home staging tips: What Can I Do If I Can’t Stage My Vacant Home? - 06/21/17 03:26 PM
What Can I Do If I Can’t Stage My Vacant Home?
 
In a perfect world, all sellers would be able to stage their vacant property. But, as you know, that’s not always the case.
Your budget or schedule may not allow for it. If there is no stager nearby, you may not have the resources for this.
 
So...what can you do?
 
No faux or half-way measures.
Leaving a sofa in a room is not staging, nor is placing a card table with chairs in the dining room. If anything, they are a distraction.
I’ve been in vacant homes where the sellers left an odd table … (43 comments)

home staging tips: How to Maintain Your Curb Appeal in Palm Beach County’s Hot Summer - 06/20/17 03:09 PM
 
How to Maintain Your Curb Appeal in Palm Beach County’s Hot Summer
 
If your home will be on the market during Palm Beach County’s hot and humid summers, then you’ll want to make sure that your plants and flowers will be able stand up to the task.
 
As you know, your curb appeal...how your property looks to your prospective buyers as they drive up...is as important as what they see when they walk into your home.
 
Check your irrigation system.
Most homes have sprinkler systems that help keep our lawns and plants watered but we’ve all experienced the unintended gusher that comes with the … (11 comments)

home staging tips: Agents- 6 Reasons Why You Might Consider Home Staging. - 06/19/17 01:11 PM
 
Agents- 6 Reasons Why You Might Consider Home Staging.
 
Thankfully, many agents embrace the concept of home staging. Yet, I still meet some who aren’t quite sure if staging will work for their area.

Some want to wait, along with their sellers, to see what happens. And some only think staging is for vacant homes or homes of a certain list price.
 
But think about this...being the agent in your area who insists that their listings meet a certain showing standard can work in your favor.
 
6 Reasons why you might want to consider staging your listings!

Staging...
1.Can help to get your listing sold in … (20 comments)

home staging tips: Home Staging Tips- It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect! - 06/18/17 01:21 PM
Home Staging Tips- It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect!
 
In an HGTV world, all homes on the market would look as if they stepped out of Home & Garden magazine.
 
However, it isn’t and we all know buyers buy homes in various ranges of perfection or near perfection.
 
One of my favorite consultations actually had one home and two clients!
 
Client A had just been transferred and needed to sell his home. That meant working and commuting to his new job until he could get settled, mom trying to pack the house, take care of young children and help with the search for … (33 comments)

home staging tips: 4 Staging Myths - 06/17/17 12:39 PM
 
Staging Myths
 
When I’m marketing my home staging business, whether it’s in social media, print media, or in person, I always include information about what home staging is, and what it isn’t.
 
During the consultation, I also find it helpful to dispel some of the myths that surround staging.
 
Here are but a few staging myths...
 
1.  You can hide flooring flaws with throw rugs.
Sellers have asked me if they can keep their little throw rugs to cover up cracked tile or carpet stains.
Not possible.  Throw rugs will (1) eat up space, and (2) call attention to what you’re trying … (22 comments)

home staging tips: Your Furniture Actually IS Important When Selling Your Home. - 06/13/17 03:46 PM
 
Your Furniture Actually IS Important When Selling Your Home.

One of the things I tell clients during a home staging consultation is that your potential buyers are buying your space and the possibilities your home has to offer, not your things.
 
However…
The furniture you have, or don’t have, in your home can impact your sale.
 
 
Here are 5 ways your sale might be affected.
 
1.SIZE
No one loves becoming engulfed in a large overstuffed chair more than I do but that same chair is also eating up square footage. Unless you have a right-sized room for it, it is best to store those pieces … (30 comments)

home staging tips: So, What Am I Supposed to Do With Everything You Told Me to Move? - 06/11/17 03:17 PM
 
So, What Am I Supposed to Do With Everything You Told Me to Move?
 
One of the questions I can always count on at a staging consultation is...Ok, so what am I supposed to do with everything?
 
And, I get it. Having moved at least 8 times myself, it’s a question that I’ve asked myself!

When you’re preparing your home for sale, one of the first things you’ll want to do is edit what you have so that potential buyers will be able to see your space.
Remember...it’s your space you’re selling
...not your things.
 
The first step is to go through every room, closet, … (30 comments)

home staging tips: It may be a sellers market but buyers still want what they want… - 06/11/17 08:43 AM
... and they want it now.
 
Inventory may be low and it is a seller’s market but buyers still want what they want. And, what they usually want is a home that is move-in ready.

Ask your agent. Ask someone who just bought a home.
If what you want is top dollar for your home, then you need to make sure that your home shows it.
 
If you don’t want to feel as if your new day job is making sure that your home looks like a model home every day, then you will want to make sure that your home is … (15 comments)

home staging tips: 3 Reasons Why You Don’t Want to Wait to Stage Your Home. - 06/08/17 03:34 PM
3 Reasons Why You Don’t Want to Wait to Stage Your Home.
 
If you’re planning on putting your home on the market, you’ve no doubt been told that you have to get it staged! And, by that I’m specifically speaking about preparing it so that any potential buyers will be able to see the value in it...repairs, updates, cleaning, painting, editing and more!
 
However, I’ve met many sellers who told me they were going to wait...to see how it goes...before doing anything.
 
Here are 3 reasons why you don’t want to wait to stage your home!
 
1.Buyers can’t buy what they won’t see.
The vast … (29 comments)

home staging tips: Home Staging Tips-Is Your Home in the Doghouse? - 06/06/17 11:48 AM
Home Staging Tips-Is Your Home in the Doghouse?
 
Most of us are dog and cat lovers, but you won’t know if your buyers are. They could also have pet allergies or someone who is afraid of them. If they have very young children, the dogs or cats could become an unwanted distraction.
 
 
When you’re preparing your home for sale, don’t overlook those other residents of your household...your pets!
 
 
Follow these 6 tips when you are preparing your home for sale.
 
1.Borrow a good sniffer!
We all become immune to the scents of our home and you may not realize that your home has Eau de … (28 comments)

home staging tips: What You Need to Know When Staging Your Waterfront Home in Palm Beach County. - 06/04/17 04:29 PM
What You Need to Know When Staging Your Waterfront Home in Palm Beach County.
 
Selling your home in Palm Beach County is very much like selling it anywhere else. You’ll want to edit what you have to show the space, make sure it’s white glove clean, and make any repairs and updates you can.
 
However, if you live in one of the many and much-desired waterfront homes in Palm Beach County, you’ll want to take a few extra steps to maximize that investment you made when you purchased your home.
 
Five Tips to Help You Prepare Your Waterfront Home for Sale:
 
1.Salt air Abuse
If … (21 comments)

home staging tips: Like People, Homes Need Personality Too! - 06/03/17 05:26 PM
Like People, Homes Need Personality Too!
 
Buying a home is an emotional experience. So it stands to reason that besides space, location, condition, and the right price, homes need to have a personality.
 
What’s that you say? Houses are inanimate!
Well, of course, they are, but our homes do speak to us. Think of the feeling you get when you walk into your home after a long trip or a day at work.
You’re happy to be home and you’re in your safe haven.
 
Buyers need to feel that this could be their next home.
Call me crazy but whenever I’ve been a … (12 comments)

home staging tips: 8 Things You Can Do to Increase Your Backyard’s Appeal - 05/10/17 04:38 PM
Here Are 8 Things You Can Do to Help Your Backyard Appeal to Buyers.
 
Lately, many of my calls from investors have asked if I could supply patio furniture for their properties. They understand the importance of the back patio area to potential buyers.
Once they’ve gone to all of the effort to rehab a property, they don’t want to forget that area that so many buyers are looking for...the backyard oasis/extra living area that our Florida weather offers.
 
But what can you do if your home is on the market? You may not have it in your budget to buy all … (67 comments)

home staging tips: Selling or Staying...April 29 is the Day to Clean the Air - 04/27/17 03:35 PM
Selling or Staying...April 29 is the Day to Clean the Air
 
When I read that Saturday, April 29 is Sense of Smell Day, my head and nose immediately turned to one of the biggest things that could derail the sale of a home.
 
Ask any agent and this one issue- odors in your home- is a quick turn-off for buyers.
Even if you aren’t planning on selling, you owe it to yourself and your guests to have a home that smells fresh and clean.

You can search the internet and there are dozens of ways to help combat odor. Here are just a few, … (29 comments)

home staging tips: Home Staging...It’s Not Just for Selling Your Home! - 04/26/17 04:26 PM
Home Staging...It’s Not Just for Selling Your Home!

Home Staging has grown incredibly since I began my work in 2007.  Most of my work then involved educating the public (agents as well as home sellers) as to what home staging is.
 
And, while Stagers continue to help sellers prepare their home for sale to maximize their investment in the property, there are other times when we are asked to help.
 
Helping a buyer decide if the home will work with what they have.

A few years ago a buyer’s agent asked me to help her out-of-town client who loved a home but … (35 comments)

home staging tips: Home Staging Tips- 7 Tips Before You Head North for the Summer - 04/20/17 05:39 PM
Home Staging Tips- 7 Tips Before You Head North for the Summer

If your home will be on the market while you are up north for the summer there are 7 things you need to do to make sure your home will be sold.  These same things hold true even if you’re just going away for a summer vacation.

Even if you will be gone, it is important that you continue to make the presentation of your property of utmost importance.
 
7 Things You Need to Do Before You Leave Your Property…
 
1.Keep the Air Conditioner on and relatively low!
Saving pennies on your utility … (28 comments)

home staging tips: Home Staging Tips for Flippers...Don’t Wait to Contact a Stager. - 04/16/17 04:28 PM
Home Staging Tips for Flippers...Don’t Wait to Contact a Stager.

This sounds self-serving coming from a Home Stager, but it really is in your best interest to contact a Home Stager early in your process.
 
Just this week an investor called and needed his property staged.  They had just completed work on a 5500 square foot home and were under the gun to get the home sold.  
 
No problem...we can help!
 
Or rather, we could have helped had he given us more time.
 
The investor needed it staged in 3 days because he’d already scheduled a large open house.
 
Why do we need more lead … (28 comments)

home staging tips: Home Staging...Are There Two Living Rooms? - 04/09/17 03:27 PM
Are There Two Living Rooms?
 
Several years ago I staged a beautiful home in a desirable community.
The listing photos did not show a vacant home but rather they showed the home with the owner’s furnishings.  And, what was there did not show the home in its best light.
 
 
The home was now vacant as the family had moved out of state to start their new life.  After sitting on the market the family decided to have the home staged.

We staged every room in the home, which was a first for Room Service!Home Staging.  After I took the “After” photos, … (59 comments)

home staging tips: Do You Know What the Keywords Of Your Home Are? - 03/22/17 04:24 PM
Do You Know What the Keywords Of Your Home Are?
Bloggers, advertisers, and others involved in digital marketing know what keywords are.  They  “facilitate an online search for information.”  They are sometimes called tags.
 
But let’s face it, we all assign keywords or tags to all sorts of things in our lives.  It’s how we remember things.
 
What about your home?

 
If it’s for sale, you can bet that buyers and agents have given it keywords.  
When I was looking for my own home to purchase, I gave all sorts of keywords to houses to help me remember them.
 
For example, there was the…
~Shag? home
This … (70 comments)

home staging tips: Your Buyers May Be Like My Husband... - 03/11/17 11:29 AM
Your Buyers May Be Like My Husband...
 
When you’re preparing your home for sale, it’s important to remember that the majority of buyers need to see the possibilities.  If they’re anything like my husband, showing them pictures or asking them to visualize it in their heads just won’t work.

When we were looking for items for our home, it was like pulling teeth to convince him to order from a 2 dimension photograph of a sofa while looking at a swatch of fabric only a few inches wide.
 
Buyers of your home are no different.  
 
If you’re still thinking that you don’t need … (26 comments)

 
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