staging faqs: They Told Me To Remove All of My Furniture... - 09/03/17 12:56 PM
They Told Me To Remove All of My Furniture...
 
It happened again to my caller. They decided to list their home at the beginning of summer, with the hopes of being moved and settled by the beginning of the school year. They have already closed and moved into their new home.
 
Unfortunately, some well-meaning friends told the homeowners that they should remove everything, including their furniture because a vacant home would be easier to sell.
 
No one told them any different. The caller told me that no one had ever mentioned staging.
 
And, even though they’d moved, they did leave some items … (30 comments)

staging faqs: Staging FAQ’s-What is the Difference Between a Designed Home and a Staged Home? - 06/15/17 04:07 PM
 
Staging FAQ’s-What is the Difference Between a Designed Home and a Staged Home?
 
Many times I’ve been told that a client’s home didn’t need staging because the seller had employed a professional interior designer when they moved in.  In fact, an agent once told me that the client had spent quite a bit of money on the furnishings and no staging was necessary.
 
This is sometimes the case, however from my experience...not always.
You see, there is a blurred difference between interior design and home staging. Both involve some design basics, paint, accessories, other furnishings but there is still a difference.
 
They … (46 comments)

staging faqs: Staging FAQ’s-Is There Anything I Should Do Before My Staging Consultation? - 06/14/17 04:28 PM
 
Staging FAQ’s-Is There Anything I Should Do Before My Staging Consultation?
 
One of the questions I’m often asked by agents and sellers is what they should do before the consultation. If you stop to think about it, you’re about to allow a stranger into your home to possibly tell you things you may not want to hear.
You have every reason to want to know what to expect but also how you can make the most of your consultation.
 
 
8 Things to Do to Get the Most From Your Consultation...
 
 
 
1.Stop worrying
I’m there to help you get your home sold, not make any judgements! … (34 comments)

staging faqs: Staging FAQ’s-How Do I Stage the Bowling Alley Room? - 06/12/17 03:07 PM
 
Staging FAQ’s-How Do I Stage the Bowling Alley Room?
 
We see these rooms a lot in Palm Beach County, especially in condos and townhomes. In fact, you don’t have to be selling a home to ask this question.
 
Whether you’re selling your home or want to redesign the long narrow room that you have, there are some easy tips that can show the liveability of the space.
 
When buyers walk into a vacant home, it’s relatively easy to see what to do with the standard living room or family room.
However, when they open the door and think they’ve walked into a … (26 comments)

staging faqs: Staging FAQ’s-What Exactly Is Home Staging? - 06/05/17 02:54 PM
Staging FAQ’s-What Exactly Is Home Staging?
 
Even though I’ve been a Home Stager since 2007, I still meet many who either haven’t heard of it or aren’t quite sure what home staging is.
Actually, home staging should be called something other than this. A better name would be Home Styling or Home Marketing.
 
Home staging is making sure that the property
appeals to a broad range of the buying demographics.
It allows the buyer to see the property in the very best light and to see the possibilities of the space.
 
 
Home staging is a tool that can be used for occupied as well … (22 comments)

staging faqs: Staging FAQ’S- Will Staging Help This Outdated Home? - 06/01/17 03:18 PM
Staging FAQ’S- Will Staging Help This Outdated Home?
 
Staging is an excellent tool to use when you are preparing your home for sale, but it can’t work miracles.
 
Often, I am asked to stage a vacant home that should be selling but isn’t. The location isn’t the issue but the home needs some updating, needs work on the deck/pool area or needs a good landscaper.
 
 
My advice to the agents and their sellers is that before you invest $3500-4500+ to place furniture and accessories in a vacant property, you consider putting that money into areas that are even more important than the … (26 comments)

staging faqs: 8 Home Staging Tips While Selling During the Holiday Season… - 11/30/16 05:50 PM
How to decorate and live in your home when it’s for sale this holiday.

Holidays are special for all of us especially if you have young children at home.  If your home is for sale during the holidays it doesn’t mean that you have to forego all decorations.
 
In fact, creating that feeling of home can help your buyers picture themselves there. Let them see the possibilities of your home.

But…just like any time you are trying to sell your home, the key is to let them see the space.
 
Here are home staging tips for decorating for the holidays when your home … (43 comments)

staging faqs: Why Should I Stage My Home If It’s a Seller’s Market - 07/21/16 09:29 AM
Staging FAQ’s- Why do I need to stage my home when homes are selling?

This question came up just the other day in a call I received. Houses have been selling and that’s good news! My caller’s home had been on the market for a few months with very little activity.

A friend suggested getting it staged.  The caller said that she didn’t want to bring in furniture or knock down walls to sell her home.

And, for the most part, I agree with her.

However, I pointed out two things to her:
1.Staging isn’t just about moving stuff around or knocking out … (29 comments)

staging faqs: Can Any Priced Home Be Staged? - 06/22/16 09:33 AM
Staging FAQ’s-Can Any Priced Home Be Staged?
 
Have you ever wondered if staging is right for your home?  
We often are asked:
 
Isn’t staging just for luxury or higher end homes?
 
Many agents and sellers often assume that just because a home isn’t listed at $500,000+ or considered a luxury property, that it wouldn’t be worth staging.
 
The truth is that every home that is on the market, at any price point, can benefit from some amount of home staging.  

Staging isn’t just about bringing in furniture and accessories and making the home look like a model home.

~ It’s about helping the seller … (29 comments)

staging faqs: Staging FAQ’s-Will Staging My Home Get Me More Money for It? - 06/16/16 11:06 AM
Staging FAQ’s-Will Staging My Home Get Me More Money for It?

“Can you guarantee me that I’ll get more for my house if I stage it?”  This is a question that Home Stagers and Real Estate Agents are asked all of the time.

And, the truth is that I can’t guarantee that...no one can.

There are, however, 2 things to consider.
1.Over 90% of buyers begin their search for their new home online.  That means their first, and possibly only impression of your house will be how it looks on the MLS or other sites like this.
Your house will need to look just … (36 comments)

staging faqs: Staging FAQ’s- Should I Just Paint Everything White? - 05/11/16 09:21 AM
Don’t touch that paint brush...yet!

 
This is one of the top questions a seller will ask a Stager on a Staging Consultation... “Should I  paint all the walls white?”
 
 You see Staging Consultations aren’t just about moving furniture around or telling you what to get rid of.  Our Staging Consultations are like a blueprint or guide to getting your home in “Market Ready” condition.
 
Assisting you with paint choices is just one of the many services included.  
 
So.....what about the white?  When Stagers suggest a neutral palette it is not with the hope of selling white (or beige) paint.  
The purpose of … (38 comments)

staging faqs: Should I Stage My Vacant Property? - 02/23/16 06:56 AM
Should I Stage My Vacant Property?
 
Lately, we’re seeing properties that have been renovated by investors or owners who no longer want to keep the house as rental property.  To quickly recoup their investment, they are considering staging.
 
But what do you do? Bringing in furniture and accessories to stage a vacant home can be expensive.
 
Here are questions you need to ask yourself.

1. What is the condition of the property?
Why is this key?  If you have nothing in the rooms, then what the Buyer will see is the space.  They will also see any flaws as well.
You never want … (39 comments)

staging faqs: Staging FAQ's-Why Should I Remove All of My Personal Photos? - 05/30/15 01:58 AM
Staging FAQ’s- Why Should I Remove All of My Personal Photos?

Watch any of the cable shows or listen to a Home Stager, Real Estate Agent or a friend and one of the Top Three things you’ll hear them suggest to you (besides editing and painting) is to remove all of your personal photos.

I’ve heard people say to “depersonalize” your home, which always sounds cold to me.  Unless yours is a vacant home, or you’re a builder with a model home, buyers do know that a person or people live in the home.  

And, even builders have a few framed photos … (24 comments)

staging faqs: Staging FAQ's- What Does Staging Cost? - 05/25/15 11:21 AM
Staging FAQ’s- What Does Staging Cost?

(This post was inspired by a question asked by Tina Comstock in the Q&A section of ActiveRain)

After all of these years, Home Staging is still not quite understood.  One question that most everyone has is what does Staging cost.
Every Stager sets their own fees. Each property represents a different challenge, and there are many levels of staging.
 
Listed below are the most common staging services offered.
 
Staging Consultation   $150-200+ (approx)      
This is ideal for an occupied home where the sellers want to and have the ability to handle some DIY projects either on their own or with … (47 comments)

staging faqs: Staging FAQ's- What is Curb Appeal and What Can I Do? - 05/18/15 10:07 AM
Staging FAQ’s- What is Curb Appeal and What Can I Do?
 
If you’ve thought of selling your house then you’ve heard about staging your home, editing what you have, and making a good first impression.
 
This is all true!

And an important part of the first impression is your curb appeal, what the buyers see as they pull up to your house.

Sellers... buyers begin to make up their minds before they even set foot out of the car.  

They will ooh and ahh and their eyes will light up or they might consider asking their agent if they can just move on … (40 comments)

staging faqs: Staging FAQ's- How Can I Make My 50's Tile in My Bathroom Work? - 05/05/15 10:51 AM
Staging FAQ’s- How Can I Make My 50’s Tile in My Bathroom Work.
 
Preparing your home for sale doesn’t have to break your budget.   It’s true, bathrooms do count when buyers are viewing a property and often the 50’s tile just screams “DATED” to the buyer.   However, if your budget and time are limited, there are a few things you can do to help a buyer see this area as a possibility rather than crossing your house off their short list.

If you can’t remove it, then work with it by calling attention to other details.

1.Choose accessories that complement rather … (40 comments)

staging faqs: Staging FAQ's-Is There Anything I Need to Do Before the Home Stager Comes? - 02/25/15 09:18 AM
Staging FAQ’s- Is There Anything I Need to Do Before the Home Stager Comes?

It’s never easy having a stranger come into your home even if it is to help you sell your home.  Some of my sellers are a bit apprehensive before my Home Staging Consultation.
 
Primarily it’s because they don’t know what to expect.  Do they need to move everything out of the house first?
Am I going to arrive with a demolition crew and tear up their house?

And, if they are a fan of the staging shows on television, the ideas they have may be … (34 comments)

staging faqs: Staging FAQ's-Do I Have to Remove My Religious Symbols? - 02/10/15 10:15 AM
Staging FAQ’s- Do I Have to Remove My  Religious Symbols?

This question came up on my very first staging.  The seller had a beautiful home, but a very large religious display blocked a key selling point of one of her rooms.
My suggestion to her……. and keep in mind, my consultations are ALWAYS suggestions because I know very well that ultimately it is the seller's choice to make……..was to remove the items because they were hiding this key selling point.
 
It was not based on whether or not I thought someone might be offended because THAT is not … (38 comments)

staging faqs: Staging FAQ'S- What Should I Do Before I Decide to Stage My House? - 01/11/15 09:19 AM
Staging FAQ’s- What Should I Do Before I Decide to Stage My House?

If you are thinking of putting your house on the market, there are so many things to think about.  Getting it staged may be one of those items on your list.
 
This  buzzword has been around for years now and if you’ve watched the cable shows you may have some idea of what Home Staging is.
 
So, what do you do?  Do you call in a Stager?  Stage it yourself?  Ask your agent about staging?  Should you even bother?
 
Below are helpful tips … (21 comments)

staging faqs: Staging FAQ's-Why Do I Need a Consultation When I'm Selling a Vacant Home? - 01/07/15 09:16 AM
Staging FAQ’s-Why Do I Need a Consultation When I’m Selling a Vacant Home?

We often think of Home Staging Consultations for occupied homes but not necessarily for vacant homes.

However, I find that consultations for vacant homes are just as important.  Why is that?

First.. what is a Staging Consultation and what can I expect to learn from it?  

Basically, a consultation provides information about what you can do to improve the condition of your property so that it will appeal to buyers, as well as help get the best return on your investment.  (You see… it’s not just … (46 comments)

 
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