One of the questions I get asked all the time by sellers is ‘should I stage my home?’
And I always answer, ‘that depends.’
That depends on if you want to sell your home faster and for more money.
If you want a faster sale and more money in your pocket, then the answer is: YES!!! A THOUSAND TIMES YES!!! Stage your home!!
I get the fact that selling a home and moving into a new home possibly thousands of miles away creates one of the most stressful, miserable times in a person’s life. I get you are overwhelmed with every little decision and freaking out about finding boxes and a new place to live.
Remember, selling a home and moving may only be an activity you do a few times in your life. So if ever you go all-in on a project this is it!!
Depending on whose research you check, a staged home sells an average of 4 weeks SOONER and always for more than a non-staged home.
Read that again…faster and for more money.
The reason this is such a no brainer in the Real Estate world is a staged home puts the buyer in focus. You may be stretched beyond words, but a staged home tells the buyer “relax…come in…we’ve been expecting you…your desires and future are what is important here.”
In homes that are un-staged, every buyer has to work through your memories, furniture, tastes, quirks before ever thinking about what they want and need. Un-staged homes do sell…eventually.
With all that being said, staging your home doesn’t have to be a major production. But there are a few essentials:
- Neutralize your home. Take down photos. Paint the walls a more neutral color. Get rid of the beloved couch passed onto you by Grandma Shirley. You love these things, but that doesn’t mean anyone else will.
- Have some furniture. Some…not a lot. Give people a general idea of how the room can be used but not so much furniture that the room looks cluttered or small.
- Increase lighting everywhere! Any mood lighting will make buyers think you are hiding something. So, brighten up all your corners and let people imagine how awesome their life will be when they make your home…their home.
The bottom line is, a staged home gives a better first impression and photographs better for social media. You want your house to be a ‘must-see’ that has all the realtors in town buzzing.
And, who are we kidding, we want the buyers to line up with offers. Staged homes give buyers the impression that their lives will be as awesome as your staged home looks. And those are the impressions that motivate buyers to offer aggressively and quickly.
As your real estate agent, I will walk you through the options and opportunities that exist for every home sale. I have years of experience seeing good homes and not-so-good homes.
Please send me an email and we can start talking!
You’ve decided to put your beloved home up for sale…now what? Now its time to make sure your beloved home looks as loveable to others…specifically those who might give you a large amount of money for the keys.
Here are the priorities: Fix, Maintain and Improve.
The priority here is to eliminate any obvious deal-breakers.
Roof repairs, air conditioning, furnace, water damage, flooring problems are all elements that even a novice home shopper will see and run!
If you are selling in a time where inventory is lower, you may have some more flexibility. But if inventory is vast, these problems will eliminate your home before people even give it a legitimate thought. There is a possibility that a price can be listed with an allowance for repairs that can be done by the new owners. But the best practice is to get all major repairs done BEFORE the first open house.
The next place you should turn your attention to is indoor maintenance. Many people looking at your home are coming from previous homeownership and know what issues can crop up. Your job is to get as many things fixed or improved to eliminate as many barriers as possible.
Bathrooms: Touch up the paint and add fresh caulking.
Kitchen: Add fresh caulking and make sure your appliances are print-free.
Windows: Check Insulation. If you are selling in the Fall or Winter this is very important. Older buyers will notice drafts immediately!
Air Filters: If you are selling during the cold months, make sure your furnace doesn’t smell dusty. Your viewers may not know why the smell exists they will just not want to come back.
Each Room: Dust thoroughly and check for cobwebs.
Depending on your timeline, small improvements can make a big difference. And remember, when it comes to Real Estate, these differences mean thousands of dollars or closing a sale months earlier.
Outside: Clean the gutters, mow the lawn, trim branches, pull weeds and tasks like that.
Flowers: If the season calls for it, add some flowers and spruce up the flower beds.
Walkways: Keep them clean and debris-free.
So that is a quick overview on preparing your home for sale! If I am your agent, I will be your number one advocate to make sure your home looks as good to strangers as it does to you.
I can honestly say I’ve seen over a thousand homes that have been up for sale over the years and know what works and most importantly what doesn’t work. One of my main tasks is to help you eliminate the problems that will get your home rejected immediately.
Please send me an email if you have any questions and I look forward to talking more!
Breathtaking Views of Mt. Rainier & Colvos Passage Await! Discover this 3-Bedroom, 2-Bath Home on 0.52 Acres in Olalla
The epitome of Pacific Northwest charm awaits with this palatial 2,247-square-foot Olalla gem! Not only are you surrounded by lush, mature landscaping on a 0.52-acre property, but this residence boasts absolutely stunning views of the Colvos Passage and Mt. Rainier. You even have community beach access complete with a boat launch, a dock, and a cabana! Additionally, this pristine, move-in ready home includes 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, expansive living spaces designed with entertaining in mind (just wait until you see the huge recreation room!), plus a brand new roof. Located at 15119 Starr Place SE Olalla, WA 98359, this Olalla home is just minutes to Gig Harbor conveniences and is listed for $659,950.
As soon as you pull in the driveway, this property’s incredible waterfront view is right there to welcome you home. The front door opens up to reveal an inviting open-concept layout, and the great room is ready for all that life throws your way whether you’re hosting a house filled with guests or simply relaxing by the fire and enjoying the idyllic view.
A gourmet kitchen is right at your fingertips, and this well-appointed haven takes entertaining to the next level. Shimmering finishes add to the sophisticated aesthetic, and rich cabinetry offers tons of storage. Whether you’re whipping up homemade meals or gathering around the center island to sip on wine with friends, you’ll find everything you need for hosting memorable get-togethers!
The layout effortlessly flows right into the dining area, and here you have more than enough space for a full-sized dining table. Huge picture windows frame the photo-worthy view, and sliding glass doors that lead right out onto the deck just expand your entertaining space—it’s as easy as possible to take advantage of al fresco dining all summer long!
Discover even more versatile living space with this home’s expansive recreation room. This sprawling retreat promises to become the ultimate hangout, and it’s the perfect getaway! Set up an entertainment center (movie marathons and game day parties are definitely in your future!), create a recreation area (there’s tons of space for a pool table, foosball, ping pong, air hockey, and more), and use any extra space as a fitness center. Your imagination can really run wild with this massive space!
This home also includes 3 bedrooms, and each comfortable oasis promises privacy. Each unique space offers something a bit different, and built-in closets, cute window bench seating, and direct outdoor access are all in the mix. The master suite is especially sumptuous with its extra-large layout, ensuite bath, and walk-in closet.
When it comes to outdoor amenities, this home offers vacation-inspired potential. Not only do you have captivating views at every turn, but the 0.52-acre property presents abundant opportunity. Expansive deck space shows off the perfect perch whether you’re entertaining a crowd or enjoying the view in peace and quiet, and the large yard is ready for your green thumb to get to work! RV parking offers convenience, and as residents of this home, you even get community beach access. A boat lunch, dock, and cabana offer even more ways to explore the outdoors.
Living in Olalla
At 15119 Starr Place SE Olalla, WA 98359, you’re in a picturesque residential setting while being just minutes to Gig Harbor convenience. You’re just a 13-minute drive to hop onto Highway 16, and Downtown Gig Harbor (and its many waterfront attractions) is only 11 minutes from home. When you need to run errands, Borgen Boulevard is only an 11-minute drive away as well, and here you’ll find popular places like Costco, Albertsons, Target, The Home Depot, Office Depot, Walgreens, and much more.
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this stunning 4,032-square-foot home on Sunny Bay in Gig Harbor is a resort-worthy haven. Not only do you have 115 feet of breathtaking waterfront that’s all yours, but enjoy being only 5 minutes from the Gig Harbor Golf Club, 10 minutes to Highway 16, and only 10 minutes to fabulous dining, shopping, and much more! Located at 7102 Ford Dr NW Gig Harbor WA 98335 on a park-like 1.66-acre property, this 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath residence is listed for $1,890,000.
The Puget Sound is home to some truly magnificent luxury waterfront homes, but as larger cities experience more and more traffic congestion and crowding, those who desire a peaceful setting to call home will find themselves searching for greener pastures. Luckily, at this Gig Harbor location, you don’t have to sacrifice any of the amenities you enjoy in a larger city like Seattle or Bellevue! Ultimate comfort and convenience are wrapped up into one fabulous package with this 2008-built beauty, and from the moment you pull in the driveway, this home’s many thoughtful, custom details delight.
Artistic landscaping welcomes visitors, and just inside, this home’s impeccably maintained interior invites you in. The main living room is the epitome of waterfront glory, and floor-to-ceiling windows offer you front row seats to one of Mother Nature’s most captivating shows. Mt. Rainier, Hale Passage, and Fox Island are all in view, and whether you’re enjoying a quiet afternoon sipping a cup of tea or hosting guests for a glass of wine, this photo-worthy setting offers the perfect backdrop.
The soaring ceilings continue into the gourmet kitchen, where eye-catching wood beams hang overhead. Expertly designed with entertaining in mind, the kitchen’s many high-end amenities offer the best in both function and fashion. Ample cabinetry and counter space ensure ample room for storing kitchen essentials and meal prep, and bar-style counter seating with the potential for a dining nook area provide tons of seating! The formal dining room features 3 walls replete with large gleaming windows, promising the comfort of being indoors while giving you full views of the water as it meets the lush coastline.
When it’s time to unwind, this home’s sumptuous 4 bedrooms offer loved ones privacy, and you’ll always have plenty of room for guests to stay! The master suite is especially an indulgent treat—bask in the warmth of the fireplace while you enjoy dreamy views of the waterfront, all from the delicious comfort of bed. An ensuite bath is just the cherry on top, and spa-inspired amenities (like a soaking tub) and a carefully curated aesthetic await. In addition to this home’s versatile bedrooms, you’ll also find more flexible living areas to transform, and even more dynamic square footage can be discovered throughout this property, including a separate living space complete with its own kitchen. It’s the perfect oasis for friends who’d like to stay at your Gig Harbor getaway for a few days!
This custom home’s vacation-like amenities just continue outside, where you’ll find meticulous landscaping, stairs that lead right down to the beach, and an expansive deck that features jaw-droppingly gorgeous views of the shimmering water. Whether you’re hosting a crowd for a lively barbecue, hosting a sophisticated gathering lit by firefly lights and candles, or simply sunbathing on a lounge chair in peace and quiet, the deck is your very own slice of paradise!
Living in Gig Harbor
At 7102 Ford Dr NW Gig Harbor WA 98335, shopping, dining, outdoor opportunities, schools, services, transit options, and more are no more than 10-15 minutes from home! Want to spend the day on the waterfront shopping and visiting art galleries? Downtown Gig Harbor is only 12 minutes away. Want to enjoy dinner and a movie? The Galaxy Uptown Luxury+ Theatre and a huge variety of restaurants await in Uptown Gig Harbor, only a 10-minute drive from home. Things to do and see are aplenty in this Puget Sound city, and there’s always a community event going on in downtown.
In addition to having miles of beach at your fingertips, you’re also close to some incredible outdoor offerings. The 109-acre Kopachuck State Park is only a 9-minute drive away, offering a scenic adventure when you just need to retreat into nature for awhile. The Gig Harbor Golf Club is only a 5-minute drive away, making it easy to get in a round of golf close to home!
Custom 4-Bedroom Craftsman Masterpiece on 115 Feet of Breathtaking Waterfront on Sunny Bay in Gig Harbor
Resort-inspired living on scenic Sunny Bay beckons from this custom Craftsman masterpiece! Nestled on 1.66 lush acres along 115 feet of breathtaking waterfront in Gig Harbor, this expansive 4,032-square-foot home promises ultimate comfort and the opportunity to indulge in the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of. Featuring 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, fabulous living spaces, a guest suite and so much more, this home is also replete with views of the majestic Mt. Rainier, the shimmering Hale Passage, and gorgeous Fox Island. Located at 7102 Ford Dr NW Gig Harbor WA 98335, this 2008-built residence is listed for $1,950,000.
Showcasing a handsome exterior that offers a truly memorable first impression, this home’s stunning Craftsman-inspired details are made all the more striking with its vibrant palette. A blend of stone accents and neat, verdant landscaping enhance the magazine-worthy scene, and once you step inside through the front door, this home’s magnificent design keeps delivering.
In the great room, soaring ceilings, eye-catching wood beams overhead, and a warm color palette are all highlighted by bright sunlight that cascades in through huge floor-to-ceiling windows. The view gets even better when you step out onto the sprawling deck, which offers a front row seat to one of Mother Nature’s most extraordinary shows.
Whether you’re relaxing on a lounge chair for a rejuvenating afternoon in peace and quiet, or hosting a lively party for a crowd, this home’s deck is ready for years and years of memories. Stairs lead down to the water’s edge, where you can store all of your water sport toys. Miles of serene beach stretch on, offering the ideal opportunity for beachcombing and exploration, all without having to leave your home sweet home.
Created with entertaining in mind, this home is a host’s dream. The main living area flows right into the open gourmet kitchen, a haven of function and fashion. Find ample cabinetry and counter space, both of which lend themselves well to everything from the simple tasks of daily life to whipping up elaborate holiday feasts. Bar-style seating offers a laid-back perch that’s perfect for enjoying a morning cup of coffee, while the adjacent formal dining room provides a unique space to serve up home-cooked meals in. Gleaming windows surround this sophisticated space, ensuring you and your guests can take in the view at every opportunity.
This home’s 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths conveniently include a main floor master suite, a thoroughly luxurious sanctuary that’s brimming with dreamy amenities. A fireplace adds to the cozy atmosphere, while ample windows and direct outdoor access ensures it’s easy to appreciate your home’s gorgeous setting. The sumptuous setting continues into the ensuite bath, where you’ll find fabulous spa-like amenities to indulge in. Even more dynamic square footage can be discovered throughout this property, including a separate living space complete with its own kitchen.
Living in Gig Harbor
At 7102 Ford Dr NW Gig Harbor WA 98335, you’re in a prime Gig Harbor location where you can take advantage of the Pacific Northwest’s signature beauty while still being close to city conveniences. Highway 16 is a short 9-minute drive from home, making it easy to connect to the rest of the city and the surrounding region. Golf enthusiasts will love being just 5 minutes from the Gig Harbor Golf Club, and when it’s time to run errands, Uptown Gig Harbor is only a 9-minute drive away. Here you’ll find places like Safeway, HomeGoods, Galaxy Uptown Luxury+ Theater, Ace Hardware, Rite Aid, and several more popular shops, services, restaurants!
Tucked away in a scenic corner of Gig Harbor, this secluded oasis in Bridgewood Estates is an absolute delight to come home to! Immaculately maintained and offering an expansive 2,893-square-foot layout, this beauty includes 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, fabulous living spaces, and a storybook backyard perfect for entertaining in. Located at 2505 22nd Ave Ct NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335 and wonderfully close to golf courses and Highway 16, this Pacific Northwest gem is listed for $559,000.
Nestled along sidewalk-lined streets and boasting a lush, meticulously landscaped yard, this Craftsman-inspired masterpiece welcomes visitors with an extra-large driveway and a 3-car garage. A charming front porch shows off the perfect spot for a bench swing and a flower arrangement, and as soon as you step inside, this home’s grand entryway makes for a memorable impression! A staircase winds its way upstairs, while stately columns show the way into the formal living room. Sunlight pours in through large windows, and the layout effortlessly flows into the adjacent formal dining room—an entertainer’s dream come true!
The kitchen awaits just around the corner for your convenience, and this huge chef-ready space is brimming with elegant style and efficient design. Silestone quartz counters offer ample space for meal prep, whether you’re whipping up a gourmet feast for a special occasion or baking dozens and dozens of holiday cookies! The kitchen comes equipped with a generous supply of handsome cabinetry as well, ensuring you have plenty of room for storing everything you need day in and day out.
The great room flows into a dining nook area and an additional living room, where you’ll find a classic stone-accented fireplace and wall-to-wall carpets for a cozy feel. Plus, eye-catching built-ins offer the perfect place for storing books, games, your DVD collection, and for displaying framed photos and treasured keepsakes. Shimmering windows offer a view of the tranquil backyard as well, all while inviting warm sunlight into this haven of togetherness!
This home’s palatial layout also include a den on the main floor, and you’ll find even more versatility when you head upstairs. A bonus room and 4 bedrooms await, including the heavenly master suite that’s ready to become your very own vacation-worthy retreat. Especially of note is the updated master bath, a thoroughly spa-inspired space with an indulgent walk-in shower and double sinks.
A sanctuary of nature can be found in this home’s backyard, a dynamic space that features a huge patio, charming paths that wind through the property, and beautiful greenery, all framed by tall emerald trees in the background. The patio boasts tons of space for a barbecue, outdoor dining sets, lounge chairs, and any other luxuries your entertainer’s heart desires! Enjoy hosting a crowd for a weekend barbecue, or simply bask in the peace and quiet of this private slice of paradise that’s all yours. Your ultimate vision of home-sweet-home is just waiting to become a reality here!
Living in Gig Harbor’s Gated Bridgewood Estates
At 2505 22nd Ave Ct NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335, enjoy being in a super convenient Gig Harbor location. Especially a dream for commuters, here you’re merely a 2-minute drive away from Highway 16 making it easy to hop over to Tacoma or get around the rest of Gig Harbor. Golf enthusiasts are certainly in luck as well, as the Performance Golf Center is a quick 3-minute drive away and Madrona Links Golf Course is only 4 minutes away. Head north for just 6 minutes, and you’ll find yourself at Uptown Gig Harbor, a hub of city convenience. Safeway, Galaxy Uptown Luxury+ Theatre, HomeGoods, Ace Hardware, several popular restaurants and more are all in the mix!
Brimming with thoughtful updates that show off contemporary style and modern amenities, this dynamic 1,644-square-foot home is nestled on an expansive 2.8-acre property in a rural setting. Described by its current owner as being secluded and picturesque, this 2-bedroom, 2-bath residence is absolutely brimming with potential! Find plenty of outdoor space to take advantage of, whether you dream of having farm animals, a garden, your very own workshop, or all of the above. Located at 12705 114th St Ct KPN Gig Harbor WA, 98329, this Key Peninsula treasure is listed for $360,000.
A long driveway with new, eye-catching white fencing welcomes you, and the sprawling property is just waiting for you to transform it into your ultimate dream home! Four flat separate pastures along with an oversized covered stall offer the potential to become an equestrian property, and there’s even enough room to build a full-sized arena and a custom barn if you so choose! Fruit trees can be found throughout the property as well, and those who enjoy having farm-fresh produce will certainly love having the space to cultivate their very own garden of fruits and veggies.
Built in 1974, this home has been completely updated, and homebuyers are sure to appreciate its many thoughtful upgrades. New flooring, new quartz countertops, a new stone backsplash, new stainless steel appliances, and new tiled showers are among a few of the updates that have tastefully brought this home into the future. Stylish finishes are just waiting for your personal touch! In the great room, huge windows fill the space with bright, cheerful light, and this elegant space is ready for relaxing in peace and quiet or entertaining a crowd.
The living room effortlessly flows into the upgraded kitchen and dining nook, a gorgeous haven replete with sleek, shimmering surfaces and a magazine-inspired color palette. The smart design ensures that whipping up gourmet meals is easy and efficient, while the large layout promises you have plenty of space to spread out in! The adjacent dining area offers a versatile option, while bar-style counter seating showcases even more room for dining in style.
This home’s fabulous master suite is an absolute sanctuary! When it’s time to unwind, this pristine space shows off cozy carpets accented by crisp trim and a warm color palette, and an ensuite bath and walk-in closet that are the epitome of comfort. The huge walk-in closet comes with convenient built-ins, making it easy to stay organized, while the ensuite master bath features spa-inspired amenities at every turn. This home’s second bedroom and second bath offer similar comfort and updated finishes as well, ensuring loved ones have privacy and a space to call their own!
Living in Gig Harbor on the Key Peninsula
At 12705 114th St Ct KPN Gig Harbor WA, 98329, you can enjoy being tucked away in a secluded, rural location on the Key Peninsula. Take advantage of this excellent location that’s close to plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities, whether you like horseback riding and hiking or boating and kayaking. You’re just minutes from Henderson Bay, and of course, Gig Harbor is filled with opportunities for water sports as well! When you need to run errands or get around the region, Highway 16 is just 10 minutes from home, making it easy to get to shop, restaurants, services, and other amenities.