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5 Easy Home Staging Tips

If you have outgrown your starter home, or you’re just ready for an upgrade or a new location, you’ll undoubtedly want to get the highest possible price when selling your home. It’s always a good idea to do a thorough evaluation of your home and to perform any recommended repairs. Once your home is in tip-top shape, you can use the following home staging tips to make your house more appealing to buyers.

Know where to focus your efforts

It can be expensive and time-consuming to completely stage all of the rooms in your home. Fortunately, you don’t have to. Put the most amount of effort into staging the living room, kitchen, and master bedroom, as these rooms are most important for buyers. If you have time to spare, go back and stage the other rooms afterward.

De-personalize the house

Every room in the house should be de-personalized as much as possible. In other words, the items you use for staging the house should be stylish or charming, but they shouldn’t seem like personal items. This allows potential buyers to envision themselves in the space. Use the following tips for de-personalizing the space:

  • Take family photos off the wall, mantel, and shelves.
  • Remove pictures, magnets, and other items from the surface of the fridge.
  • Clear the bathroom counters of all personal items.
  • Remove artwork that doesn’t have widespread appeal.

You should also remove as much clutter from your home as possible. Consider renting a portable storage unit and stowing your belongings in there until the home is sold. This is a better solution than simply storing belongings out of sight, as buyers will be opening closets and cupboards to check out the storage space.

Select neutral colors

Choosing your own paint colors is one of the many perks of owning your own home, rather than renting. However, if you’ve indulged in bright, vibrant wall colors, you’ll likely need to repaint before you put your home on the market. Paint over brightly colored walls with neutral shades of white, taupe, or light gray.

Add fresh touches

Ahead of your open house weekend, it’s a good idea to add some fresh touches to the rooms. Place a bowl of fresh citrus fruits in the kitchen. Add a couple of potted plants to the living room and place a vase of flowers in the foyer.

Brighten the rooms

Another last-minute touch before your open house event is to let in as much light as possible. Open all the blinds and curtains. Turn on all the lights, even if your showing is during the day. If the closets have lights, turn those on too. You don’t want prospective buyers fumbling around to find the right switch.

Looking for new homes in northern Delaware?

After investing time and energy into fixing up and staging your old home, the last thing you’ll want to do is buy a fixer-upper that needs lots of work. Instead, check out the collection of move-in ready homes available from Montchanin Builders. Our new construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware are built with exquisite attention to detail. Give us a call today at 302.472.7212 to schedule a viewing in our walkable neighborhoods of Darley Green or The Overlook at Rockford Falls.

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5 Ways to Know You Found the Right House

Young family with a child moves to a new homeWhen it comes to choosing a new home for you and your family, searching for “The One” is often an emotionally-charged experience. Montchanin Builders strives to take the guesswork and stress out of the process, offering master-planned communities in Delaware that provide luxurious, all-amenity living at affordable prices.

While the externals and price point are very important in your final decision, it also pays to look deep inside yourself and assess how the property makes you feel. Here’s five helpful things to consider when touring a home for the first time.

1. You Can’t Wait to See the Inside.

They call it “curb appeal” because you get excited about seeing the home right when you pull up in front. Like in any relationship, first impressions count when selecting a home. If the exterior strikes your fancy and you are compelled to go inside, that’s curb appeal. If it’s attractive to you, it’s probably attractive to others as well – which helps with resale years down the road.

2. You Feel Like You’ve Come Home.

When you walk in the front door, stop and assess how you feel. Are you comfortable there? Do you want to explore the other rooms? Do the kids stake out their claim on who gets what bedroom? Go with your gut – if it feels like home, then chances are, it is.

3. You Pass the Bathroom Test.

It sounds silly, but it really is a good indication of your interest. Many buyers don’t even enter the bathroom; they just poke their heads in the door from the threshold. If you feel compelled to walk in and check out the tub or the space under the vanity, this very well may be your new home.

4. You Are Passionate About YOUR Home.

If you start becoming possessive about a home, defending even the tiniest flaw (“all that needs is a little spackle,”) then you are surely smitten. A word of caution here: love is blind, so make sure those flaws are truly minor. A sinking foundation may not seem important now, but can add up to big headaches and repair bills in the future. One of the great advantages of working with the new home builders in Delaware at Montchanin Builders is  that you never have to worry about unknowns when choosing your new construction home.

5. You’re Moving Furniture and Envisioning Paint Swatches.

Say you walk into the smallest of the bedrooms and you can visualize the perfect nursery, or maybe conjure up cozy holiday scenes in front of the stone fireplace. If you start creating such scenarios in your mind, this very well may be your new home.

Schedule a Tour

Montchanin Builders is a full-service residential construction and construction management company headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware. With more than 70 years of combined experience in land acquisition, development and construction, we bring the value of in-depth knowledge to every phase of the building process.

We invite you to take a tour of our homes at one or more of our beautiful Delaware communities. Contact us today to schedule an appointment by calling 302-472-7212 and let Montchanin Builders help write your own happy-ever-after story.

Additional resources:

  1. PopSugar, 6 Signs You’ve Found the House You Should Buy, https://www.popsugar.com/home/How-Know-Youve-Found-House-You-Should-Buy-42493996
  2. Save Outside the Box, 7 STEPS TO MAKE SURE IT’S THE RIGHT HOUSE TO BUY, http://www.saveoutsidethebox.com/make-sure-its-the-right-house-to-buy/