusion about it. Some of these misconceptions are presented below.

It is a very expensive phase of the home selling process.

Home staging doesn’t require you to spend your fortune. In fact, professional home stagers are in consensus that this phase requires as little amount possible. The goal of this phase is more on showing how your house looks like in the eyes of the buyers and not to show off your personal preferences and style as a dweller of the house.

Home staging is an in-thing for some moment only.

As what has been said earlier, home staging is a process that has been around for many years even before the term came into existence. Therefore, it is not a fad or an in-thing for an instance. It is to stay for many more years. It is not an ordinary principle which can be taken for granted. Doing so can harm your property on the selling list. It highlights the features of your house and makes them noticeable to potential buyers. In fact, it has been on the spotlight and has been one of the primary reasons why many homes are sold.

Home staging is just synonymous with home decorating.

As much as we want to tell the story of our house to friends and relatives, this isn’t exactly the goal of home staging. This is how different it is with home decorating wherein we can add personal touches and styles. The goal of home staging is to let potential buyers see the living space. Let them picture themselves as if they are already living in your house. Through staging, allow your house to be inviting and welcoming yet not exaggerated in the sense that they could be intruding your personal lives. With staging, the balance between design and space is achieved.

It is not essential for a house which has been vacant for long.

There are homes on the seller’s market which has been vacant for some years. But it doesn’t mean that staging is not needed. You still need to let potential buyers imagine how their life would be in that house. Empty and dirty spaces would make the house feel cold and uninviting. Besides, a non-staged house creates the impression that the seller is desperate of turning the house into cash since it is empty and dull.

It is fit for large and luxurious homes only.

Home staging fits all. It is for houses of all sizes. No matter how big or small your house for sale is, it needs the help of home staging.

These are just some of the myths associated with home staging. Eliminating them off your system will help you make your home selling process more directed on the right path.

The Versatile Ranch Style House

Over the years I’ve designed and drawn many different styles of homes for clients. I’ve had the honor of making plans for stately Colonial Manors, Cottages, Modern Contemporary, Federal Style, Mediterranean, etc., but the most versatile of all these layouts is the American Ranch Style home.

Conceived in the US in the 1920s, and patterned after the Midwestern homes use by ranchers and farmers in the late 19th and early 20th century. Hence the name: “Rancher”. The Rancher was also known as the “Tract House” because this was the style of choice for developers creating large sub divisions. Thousands of these homes were built in subdivisions across the nation. If you’ve ever watched the movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life” starring Jimmy Stewart at Christmas time, about 45 minutes into the move you’ll see a whole bunch of these Ranch styles in the back ground.

Simpler because of its single story design, the Ranch House can be made into a large rectangle with a long central hallway. But the house can also be built in a “T” or “C” shaped configuration, a “L”, and even an “E” or even a double “E” layout. This gives this design an ability to adapt to the needs of the family living in it and fit the terrain, no matter what the topography of the lot it’s built on.

The foundations or basements are also a simple matter for these homes. That’s because we have the simple rectangular design. With a rectangular layout, there’s always an easy way to support the floor system with all the piers or post evenly spaced.

Roofs on this style also can vary in shape. The most common roof for the main rectangle of the home is the simple gable, hip, half hip, or even a flat roof. But if the other appendages are added, you can have multiple roofs in whatever direction the homes extensions happen to go. I’ve seen some built with angled appendages at 30 to 45 degrees.

But the design even lends itself to more class by adding a steep roof pitch that another ½ story can be added to the house making it a story and a half. From that steep roof, dormers can be placed to add even more beauty to the home. One of the prettiest Ranchers I’ve ever seen had this steep roof configuration with a large center dormer and smaller dormers on each side of the large one. It was also decorated out with many of the classic brick work, columns, and trims of the colonial homes. It was a sight to behold and the owner was very proud.

The Benefits of Creating New Home Announcements Online

Everyone will be happy to get a new home, even though you have to do an extraordinarily heavy job of moving all household items to a new address. A new address means that you will get a new environment, new neighbors, and new friends. How about the old neighbors at your old address? Well, you can maintain friendships by sending them new home announcement.

New home announcement? Do they still need this type of announcement? Can’t you call or email them, and type your new address in detail? Well, of course, you can do it all easily today. Some people might argue that the new home announcement card is a thing of the past, but the main purpose of this disclosure card is not just a modern delivery method, but a meaningful impression. I call it a meaningful impression because the new home announcement card comes with a modern design, can be personalized, attracts people to read over and over, and remembers your new address easily and forever. A new home announcement made together with family members will increase collaboration between parents and children. All family members are free to express opinions about content, text, colours, photos, etc. So, a new home announcement has good values ​​for your family, right?

A new home announcement confirms that you still remember and appreciate the people around you at the old address even though you don’t communicate with them every day. The detailed address listed on the new address announcement card is very useful for all colleagues, business partners, acquaintances, and all institutions or companies involved in your life such as insurance companies, children’s schools, taxation agencies, etc. I am sure; all your family will come to the announcement party for your new home address after reading the announcement card, no matter how far they are. All extended family members will attend because they feel valued and involved. A new home announcement has an extraordinary power to unite families and those closest to us if it is designed with a touch of creativity and high art so that it leaves an extraordinary impression.

The problem is that not everyone can design their new home announcements. Most of them buy blank cards and fill them with invited addresses. They also take care of sending all cards. The lengthy procedure of establishing a new home announcement card will add to your mind’s burden, right? As technology advances, making new home announcements can be done online. You don’t need to think about making a design from zero, everything that is needed to create a quality card is available such as the template model, size, appearance, colour, font type, quality paper, etc.

Making new home announcement online is popular right now. Everyone does not need special expertise in designing announcement cards. You don’t need to think about creating templates because they are already available and designed by professional designers. All you need is a stable internet connection, laptop or computer, a family photo with your new home background, email, and a list of recipient cards. Online card making services will also send all cards to the destination address. If you are not satisfied with your invitation, you can send a request again for a full refund. They make sure you get what you want.

Make Your Own Doll House at Home Without Frustration – 5 Tips

Making your own doll house is a great way to spend some quality time with your children and to encourage their own creativity. It’s also a great way to teach them the value of reuse. Actually making the doll house, though, can be frustrating when you’re not sure how to go about it.

Here are 5 helpful tips for making your own doll house without the frustration.

1. Plan Your Doll House

Most of us aren’t blessed with the ability to play it by ear on a large project and have everything turn out. You should have a good idea what you want the finished product to be, and how everything will fit together. Know where you need to cut, why, and clearly mark “this side up” where needed to keep yourself oriented. There’s nothing worse that getting most of the way done, only to realize that one of the pieces won’t fit because it was upside down!

If you do wing it, keep detailed notes about what you did so that you can repeat the process when your neighbor wants one for their kids.

2. Involve Your Children

Unless the doll house is being made as a gift for one of the children, it’s best to involve them in the entire process. The act of making something from scratch, of constructing it and seeing it take form is very healthy for a child and encourages their own creativity and confidence. While it’s tempting to think that it would be faster to just do it yourself, involve your kids and enjoy the experience, no matter how long it takes.

Do be safe, and keep track of the scissors and exacto knife at all times!

3. Make It Durable

Doll houses are made for playing, so focus on making it durable. You can also make it fancy if you and your kids want, but durable should come first. They’ll have much more fun with a doll house that lasts years, rather than one that falls apart after a couple of play sessions.

Cardboard is a convenient and inexpensive building material, but isn’t known for being durable. The edges of cardboard are danger spots, as young arms might reach over a wall into a doll house. You can reinforce the edges with wood scraps from any other projects you might have going on to create an edge that will hold up to abuse.

4. Use What You Have

It’s tempting to go to the craft store and buy everything you need for a doll house new. But it sends a better message to your children, and is cheaper, to use materials you already have around the house.

An empty paper towel tube, for example, can become a dining room chair or a painted column. Be prepared to learn from experience what works and what doesn’t. For example, old popsicle sticks might work as the surface and legs of a dining room table, or the sides of a stroller. But craft sticks are cheap enough and far more durable.

5. Accept What Comes

The chances are good that something won’t go according to plan. Rather than fume about it, just accept it as something new in the plan and continue on as best as you can. If the window isn’t exactly where you wanted it, well the view’s probably better from the new location anyway.

Home Sellers’ Best House Staging Tips to Ensure You Sell It Quickly

If there’s anything that’s changing the UK’s property industry for the better, then it is the swelling list of property listing websites. From the trend-setter property listings portals like zoopla, WowHaus and Rightmove to the fast-rising London-based online property advert.

And their significance isn’t just about the ease of allowing listing property for sale by owner or selling homes fast, but also allowing one to showcase the vital features of the home beautifully. You see, buyers and tenants alike, flock the web, all eager to find the best estate agents in London and hopefully land beautiful, modern and cosy houses to buy or lease. As they browse through the list of available options, these folks will probably land on your property.

And you know what? You will have 7-10 minutes to convince them to buy or rent your house. So, what do you do?

Hint – Home Staging

Of course, you give them a KILLER first impression by decorating the house, renovating worn out features, painting its walls and doing everything that would enhance its charm.

That superb first impression is only possible through tremendous and well-thought-out home staging. In fact, home staged properties have been revealed to sell 17% faster than the ordinary homes. So, as you embark on getting best improvements for home valuation, please do not forget the following house staging tips:

· Remove all clutter

Get rid of all unsightly features before taking those photos or inviting prospective buyers to view the property. Everywhere from the floor to the walls, the cupboards and the loo area should be clutter-free. Clutter is everything from those family photographs, rare collectables and ostentatious ornaments.

· Be meticulous on the flooring

Since the buyer will most definitely want to see a soft, smooth and super-clean floor, ensure it is just that – sparkling. Start with the carpets, clean them. The rugs and mats, vacuum them as well. Do all these ahead of their visits and ensure no single area of your home’s floor looks appalling.

· Leave each door and window open

It is good etiquette to leave the doors open as it makes prospective buyers feel welcome, free to wander around and make positive decisions. All entries, including the garage door and even the one leading to the basement, ought to be wide open. However, you should ensure they open without any hitching sounds.

· The sofas and your bed must look cosy

Arrange your seating area to feel exquisite by creating a neat theme. As for the bedrooms, let them look comfy by using white or neutral, clean and well-ironed bedding. Pillows and cushions ought to look stunning too.

Bonus tip: Fresh flowers and a bowl of fruits on the dining table do wonders, pretty much like a little spraying during the day of their visit.

Final Thoughts

Perhaps this may sound obvious, but don’t ignore them. Start home staging a month before listing your property for sale. And be sure to find the best photographer so that all the shots taken capture the great work you could have done.