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If you have only a few hundred dollars to spend on styling and staging your home -- or your client's properties if you're an agent -- for photos and greater appeal to buyers who see it in-person, "speed" staging is a great solution. For speed staging, I PREFER to:* do an initial 1-2 hour walk-thr...
Do you know the difference between a "good" and "bad" home staging? Many people do not, and they end up wasting money on poorly done stagings that fail to achieve the desired goal of maximizing their home's value and offers.Here are some common mistakes that diminish the quality of the staging or...
I know it's been said on Active Rain before -- even by me years ago -- but after going through an open house at my neighbor's this weekend, I was shocked to see how many of these "showing rules"  -- well known in the staging world at least -- were broken: 1) Don't show houses in the dark! Open bl...
This newly-remodeled home in New Jersey received multiple offers and went to contract just 10 days after staging!       Newly rehabbed 3/4 bedroom home on dead-end street         7 Norwood Terrace, North Arlington , NJ 07031 View Map             Beautiful inside and out! Newly remodeled 1800 sq. ...
After staging this mid-$600,000 3rd floor "railroad" walk-up in Park Slope, Brooklyn to suit a -- clearly! -- young demographic who could handle all those steps every day, the condo went to contract one day after the open house and less than a week after staging! Since the 2nd bedroom was quite s...
I know it's been said before, but after a couple of my recent experiences being shown rental apartments in Brooklyn, NY, for my 22 year old son who graduates college in a couple of weeks, I think it bears repeating to offer tips on showing houses or apartments, for sale OR rent.Whether you're a r...
When buyers encounter strangely-shaped or unusually-sized rooms, they often can't figure out how to use or furnish those spaces. Staging overcomes those objections. Here are some examples of problem rooms that staging provided solutions to:  Long "bowling alley" spaces:   Sloped bedroom ceilings:...
According to the National Association of Realtors, 96% of realtors believe a staging "sometimes or usually has a (positive) effect on a buyer's view of a home" with that percentage almost evenly split between the two categories of "usually" or "sometimes." At around $200-250 for 2 hours, a home s...
          I just worked my first trade booth ever --  for the NJ Chapter of RESA, the Real Estate Staging Association, at the TriplePlay Real Estate Convention in Atlantic City, NJ last week.  Since I don’t like being pushy or direct selling, even though I totally believe in the benefits of my NJ...
Step 1 in a re-decorating project of an English Tudor-style family room has been completed. The owner wasn't happy with the dark red walls that made the dark-beamed ceiling seem lower and the room darker. So we chose gold-colored grasscloth to lighten and brighten this room, and here are the resu...

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