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We hear similar stories repeated in different ways from our clients; At first, they look forward to stolen weekend's to golf & relax in the desert - they gradually discover they're crafting ways to spend more time here until it becomes clear, life just doesn't get any better than this."

Once that realization hit's, the process of change begins... We know what an extraordinary commodity your home is - buying or selling a home can be one of the most important decisions you will make and having the right team on your side will make the difference.

We specialize in homes throughout the Palm Springs Valley including Palm Desert Real Estate & Homes, Indian Wells Real Estate & Homes, La Quinta Real Estate & Homes, Rancho Mirage Real Estate & Homes, Palm Springs Real Estate & Homes& Indio Hills Real Estate & Homes. Whether you want to buy or sell an estate, lock & leave property with income potential, a resort property, land to build your dream home, or a property located in a country club or golf community we know the desert and are here to help. Our motto, If its important to you, it's important to us, guides us as we help our clients buy or sell a home in the desert.

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4 Common Staging Mistakes Homeowners Make

Staged Living and DinigIn a competitive Buyer’s market like we’re in today, home staging is more important than ever.  Successfully staging a home can make the difference between one that moves quickly for the right price, versus one that languishes on the market unsold.

Here are 4 common mistakes you should avoid.

1.) Misunderstanding what home staging can do. Home staging techniques should never be thought of as clever cover-ups for poor maintenance, structural problems or mechanical issues. Tackle any repairs and improvements before staging. All light bulbs working with high wattage bulbs, no holes in the walls, scuffed base boards painted.  The house should be in excellent repair and condition before anyone comes into the home for staging.

2.) Getting too personal with staging. Don’t make the mistake thinking any home staging strategies will adhere to your own personal decorating style. The reason for staging in the first place is to create a neutral canvas on which a wide range of buyers can visualize themselves and their lives. Over dramatic faux finishes, wallpaper, unusual color schemes all have to go as do family photo collections and other personal mementos.

3.) Forgetting to stage storage. Potential buyers will open every cupboard and inspect each floorboard when they tour a property. Thoroughly clean and declutter every corner of your home. Including the garage and hall closet you’ve been ignoring.  It’s all critical to the buyers impression; if it appears you’re bursting at the seams with stuff – the buyer will believe there’s not enough room for their stuff either.

4.) Being clear with buyers about what’s staging and what isn’t. Most home shoppers are savvy enough to know that staging is simply window dressing for their benefit. But there will always be those who fall in love with the furniture and expect it to be in place once they have the key in hand.

Tom Kraeutler is a home improvement expert for AOL Real Estate and host of The Money Pit, radio program. “To avoid headaches at closing, make sure you’re clear up front about what, if any, furnishings and accessories will be remaining in the house. Typically all permanently installed fixtures and features are part of the deal when a buyer purchases a property, but unless exceptions are spelled out in the purchase contract, all portable furnishings and accessories will be moving out with the seller.”

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  • Cathi & Ben Walter
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  • 44530 San Pablo, Suite 101
  • Palm Desert, CA 92260
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