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I recently received this comment on my post "Don't Try Home Staging To Get Your House Sold": " Maybe I don't wanna live in a staged home unless they HAVE to to sell the home? If I have to stay there until this place is sold and it just doesn't feel like MINE anyone because half of my furniture and all of my personal items are in storage, I'd be VERY uncomfortable. " They would be VERY uncomfortable living in a house that doesn't feel like theirs anymore. Isn't the whole point of (89 comments)
How important is the appearance of your bathroom when it comes to selling your house? One of the most important rooms to prepare and present prior to listing your home for sale is the bathroom....especially the master bathroom. Ask any professional Home Stager and they will tell you that buyers want "move-in ready" condition. What they don't want is to remodel a bathroom. No other room in a house is more personal in nature. Logically, buyers know that sellers use the bathroom... but emotionally, they prefer not to be reminded (19 comments)
home stager nh: Staging Your New Hampshire Home Is Like Saying "Pick Me!" - 10/26/12 05:03 PM
Staging Your New Hampshire Home Is Like Saying "Pick Me!" Janice Ankrett, brilliant Ontario home stager, wrote this great post explaining how home staging sets you apart from the competition. A home staging consult will tell you everything you need to know to successfully prepare and present your home for market. Via Janice Ankrett Burlington Ontario Accredited Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging):
It doesn't matter what type of home you are selling. Whether a condo, townhouse, semi or single family home, you will be competing with other similar homes. You are basically out there yelling Pick ME! Pick (6 comments)
home stager nh: Don't Waste Your Time Trying To Stage Your New Hampshire Home - 06/24/12 06:20 AM
Don't Waste Your Time Trying To Stage Your New Hampshire Home There are some things that you just shouldn't try to do on your own. Home Staging is one of them. Watching HGTV "all the time" does not a home stager make. It's great to get ideas and inspiration from television shows for decorating, but when it comes to selling your most valuable asset....it's best to call in a professional. Janice Ankrett wrote a great post explaining exactly what a home stager does and why having one just makes cents! Via Janice Ankrett Burlington Ontario Accredited Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging): Many (12 comments)
Most of the New Hampshire sellers that call me for a home staging consult have no idea what to expect. Home Staging as portrayed on TV is not exactly true to life. A two hour consult involves a room-by-room walk through with suggestions on improving overall appearance and appeal. Whevever possible things are changed on the spot, but for the most part the sellers are left with a prioritized to-do list to complete on their own. Most clients expect a complete makeover and although their home will look completely (18 comments)
It's the call all professional home stagers want to receive... the call saying the house they just worked on has received multiple offers in the first week. Another quick sale for Rye, New Hampshire Realtor John Rice of Tate & Foss!! I'm happy to say that John suggests a Home Staging Consult to all his new listings. This particular seller was easy to work with, and followed every suggestion to guarantee their house was show ready. The area needing the most attention was the dining room, the first room buyers saw (19 comments)
home stager nh: You Are Not Selling A House, You Are Selling A Future - 07/19/10 08:59 PM
Here is something important to consider if you are planning to list your New Hamphsire house for sale. You are not just selling a house, you are selling a future. Each time you show your house to potential buyers, you are showing them a glimpse of their possible future.
BEFORE you list your house - consider this question: What future does your house offer?
BEFORE you list your house - identify the areas where a grim future is predicted for buyers and then change the future!
Example 1 Upon entering your house, the first thing buyers see is a coat rack overflowing with (56 comments)
home stager nh: The Smartest Way To Sell Your House? Do Your HomeWork - 07/09/10 02:52 PM
The smartest way to sell your house is to do your HomeWork. There is so much complaining about the market - the state of real estate...doom and gloom and falling prices. What's a seller to do? I'll tell you what not to do...don't fall prey to the headlines. Many sellers in New Hampshire are doing just that. One after another they are becoming "price reduced" statistics. If you want your house to sell, take control and take action - Do Your HomeWork! Strategically marketed products sell... Those in tune with today's market know that the key to the sale is preparation.
Do your homework and find out what houses comparable to yours have sold for recently. (25 comments)
home stager nh: Sometimes "Vacant" Is Better Than The Alternative - 04/02/10 04:32 PM
Although it is true that listing a house vacant is not the best way to go, sometimes vacant is better than the alternative. Home staging is not always about bringing furniture in. Sometimes it is more about taking stuff out. I recently did a home staging consultation where this was the case. What makes this job especially interesting is that the house has a large in-law apartment. The seller's parents had been living there and "hoarding" was an issue. The seller was concerned that the apartment's condition would be a problem and consulted with the Realtor she planned to list with.
The realtor said "it's not the main house - it's extra space, and it (42 comments)
home stager nh: New Hampshire Home Stager Reveals Secrets To Selling - Tip #7 Transform With Paint - 08/25/09 05:20 PM
New Hampshire Home Stager reveals secrets to selling. The biggest bang for your buck, by far, is using paint to improve your home's appearance. Paint will make a room cleaner, fresher, brighter, and more stylish. It gives buyers the impression that the house has been well maintained and cared for. It makes your home more competitive with new construction. Paint can be used to help minimize negative features and to help showcase positive features. It can be used to create a flow throughout the house and to create a lasting positive impression. Many people have trouble choosing paint colors or are afraid of making the (24 comments)
home stager nh: New Hampshire Home Stager Reveals Secrets To Selling - Tip #6 Don't Underestimate The Bathroom - 08/23/09 03:37 PM
New Hampshire Home Stager reveals secrets to selling. One big mistake many sellers make is underestimating the importance of preparing their bathrooms for sale. I recently did a staging consult for a seller who responded "it's the bathroom, it's supposed to have toothbrushes in it" when I told him to remove his toothbrush from the counter. There is no room in the house more personal than the bathroom, and it is the last place buyers want to be reminded that you live there. As buyers, we know other people are living in the house and obviously use the bathrooms, but emotionally, we (19 comments)
home stager nh: New Hampshire Home Stager Reveals Secrets To Selling - Tip #5 Maintenance Means Money - 08/21/09 09:43 AM
New Hampshire Home Stager reveals secrets to selling. The visual appearance of a home prompts potential buyers more than any other factor. Once they step inside, buyers decide within the first ten seconds whether they want to buy your home. They should be greeted with a spotless, move-in ready home, which gives the appearance of being well maintained and cared for. Clean or freshly painted walls, spotless or new carpeting are a must. Hardwood floors must be in excellent condition. Floor tile should be a light neutral color, with clean grout lines. If you currently have your house on the market or are planning on selling (19 comments)
home stager nh: New Hampshire Home Stager Reveals Secrets To Selling - Tip #4 Define Space & Function - 08/19/09 11:00 AM
New Hampshire Home Stager reveals secrets to selling. Did you know that only 10% of buyers can actually visualize a room any other way than how you show it to them. It is very important, when preparing a house for sale, to clearly define the space and function of each room. Don't expect potential buyers to try and figure out how to better arrange the furniture because your furniture is not working in the room. If you currently have your house on the market or are planning on selling your house in the near future, then this seven-part series was written (18 comments)
home stager nh: New Hampshire Home Stager Reveals Secrets To Selling - Tip #3 Pre-Pack Your Stuff - 08/17/09 05:46 PM
New Hampshire Home Stager reveals secrets to selling. I understand that dealing with years of accumulation can be overwhelming for you. But, think about how overwhelming it is for potential buyers to have to look past all your stuff. You at least have a sentimental attachment to the stuff. If you want buyers to consider making your house their new home, you need to remove all evidence of you and your family. If you currently have your house on the market or are planning on selling your house in the near future, then this seven-part series was written for you. Previous Tips: Tip #1 Update (20 comments)
home stager nh: New Hampshire Home Stager Reveals Secrets To Selling - Tip #2 Identify Red Flags - 08/15/09 04:37 PM
New Hampshire Home Stager reveals secrets to selling. If you currently have your house on the market or are planning on selling your house in the near future, then this seven-part series was written for you. If you missed it, Tip #1 was Update Lighting Fixtures Tip #2 Identify Red Flags Do you know what a "red flag" is? A signal of danger or a problem can be referred to as a red flag. In real estate, a red flag is something that gives potential buyers the impression that there is an existing problem, was a problem in the past, or could be a problem (25 comments)
home stager nh: New Hampshire Home Stager Reveals Secrets To Selling - Tip #1 Update Lighting Fixtures - 08/13/09 06:34 PM
New Hampshire Home Stager reveals secrets to selling. Secrets to selling your house? Can there be any secrets left? It seems with all the home staging information out there and so many home staging shows popular on HGTV, all the secrets must be told by now. And yet...take a look through your local MLS and see the pictures that people are using to represent their "product for sale." Home staging is still a fairly new concept in New Hampshire and most other parts of the country, and it is obvious that the secrets are not all out of the bag just yet. Over the (26 comments)
home stager nh: What Does Home Staging Cost In Portsmouth New Hampshire? - 07/26/09 10:52 PM
What does home staging cost in Portsmouth New Hampshire? For many New Hampshire sellers the concept of home staging remains a fairly new concept, even though it has become very common in other parts of the country. Even with all the television shows and media attention, there is still alot of misunderstanding when it comes to the subject. Many sellers are under great financial stress and truly believe they can't afford this service. Home staging in New Hampshire is often perceived as expensive, and unfortunately, by some realtors, as unnecessary. In many cases, the perceived definition of home staging is the problem. The most common representation of home staging involves a total (8 comments)
home stager nh: You Think You Were Overwhelmed Before Meeting The Stager? - 05/15/09 04:33 PM
Most sellers have no idea what to expect from a home staging consult. They certainly don't expect the condition of the house to be worse off after the staging. When I leave a seller's house, after a home staging consultation, the condition of the house is usually much worse off than when I arrived. When I walk out the door, I leave the seller armed with a to-do list and piles of items to be dealt with. Pictures are removed from walls and knick knacks are removed from shelves and furniture is pushed into the foyer to be donated or sent (26 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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