home staging cincinnati: We staged our vacation cottage and now its for rent! - 12/18/12 11:51 AM
We have been working hard to create the perfect vacation get away in Union Pier Michigan.  This has been the perfect project for a stager and I really couldn't have done it without the help of fellow Active Rainer Maureen Culp.  Her expertise as a great Realtor and her resources as we prepared for the renovation were incredibly helpful.  The stagers at Design To Market  have been hard at work.  Visit the cottage website www.unionpiervacationrental.com for Bow Tie Cottage to see our project and to dream of a nice getaway only blocks from Lake Michigan!

 
 
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home staging cincinnati: Join Us at the Midwest Tech Fair August 24, 2012 - 04/19/12 01:43 PM

 
We at Design To Market Home Staging are pleased to announce our corporate sponsorship of the upcoming Midwest Tech Fair.    A panel of experts in real estate and technology will share tips and  insights into best practices and new technologies for Realtors.  As sponsors of this exciting event we hope to see you there!  To learn more about this incredible event visit the Midwest Tech Fair website.
Design To Market has been staging homes in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky since 2004. For more information about this project and our other Cincinnati home staging services please call us at 513-265-0952 or … (0 comments)

home staging cincinnati: Forgotten a Password Lately...Read This - 04/16/12 01:13 PM
I was in a technology tips sharing meeting today and was told about a fantastic tool.  If you are currently carrying around a notebook with passwords that you have recorded (not a good idea!) or if you are like me and have to get your passwords reset on a regular basis then read on.
RoboForm is a great tool that will store websites you visit that require log ins and will automate the sign in process.   Many in the group had been using this tool for years and strongly endorsed it as a great alternative to trying to remember.  Please … (7 comments)

home staging cincinnati: You MUST Buy This - 01/11/12 11:43 PM

If you work in the real estate industry you are most likely talking on your cell phone...alot! 
On a recent trip to Europe, I stopped in a real estate office and while it was interesting to see the listings and the office, the most interesting thing I saw was the Moshi!  This is a classic style handset that plugs into your cell phone.  There are a myriad of reasons to use this phone but for me I love the fact that it is easier to talk "hands free", and the added benefit that the controversial radiation is not near … (17 comments)

home staging cincinnati: Design To Market Featured in Cincinnati Enquirer for Green Initiatives - 01/08/12 09:04 AM
 
   
January 8, 2012- The Cincinnati Enquirer feature the attached article.  This article is an example of the way that with creative thinking we can add a responsible environmental approach to working with clients as they stage their homes.
For additioanl information on Design To Market Home Staging call Jo Potvin at 513-265-0952 or visit our Cincinnati Home Staging website.
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home staging cincinnati: Scandinavian Spaces Part 2 - 12/30/11 08:58 AM
These Scandinavians really have it figured out!  Beautiful old buildings, small spaces, and modern furnishings with the right proportions for the space available to them.  This is part 2 of a post I made after staying in an apartment in Stockholm titled Lessons Learned From a Swedish Apartment .  We have now moved into our Copenhagen apartment and I am pleased to see the same simple beauty paired with the attractiveness of the architecture.

Living room doubles as a study (behind sofa.)  2 Ikea pull out sofas endable a 1 bedroom apartment to sleep 4 with space to spare.

Apartment … (21 comments)

home staging cincinnati: Would You Stage This? - 10/24/11 11:05 AM

I don't know if this should be considered "stager humor" or just so fun and funky that it transcends the topic.  Living the life of a home stager in Cincinnati I find myself always tempted to consider "What would we do with this room to make it most sellable for our clients?"  Would we remove faux finishes, de-clutter, add a flat screen...?  No way!  We would just step back and enjoy it for what it is!
These funky photos are taken at the Parador Inn in Pittsburgh.  It's the perfect spot for easy access to the Andy Warhol Museum and a … (8 comments)

home staging cincinnati: Electronics Recycling Event - 10/14/11 12:33 AM

As Cincinnati Home Stagers we regularly see TV's, computers, old streos, and other electronic equipment that needs to be disposed of.  The challenge is that it is not always easy to get rid of these items.  Tomorrow, October 15th Hamilton County is offering an easy way to responsibly dispose of these items. 
2011 Computer and TV Recycling EventUntitled document Hamilton County, Ohio Residents Only
May 2 through October 31, 2011
Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pmAlso open Saturday, October 15, 9 am - 2 pm Drop-Off Location:
11085 Kenwood RoadBlue Ash, Ohio 45242
Items accepted at no charge: … (2 comments)

home staging cincinnati: Home Staging In Cincinnati-Staged House Equals Quick Sale - 10/09/11 02:03 PM

I picked up the phone and was asked by a voice on the other end of the line if we were the company that staged homes in Cincinnati.  They had looked at our website and felt that the Design To Market Home Stagers could help them figure out how to get their house sold.  
Timeframe
This home had been on the market for over 100 days and was getting little showing activity and with each showing there was a common theme in the feedback that the home would require too much work.  The seller was very familiar with home … (18 comments)

home staging cincinnati: Home Staging Tips for Basements in Older Homes - 10/06/11 01:24 PM
 
As we completed a home staging consultation in the Cincinnati suburd of Hyde Park yesterday, I noticed some great steps that the homweonwetr had taken to begin to prepare their home for the real estate market.  I can't take credit for these ideas but I can share them.
Many older homes in Cincinnati have wooden steps that are do not have risers and can be fairly steep.  The added challenge is that many of these homes have laundry in the lower level and can make these steps appear to be a safety hazard.  We felt this homeowner had taken an … (5 comments)

home staging cincinnati: Staged Homes Are Selling Fast...Look at These - 09/14/11 02:32 PM
   
 
 
Look at the images on the left...the "before shots" and look at the "afters" on the right.  Compare the 3 homes.  What do these properties have in common?  What is different?
In common:
These Cincinnati homes were staged by Design To Market These Cincinnati homes were not ready to put on the market before they were staged by Design To Market All three of these homes were listed within the last 2 months All three of these homes sold within 3 weeks of staging  Differences:
These homes ranged in price from $68,000 to $450,000 These homes were … (13 comments)

home staging cincinnati: Staged Home Sells in 10 under Days! - 07/28/11 05:05 PM
 
Take something great and make it Greater!  
The home stagers at Design To Market followed our formula for success in working with the owner of this great Cincinnati home.  With a full page of "to-do" items and a willingness to work hard this seller followed the recipe and had his home under contract in under 10 days.  The 3 part strategy focused on the following:
The homeowner decluttered and cleaned the home from top to bottom The Design To Market stagers added the decorative touches with artwork and accessories that gave this great home a finished look that would grab prospective … (10 comments)

home staging cincinnati: Take A Sneak Peak At Cincinnati's GREENarama - 06/13/11 01:34 PM

Good .................Better....................Best!
Green is the way to go in new construction in Cincinnati.  In anticipation of this month's GREENarama, the Design To Market team has staged a home in Cincinnati's Columbia Tusculum neighborhood that will host the first annual GREENarama.  This home at 428 Strafer is a perfect example of new construction that delivers the feel of the historic neighborhood and at the same time meets the green criteria that help make it qualify for the 15 year Cincinnati tax abatement.  
We hope you'll come see Design To Market's staging and at the same time see an exciting neighborhood … (9 comments)

home staging cincinnati: Here's What They're Saying About Home Staging In Cincinnati! - 12/15/10 11:23 AM
The designers at Design To Market are busy staging Cincinnati homes and we are equally busy de-staging homes that sell!  
A recent client in Indian Hill had this to say after her home went under contract in under 6 weeks:
 
"Thank you so much for your professional advice and speedy service. Our home stood out from the crowd and sold very quickly because, I am convinced, of your advice and help. Your additions highlighted the homes advantages and made it perfect. It WAS worth listening to you and having you work your magic. Thanks again."
 
Homes that are … (5 comments)

home staging cincinnati: We Just Finished the Turkey and It's Time To Get Our Home Ready for the Spring Real Estate Market? - 11/30/10 04:01 AM

 
Many sellers would think we are crazy to suggest that they start working to prepare their home for sale when spring is still months away and they haven't even finished  the Thanksgiving leftovers.  Those of us that work in the real estate industry know all too well the pitfalls of this kind of thinking.  This is actually the perfect time to dive in if you are planning to sell your home in the "spring market."  Let's look at the numbers:
The Super Bowl is on February 6th this year which means that the real shopping for new homes will … (6 comments)

home staging cincinnati: Curb Appeal In The Spring Market - 05/09/10 10:55 AM
 

I recently attended a staging seminar where the owner of  White Oak Garden Center, Jeff Webeler, spoke on the least expensive way to cost effectively add color to the front of a home.  
We at Design To Market have been staging homes in Cincinnati since 2004.  We continue to challenge ourselves on the best way to help our clients get the most bang for their buck in these outdoor spaces.  It seems we have agreed with Jeff that colorful planters give a lot of impact and color to the front of a home.  
I thought his tips … (8 comments)

home staging cincinnati: How To Handle The End Of The Tax Credit - 04/25/10 03:46 PM
 
The Cincinnati Real Estate Market has been positively impacted by the home buyer’s tax credit.  Home staging in Cincinnati has become an integral part of the selling process.  However, many sellers rushed to get their homes on the market.  For some, the rush to “just get it on the market” may have taken precedence over getting the house ready for the market. When the tax credit option ends April 30th, it will be necessary for those who haven’t yet sold their homes to look back at what they’ve learned, and go forward with the information armed and ready to sell.  … (4 comments)

home staging cincinnati: Design To Market Stages 3 Cincinnati Homes in One Day! - 02/06/10 07:55 AM
                                    

Design To Market is staging homes in Cincinnati. (lots of them!)
The real estate market is really picking up!  Homes are selling and buyers are picky.  Take a look at the Design To Market entourage as we leave the warehouse on our way to stage 3 homes in a new development.  The homes are beautiful but builders and Realtors alike understand that adding interest to a vacant home increases showings and also creates faster sales!
Adding furnishings not only defines the spaces but it increases activity as prospective buyers search the web to create a shopping list.  Which spaces would entice you … (10 comments)

home staging cincinnati: Home Staging Cincinnati: Investor's Property Staged and Sold in 14 Hours! - 01/25/10 05:30 PM
I know that many will doubt the following before and after photos of a home that Cincinnati Home Staging Company, Design To Market recently staged.  These photos are the real thing...and this home sold in 14 hours!  The Design team assisted the investors in not only staging the property but assisted from the earliest stages in picking paint colors, flooring, cabinets, and making landscaping decisions.  The investor's excellent craftsmanship paired with our designer's attractive materials turned out to be the winning combination!
 
 
 Design To Market has been staging homes in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky since 2004.  For more information about our Cincinnati  … (10 comments)

home staging cincinnati: YouTube Video Shows Design To Market's Home Staging Transformation - 12/17/09 03:31 PM
 
 
Staging a few model units in condo buildings can make the difference between vacant and sold!  Open floor plans and smaller spaces always benefit from staging.  
Click Here to watch the Youtube Video transformation of a condo at The McAlpin in Downtown Cincinnati.  This transformation was exactly what was needed to successfully sell these untis.
Design To Market has been staging homes in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky since 2004.  For more information about our Cincinnati  and Northern Kentucky home staging services please call 513-265-0952 or visit our website at www.designtomarketllc.com
 
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