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Redesign, Re-Do, Or Rearrange - A Two Hour Room Makeover - 02/22/10 01:38 PM
Home Staging is not just for sellers. Many homeowners are choosing Redesign (home staging for people who aren't selling, but want a new look) to refresh and update their homes. Home stagers transform and update using existing furnishings or they can advise on the purchase of new items. I recently received a call from a homeowner who needed help with furniture placement. The family room in her basement had become a real challenge and she had run out of ideas. It turned out to be a great example of how a two hour redesign consultation can help create a new look at very little cost. This homeowner (39 comments)
Relisting In The Spring? Are You Insane? - 02/16/10 02:16 PM
If you are one of the many sellers who took their house off the market this past winter with the intent to relist in the Spring, you are probably in the process of preparing to relist. Do you know what the problem was last winter so you can avoid repeating the same mistakes this spring? Many sellers take their house off the market blaming the time of year, the economy, the Realtor...when the real problem is the condition of their house. Learn from your experience of last winter and, this time around make some changes in your approach to selling. Sellers who change the season, get a new Realtor, and expect better results are going (14 comments)
This week I received a call from a seller asking if I could "Photoshop" a picture of the exterior of their home so that the grass showed. They wanted me to remove the snow and replace it with a green lawn. Several weeks ago I had a seller mention that she intended to Photoshop her photo to show green grass instead of snow. She also wanted to add a large pot of (32 comments)
Are You a Jammie Pants Home Seller? - 02/08/10 09:06 AM
Mary Douglas, Colorado Realtor, has a very humorous approach to helping sellers understand the importance of proper home preparation. Dressing for success is not just for professionals, it also applies to your house for sale.
Via Mary Douglas, REALTOR ®, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty): I'll admit I love my flannel jammie pants, they are very comfy; but when I'm going out, they certainly stay at home and I am dressed. Yesterday, when I went grocery shopping, I was amazed at how many people wear their flannel jammie pants to the store! There were jammie pants people in the (25 comments)
Via Deena Cottingham, Home Stager & Photographer (GreenApple Staging & Images, Calgary Staging & Photography): When I do Pre-Market Consultations as a Home Stager, I often see -- and smell -- a variety of scented products throughout the home. There's the plug-in variety, the spray variety, the stash-in-a-corner-and-please-absorb-the-smell-in-here variety. I often ask about their presence . . . is there an issue in this room? Are you worried about an odor problem? Most home owners (8 comments)
An Idea For Sellers Who Must Have A TV In The Master Bedroom - 02/04/10 03:18 PM
It's probably the most popular challenge I come across as a home stager - Sellers who refuse to remove the TV from the master bedroom. Ask any stager and they will tell you that the master bedroom should be a retreat, a relaxing spa-like room. The kitchen and the master suite are the two most important rooms when it comes to preparing a house for sale. These are the two money rooms...the make-or-break-the-deal rooms. And yet...time and time again home stagers are faced with sellers who are not willing to give up their TV in order to make their bedroom more attractive and appealing to (25 comments)
Via Cathy Brosius, Home Staging, St. Louis region (Arranged Smartly LLC): You've decided to put your house on the market and you're planning to do so in a month or two. Now you must decide how to prepare your home for sale. To make that task easier, here are six ways to begin the home staging process now. 1. Decide what needs to go Check each room and remove furniture and accessories that are not necessary, are visually distracting or block the (11 comments)
Warning: Your Home Staging Consultation Could Get Physical - 02/02/10 12:00 PM
Most sellers who hire a professional home stager for a marketing consultation don't have prior experience with staging. They usually expect the home stager to walk through the house, creating a list of improvements to be made in order to make their house more appealing to buyers. What the sellers usually don't expect is for the consultation to get physical.
Warning: Your Home Staging Consultation Could Get Physical!
This is when the real fun begins - when furniture gets moved and pictures come off the walls and accessories are traded from one room to another. For those who aren't expecting it and have never experienced (20 comments)
Author Bio: Sharon Tara is a professional Home Stager serving the greater Seacoast New Hampshire area. Sharon specializes in owner-occupied home staging consults to help sellers prepare and present their home for sale.
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