April 23, 2016
We are busy prepping one of Maplewood’s historic Victorian style homes to put on the market in mid May. This home holds a lot of history since it was built in 1894; a time when architects in the US were re-producing popular English style homes for the modern family. The house was designed by Robert Shoppell’s firm in NYC and was featured in his 1897 catalog. He selected it from over 12,000 homes as a great example of affordable Victorian architectural style.
So there’s history, which is great, but getting it ready for today’s buyer is another case entirely. Buyers will appreciate the history and detail, but not if it means doing a lot of repairs. It will likely be the most transformative staging process I have ever been apart of. A loving family of 8, plus a dog, have lived here for 32 years. While the adult children have all moved on, their “stuff” remains in their respective bedrooms. In many cases the “empty nest” becomes a repository for everyone ‘s stuff in the family who don’t have their own space for it.
It makes the process of selling the house a whole lot more emotional and overwhelming than it has to be. Sifting through 32 years of stuff and deciding what should be tossed, donated, sold or stored is a time consuming task that typically takes my clients 3 weeks. See my guide for getting organized for this process. Right now there is a 30 yard dumpster and a “Pod” sitting in this homeowner’s driveway as they continue sorting and disposing.
De-cluttering is just the first step. Next comes getting the place spruced up. Wall -to-wall carpeting on the first floor was removed. Floral wallpaper throughout the living room, dining room, stairway and second floor hall has also been removed. Wood floors in the living and dining room will be repaired, sanded and stained. It’s going to be amazing.
Local stager, renown for her discriminating eye, Jamie Hoffman (973-943-9524) chose gorgeous paint colors, which are in the process of going on the walls. all of the carpeting has been removed and repairs are being made to the wood floors,. Once this is done, they will be sanded and stained. The last step will be arranging furniture, art and accessories. Can’t wait.
5/06/15 – We are Making Tremendous Progress
The 30 yard dumpster was filled to the brim and was replaced with another 15 yard dumpster, which is currently half empty. A tag sale, run by Kristen Cook Tyler of MT Estate and House Sales in South Orange tel. #(973) 865-1173, was brilliant at sorting, organizing and selling many items at the weekend tag sale she ran at the house.