When deciding to put your home on the real estate market and getting it ready to sell, it’s important to know WHO you are trying to actually sell it to. Who exactly is your primary group of potential buyers for both the price that you’re asking and the neighborhood or geographical area that your home is located in. According to the National Association of Realtors, Millennials now actually comprise the largest share of home buyers, having purchased over a third of all the homes currently sold (36%). Additionally, it’s important to understand that approximately sixty-five percent (65%) of these Millennial buyers are first-time home buyers. Millennials are defined as being between the ages of 22 and 37 and are very style conscious, yet also very budget conscious. They definitely don’t want to walk into a house that looks like their parents or grandparents decorated it!  A good general rule of thumb is if a style or decoration is more than 10 years old, its outdated and should be replaced or refurbished. Fortunately, hiring a professional stager will alleviate the headache of trying to figure how to make your home the one that stands out to the largest share of home buyers. So what styles are a definite “no-no” when it comes to staging your house? Here are a few outdated style trends that need to be avoided.

Outdated Style Trends

English Ivy and Ficus Trees

Eco-friendly and healthy living is what 2018 is all about, yet as much as houseplants are considered to be “in”, certain ones are definitely “out”. English ivy pots and old ficus trees remind people of their grandma’s house, not to mention the amount of dust that they collect. Definitely it is time for them to go. Still need something to liven up the space? Try succulents or orchids. The plus side to these is that nowadays the fake versions can look so realistic that it’s actually pretty hard to tell them apart from real ones!

Tuscan Furniture

Tuscan furniture is heavy and dark. And while it may have been wonderful on that trip to Tuscany you once took, it doesn’t belong in the bedroom of the house that you are listing to sell. Clean lines and open spaces are what home buyers are looking for, not walking into a room where the furniture overtakes or dominates the room. The good news is that if you do have old furniture, it can be properly refurbished to look new once again! A lot of items in your home, even an old chair, can be freshened up by just simply adding a coat of paint and changing up the hardware. You never know what treasures you’ll be able to create!

Scrolling Ironwork

Right in line with the Tuscan furniture, ironwork is heavy and dark, and can sometimes feel a little chaotic – which is NOT a feeling a potential buyer wants to experience when they are touring your home. Buyers want to see geometric patterns and clean lines that are modern and simple. This is not to say that no metal pieces should be used at all – there’s a ton of other options that will provide and keep the modern, sleek look that goes with what today’s home buyers want to see. Just stay away from scrolling iron with busy patterns when staging your home.

Faux Props

Aside from a few fake lemons in the kitchen along with the fake orchids and succulents mentioned above, any other fake props should go. A lot of times fake props look “too fake”, not to mention dusty. Getting some real fruit for the bowl on the kitchen counter will brighten the room and help the potential home buyer envision themselves at home in your house. Fresh flowers can also add a fragrance that’s appealing to the potential buyer (the key word here is “fresh”). Reality is an essential key when attracting buyers and never goes out of style!

Window Treatments

At one time, yes, they were very popular, but after sitting on those windows for years, trapping in the smells of the house for all those years, they really do need to go. When staging your home, you want to let as much natural light into your house as possible. Heavy, old, window treatments, no matter how expensive the material, date the room and can even make it look smaller than it actually is. If the window does need some sort of treatment to reduce light during certain times of the day, or for privacy, consider installing either wood blinds, shutters or simple panels. Also, don’t forget to make sure the that all of your windows are clean!

The most important thing is to know your market, and each one is different. Professional home stagers know their buyers, thus allowing them to create a specific mix that appeals to the majority of potential buyers in a specific market. Keeping on trend and connecting with the buyer is the key to staging your house – so it can sell faster and for more money.

Who Is the Best Home Staging Realtor in Central Florida?

Lynda Miller! Known as the “Staging Artist”, she brings her artistic skills and her vast experience to take your blank canvas and turn in into the portrait it needs to be. She is a professional! With over 20 years of home staging experience in the Orlando real estate market, Lynda knows that a properly staged home has just the right quality of furnishings and spacing, allowing potential buyers to visualize how the rooms function and how the spacing in your home flows best. Being a Staging Artist allows Lynda to help create an atmosphere of warmth and generate positive emotions in a potential buyer. She avoids any clutter, and shows the buyer your home’s strengths while minimizing it’s deficiencies. By staging your home, Lynda engages prospective buyers, thus increasing both their interest and perception of value.

Who Should I Choose To Stage and Sell MY Home?

Why not choose the very best? If you like the sound of selling your house faster and for more money, then you need talk to Lynda Miller first. You’ll quickly find out why Lynda was selected as one of Orlando’s Top 100 Realtors by Orlando Magazine for 2017 and named Woman of the Year in Orlando Style Magazine for 2017. With over 20 years of experience in the Orlando real estate market, Lynda’s clients all say it best: Lynda sold their homes faster and for more money than they had anticipated. If you’ve decided to place your Central Florida home or your house on the market, we urge you to call Lynda Miller today at (407) 620-2924 or contact her Online now. There is a difference in Central Florida’s realtors and Lynda truly is a Real Estate All-Star Agent!

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