home staging tips: How to Prepare Your Home for Our Snowbird Buyers. - 10/18/17 05:21 PM
How to Prepare Your Home for Our Snowbird Buyers.
 
Inventory is still tight but if you plan on selling your house, you still need to make sure that it is market-ready and that the condition warrants the asking price!
Some of the buyers are snowbirds-those who have their primary residence up north and hope to enjoy the warmth of our winters here in Palm Beach County during the winter months.

Here are 6 tips to help prepare your home for your snowbird buyers.
 
1.Think like a snowbird
Don’t think of your home as your house that you’ve loved and lived in for … (42 comments)

home staging tips: Don’t Scare Away Your Buyers This Halloween! - 10/05/17 03:18 PM
Don’t Scare Away Your Buyers This Halloween!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Just this week as I was leaving our neighborhood, I saw that many of my neighbors had already put out their spider webs, witches hats, pumpkins, and mummies.
 
But, what if your house is for sale?

The same principles of staging apply, even during a holiday season.
Keep it Simple
Keep it Clean
Let the Buyer See the Space
 
 
1. Just because you have it doesn’t mean you have to use it.
Through the years we tend to collect decorations for all of our holidays. We begin with one faux pumpkin one year … (19 comments)

home staging tips: Curb Appeal After Hurricane IRMA - 09/18/17 05:21 PM
Curb Appeal After Hurricane IRMA
 
We’ve been walking in our neighborhood and driving through others to witness the damage caused by Hurricane IRMA. And while we’ve seen very little structural damage, what we saw was toppled or split trees and palm fronds and leaves everywhere.
 
If your house is currently on the market or even if not, now is the time to address your curb appeal for now and down the road.
 
First- if you haven’t yet, photograph your house inside and out to show any damages to it.
 
If your house is on the market, contact your agent if you … (35 comments)

home staging tips: Preparing your house for sale-How to make it easy! - 08/24/17 08:11 PM
Preparing your house for sale-How to make it easy!
 
It’s stressful selling your house!  Agents, home inspections, painting, cleaning, not to mention buying a new home and getting ready for the home you’re moving to.
 
And then that annoying cable show is telling you that you have to stage your house too! Knock down this wall, remove the cabinets, replace the countertops.
 
Well yes, all of the updates would have been nice but sometimes it just doesn’t fit into the budget or timetable.
 
Let me give you the one thing you can do (well there are many but this one is important) that … (49 comments)

home staging tips: How Are You Greeting Your Buyers? - 08/17/17 04:04 PM
How Are You Greeting Your Buyers?
 
How often have you heard that you only get one chance to make a good first impression? Yes, it’s become a bit overused but it’s because it’s true.

When you decide to sell your home, it’s important to remember that first impressions do count.
The first impression usually begins with what they see on the internet- via an MLS feed or an agent’s website.
 
And buyers aren’t the only ones your house needs to impress. Agents are looking as well. They don’t want to waste their buyer’s time so they will scrutinize what they see before … (57 comments)

home staging tips: Well Yes...Every House for Sale is Worthy of Staging. - 08/09/17 02:50 PM
Well Yes...Every House for Sale is Worthy of Staging.

Home stagers are accustomed to hearing an agent or seller say that the home is only worth $x.00 dollars and probably not worth staging.

That’s a bit like saying you saw a $20 bill on the sidewalk but it wasn’t worth picking up.
 
No one wants to throw money away, but that’s what you’re doing if you don’t make every attempt to get your house in the best condition you can before you sell it.
 
I have consulted on a home that at best was going to list under $80,000, a condo that … (49 comments)

home staging tips: You Still Have Time- 5 Things You Can Do Now To Prepare Your Home For Sale - 08/06/17 04:26 PM
You Still Have Time- 5 Things You Can Do Now To Prepare Your Home For Sale
 
It may be only August but the Snowbirds will be heading back in just a few months. If you even think you might want to sell your home, here are 5 things you can do now to get the jump on the season.
 
1.Make an honest assessment of the condition of your house.
You’ve been looking at your house every day for years now. You probably walk by items that need addressing every day but you never even notice.
Trust me, though, your buyers will.
Look at the … (29 comments)

home staging tips: Rightsizing Storage Tips - 07/27/17 04:33 PM
 
Rightsizing Storage Tips
 
For many of us, when it comes to moving into a smaller home - or as others have called it-rightsizing-the hardest thing we face is where to put everything.
Even though we’ve (hopefully) divested ourselves of what we no longer use or need, there are still items we need and want around us.
 
Here are a few tips for creating storage and space for your treasures:
 
Use Dual Purpose Furniture
Today’s benches and cubes can be used to:
Seat extra guests
Double as a cocktail table
Store extra items such as throws, pillows, games, books.
 
 
Large baskets and fun boxes
You know those cute covered boxes … (38 comments)

home staging tips: Neutral Doesn't Have to Be Bland... - 07/19/17 09:45 AM
Neutral Doesn’t Have to Be Boring...
 
At a recent consultation, my client was apprehensive about staging her house. She’d been told that she would have to neutralize everything and wasn’t sure she wanted her house to end up looking bland.  

I totally understand her apprehension because we tend to think of neutral as bland. And as we know...bland does nothing to evoke any kind of emotion.
And when selling your house,  you WANT your buyers to get a good feeling about your house...to feel the same thing you feel when you come home from a hard day at work or after being … (44 comments)

home staging tips: Just Like Us, Our Homes Have to Stay in Good Shape - 07/12/17 03:27 PM
Just Like Us, Our Homes Have to Stay in Good Shape.

Over the many years I’ve been helping people prepare their home for sale, one of the hardest things to tackle is getting the home in shape after years of unintentional neglect.
 
It can be overwhelming when your agent or stager gives you a suggested list of updates and repairs.
 
Houses are just like us...it takes work to keep them in shape.

Whether you’re planning on selling your house soon or down the road, there are key things you can do to keep your house in good shape.
 
Assess your kitchen
This is the … (32 comments)

home staging tips: Sellers-A Handy Checklist Before Your Buyers Show Up! - 07/06/17 02:05 PM
 
Sellers-A Handy Checklist Before Your Buyers Show Up!
 
You’ve prepared your house for sale and now the moment has come.  You’ve been notified that there is a scheduled showing! Yea...buyers are coming but don’t leave the house just yet!
 
This is important because you want to maximize every showing that your house will have. Remember, there are no second chances.
 
Even with a nightly routine of making sure your house will be ready for buyers, there are always last minute items that need to be done.
Having a check-list can help take the panic out of getting everything ready.
 
Kitchen
_Clear dishes from sink … (38 comments)

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 … (47 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 … (23 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 … (33 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, … (31 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)

 
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