Tips for Staging a Home to Sell

5 Effective Tips for Staging a Home to Sell

 

Home staging can make a world of difference when putting your home on the market. Regardless of how popular your neighborhood or fantastic your home is, if it isn’t staged well, it won’t impress potential buyers as much as it could. What exclusive buyers want is not only a home, but the lifestyle it offers. Here are some staging tips you should follow so buyers see your home in its best light.

Keep the colors neutral

A coat of paint might be in order prior to placing your home on the market. Although you might adore your bright orange accent wall, you have to be aware that not everybody else will. When choosing colors for refreshing your walls, you should stick to neutral tones. Not only is there certain elegance about these colors, but they also leave something to the imagination for potential buyers. The neutral shades of gray, beige, cream or white will allow them to picture their future home decorated in the colors and textures they prefer, and a neutral color palette can appeal to nearly anybody.

Declutter

When staging your home, make sure you put away personal items, from your kids’ artwork to the copious amounts of shampoo bottles in your bath. These aren’t the things buyers will find attractive. It will only remind them of the fact that this is your home and it will make it harder for them to imagine themselves living in it. Furthermore, your kitchen and bathroom countertops should be cleared of everything but one or two decorative items. As far as your closets, cabinets, and drawers are concerned, about 20% of them should be empty and the things that remain inside them should be neat and tidy, so that they look spacious and appear to offer plenty of storage space for your buyers.

Create an Inviting Setting

Even though you want your home clean and decluttered for showings, you definitely don’t want it to look sterile. In fact, you should use various adornments to highlight its best features and comfort. You want the buyers to come into your home and imagine living there, snug on your sofa or wrapped up in that soft, white robe left casually in your bathroom. Your home should be the perfect combination of inviting and luxurious, which is something you can easily achieve with the right accessories. For example, the use of an area rug adds texture, warmth and softness to the room. If you opt for the finest antique Persian rugs, not only will you make your home polished, but also more luxurious and therefore more appealing to a high-end buyer.

Celebrate a Lifestyle

 

A specific lifestyle is one of the things that home buyers expect to come with the house, so make sure they experience it the moment they arrive. If your home’s highlight is a lavish pool, make sure your back yard is in perfect condition and your pool is clean and filled with water. If a bit of seclusion is a benefit of your home’s location, trim your bushes to just the right height to showcase the privacy they seek. If one of your property’s best features is the view, draw their attention to it by placing the outdoor furniture in just the perfect spot. Do it subtly, but don’t miss the opportunity to point out the best that your home can offer.

Keep it bright and breezy

A home with inadequate lighting can seem gloomy and dark, which can turn away anybody. Open your blinds or put light-weight curtains on your windows and let as much natural light as possible into your home. Turn all the lights on if you’re showing your home, so that there aren’t any dark corners. Plus, you can emphasize your home’s most beautiful features with good lighting. Another thing to keep in mind is odors. If your novice cook burnt the microwave popcorn or your pet seems to collect odors consider opening your windows for a while before buyers arrive. You can even bring in some fresh flowers or a scented candle, but with a discreet, natural scent.

If you want to sell your home at the best price and soon, stage it so that it looks like every home-buyer’s dream home. It may take some patience and creativity, but it will definitely be worth it.

 

About the author: Mike Johnston is a home improvement blogger and DIY enthusiast from Sydney. He is a regular writer at Smooth Decorator and Divine Magazine. He has also contributed to numerous other lifestyle, real estate and green living blogs. Mike’s goal is to create and share meaningful content that helps and inspires people.

 

**All pictures posted are in homes currently on the market. Click on any photo for more information**

Celebrate National Cake Day!

Today is the “unofficial” day to celebrate all that is cake. This has to be one of the best “unofficial” holidays ever.

In most homes, the kitchen is the heart and below are some of our favorite kitchens to bake, decorate, cook, eat, savor and love!

Rudder Lane | listed with Debbie Elliott-Sexton

 

Cake is happiness! If you know the way of the cake, you know the way of happiness! If you have a cake in front of you, you should not look any further for joy!     

C. JoyBell C.

 

Bay Pointe Road | list with Angie Riedl

 

Where there is cake, there is hope. And there is always cake.

Dean Koontz

 

Laurel Trace | listed with Sandy Poe

 

The great thing about cake is it doesn’t feel like work. You forget about work. Kids, adults, they all get the same look in their eye when they’re decorating cakes. That’s the magic right there.

Duff Goldman

 

 

Bluff Drive | listed with Whitney Ray-Dawson

 

Love is when you have a really amazing piece of cake, and it’s the very last piece, but you let him have it.     

E. Lockhart

 

Gettysvue Drive | listed with Debbie Elliott-Sexton

 

A party without cake is really just a meeting.

Julia Child

 

From us to you……Happy National Cake Day!

 

Each kitchen featured is in a home currently on the market. Please click on the photo for additional information or call our office at 865.357.3232

Extraordinary Home of the Week

Extraordinary Home of the Week | Personal Estate, Equine Facility or Bed & Breakfast

 

The hills and valleys of East Tennessee are some of the most beautiful in the world. Among those hills is a parcel of land that is 32+ acres in size and located in an exclusive Louisville subdivision.

 

Beyond the gates unfolds an expanse of land mixed with woods and fields. Wildlife is plentiful with ducks, deer and turkey. Private trails for hiking or riding are easily accommodated, plus a stocked pond for the resident fisherman.

 

This custom home, which has been recently undergone a complete renovation, has two covered porches where days and nights can be spent rocking your cares away while watching the scenery.

 

A spacious kitchen with breakfast room is outfitted with breakfast bar, top of the line appliances which include a double oven and a commercial sized farmhouse sink. Ample counter space rounds out this space creating a kitchen that is both beautiful and functional.

 

Rich wide-planked hardwood floors flow throughout the home, and the main level offers an incredible master suite! The master suite is spacious and allows for a space for reading and relaxing. The master bath is an elegant showstopper and must be seen to be fully appreciated.

 

The second level boasts an additional master suite with a balcony overlooking the water. Tranquil days turns into tranquil nights with French doors opening to allow cools breezes on warm spring nights.

It is truly rare to find such quality acreage located within a subdivision so close in  ~ A sanctuary in a hectic world.

 

For more details about this home, please click on any photo or call Melinda Grimac at the office 865.357.3232 or her cell 865.356.4178.

This home additionally offers affordable taxes under the Greenbelt Tax plan

Extraordinary Feature of the Week | The Master Suite

Extraordinary Feature of the Week | The Master Suite

Your master bedroom is the room you spend the most time in at home. It is a place to rejuvenate, rest and reconnect. 

 

A master suite fireplace conjures up feelings of romance. This fireplace is a beautiful focal point and this master is spacious enough to allow a sitting area while keeping an intimate feel. The adjoining master bath has its own focal point with an over-sized window above the bath and separate vanities providing ample space for two to prep for the day!

  

Choto Road | Knoxville, Tennessee | listed with Sandy Poe 

 

This master suite offers water views and makes every morning a good one! Expansive French doors to a private balcony and windows allow the sun to flood the entire room. Views of the water continue into the bath with a jetted tub to take your stress away.

Jackson Bend Drive | Louisville, Tennessee | listed with Jenny Snodgrass and Julia Jubran

 

Views of mature trees and lush grounds can provide a reprieve like only nature can. This master suite appears to be resting up in the trees and creates a space that is both lovely and peaceful. The claw foot tub in this master bath is ideal for long soaks at the end of the day.

George Lovelace Lane | Knoxville, Tennessee | listed with Whitney Ray-Dawson

 

This bedroom has been designed to specifically take-in the views of the lake and mountains! Take advantage of the deck just steps from your bed to either enjoy morning coffee or late night aperitifs.  An incredible over-sized shower with multiple shower heads will help wake you up and invigorate so you can charge the day.

Riverbend Drive | Dandridge, Tennessee | listed with Deanna Mendenhall-Miller and Paula Kelley

 

This master suite’s more elegant looks is achieved with the arc of the ceiling and the beautifully arched windows. Surrounded by mature trees, this master suite is both soothing and relaxing. The master bath is elegant as well with beautiful cabinetry and delicate lighting.

Rudder Lane | Knoxville, Tennessee | listed with Debbie Elliott-Sexton

 

*For more information about any of these featured homes, please click on the photos or call 865.357.3232*

 

 

Some of our Favorites

There are so many beautiful homes in East Tennessee. Homes with rooms that make you feel at ease. Views that make you gasp. Homes that have an essence that draws you in. Homes where you can see your self moving right in! Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty has had the honor to offer up some of our areas most captivating homes. Here is only a slight sampling of some of our favorite spaces and views!

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Lyons View Drive

This grand home in West Knoxville is one of our favorites! The scale of the entry coupled with this water feature gives a clue to the glamour of the home’s interior.

ShoreDriveEast_319East Shore Drive, Rockwood

The view from the top of this staircase is a showcase of design. The details in a home that can be the most beautiful are not always the most obvious.

ForestCreek
Forest Creek Lane, Ootlewah

This master bath (home currently on the market) is truly decadent in design, amenities, size and scale.

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Ingleside Drive, Athens

This home’s (currently on the market) covered porch and path to the formal gardens below showcase our incredible seasonal foliage.

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Appleby Road, Greenback

This kitchen is just the place for every family member and guest to congregate and enjoy the food as well as the conversation!

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Lyons View Pike

Again, small details in the home sometimes give the sweetest gift. This small window offering an incredible view of the vast mountains of East Tennessee along with the Tennessee River.

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Hawk View Road, Townsend

This home’s (currently on the market) ability to create a place where all who enter feel a part of the magnificent scenery surrounding the property. It’s as if you were to dine among the clouds!

Scott Mansion

Scott Mansion Road, Tellico Plains

Time can cease to exist on this incredible front porch! Relaxing and enjoying the days and evenings as if they would never end.

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Cumberland Road, Signal Mountain

This mountain top home is magical. Resting high with views that go on for days, this home is so inviting!  You feel you are about to step into your own personal fairy tale!

We absolutely love what we do and are so fortunate to be able to showcase the beautiful homes of East Tennessee!  

The Dining Room

The designated Dining Room does not have to be formal in its presentation. In the time of open floor plans and casual dining, who says the Dining Room has to be for “special occasions” only?  TV trays or noshing at the kitchen counter suits us all at one time or another. However, remember that gathering around a table does something for the diners other than provide a location. Reflecting, being present, connecting with family or friends, or merely savoring your meal….the Dining Room has a place in your home.

All Dining Rooms featured are in homes currently on the market | Click on any photo for additional infomation
Barnsley
Knoxville, Tennessee | listed with Debbie Elliott-Sexton
Turnberry
Lenoir City, Tennessee | listed with Melissa Collins
Stone Creek
Knoxville, Tennessee | listed with Jenny Snodgrass
Ansley Woods
Knoxville, Tennessee | listed with Debbie Elliott-Sexton
Forest Creek
Ootlewah, Tennessee | listed with Sandy Poe
Lightning Bug
Gatlinburg, Tennessee | listed with Julia Jubran and Jenny Snodgrass
Dry Hill
Butler, Tennessee | listed with Sandy Poe
Ingleside 007 Dining 1
Athens, Tennessee | listed with Ellen Fernandes and Elizabeth Wright
Summit Trails
Sevierville, Tennessee | listed with Deanna Mendenhall -Miller