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The purchase of your long-dreamed-of second home at Lake Oconee is just the first step. Staging your new lake house, and making it your own, is the second step. Home staging is not just to prepare a house to sell, it is also useful to help personalize that new home after the purchase. Staging a new home does not have to be a very expensive project, or require a decorator’s help to execute . This is your chance to get away from the antiques and formal window treatments that may define your primary home in the city, and set your more relaxed and creative self free. I have collected some staging ideas from my readings, and from my experience viewing homes in the Lake Oconee area. Following are some ideas that may help the new owner to make that lake home a cozy get-away place.
Let the View be the Focus
Let the beautiful Lake or Woods view be visible the minute one walks in the door. Don’t let heavy window treatments or furniture block the eye from seeing the view to the outdoors . If the home you have bought has heavy draperies, take them down and let the light flow in! Don’t let large furniture block the eye from seeing that lake or wooded beauty. The outdoors should be the focal point for this room.
Use Neutral Colors
Neutral colors provide a soothing background, and also promote the view to the outdoors. The current popular hues for lakeside decor are the blues and the grays. These colors also extend the idea of water to the interior, and allow inhabitants to really relax. Let the accessories provide a few pops of color in the decor.
Provide Large Dining Areas
As many Lake Oconee home owners often host friends or family in their homes, the trend is to create large indoor and/or outdoor eating areas. Instead of having a separate, formal dining room, provide a large informal table that can seat 12-16 people. The style of the table should be casual, one that accommodates even the youngest of guests. Outdoor cooking and eating are also popular on the Lake Oconee lakeside.
Use Plenty of Wood
To continue the relaxed, natural theme inside a home, Lake Oconee homeowners often make use of many design elements of wood. Wood can be used in beams, floors, mantles and cabinetry. More creative wood ideas are to create new wainscoting of bead board, put planks on the ceilings, or to buy rustic-styled furniture for the decor. If the home you buy already contains older dark wood paneling or cabinets, either paint them with a lighter color, or stain them with a translucent gray stain to let the texture and grain show.
Accent with Nautical Accessories
Nautical accessories are a fun and casual way to put accents in your Lake Oconee Home. Do remember, though, to not overdo it. Keep a look-out for used oars; they look good arranged over a bed, or propped up in a corner as pictured here. Other nautical accent features are ropes used as railing, or fishing gear such as nets or creels attached to the walls. Simple paintings of boats are effective to add to the theme.
One other often used idea at a Lake Oconee Home is to have a large “grandchild bedroom”. A large room filled with sets of bunk beds or single beds make children love to come visit the lake.
Make it easy on yourself, use popular catalogs and online shopping sites to order casual light fixtures and accessories.
Now is the time to buy a home in the Lake Oconee area, so you can create your own lakeside get-away. The prices are low, and so are the loan rates.
For more information about Homes for Sale in the Lake Oconee Area, call Suzie (706-347-1115) or Jim (706-453-6253) Through our Multiple Listing Service, we have the key to any home for sale.
RE/MAX Lake Oconee Agents Realty 706-454-7777
To Stage or not To Stage is a controversial question that sellers ask in the current real estate market at Lake Oconee. Many sellers resist changing any detail of their home as they get ready to list it for sale. I interpret this stubborn attitude as an emotional reluctance to let go of the private haven that they have created. The best analogy that I learned in my staging training is to compare selling a home to selling a car. What is the first thing you do in preparing to sell your car? You remove your parking, carpool, and bumper stickers, (even the rearview mirror tree-shaped deodorizers) and have the car detailed, inside and out! To get the best price for your car, you make your car appealing to the most buyers. Yet, many sellers balk at removing their beer mug or doll collection, and refuse to have the outside windows professionally cleaned.
Yes, when a home is perfectly staged, it seems impersonal and neutral, and is move-in ready.
Some motivating remarks I direct to the potential sellers are:
- “Just think, when you pack up your personal and collectible items, you are getting a head start on the inevitable chore of packing !”
- “The more unused items you donate or sell now, the less you will have to pay later to move or store them.”
- “You have to stop thinking of your home as your personal showplace, and think of it as a product you want to sell.”
- Clean your home thoroughly, inside and out.
- Complete all repairs and unfinished projects.
- Remove excess clutter and personal items that may distract buyers.
- Manicure the yard and outdoor areas
- Repaint neutral colors over “taste-specific” bright wall colors