Dr Andrea Angott conducted a study and released the "Top 15 staging rules":
- Removal of personal items from bathrooms.
- Using rooms for their intended purpose.
- Removing evidence of pets.
- Turning on every light in the home during showings.
- Vacant homes should be furnished.
- Removal of garbage cans.
- Removal of personal photographs.
- Removal of attention-grabbing or personal art or accessories.
- Neutral paint colors on all walls.
- Removal of appliances from kitchen counters.
- Never placing the back of furniture facing any room entrance.
- “Tell a story” with staging (breakfast tray with mugs on bed).
- Sheer or no coverings on all windows.
- Use of scented candles, plug-in air fresheners or potpourri.
- Chocolate chips baking in oven during showings
I have made recomendations to many clients in the past to do most of these things but number 14 is never something I recommend. I have said it before-- NO-scent is the best scent! I can also honestly say I have never smelt potpourri that I enjoyed! Has anyone?
Also number 15 makes me laugh.. Yes it may be a nice idea but are you really going to bake chocolate cookies everytime you have a showing? It is best for all parties involved if the home owner is not at the property when potential buyers come through, so who is to watch said cookies bake? And then what are you to do with dozens of chocolate cookies but eat them all?! Maybe that is just something I would do, but I couldn't be trusted with dozens of cookies in the house!
Anyway, I hope everyone enjoyed their summer and long weekend! It has been a busy summer for Tilt with lots of Re-Design consultations with some really great new clients.