Staging-It Just Makes Sense

Recently I purchased a home with the purpose of flipping it.  It was a much nicer home than I usually buy, but it still needed some improvements.  We touched up the paint, replaced the stove, changed

Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom

out some light fixtures and replaced some faucets and a vanity top.  There were also some miscellaneous repairs that needed to be made and I replaced the front lawn with some low-water

landscaping.  And then I

master bedroom
Master Bedroom

had someone clean it from top to bottom, including sprucing up the backyard.  I thought it looked pretty good when all that was done so I took some pictures of it before I had it professionally staged.  I usually stage a home myself but this one was vacant and I didn’t want to start from scratch so I hired a design firm from the Roseville area.  Wow, that was perhaps the best investment I made on this project.

The home looked spacious and open before the staging, now it looks spacious and beautiful.  I can’t even describe the way it feels when you walk in to a lovely living room setting, instead of the empty room that greeted you as you opened the front door.  I haven’t had the home listed for even 24 hours and I have multiple offers.  Our market is  crazy-hot right now, but I know that professional staging works.  If I wasn’t a believer before I certainly am now.  And I am not alone, according to Realtors who work with buyers, a staged home generally gets higher offers than a similar non-staged home.  This doesn’t mean you need to go out and spend thousands to have your home staged, but there are plenty of things you can do with what you have.  Start by de-cluttering and de-personalizing the space.  Choose paint that is in neutral tones and clean the house from top to bottom.  No one wants to walk in your home, sniff, and say “they have pets”.  So clean and de-clutter, get the advice of your Realtor or even an interior designer on how to rearrange your furniture, and happy selling!

Living Room
Living Room
Living Room
Living Room

 

H2O Where Did You Go?

Lake Oroville 2011 and 2015

Water. We just keep hearing about water. Well, actually we are hearing about the lack of water. As most everyone knows, California is in the fourth year of drought, and it just isn’t getting any better. I listened to the rain pouring down this afternoon, accompanied by the sound of thunder and claps of lightening. All the experts say about it  is “too little, too late”. Well obviously we will take any water we can get, and be grateful for it. I contrast this to the winter we had too much water, and the levee broke, flooding parts of Yuba County. Mother Nature seems to have a hard time finding middle ground.

So, I ask all of you, what are you doing to conserve water? At my home I am encouraging shorter showers. Much shorter for the 14 year old. (Note to self: having a tankless water heater that never runs out of hot water is not necessarily a good thing). I am also reminding my family not to run the water unless absolutely necessary. Do you really need to rinse the dishes before they go in the dishwasher? Probably not, at least with my dishwasher. We have watered the yard only a handful of times this winter, and it shows. As long as things are still somewhat alive, we will manage.

So pass along your suggestions on what we can do to conserve this year, and don’t stop praying for rain, in any amount.