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Phyllis Lerner, a Westchester NY REA, has assembled a great list of projects that should be done to prepare your house for today's real estate market. Most importantly, she has included not only estimated costs for each project, but projected ROIs too! These tasks and their costs are investments in getting your property sold quickly! These figures are all comparable to what we can expect in Connecticut as well. One caveat: Re: #3: Hire a professional Home Stager who can review your home with an objective eye. Via Phyllis Lerner, Realtor - Broker / Owner - Westchester County NY (William Raveis Legends Realty (5 comments)
RESA's Pieces? Kudos to my husband, Mike, who is often fodder for blog posts: "Hi Honey, What's For Dinner?", for this suggestion! "Hey, Honey, where are you going?" I was leaving for yet another Monday night meeting of the new RESA Connecticut chapter. I explained what RESA (the Real Estate Staging Association) is, and why it was important to start a Connecticut chapter. He asked if we served RESA's Pieces. I haven't attended the RESA conferences, so I don't know if this has been done, BUT - what a cute idea! I couldn't find a resource for custom Reeses Pieces, (17 comments)
Need Custom Drapery? Quick Staging Tip From Connecticut Home Stager! - 06/29/11 04:49 PM
Need Custom Drapery? Quick Staging Tip From Connecticut Home Stager! Earlier, I provided a Quick Tip to update a funky sofa. Here's how to get some quick drapery. You can make it. First of all, when it comes to Home Staging, not every window needs to be "dressed". However, there are some cases where the addition of a tall flight of fabric adds softness, sound control, and an "architectural" element. I generally prefer using a simple pair of drapery panels, hung on a metal rod that coordinates with the other finishes in the room. They should be hung as high and wide as (10 comments)
Is Your House Easy To Do Business With? - 06/27/11 10:32 AM
Is Your House Easy To Do Business With? Inspired by J. Philip Faranda's post, Buyers Draw Conclusions About How Sellers Live, I thought about the buyer/seller relationship in a different light: It's a business relationship. They are usually strangers, involved in a business transaction. After the seller finds a house that suits their needs, and may even have fallen in love with, the business side of real estate takes over. Price and contractual negotiations ensue. That said, who do you like to do business with? I like to do business with people who: * I like * Are well-prepared * Are experts (11 comments)
Stage This Room: Connecticut Living Room - 06/26/11 06:11 PM
Stage This Room: Connecticut Living Room Come Stage with me! Stagers: What would you put in YOUR Staging Consultation report? REAs: How would you advise YOUR clients to prepare this room for sale? This sunken Living Room is in an immaculate, spacious home with many Asian collectibles. It is open to the large foyer and Dining Room.
Here are some of my recommendations: Paint over the faux wall treatment with a soft butter color. Remove the valances and keep the long drapery panels - instant update! Pack up the collectibles, including the "altar" in the corner and small table (12 comments)
Living In The 80s? Quick Staging Tip From Connecticut Home Stager! - 06/26/11 02:14 PM
Living In The 80s? Quick Staging Tip From Connecticut Home Stager! Are you living in the 80s? Are you sporting legwarmers and/or leggings? Does your wardrobe consist of bright colors and pleated pants? Do you have the Jersey-girl-hair-sprayed-straight-up bangs? Did "Flashdance" really say it all? When you think of your upholstery, does the word "marshmallow" come to mind? Do you have a large, puffy black leather sofa? Are your casegoods white lacquer with shiny brass trim in a vaguely Art Deco style? Are your colors mauve, grey and pale green? Congratulations, you're living in the 80s! As a Home Stager, I guide (22 comments)
Connecticut Home Staging Stories: The Neighborhood Alarm Sounded! - 06/25/11 03:01 PM
Connecticut Home Staging Stories: The Neighborhood Alarm Sounded! At the first sighting, the neighborhood alarm went off! (No, it's not a mountain lion!) As the landscaping truck, trailer and attendant equipment pulled around the corner and parked in front of the house across the street, the neighbors were alerted: "It's here - I can't believe it, but they're cutting the lawn!" "WOW! I'll bring the lawn chairs!" "Great - we've got the cooler, ice and beer!" "See you there!"
Keep a clean yard for your neighbors' sake! No kidding - this takes place a few times during the grass-mowing season (7 comments)
Home Staging Tips From A Showhouse - Part 5! - 06/14/11 11:17 AM
Home Staging Tips From A Showhouse - Part 5! ...and they just keep coming! We toured the gorgeous Designer Showhouse of Westchester last week. This second annual event was located in Bedford Corners, NY, and benefits Cerebral Palsy of Westchester. In Part 1, recurring motifs and traffic patterns were covered. In Part 2, we looked at built-ins. Part 3 demonstrated working with a monochromatic palette. Sources of inspiration were addressed in Part 4. Part 5: Arranging a long, narrow room. Chris Gulotta and George Snead of The Wakefield Design Group designed a clever layout for the upstairs den that makes excellent use of (21 comments)
If you're getting ready to put your Connecticut house on the market, you've probably read recent newspaper articles about confusing statistics regarding the local housing market. One says the average time on market is 110 days. That's the average. Want to be above average and sell your property quickly? Listen to your agent and price the house right. Hire a professional Home Stager to prepare it for your target buyer. Read this excellent article by Sharon Tara. (Edit: I've turned off comments here, so please go to her post and comment there!) Via Sharon Tara New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara (2 comments)
Home Staging Tips From A Showhouse - Part 4! - 06/13/11 12:39 PM
Home Staging Tips From A Showhouse - Part 4! We toured the gorgeous Designer Showhouse of Westchester last week. This second annual event was located in Bedford Corners, NY, and benefits Cerebral Palsy of Westchester. In Part 1, recurring motifs and traffic patterns were covered. In Part 2, we looked at built-ins. Part 3 demonstrated working with a monochromatic palette. Part 4: Inspiration: Where does it come from? How can I get it? When it comes to Home Staging, the best inspiration can come from the house itself. Specific architectural details, period details and styles, and the neighboring area can all provide starting points. (16 comments)
Home Staging Tips From A Showhouse - Part 3! - 06/12/11 11:41 AM
Home Staging Tips From A Showhouse - Part 3! We toured the gorgeous Designer Showhouse of Westchester last week. This second annual event was located in Bedford Corners, NY, and benefits Cerebral Palsy of Westchester. In Part 1, recurring motifs and traffic patterns were covered. In Part 2, we looked at built-ins. Part 3 uses a blue-and-white bedroom designed by Catherine Cleare (Westport, CT) to illustrate working with a monochromatic palette. Monochromatic color schemes call for differences in pattern scale and texture...and one surprise element!
The Ikat pattern on the walls is NOT wallpaper! It's all hand-painted...probably with a stencil as a (17 comments)
Home Staging Tips From A Showhouse - Part 2! - 06/11/11 11:10 AM
Home Staging Tips From A Showhouse - Part 2! We toured the gorgeous Designer Showhouse of Westchester earlier this week. This second annual event was located in Bedford Corners, NY, and benefits Cerebral Palsy of Westchester. In Part 1, recurring motifs and traffic patterns were covered. In Part 2, we'll look at built-ins. Whether you're Staging to Live or Staging to Sell, people love built-ins! Bookcases, cabinets, or any combination thereof, buyers love them! If your house is on the market, a professional Stager will usually advise you to edit the contents; pare down the books, remove the photos, and pack (15 comments)
Home Staging Tips From A Showhouse - Part 1! - 06/10/11 12:13 PM
Home Staging Tips From A Showhouse - Part 1! The RESA-CT group (and honored guest, Debbie Gartner) had a fun field trip to the Designer Showhouse of Westchester. This second annual event was located in Bedford Corners, NY, and benefits Cerebral Palsy of Westchester. Designer Showhouses are generally known for over-the-top, fantasy rooms settings. Shocking! Unlivable! Purple! However, there are certain elements you can take away and use in your own home, whether you're Staging to Live or Staging to Sell! Repeating elements, or motifs, is one way to subtly tie a room together. Carey Karlan of Last Detail (Darien & Stamford, CT) (12 comments)
Target Marketing: Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone? - 06/09/11 05:16 PM
Target Marketing: Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone? The condominium complex is located in a coastal Fairfield County, Connecticut, community, with views of Long Island Sound. It provides excellent access to major highways and mass transit, and is well within commutation distance to New York City. The name of the complex is certainly evocative: "Seaview Village"! Nestings Home Staging was invited to design the model home, and I met with the builders to discuss their budget, time-line, and their target buyer. After all, one doesn't just "build it and they will come". They did their homework before making a serious financial investment. They (20 comments)
She stands about ten feet high, seemingly hovering with impossible height. Like a tall column, yet made of only gossamer fabric, she seems resolute. The wind and dappled shadows create ever-changing textures that play across her figure as she stands still for all time. Or does she? This street artist, evoking a ghostly Japanese woman from the past, makes minute movements that, over time, amount to a grand gesture before embarking on another. If you only spend a minute watching her, you won't notice her moving. But spend some time, and you will watch the slowest Kabuki performance (8 comments)
When You "Can't" (Meaning "Don't) Stage First: Connecticut Home Staging Stories - 06/02/11 04:11 PM
When You "Can't" Don't Stage First: Connecticut Home Staging Stories When you don't Stage your home first, before listing, you miss a huge selling opportunity! A lovely young couple contacted me about Staging their Connecticut condo. It was vacant, and they'd been doing a lot of work to get it ready for the market. I referred them to my favorite painter, and gave them the name of a REA who specializes in their area. They thought they'd list the condo for $250,000, and I gave them a Staging Proposal for $6,330. This included rental furniture, accessories, Staging services, delivery/pick-up and taxes. (19 comments)
HELP! Contemporary Fairfield County CT House Needs Your Help! - 06/01/11 07:07 AM
HELP! Contemporary Fairfield County CT House Needs Your Help! Nestings Home Staging has done the preliminary consultation for this wonderful family home deep in the Connecticut woods. While the sellers are busy painting, replacing light fixtures, packing, and moving furniture, I'm fine-tuning a few things for the final Staging. And we need your Staging help! The primary living space is one big open area, fabulous for entertaining, comprising the living and dining rooms as well as this sunroom:
I need suggestions for this "L"-shaped, low brick "planter", which separates the dining room and sunroom areas:
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