Staging to Sell in Lake Oconee
I found this article in some real estate news, and the words exactly echoed my thoughts and observations from showing Lake Oconee homes for sale! If you are preparing to sell a home at Lake Oconee, take heed!
Those brass light fixtures send a message to buyers: C-H-E-A-P
Rooms for Improvement
BY MARY UMBERGER, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2012.
Don’t get Steve Somogyi wrong. He doesn’t hate all brass finishes — just the really shiny, yellow-toned stuff that he thinks screams “Cheap!” when homebuyers notice it in light fixtures, switch plates, doorknobs, etc.
That brass tone was fashionable a couple of decades ago, but its day is done and it has to go if it’s in a house you’re trying to sell, according to Somogyi, a real estate agent and interior designer.
In prepping a small house for the market recently, he switched out every single brass light fixture, switch plate, door hinge and knob for ones with an oil-rubbed bronze finish that’s a very dark brown.
Dark-toned fixtures and hardware may work to deformalize a room.Photo/Sea Gull Lighting.
By buying the replacements from a big-box store and a website specializing in closeouts, the homeowner spent $300 to $400 for materials, he estimated, and a contractor/installer made the changes in a day.
In a larger home, such changes might be too complex or expensive to do throughout, but at the very least, sellers should take a hard look at the front-door hardware that greets potential buyers, he said.
Nickel-toned finishes haven’t lost their appeal to homebuyers, designers and real estate agents. Photo/Sea Gull Lighting.
“I spent a lot of the money on the door hardware in that house because I do believe that your buyer knows within a few seconds whether they’re going to buy,” Somogyi said. “When you feel an expensive door handle vs. a cheap handle, you can feel the difference.
“I try to sell an emotional experience, that the place has been loved,” said Somogyi, an agent for the North Clybourn Group brokerage in Chicago. “That energy comes out.”
Although he’s a fan of dark-toned finishes (and certain antique golds), Somogyi said the general homebuying public continues to accept the recently popular satin-nickel tones as being “up to date” — though he suspects an appetite is brewing for the next big color.
“Lighting fixture (and hardware) finishes have certainly trended away from polished brass over the years,” said Jody De Vine, director of marketing for Sea Gull Lighting in Riverside, N.J.
We’ve seen more transitional styling and finishes that cross over between traditional and modern. This became quite evident in the use of polished and brushed nickel.”
Decorative switch plate image
De Vine said chrome finishes have gained popularity as a “clean” style, and that dark browns and iron-blacks come across as cozy and work well in updating traditional styling. Those browns and blacks also seem to be a popular choice when trying to deformalize some rooms, she said.
Somogyi said not to overlook hardware details because buyers notice them.
“Those switch plates and outlet covers that have crusty paint on them? They only take a minute or two to switch out,” he said.
And if you have recessed can-lights in ceilings, take a look at the “surround,” or collar, around the openings, he said. “Over time they get to be a yellow-y color that stamps them as being dated, dreary or old. I’ve seen a million of these.”
Mary Umberger is a Chicago-area freelance writer. The original article is in the Inman News
Brass was the ultimate in fixtures in the 80’s. We proudly installed a beautiful brass light fixture in our dining room during that period, and we took it with us and enjoyed it in our Lake Oconee home during the 90’s. It now resides packed in the basement of our present home, as I finally realized that brass is out of date! Just as we gave up our favorite hair styles and clothing from the previous decades, it pays to realize that our favorite home accessories need to be updated, too. Of course, we can keep our favorite brass hardware as long as we live in a house, if we prefer. But to sell in today’s market, it pays to update the style of our accessories. I have priced light fixtures in the big-box stores as a service of my staging practice as a realtor here in Lake Oconee. It is true – buying home accessories in such a store, and replacing them in a house is a “cheap” way to entice a buyer to decide on your property. It changes the ambience of the home, and makes it move-in ready.
For more staging tips, and more information about property in the Lake Oconee Area, contact Suzie or Jim Hudson at RE/MAX Lake Oconee. Phone Jim, 706-453-6253, or Suzie, 706-347-1115. To search for property go to LakeOconee.com. With our MLS, we have the keys to all property for sale in the Lake Oconee Area.
Posted on March 19, 2012, in Find a home, Staging to Sell and tagged business, Eatonton Georgia, GA, Greensboro, home makeover, home staging, lake home, Lake Oconee, Lake Oconee real estate, real estate, staging homes. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.