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Home Seller Tips: Valentine’s Day Home Decor Ideas

Home Seller Tips: Valentine’s Day Home Decor Ideas

We were recently asked by a home seller about home decor during the holiday’s, more specifically Valentine’s Day.  And with this romantic holiday just around the corner, we “loved” the idea of sharing some tips.

So when selling, what is appropriate for enjoying some Valentine’s around the home, without being too over the top for potential buyers when touring?  Our suggestion, keep it subtle. Simplicity will add a bit of understated elegance that’s easy to enjoy and even blend in well while adding warmth to your home during this season.

Sticking to one room or a shared area such as a kitchen, dining nook and family room that opens to shared space.  For instance, place some pops of red around the room, maybe a red picture frame on the mantle, small dish with some red candies on the coffee table, maybe a simple red pillow added to the couch, red candles on the dining room table or fresh flowers placed on the kitchen island. Just a few simple ideas that are easy on the eye while making your home feel more romantic this Valentine’s Day.

P.S. For those of you who appreciate visuals :) below is a picture of the mantle in our home. I pulled out a heart shaped wreath and grouped it with a red wood sign, some red candles and a red picture frame that was a sweet gift from a friend.  A little bit of red sure added a simple pop of Valentine’s Day to my family room! My youngest son suggested we display our little bluebird for contrast and to remind us that spring is also near. That’s it… just a few pieces, 2 minutes of my time and it already feels like sweetness is in the air!


For more advice on home selling or home staging, feel free to contact us anytime! Jason Gardner: 971-832-1234 & Amber Gardner: 971-832-1235. You can also watch our facebook page for posts you may find useful, connect with us at www.facebook.com/gardnerteam

Happy Valentine’s Day from our home to yours!

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Where did home buyers find the home they purchased in 2014?

Where did home buyers find the home they purchased in 2014?  That very interesting question has been answered in the 2014 National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers report, profiling where buyers found the home they purchased.

Internet – 43%
The number has consistently increased year after year, starting at just 8% in 2001.

Real Estate Agent – 33%
Ranging between 38% and 33% since 2004, this number was at its highest in 2001 at (48%).

Yard Sign/Open House Sign – 9%
This number stayed between 15% and 16% from 2001-2008, slowly starting to drop as of 2009.

Friend, Relative, Neighbor – 6%
Going back and forth from 7% to 8% from 2001-2008, this number dropped to 6% in 2009 and has stayed there.

Home Builder or Their Agent – 5%
This percentage has stayed the same for the last four years.

Directly From Sellers – 3%
This number has remained between 2% and 3% since 2005.

Print Newspaper Advertisement – 1%
In 2001 this was 7% and has consistently dropped year after year.

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5 Tips to Survive Living In Your House For Sale



Start packing now!  Keep in mind that you’re not going to need many of the extra items that take up space and are currently filling your rooms, closets and hidden areas like under your bed.  The golden rule is less is more!  The key to clutter is to store it, sell it, donate it or chuck it!  Don’t let the overgrowth of things eat up the equity or become an eye sore that kills deals.  Space is a precious commodity – clutter removal is the creation of space, and space is the heart of preparing to sell a home.

Get your home squeaky clean!  Here’s a priceless secret, not only does your home need to be clutter-free, it needs to be spotless.  Tackle the cobwebs, dust bunnies, stains and grime before you go on the market.  Also, don’t leave anything in the house you don’t want others to see. Believe it or not, buyers will open cabinets, drawers and look at closets. You want them to be able to imagine themselves living there, not wondering about you. This will also provide added privacy and security for you as well.

Take your pets with you!  During open houses and showings, it’s so critical to remove pets from the property. It takes a bit of planning on your part to make arrangements for a sitter, doggy daycare or to let them pal around with you, but it’s worth it!

Prepping like a pro is the name of the game!  When you’re living in the house as you’re selling it, you need to be prepared to show!  Having a routine or “showing prep” lined out will make things much smoother for you.  When those buyers arrive, the house needs to be green light, show ready!  Keep it clean and tidy, make sure it smells good, turn on all the lights before you leave and as an added bonus, add some light music in the background.

Work together by involving your kids!  One way to help make the process as fun as possible is to include the kiddos as part of the team!  When the family understands that each showing means you have to get the house “show ready” and everyone needs to do their part to set the stage, it will be easier to get everyone on board.  There will be many things to look forward to once your home has sold. Remind one another of the great things you have to look forward to when it’s all said and done. After all, once you’ve listed with the right Realtor, and have your top three “P’s” in place (price, presentation and promotion)  your house will be sold in no time!

More great tips from Forbes.com

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Jason H. Gardner, Principal Broker
Phone: 971.832.1234
E-mail: [email protected]

Ky Wolf, Buyers Broker
Phone: 971-832-1231
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Amber R. Gardner, Director of Marketing
Phone: 971.832.1235
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