Homeowners are generally on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to wallpaper. Many homeowners remember the often tacky wallpaper designs and colors of the ’70’s and the ’80’s, and avoid it altogether. On the other hand, with more elegant and luxurious wallpaper designs being produced by manufacturers these days, other homeowners still prefer wallpapers for enhancing certain ambient feelings and moods in certain areas of the home.

The thing about wallpapers is, more often than not, they are reflective of personal tastes and preferences. Certain bedrooms can be decorated with wallpaper that goes with the hobbies or interests of the room’s occupants, for instance, sports-themed wallpaper for boys, or pink dollhouse wallpaper prints for girls. Wallpaper is much like paint in the decorative sense, as both can be tailored or customized to fit the homeowner’s preferences. But wallpaper takes it one step further with various designs and prints that further reflect personal taste.

For home staging purposes, wallpaper can be more of a distraction most of the time, and it is precisely because of this very personal reflection of the homeowner’s preferences. Keep in mind that home decorating is different from home staging in purpose and goals. Home decorating and interior design aims to reflect the ambiance that the homeowner would like to come home to; home staging, on the other hand, aims to present a home that is about as neutral and as broadly appealing to the widest range of potential home buyers as possible

Most home staging professionals would agree that wallpaper would be more detrimental than helpful when it comes to home staging, and would then recommend that it be removed or, if applicable, painted over. When potential home buyers see wallpaper installed in a home, they would assume that it would take a lot of effort and expense to remove the wallpaper, and this can hamper your selling success rather than contribute to it. No matter how trendy or nice you think that wallpaper is, it will really only appeal to a very limited number of potential clients, while alienating the rest of the people who tour your home and consider making an offer.

You may want to ask your professional home staging firm if they can refer any service providers who can take care of the wallpaper removal for you. If you have the time and the patience to do it, you can make the process more convenient by considering equipment such as a wallpaper steamer or chemical stripper. In some instances, you may be able to paint over the wallpaper, but the area would have to be checked first to see if this would work. Generally, removing the wallpaper and then painting the walls is a better idea.

 

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A big part of your home staging plans should be house cleaning and maintenance. Whether you are doing the house cleaning yourself, or getting the services of professional cleaners, the house will have to be kept in a very clean and orderly state for the duration of the staging effort in order to always look presentable to potential buyers. Cleaning doesn’t end when the floors are spotless, the windows are immaculate, and the furniture items are dust-free. This state of cleanliness needs to be maintained until the home is vacated.

 

Using green or eco-friendly homemade cleaning solutions and  ingredients is becoming popular among homeowners, and this is something you should also consider as part of your home staging plans (if you haven’t made the switch to green cleaning products and ingredients yet. There are many benefits to making the switch to green cleaning solutions, the most significant of which is the savings. Unlike most commercially-produced cleaning products, the greener alternatives can be sourced from everyday household items you might already have, such as vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, etc.

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Another benefit to making the switch to green cleaning products is health-based. Many of today’s commercial household cleaners have chemicals and toxins that, over time, can have detrimental effects on people’s health. Many of the additives and chemicals are also allergens or cause indoor air pollution, and there is the possibility of a home visitor having an allergic reaction or discomfort when in contact with those chemicals. To be on the safe side, natural and organic homemade cleaning solutions and products are the better option.

 

What are some green cleaning products you can use?

 

  • Homemade disinfectant – You can concoct your own homemade disinfectant using 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid soap, and between 20-30 drops of tea tree oil. You can use this solution to disinfect tables, countertops, desks, staircases, doorknobs, and other surfaces. This is a great alternative to bleach (which, if you haven’t noticed, isn’t the best smelling cleaning solution out there).
  • Baking soda and water – This solution works great on grime and stains that stick on tiles, porcelain, and other floor types. You can also use baking soda and water to clean kitchen countertops and sinks, cutting boards, refrigerators, and oven tops.
  • Vinegar or lemon juice – Grease streaks, stains, mildew, and other common household stains do not stand a chance against vinegar or lemon juice, which you can spray or douse on the affected area and then scrub or brush after a few minutes. Vinegar and lemon juice are also excellent window cleaners.

Whether we are fully aware of it or not, much of the potential selling success of your home will hinge on its online presence and impact, aside from the actual home staging. Recent surveys among property buyers have indicated that a vast majority of them (upwards of 90%) used the Internet to search for possible listings that they would want to visit. If you think about it, this trend is not really that surprising. People today are so used to getting their information from Web sources, whether it is researching a certain subject in school, finding out reviews regarding a certain product they are thinking of purchasing, or even just getting recipes or home décor ideas.

As you sit down with your real estate broker and your home staging team, the impact of online presence and how it can add to the overall impact of your home for sale should be discussed and planned in line with your home staging and marketing efforts. Your online listing must be an excellent representation of your actual property, and complement the marketing plan and the home staging design you are trying to achieve.

The following are some techniques for firming up your property’s online presence and making it jump out and grab your potential client’s attention:

  • Top quality photography – Unless you are a professional photographer yourself, or you are extremely prep69confident of your photography skills, it would be best to leave this part to the experts. Professional photography combines aesthetic elements and visual techniques to produce the best possible captured images of your house for sale. Make sure you get your Realtor and Home Stager’s opinions regarding which photos should be selected for posting.
  • Lighting is key – Dark photos look bad, but they look extra worse when viewed on a desktop screen or a mobile device. Your home’s online photos will be one of the biggest factors for your clients to judge if your property is one they would like to visit in person or not, so the competition really starts here. Photos should be well-lit and prep70translate the home staging well in various screens.
  • Focal point is a must – A focal point becomes the center of interest in a room or area being photographed, and “anchors” the theme or ambiance, making it easier for the viewer to see what is being emphasized. The right color and drama embedded in a focal point creates impact that the viewers will remember.