Posted By nat wallen @ Apr 8th 2014 1:20pm In: A Day In The Life

There are so many things to consider when making this very important decision. I usually lump this decision into two different categories, the first is redecorating the home for yourself, and the second is redecorating to sell which can also be considered staging. I will briefly go over my thoughts on both using my experience in both the antiques market and high end furniture. 

If you are redecorating your home and going to continue to live there, think about the big picture as well as what your current tastes are. Trends will come and go so I tend to always use a neutral base and build from there. Next I use decor items and splashes of color to highlight the rooms features. I also stay away from Dark colored paints unless used for a feature wall as they tend to make the rooms feel smaller and darker. The main idea I tell my clients is that less is more! I can't stress enough how a clutter free home is more inviting and comfortable to both homeowners and guests. This rule is especially important when staging to sell. 

As for furniture, everyone has their own styles here and i'd say go for it...do what you love. What I do suggest here is to keep the spaces you put the furniture open enough for easy access. I always measure my rooms prior to installing items and plot them out on a piece of paper. Many websites now have programs to put in your room dimensions and virtually add their furniture in, which is an excellent feature. 

   The overall picture here is to keep your home open and inviting while encompassing your personal style.

  When redecorating or staging your home to sell there are some rules from above that apply here. A fresh coat of neutral paint does wonders for a home and instantly makes it feel newer and fresher. Another key factor here is to declutter...declutter...DECLUTTER! When doing this, I advise my clients to take down all personal photos and the bulk of knick knacks in the home. If the furniture is really worn and dated, its a great idea to buy some new pieces, and "less is more" applies here as well. You want to show the buyers an environment in which they can see themselves living there. The less furniture in the room the bigger it will feel, but remember to make it look like an inviting atmosphere (ie don't put one couch in the living room and a coffee table and leave the rest empty, we aren't in college anymore). 

   When a home is staged correctly it can add value to the property and get you more money at the closing table. Some believe in the concept of staging and some don't but it has worked time and again when sprucing up dated homes with new furniture. There needs to be a happy medium here though as many items in your home will likely be used in the staging process and just a few new additions will be needed. 

   I never like to ramble on so if you have made it this far....please let me know your thoughts! Let me know if you have a great tip for redecorating or something you did to redecorate that was amazing.

Welcome to Justin's Blog! Justin Jureka has always loved helping people and his talents have brought him many opportunities to make a change in people's lives. Some interesting facts about Justin: He was born in St Louis, MO, has an identical twin brother, attended the University of Tulsa, and in addition to selling many homes each year, he is a disc golf fanatic. Justin is an expert marketer in real estate, and also an Ebay expert. He helped build a successful retail consignment business outside of Kiawah for several years, and as an added service to his real estate clients, on occasion he helps them liquidate collectibles and antiques online. Learn more about Justin.


Share on Social Media:

Comments (0)

Comments have been closed for this post.
Please contact us if you have any questions or comments.

Nat Wallen’s marketing campaign sells homes.

Thank You Charleston!

Read More

"I did not know there was a contest, so when Charleston City Paper readers voted me as their favorite Realtor, it was really nice. Charleston is a beautiful place, but the people here are what make living here so great!" - Nat Wallen

The Carolina One™ Sign

Read More

Every aspect of what makes a sale successful has been carefully dissected for your benefit. Even down to what colors are most memorable and recognizable together on the Carolina One Real Estate sign.

Drone Photography

Read More

Luxury properties and large tracts of land need to be viewed from a different perspective to attract a buyer. Standing out to buyers on the web is critical, and drones can make that happen in the right situation.

Luxury Portfolio Program

Read More

Carolina One sells more homes over $1,000,000 than any other company in Charleston. Our Luxury Portfolio Program includes high quality peripherals, professional photography and an international marketing reach including the Wall Street Journal, Luxuryhomes.com and our Luxury Homes magazine.

Coming Soon Program

Read More

With nearly 1000 agents, I will share your homes as a "coming soon" offering in our private Facebook group. Your home will be exposed to all of the buyers Carolina One agents are working with and will sell your home faster, and for more money... and this may even happen before it is placed on the market.

A Secure Lockbox

Read More

The latest technology is utilized to ensure your home is easily accessible and completely secure. You can rest assured that your home will only be accessed by licensed SC Realtors, on your time frame, and on your specific terms.

Showing Appointments

Read More

Handling the day-to-day showing appointments is an integral part of the sales process. Nat is able to efficiently arrange showings designed to follow the guidelines that you determine.

High-Quality Photography

Read More

Quality photography plays an important role in attracting a buyer for your home. By taking the time to determine the best angle, time of day and what photos to include in your marketing campaign, Nat’s photography speaks volumes.

A Professional Description

Read More

Careful attention to details will ensure your home is described and presented in the best light possible. By describing your home accurately and positively, Nat will work with YOU as the seller to craft the best feature and benefit list possible.

Carolina One™ Marketing

Read More

Your home sale will benefit with the Carolina One team at work. Through a variety of different mediums, the fully staffed marketing department works to expose your home to all buyers coming into the Charleston area.

The Caravan Tour

Read More

Nat Wallen will arrange a Carolina One agent tour of your home. Agents will become familiar with what your home offers by seeing it in person, and can share this information with their clients. In addition, agent feedback provides insightful opinions on the asking price and what will aid in the process.

The “Now Showing” System

Read More

Using Carolina One’s exclusive “Now Showing System,” Nat will proactively contact agents currently looking for a home like yours. This proprietary software system will locate agents currently working with buyers that fit the price range and area for your home.

Office Notifications

Read More

Carolina One has several offices in the Charleston area. With quality materials and a strong network of active Realtors selling homes each day in your neighborhood, your home sale will benefit with the strength of Carolina One’s agents working together.

Free Home Warranty

Read More

An American Home Shield home warranty will be placed on your property at no cost to you. This coverage is provided to you while your home is listed with Nat Wallen of Carolina One Real Estate.

Multiple Listing Service

Read More

Nat Wallen takes great care to provide an engaging description and high-quality photography to share your home’s features with all Charleston area buyers.

Buyer E-mail Notifications

Read More

With Nat’s knowledge of how to push the MLS features to their full capabilities, each day as buyers come into the market looking for a home like yours, they will receive an e-mail from their agent letting them know it is for sale and ready to be shown.

CarolinaOne.com

Read More

With over 80,000 visitors each month, Carolina One’s professional website allows your home’s quality photos, detailed description and availability to be shared with incoming buyers to the area on a local, national and global scale.

Relocation Notifications

Read More

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World will be notified of your home’s availability for sale. Composed of 550 firms, 4,600 offices and 140,000 sales associates in over 30 countries, this group of successful real estate agencies send referrals daily.

Mass Realtor Syndication

Read More

NatWallen.com is a heavily used Charleston real estate website. In addition to reaching hundreds of buyers visiting each day, your home will be syndicated to over 3,000 Realtor websites.

Multiple Websites

Read More

Your property will be listed on NatWallen.com, CarolinaOne.com, Google, CLRSearch.com, Trulia.com, Realtor.com, HomeFinder.com, FrontDoor.com, HGTV.com, SouthCarolina.com, Overstock.com. Yahoo.com, Fizber.com, Charleston.com, Vast.com, Hotpads.com, AOL.com, etc.

Social Networking

Read More

Your home will be shared through various social networking portals. Nat controls several Facebook pages and groups. Your property will be shared on pages like “Charleston, SC” - “Fans of Charleston” - “Fans of MUSC” - “Mt. Pleasant SC”- “The Nat Wallen Team” - ”Nat Wallen Real Estate” and “The Best of Charleston.”


Sell your home with the market leader.