Staging Your Mission Viejo Home for Sale? Here’s What it Really Means

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Staging Your Mission Viejo Home for Sale? Here’s What it Really Means

Surprisingly, the Meaning of Staging Your Mission Viejo Home for Sale is Unclear to Some

Having recently learned that the definition of home staging in reference to the ideal appearance of a Mission Viejo house that is going on the market for sale is not crystal clear to each and every prospective home seller, it seems necessary to establish a few basic definitions of what staging a Mission Viejo house for sale actually means; what it looks like and what it most certainly does not look like.  So in the immortal words of Julie Andrews playing Maria Von Trapp, let’s start at the very beginning of staging a Mission Viejo house for sale.  A very good place to start.

What Mission Viejo Home Staging Is Not – it’s only natural to want to cut corners and keep a little bit of what makes you comfortable, but you must get rid of these and replace them with something more relevant and tasteful for your house to be staged to sell:

  • Cardboard boxes used as bedside tables, regardless of the Xerox or Dunder Mifflin designer logo.
  • TV trays used as bedside tables, coffee tables, end tables, or anything in your staged house.  Big insider tip – put the TV trays in the garage or storage unit. Please.
  • A mattress sitting on a box spring sitting on the floor of a bedroom (or any other room, for that matter)
  • The above mentioned bed set with a wrinkled blue sheet, wadded up purple snuggy accented by a yellow pillow. Whether or not the yellow pillow is covered with a pillow case is unknown as I would not reach in far enough to figure that out.
  • A blow up mattress as the only piece of furniture in any room in your house
  • A dining room table in the family room or a comfy couch in the dining room. Which one is it – a dining room or a family room?
  • Posters hanging on the walls with thumb tacks
  • Coasters stacked up on the arms of the recliner
  • The coffee mug tree with a miss-matched set of mugs a hangin’ – bad enough in the kitchen but in the upstairs bathroom, oh no.
  • Boxes of Christmas lights in the foyer
  • Fifteen pairs of shoes in the foyer
  • Weeds growing through the seams in the concrete in the drive way.
  • Flowering weeds in these seams are even worse.

What Mission Viejo Home Staging Is – Simply put, home staging is making your house look completely different than it does when you and your family, friends, pets, relatives, and/or gaming buddies are in your house.  That’s why it’s called staging – you are creating an illusion on the scale of the set director for a Broadway play!  You are marketing your house and not your lifestyle!  And for the duration of your time on the market, you have to make people believe you can live in your house the way it looks when it’s staged to sell.

The keys to home staging for every Orange County hopeful home seller are –

  • De-clutter
  • Clean
  • Arrange tasteful furniture, bedding, and accessories to show rooms to their intended purpose even if it means you have to buy décor to replace your former lack of décor.

Take a fresh look at every room in your home and decide if you need to pack it all away and start over or pack some of it away and rearrange and add new accessories.  Keep it simple and effective.

Will you have to make sacrifices to keep your Mission Viejo house staged to sell?  Absolutely.  And the payoff to you? Priceless.

I’m Leslie Eskildsen.  Just keeping it real in Mission Viejo real estate.

Call me or text me.  949-678-3373.

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