Ask Terri: Should I stage my home to sell?

Dear Terri:

Should I stage my home to sell?


Steven Stageview

Dear Steven,

The term staging means different things for different homes. Most homes need some form of staging prior to listing to accentuate all the home has to offer.

Decluttering – This is a great time to pack, purge and donate. Start by reducing decor & personal collections. Countertop items should be reduced to items used daily. Closets should be organized. You will want prospective buyers to visualize their items in the home.

Light staging may include bringing in decor and artwork with todays color palette to refresh the home. Furniture placement is also important to create open spaces.

Full staging – Your Realtor may bring in a professional stager for a consultation. This will bring in additional expense, however depending on market conditions it could be just what the home needs to expedite a quicker sale.

Virtual staging – I can not begin to express the importance of photo quality! Sellers may choose not to have furnishing brought in to stage. Virtual staging can be an affordable option. Good quality virtual staging & photos will bring the buyers in the door. It is important to note they will be visiting a vacant home, so the home should have a deep cleaning as well.

This is a broad overview of staging. I would love the opportunity to visit and give you a more comprehensive consultation on staging your home. 

Additional questions? For a complimentary consultation contact me

Understanding the steps to buying a home

It is a common belief that you need a 20% down payment. Speak with a lender to learn about your options. There are loans available with as little as 3% down or 0% on VA loans.

It is important to be aware of your credit score. Home loans have different credit requirements.

Contact loan officer to get pre-approval for a mortgage.

Contact a local experienced real estate professional to guide you through the home buying process

Meet with your Realtor to discuss home search criteria.

When you find “the one”, meet with Realtor to review comparable properties, and determine the best price to write an offer. In a competitive market there may be other offers on the property. An experienced agent will know how to best work with this situation.

Once your offer is accepted, you will need to schedule a home inspection on the property.

Your lender will order a home appraisal on the property to ensure the value of the home.

Submit the requested documents to your lender to have the loan process move along in a smooth & timely manner.

Once your loan comes out of underwriting approved, a clear to close will be issued. Closing will be scheduled.

Your Realtor will schedule a final walk-thru prior to closing.

Closing Day – Congratulations on your new home!

Additional questions? For a complimentary consultation please contact me

Ask Terri: What do I do with my pets during a house showing?

Dear Terri:
Is it okay to leave my pets in the house during a showing?
Polly Petlover

Hi Polly,
While having your pets at home is always preferable for the home seller, it’s recommended to remove them during showings if possible.

I’ve experienced home showings with dogs in crates and many times the dog will bark continuously throughout the showing, which can be very distracting to prospective buyers. It can also be very stressful to your beloved pet who doesn’t understand why strangers are in their home. If your dog is crated, consider putting a note on crate not to pet the dog or put fingers in crate.

Regarding cats, as a listing agent I always encourage my clients to put notes on doors with instructions to keep exterior doors closed so the cat doesn’t escape!

Start by deep cleaning your home and repairing any pet damage prior to listing your home. Pet owners can be nose blind to odors, sprinkling baking soda on carpet prior to vacuuming can freshen carpet. During showings, pet beds, food bowls and toys should be put away.

Additional questions? For a complimentary consultation contact me

Selling Your Home Within the Next Six Months? Follow These 10 Preparation Tips Today

Deciding to sell your house isn’t always an easy decision. Factor in things like school years, holidays, weather, etc. and you can find yourself waiting six months before putting your house on the market. Whatever the reason, you are in a perfect position to use this time to begin planning and preparing your house to sell.

I put together 10 tips that will help you get ready now so that your house will sell faster when you put it on the market.

Before you begin any sort of preparation, it’s a great idea to set an appointment with a Realtor in advance of listing your home. When I work with sellers in advance to prepare their home for listing, the results are outstanding, with most clients saying “Wish we did this a long time ago!”

10 Tips to Follow Now

  • Remove clutter. Now is the time to pack, donate or toss it
  • Deep clean showers and tubs. Remove old caulk and replace
  • Remove Wallpaper throughout the house
  • Take down valances, as well as dark, dated window treatments
  • Update and refresh the paint on your walls; preferably using neutral paint colors
  • Remove small furniture pieces from the rooms in order to accentuate the room’s size
  • Update dated light fixtures for a more modern look
  • If at all possible, refinish damaged hardwood
  • Remove small pieces of artwork and only put up large art pieces after painting
  • Check exterior for wood rot, damaged siding, loose fence posts, dead landscaping, top coating an asphalt driveway will give it a fresh appearance!

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Considering selling your house in the next six months? Follow these tips to begin preparing the house to sell.

Ask Terri: Staging Your Home During the Holidays

Dear Terri:
It’s right before Christmas and I’m getting ready to sell my house. Should I keep any decorations up in the staged house?
Holiday Helen

Dear Holiday Helen,
In the Chicagoland area there are fewer homes on the market during the holiday season. While you may experience fewer showings, keep in mind the buyers that are out there braving the cold are serious about finding a new home!

Staging your home during the holidays will create a warm and welcoming ambiance. Begin by clearing clutter and store some of your “everyday” decor. Keep in mind “less is more”.

Consider a smaller tree to maximize room space. When decorating the tree, keep it simple and keep the heirloom ornaments packed safely away. Put a few matching wrapped presents under the tree. During showings soft music in the background helps set the stage.

While holiday scents are wonderful, keep the fragrance in your home very light. Strong scents in a home can be very off putting to prospective buyers.

The entryway is very important, you will want to create a welcoming first impression. A wreath on the front door, or a pot of evergreens with a bow will add a bit of holiday cheer.

Keep your driveway and walkways clean and free from ice. If you have outdoor lights, make sure cords are safely secured and do not present a tripping hazard.

Make sure to put down throw rugs and have a basket of booties to protect your flooring.

Additional questions? For a complimentary consultation contact me

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Home Staging Christmas

About Me

I’m Terri Christian and I’m a lifelong Chicago area resident who has spent 32 years raising my family in Naperville.

I love the western suburbs of Chicago and I know them well and have especially loved watching the area grow and evolve. I’ve spent several years specializing in real estate with Coldwell Banker in the Naperville and Plainfield areas and I have expertise in helping people buying and selling real estate in Aurora, Lisle, Wheaton, Downers Grove, North Aurora, Oswego and Bolingbrook.