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The 3 Container Rule

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

The 3 Container Rule

The latest TV reality show catching viewers’ interest is about Hoarders.

The “Hoarder” is: a person who accumulates things and hides them away for future use.

Compulsive hoarding:  is a mental disorder marked by an obsessive need to acquire (and failure to use or discard) a significant amount of possessions, even if the items are worthless, hazardous, or unsanitary. Compulsive hoarding causes significant clutter and impairment to basic living activities. (Wikipedia)

Every one of us has a tendency to hoard a few things:

  • the outfit you got on sale last year but haven’t worn once – if you didn’t wear it last year, chances are very good that you won’t wear it this year
  • love flowers?  You only need 6 vases and not a dozen – get rid of the extras – they take up a lot of valuable space
  • books – we all accumulate so many.  Seniors homes love receiving books

This tendency to keep too many things becomes obvious when we are moving and have to start the packing process.

Packing things that get moved to the new house but never get opened is truly a waste of time, expense and energy.

At Stage To Sell we encourage our clients to use the 3 Container Rule:

  • Container 1 – anything that is essential
  • Container 2 – things you can give to family, friends or your favourite charity
  • Container 3 – things to be discarded

As a general rule – Container 1 should be the smallest.

This is a win/win situation – less to pack, non-used items will now be used and appreciated, and you will have more space to enjoy in your new home.

Call us at Stage To Sell and let us help with the preparations to sell your home.

To Stage or Not To Stage your Home

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Buying and selling a home is a very stressful and expensive time.

Beware the stager that adds to those levels of stress by saying “We have to move out all of your furniture and artwork and bring in new items from our inventory”. The costs to you will be thousands per month!

Bottom line – Potential home buyers are not buying your furniture or your artwork.

A professional stager will help the home owner show off the home’s best features while downplaying its’ drawbacks. These suggestions should be offered with the purpose of helping you to sell your home for the best possible price in the shortest space of time by appealing to the largest audience of potential buyers. In most cases, your existing furnishings can be updated or edited to create the necessary appeal. This will often mean making some minor changes to how you enjoy living in your home from day to day.

Some simple guidelines:

  • Complete all minor repairs
  • Do paint touch-ups where required
  • Make sure all appliances and bathroom fixtures sparkle
  • Empty all garbage containers prior to viewings
  • Hang fresh towels in bathrooms prior to viewings
  • Ensure no personal items left out in bathrooms
  • Check for and replace burnt out light bulbs, clean all light fixtures
  • Pack away all family/personal photos and religious items
  • Empty closets by half with clear floor area
  • Pack away all pet paraphernalia
  • Let in as much natural light as possible
  • Hang art as viewed from a seated position without craning your neck
  • Put some breathing room between your furniture and the walls
  • Pack away all clutter and ensure tabletops and counters are cleared

Call us at ‘Stage To Sell’ and realize that you can have your home prepped for re-sale with a minimum of disruption, stress and expense.

Do you want your house for sale or do you want it SOLD?

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

When it comes to buying a home, purchasers today are very selective. “If you are selling your home you need to make potential buyers feel that they are truly getting the best house at the best price”, says Mary Helen Rosenberg and Carole Sherkey, both Certified Home Staging Experts. One way to accomplish this is by making use of “home staging“.

Staging includes customizing each space to appeal to its target market of home buyers. This includes emphasizing key selling features, downplaying less desirable ones, enhancing curb appeal, creating focal points, creating proper flow, eliminating clutter, accessorizing and room editing. These services usually result in a shorter sell cycle and a higher price – making it a worthwhile investment.


1. Curb Appeal – Some buyers never make it in the front door. If the home looks tired and the landscaping is non-existent or overgrown, you have a problem. Trim overgrown landscaping, remove clutter at the entrance, wash the windows, paint the front door, and add seasonal flowers.

2. Edit, Edit, Edit – You are moving anyway so it is the perfect time to get rid of excess in the house. Remove all clutter, pack up the knickknacks and collections, clear off all counters and shelves, and remove the magnets from the refrigerator. Most important empty theclosets so that a buyer sees adequate storage space. Get rid of excess furniture to make rooms seem bigger.

3. Clean and Clean Again – A dirty house will kill a sale. Pet odours are also a BIG problem. The bathrooms and kitchen need to be hospital clean. Appliances should be sparkling, all carpeting professionally cleaned, and all dust and cobwebs banished. Windows need to be cleaned on the inside as well as the outside.

4. Light and Neutral – You may think your living room is the perfect shade of teal, but chances are most buyers will not like it and this is what they will remember, not the generous room size. Paint is a great investment if you are selling. Use light neutral shades to attract buyers. Open the blinds and curtains to let in as much natural light as possible.

5. Repair and Maintenance – You may have gotten used to the wobbly handrail and the dripping tap, but to a buyer this spells trouble. What else have you neglected? Buyers also often estimate the cost of repairs significantly higher than the actual cost. So do yourself a favour and take care of all repairs and updates prior to listing.

See the original article from the The Real Estate Book.