Setting the Stage for an Easy Sell…

Setting the Stage: Expert Tips on Getting your House SOLD!

Ready, Set, Sold!! Can it really happen that quickly? I had a chance to sit down with one of Fairfield County’s leading brokers to dish on decorating and its impact on home sales.  Nancy Rawls Dauk, a long standing Darien resident considered one of the top brokers nationwide by Unique Homes Magazine and Who’s Who in Real Estate in North America, shed light on the subject of staging from several different vantage points. Whether you are a buyer or seller, passion for property translates into successful tips of the trade.


Dauk warns that if your walls could talk, then you may potentially loose the interest of a buyer. Too many personal objects on the walls can be distracting and lead buyers astray into a world of who,what, where while looking at your memorabilia rather then looking at the bones of your home. For successful staging reduce what you have on your walls dramatically and create meaningful focal points, like fireplace walls and transitional walls that lead from one room seamlessly into another. It is also a good time to look at the state of your walls. “It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do for a room – or a new soothing color such as a creamy beige or sandy tan,” said Dauk. It is also a relatively inexpensive way to renew your space.


A neutral palette is ideal for selling your home.  Neutral colors have a soothing effect on buyers and help to camouflage furnishings that might otherwise stand out as dated, oversized, highly personal or stylized. When the furnishings disappear in the space, it opens up the space and allows buyers to see their own furniture in the space. Neutral tones and carefully edited furniture arrangements work hand-in-hand. Leave only the bare essentials in the room.  There should be enough seating in a living space for six, a sizable bed in each bedroom that fits the space but isn’t over powering. Too much bed and the room could look cramped. Exchanging a King for a Queen can trick the eye and open up a floor plan.  Add fresh white linens to compliment a neutral palette and translate as crisp, clean and luxurious.


Once you successful sell you are one step closer to moving into your next space. Whether its growing needs of your family or a downsize, Dauk suggests taking some time to write your wish list. Imagine the next place you see yourself and create a prioritized list. Sometimes it is possible to have it all and sometimes one compromise can turn out to be the first step in the best decision of your life. Use open dialogue with your broker to ensure your needs are met. It can be difficult and exhausting to house hunt with a net cast too wide. Narrowing down specifics needs to create a clear concrete path to your next front door!


Nancy Rawls Dauk
Exec. Vice President
Halstead Property
Connecticut, LLC
671 Boston Post Road
Darien, CT 06820
Tel: (203) 656-6501


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