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Have you ever gone to visit your very good friend, who keeps a doggone spiffy house and realized she has this crazy, mucky, dusty place all around her baroque bathroom mirror? "How could she miss that?" you wonder. It could be she has spent hours and hours cleaning this very bathroom and simply didn't see what was right in front of her face, or in this case right behind her face. (You know how confusing mirrors are.)
Then, of course, the truth is, we do become habituated to our own surroundings. When you decide the time has come to sell your (16 comments)
How many different players can there be on this Home Staging Team? It appears the list is lengthy. This week I saw early on a theme developing and it was – It Takes a Team!
Here are some of the players I identified:
Investors Home Owners PhotographersReal Estate Agents or BrokersStaging OrganizationsTV ReportersContractors/BuildersMomsStagers Helping Other Stagers Partnerships Getting Together Sharing Tips Online So here is how you get to play the game. To find out which posts I think represent these different players move your mouse so your cursor hovers above a (44 comments)
Did you know that even if you have a perfect allotment of self-esteem it is possible that your for-sale house is in need of a bit of remedial self-esteem adjustment?
Some low self-esteem houses are those which are empty, vacant and expressionless. Another type of low self-esteem house is the one which is untidy, over-crowded and muddled.
Homes with an exaggerated sense of self-esteem are often endowed with multiple collections or too much furniture or may have walls covered with any variety of wall covering or even several commitment-colors.*
Yes, in an effort to gain the attention of the crowd I recently asked my daughter if she would be willing to take off her shirt in front of a few people gathered for the MLS breakfast for our local NAR affiliate, PAAR. Being the kind, loving daughter that she is, as well as being the office manager for our business, she not only agreed but also offered to take off a few other items of clothing as well.
Because this is a family site I’m afraid there will be no photos of the event. Sorry (88 comments)
This morning I came across this lovely blog written by a dear Mom who is certainly feeling part of the pressure involved in actually getting a home sold. Her post is written with such heart it certainly pulls all your emotions into it.
While she doesn’t understand all aspects of home staging she does perhaps give a picture that many potential home staging clients may have in their own minds. She identifies the process of home staging as being a “sad” undertaking. Possibly she is fully into her own sad feelings of leaving a home which has so many of (70 comments)
FIRE – Many people who are or want to become home stagers have fire as a part of their makeup. Some of the words we use to describe this element in ourselves are excitement, zeal, delight, enthusiasm and passion. We know how to place objects in ways which delight the eye and we are passionate about it. We understand how to bring order out of chaos and are delighted with the results. We’ve learned how to pleasure the senses in a number of ways and we do it with enthusiasm. We can rid a home of bad odors. We understand the (30 comments)
Perhaps you’ve noticed all the possibilities proscribed by Home Staging practitioners. Perfectly pampered properties are perpetually perceived as particularly proper places to purchase. Perchance you’ve seen the problem paralleled with the non-prepared place of abode as paramount to persistently punching passing phantoms.
If you have plied through this far you may have perceived that I planned to produce a paper prominently featuring the pleasant letter “P” and its powerful prominence in the property presentation field of home staging.
Ponder: Properties properly priced, proudly promoted and prepared to perfection are the (15 comments)
Because there aren’t enough days in the week for our team to stage every home in our market we are only interested in working with those folks who have a strong desire or need to move upward or onward.
At first glance it would seem that the owners of all homes on the market would meet that criteria but the answer is – not really.
Here are some of the folks who don’t meet the conditions to be a good candidate to become a home staging client:
Someone who is SO in love with his or her present home that (30 comments)
Before I was old enough to read I had a few playing cards in my hands. Besides cards our house was always stocked with dominos, dice, and board games. My brother and I were introduced at an early age to both The Book of Hoyle and a Dictionary.
While we didn’t play “a game” every day it was a sure bet that “some game” would be played at least once a week. We played Pinochle, 42, Parcheesi, (6 comments)
Bonus Because I strive to give more than I promise I used the same premise when providing the information in this series of Home Staging articles. Rather than the five promised parts in the Anatomy of Home Staging a Guest Room I’ve given a sixth part. In this part I would like to show you the bonus achieved in the guest room staging.
The bonus for this Guest Room Home Staging was the added Staging of the Closet.
When the closet doors are opened for inspection the viewer will find the simple theme has been carried into the closet. The (5 comments)
The Art of Art Placement In the first four parts of this series we have covered paint colors and painting tips; window treatments; lighting fixture updates and furniture placement. With this article the point of attention will be the placement of art and accessories – The Art of Art Placement. Early on in the home staging process some decisions were made concerning color and texture. Paint, fabric, lighting surfaces and furniture features were all chosen to move toward a theme. If this case our theme was Sleek and Still Soothing. One way we achieved the Sleek (20 comments)
A number of years ago my husband and I spent the night in a beautiful hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. We wanted to find a certain type of store (OK, we wanted to know how to get to a particular Antique Store.) so we asked the young girl behind the counter as we checked out to tell us how to get from the motel to the store. Among her directions was the one to turn left on Deeyi. Since the name seemed so unfamiliar to us we asked her to repeat the name of that particular street 3 separate times. Each (24 comments)
Part III Lighting the Way So far in our trip through the Anatomy of Staging a Guest Room we have covered the ceiling, walls and trim with paint. We have also covered the windows with practical and dramatic window treatments. Now we will be peeking at inexpensive ways to deal with lighting fixtures. But before we go on we will have to let you in on the secret of the budget for the pre-staging investment – all of our suggestions would have to come in at less than $200. You remember, we have used $110 for window treatments, $47 for paint and $5 (18 comments)
Starting With the Bare Walls The entire process of Home Staging is a matter of discovering facts and making economical as well as sensory decisions based on those facts. With that in mind we are going to walk through the anatomy of Staging a Guest Room. There are many things to be considered when preparing a home (or in this case a guest room) for today’s real estate market. A home stager will typically need to know in what condition the property is in general, what budget the client has set and who will most (6 comments)
home staging: 7 Little Known Secrets of Home Stagers - 10/27/07 12:59 AM
Want to know some of the factors home stagers use when preparing a home for sale? Then you have come to the right place. Check out these thoughts, ideas and tools used by home stagers on a regular basis. 7 Little Known Secrets of Home Stagers:
1. An inexpensive (read cheap) dry paint brush is a great tool to use to clean the tracks of those pesky, sliding metal windows.
2. White is not a neutral color when it is on walls. Some colors which work well are beige, tan, grey, or even a creamy coffee color.
3. Baking cookies for an (24 comments)
home staging: Five Ways To Use A Rubber Band - 10/26/07 01:05 AM
OK, I admit I'm feeling a little light hearted. Our daughter was married this past weekend. We had a wonderful time at the wedding and for all appearances the happy couple are still enjoying being married. One of the things that happened during the "dress the bride" portion of the "getting ready for the wedding" last hours was the discovery that the bouquets were held together by rubber bands. Being the Mom of the Bride didn't stop me from also being a home stager who is simply ALWAYS thinking about the business of home staging. After admiring the lovely flowers and discovering (41 comments)
home staging: Getting the Word Out -- Part III - 10/07/07 10:43 AM
Taking Making Time to Network – Part III Step three – how to use the time wisely. In Part I of this series we talked about what types of networking opportunities there are. In Part II the focus was becoming involved in the networking groups of choice. So now you have joined a few different types of networking groups. You have even volunteered to serve the members of the group as well as your community at large. Now what? How do you get the most out of giving your time to these groups? After all, your time is valuable. What is the (14 comments)
home staging: Getting the Word Out -- Part I - 10/04/07 03:05 PM
Taking Making Time to Network One of the first things one notices when deciding to make a career of Home Staging is that the entire industry is in its infancy. Many Home Staging businesses are also in the start up phase. With that in mind it occurred to me that Home Stagers therefore must find ways to not only connect with our potential clients but also to educate them concerning the benefits we bring to the table.
The way we can do that is to network. As a matter of fact we may want to make the word “Network” a (21 comments)
home staging: Home Staging With Class - 09/11/07 09:08 AM
In Northern Arizona there is a way to become more informed about preparing a home for resale. Are you a home owner who is thinking of putting your home on the market? Do you already have your home on the market? Are you a real estate professional who would like to understand more about how home staging fits into the marketing package?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions you will interested in attending the class at Yavapai College beginning on September 21 titled Sell This House: Staging for Owners and Real Estate Agents.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.