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Spruce It Up


House staging needn't be an expensive proposition.  ACHR offers makeover services however here are some helpful hints to get you started! 

Here are some building blocks of ideas, and we invite you to contribute!



Drive-by Appeal!

Many buyers may wish to view 10 to 12 homes during their visit; but all know the days aren't that long.  This means some homes will be considered as priority and others not.   Put your very best photo out there first, so your home is the one that stands out and you don't become one of the drive-by choices!     Even if you come in second for a drive-by, keep the exterior attractive to entice the buyers to return next time.

Remove the old car(s) from the driveway, get the kids toys in the garage, manicure the hedges, mow the lawn, and add some flowers.  Remove, or fix, the leaning broken fence.  Decorate the porch to be inviting, and not a extra storage room.  Got a broken window?  Time to fix it!  If you were planning on residing and can afford this update, get the contractor started.  Paint does wonderful things as well.


Instant Face Lift

Try moving your furniture around and shake things up a bit.  This will help you shake stuff out of the house as you look at your decor from a different perspective.  It might be time to get rid of that dried flower arrangement, or that childhood picture.  Our homes are personal surroundings; and we forget that from a selling point, that folks don't care about our personal likes and dislikes.  So a scramble might get you to thinking of what would Martha Stewart do.

Let your Enthusiasm Show!  Shine up those mirrors, organize those linen closets, dust off the book shelves.  Winter showings should include a warm fire in the fireplace.  A late evening showing, show off the candles and warm up the house with romance.  Remember the excitement you had when you purchased your home?  Refresh the same thoughts so others may share!




Spring Clean NOW! 


No matter what the season, it always wise to get to the spring cleaning when you put your house on the market.  Sparkle those tubs, wax those floors, shampoo the carpets, put away the clutter, organize the draws, and get that kitty litter out of site.  Showing a prospective buyer that your home is well groomed, only reflects to them that the entire houses has been well maintained.  Disorganized and unclean homes, gets buyer thinking if there are other issues lurking underneath the surface.  Dispels those fears, and do a spring cleaning NOW.





Got a Little Budget?

  • We all had old comfortable sofas that we treasured, but you are going to save your sofa replacement funds for the new home.  Think about simple slip covers and matching curtains to tie in the old decor.  If you are crafty, simple satin trims on the old bed linens can make them look luxurious once again, a new shade for the old lamp, or pick up a table dressings to cover an old boring table. Simple dollar store updates can help a lot.
  • Cheer up a room with a new color, and replace those 70's light covers with newer styling from the clearance rack. Enhance features of the home with lighting.
  • Consider removing excess religious artifacts, or excessive sport paraphernalia and keep the home neutral for sellers.  Keep those banners and trophies to the family room.  Also get that art studio organized; or if its your bedroom doubling as an office, organize it and tidy it up.  Preferably think about taking that bedroom and only making it a bedroom and find another office niche in the home.
  • Kitchen makeovers can be expensive; but think about a small theme change.  If you have old red countertops, go art deco.  A warm collection of baskets is a nice appeal to a country old kitchen.  Ugly cabinets?  Go to your local paint store to see what paints can spruce up the cabinets, and there is even stainless steel tones for appliances now. Remove old torn stools, and get the kids stuff and cereal boxes put away.  Remember the new theme doesn't have to be to your best liking, this is just to sell, sell, sell.

Fresh coat of paint

Experts are recommending that you choose a shade of paint the is compatible with the local environment.  Don't pick turquoise unless you live in the Caribbean.  A nice soft moss green to bring the Adirondack outdoors inside.  If it's a country home, shades of slate blue and off-white work well.  Northeaster colors might try shades of gray, barn red and hunter greens.  Your daughter might like hot pink and the son in a fad time of black; but spruce up your home in shades that will appeal to the new owners.   If it's a small room, don't use dark tones, but rather light to make the room look larger.  When you have a room with many windows, take advantage of the brightness to accentuate this feature, again don't shade it with dark burgundy's; try a yellow, cream or off white.   Accentuate the good points, and disguise the negative points.








Want to make an investment toward selling your home?

Employing a House Makeover Expert or House Staging Agents have been proven to be great investments for sprucing up the home for sale condition.   They can dress up your home to the current marketing trends, and look at the redesign from non-bias eyes.  All too often, we live with items in our life that we don't even see that they are there any more. 

Our agent Candi Caprio owns and operates her own concierge business helping folks keep their homes organized and cleaned.  Previously, Candi owned and operate shops in Manhattan.  She has the knack of knowing what's in and what's out of style and what always works.  We're lucky to have her services and she'll do house makeovers as part of her listing protocol. 








Cleaning Tips from the Pantry

Polishing Chrome - take small sheet of aluminum foil, turn the shiniest side out,  Dampen the chrome with water and polish with the foil.  As you "polish" the chrome with the tin-foil, it'll turn black, and your chrome will shine.

Rust stains in your sink - make a thick paste of baking soda and water, leave it on for 3+ hours, then buff the sink with the paste with a damp cloth.

Furniture Polish - make a thick paste of instant coffee and a little water, rub it into the nicks and scratches of your dark wood furniture.

Filmy glass shower doors - wipe them clean with any furniture polish that has lemon oil.  If the film is heavy, use steel wood soaked in dishwasher liquid.

Small holes in your windows - instead of replacing, a little clear nail polish will seal the hole and almost make it invisible.

Cigarette burns in your carpet - cut the burned threads with scissors, and from the corner of the carpet or in inconspicuous places, cut undamaged threads and glue them in the hole.  Cover with a paper towels and a book to dry for 25 hours.

Make an Impression

House makeovers and staging are a good start, but also discuss with your professional real estate agent other 'incentives' to snag the interests of those buyers.  Buyers have a lot more choices than prior years, and to make your house special (after the redo), offering programs such as:

* Home Warrantee Programs -  an inexpensive short-term insurance provided to the buyers that all internal features like furnaces, stoves, will replaced if breaks during the period.  Visit our program at:

* Bonus Incentives to the Buyer - simple incentives that your agent can advertise with the listing can be a decorating allowance, a gift certificate to a furniture store or gasoline gift certificate, paying the buyer's closing costs, or paying an amount to the buyer's moving expenses.  Discuss with your agent what might attract the buyers to your market.

* Agent Bonus - an additional fee to the selling agent for bring a buyer within a certain amount of time.





Feng Shui Your Home

The Art of Feng Shui, from the masters, have been studies and proven beneficial to the luck of the Gods, and homes looks so peaceful.  Realtor Mary Reynolds is now certified in the art of Feng Shui and will make her services available throughout the Adirondack Park.

If you need that special touch of the orient, contact Mary at 518-891-4609. 

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