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home staging: The Power of Sharing - Beyond Networking - 11/08/12 12:14 PM
I attended an awesome three day training session last week in Colorado Springs; STAGE 2012. There were around 50 to 60 Property Designers and Home Stagers in attendance. Unfortunately about a 1/3 more were unable to attend due to Hurricane Sandi. The training was great. There was a ton of good information on how to prepare homes to sell quickly and on how to market your Home Staging Business; so much so that I was on overload! Karen Schaefer always goes above and beyond when she does her training classes. However, I got so much more out of it than just training. Being (4 comments)
Homeowners often think about sprucing up the inside of their home when preparing to sell but sometimes ignore the outside. That’s a big mistake! Since the exterior of the home is the first thing potential buyers see it can set the tone for how they perceive the entire home. According to the National Association of Realtors, 63 percent of home-buyers will drop by after viewing a home they like online. Here are some tips to help your home stand out.
Park Your Car in the Garage, not in the driveway. Parking in the drive detracts from the (4 comments)
We just recently finished staging a new duplex. It is a "scrape" in a nice older neighborhood. The homes is a manufactured or prefabricated home. It was manufactured in Minnesota and then shipped to the build site as a set of "boxes". The "boxes" were then unloaded and reassembled. It's just amazing! Everything in the home was already there. The flooring, the cabinetry, plumbing, etc. The place looks great and it's perfect for those up and coming 30 somethings looking for their first or even second home. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, a full basement and a great roof (6 comments)
home staging: Help, I Just Stepped Out of My Comfort Zone! (AND You Can Too) - 09/22/11 02:39 PM
We have begun work on the little bank owned property we recently purchased. The poor thing was Stuck In the Eighties! Including 80's carpet, 80's paint and 80's cork and mirror walls (all appliances were missing but I'm pretty sure they would have been eighties too). We gutted everything. Unfortunately, the wall with the cork and mirrors didn't fare so well and we had to remove and replace the drywall. The wall turned out mostly OK, but there were a couple of lines where the drywall met that we didn't get quite right. So rather than having to redo it, I decided to (4 comments)
home staging: FINALLY, the Bank responded! Now the fun stuff starts. - 08/13/11 11:16 PM
It's been quite a roller coaster ride with the bank owned property we have been trying to purchase. We had the winning bid, so we had the inspection and radon testing completed. Ouch! The radon level AVERAGED 19.5 (safe level is below 4), the furnace was shot - wouldn't even turn on and the roof had hail damage. Obviously these were issues that were not obvious when we did our walk through for our initial bid. So, we went back to the bank and said - Whoa! We need to renegotiate or we'll have to bail. Well you would have thought (4 comments)
home staging: After the Inspection - Ka Ching$, Ka Ching$, can we renegotiate the price on this bank owned property? - 07/09/11 01:31 PM
We just had the home inspection, sewer scope and radon test performed on the bank-owned property we bid on. There were a few unpleasant surprises but not as many as there could have been. Is that a good thing? The sewer scope came out clean. No problems. The radon testing on the other hand, not so good. The average reading was a whopping 19! OUCH. So, add radon mitigation to the cost of fix up. The inspection was a mix of good and bad. Absolutely no structural damage, which is great in an area known for bentonite. The plumbing is good, (1 comments)
home staging: I am Blown Away by the Information I have Garnered in the APSD Home Stager Training! - 06/20/11 04:24 PM
I have been in business as a Professional Home Stager for a couple of years now. I initially took a Home Staging course and was certified & accredited by a home staging & training company in Canada. Boy do I wish I had found APSD first! I decided to take the course to become a Professional APSD Home Staging Trainer and in doing so I needed to take the initial Home Staging Certification training they have. I have gotten so much more out of this training it is unbelievable. The other company taught me nothing about marketing. I have had to (3 comments)
home staging: Just Had Another One of my Staged Properties Sell in 7 Days! - 06/18/11 02:12 PM
Just got a call from an investor whose property I just staged. He is very excited, as am I, that the property sold in just 7 days. (Average days on the market here is around 128!!). He is now ready to work on the next fix-n-flip and, guess what?, he'll be using my services again. Here are a couple of before and after pictures:
Want to get your property sold in 30 days or less? Give us a call TODAY at Colorado Premier Staging, llc. Teri Clardy, PMP &APSD Certified Home Stager Colorado Premier Staging, LLC303email@example.com (8 comments)
home staging: A GLUTTEN FOR PUNISHMENT OR JUST PLAIN CRAZY? - 03/06/11 10:10 PM
<!--StartFragment--> A GLUTTON FOR PUNISHMENT OR JUST PLAIN CRAZY? <!--StartFragment--> In the summer of 2010, my husband and I prepared (painting, repairs, staging) and sold our home in Littleton, CO, where I own a Home Staging business. We then moved into my Mother’s home, and prepared it for sale (painting, doing repairs and --- staging). It is currently under contract. <!--EndFragment--> It has long been a dream of ours to live 6 months in Colorado and 6 months in the south to get away from the cold and snowy winters. Additionally, my husband is an avid fisherman and wants to fish (7 comments)
home staging: Pay Attention to Color - 09/29/10 11:30 AM
I lover color! Color is a powerful decorating tool for creating mood and for unifying disparate materials and styles. Colors work to trigger different parts of our brain and stimulate various types of thinking and behavior. Amazingly, people universally respond the same to different colors. Therefore, color has a role in how we respond to a home or to an individual room. When preparing a home for sale, color can be the added factor that gives the home the wow factor you're looking for. There are no hard and fast rules about color. You can use almost any color.... the secret is the intensity (4 comments)
home staging: SHOWCASE THE SPACE - 08/22/10 06:20 PM
One of the most important things you can do when preparing a home for sale is to ensure you give the home an open, spacious feel. This can sometimes be difficult because most of us have too much stuff! Now it's great to have those things you love and those you just can't live without when you are living in the home. It's not OK when you are selling the home. When a home is packed full of things that have accumulated over the years, it begins to appear and feel "small and cramped" to potential buyers. A general rule of (4 comments)
home staging: The #1 Thing To Remember When Preparing a Home for Sale is .....the Potential Buyers! - 05/25/10 01:02 PM
The one thing that so many home sellers don't remember when preparing their home for sale is the Potential Buyer!! Do the tastes, styles and interests of buyers change? Are they geographically different? Are they different from neighborhood to neighborhood and home style to style? The answer is Yes, yes, yes!. In Every change made - in everything done, the question must be asked, "will your typical, or average, buyer be drawn to this?". BUT, to accurately answer that question, you must know who your typical buyer is. Statistics show that the average buyers today are young families in their mid thirties. (0 comments)
home staging: "The Home Sellers are Penny Wise and Pound Foolish" - 05/22/10 08:49 PM
"Penny Wise and Pound Foolish", that's what the realtor said about the Home Sellers. They are about to put an empty home on the market and their realtor told them it would help sell the home if they would have it professionally staged. So the realtor contacted several professional stagers, including myself, and asked for bids. After looking at the bids, the sellers determined the pricing was "just too much". I've yet to understand why home sellers don't trust the professional they hired to sell their home!! Of course if these home sellers were to look at the statistics they would see that (0 comments)
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