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)

staging faqs: Staging FAQ's- When to Keep and When to Remove All of the Furniture. - 09/21/14 06:06 AM
Staging FAQ’s- When to Keep and When to Remove All of the Furniture.

This is a question that real estate agents and home stagers are often asked.   Is it better to keep some or all of the furniture in the house when you are selling it, or just move everything out?  

For some sellers,who may have already moved to their new home, this often a dilemma.
What is the answer?  Some may say that having nothing in the house allows the buyer to see what is really there and not focus on someone else’s decorating choices.

Others would … (26 comments)

staging faqs: Staging FAQ's- 5 Tips to take Your House from Nice to Wow in Palm Beach County. - 08/25/14 11:34 AM
Staging FAQ’s- 5 Tips to Take Your House from Nice to Wow in Palm Beach County.

Earlier this year I was contacted by sellers whose house had been on the market for 5 months.  They had found their new home and now the push was really on to sell their current home.

They called Room Service! Home Staging to see what they might be missing.

On first glance this house was nice… very clean… good curb appeal and well edited.  So what were they missing?   
Often, it’s the little things that you can do that can take … (31 comments)

staging faqs: Staging FAQ's-Can we leave our hurricane shutters up while we're out of town? - 06/23/14 08:40 PM
Staging FAQ’s  - Can we leave our hurricane shutters up while we’re out of town?
 
When I’m providing a Home Staging Consultation around hurricane season, this is a question that I get asked all of the time.  Hurricane season began June 1 and ends November 30, and yes, we’ve had hurricanes in the latter months. (Want hurricane tips?)

If you plan on being gone for any part of the season, it’s smart to think ahead.   However, your house will continue to be shown and you’ll want to take advantage of every viewing.  

Make sure your Buyers will still be … (41 comments)

staging faqs: Staging FAQ's- It's a Seller's Market! Why do I need to Stage my home? - 06/11/14 08:33 PM
Staging FAQ’s -It’s a Seller’s Market!  Why do I need to Stage my home?

If you are planning on selling your home then you may have been advised to stage your home.

  Since the market is supposed to be getting better for sellers, you may wonder why you should bother.  You have a great location and you and your agent have agreed on a market value list price.

     Good question!

First, staging is not just moving furniture around .   It is making sure the condition of the property is the best it can be and that buyers will be … (57 comments)

staging faqs: Staging FAQ's-What is the Minimum List Price of a Home You Stage? - 05/19/14 08:32 PM
Staging FAQ’s- What is the Minimum List Price of a Home You Stage?

When I’m speaking with agents or sellers, I am often asked what is the minimum list price or range of a home I will stage.  

And, I let them know that every house at any price point deserves to be shown in the very best condition.  

As a Stager, I have provided staging consultations and staging services for homes ranging from $80,ooo to $3,000.000+.

Really!!!

Whether or not we stage a house has nothing to do with the list price of a house.  There is NO … (49 comments)

staging faqs: Staging FAQ's: Does My Home Have to Be Perfect to Sell? - 04/21/14 09:10 PM
Staging FAQ’s: Does My Home Have to be Perfect to Sell It?

Often when I see Home Staging photos, the homes look like a model home.

Get real!  No one lives like that!

When I’m providing a staging consultation, I sense when the homeowner is concerned that they will have to turn their home into a “sterile model home.”

Home Staging isn’t about perfection!
 
Home Staging is all about :

1. Removing distractions and detractions
2. Presenting the house in the best possible condition
3. Showing the possibilities of the house to the buyer
4. Letting the Buyer feel … (55 comments)

 
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