jo potvin design to market: 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)

jo potvin design to market: Wyoming Ohio: Staged Home Sells in 4 days! - 07/28/11 05:12 PM

A charming home in Wyoming, Ohio sells in four days thanks to the work of motivated homeowners, an expert Realtor and The Design to Market Home Stagers. As a first step, Realtor Amy Broghammer brought in Design to Market to advise the homeowners on the renovation plans.  This home was currently unoccupied and needed a face lift.

Design to Market began the project with a full consultation and recommended the homeowners:

jo potvin design to market: 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)

jo potvin design to market: The Perfect Gift! - 12/27/10 08:57 AM

What more can I say?  The perfect gift for a stager!  I received this last week from a thoughtful client whose mother's home we had staged.  I have been chuckling ever since.  The question I have asked myself is whether this is truly "stager jewelry"  or if there is someone else out there who "does homes."  Regardless, I really got a kick out of this. For homeowners in our area...remember "We Do Homes" and have been staging homes in Cincinnati for over 7 years.  Please call us at 513-265-0952 or visit the Design To Market website for more information. … (12 comments)

jo potvin design to market: 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)

jo potvin design to market: 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)

jo potvin design to market: Staging Through the Eyes of a Buyer - 11/29/10 06:34 AM


A Realtor client of Design To Market took the time to call me this afternoon and share a comment made to him by the buyer of a home he had listed.  The buyer pulled him aside at the closing to share that he felt the home had been staged very well. 
You might wonder why I have taken the time to make this into a blog post but I felt this was a telling insight into the buyer experience.   Obviously this buyer did not feel tricked and he definitely liked the home enough to purchase it.   … (16 comments)

jo potvin design to market: Wyoming Historic House Tour - 10/12/10 02:42 PM
On October 17th, 2010 the Wyoming Historical Society is proud to host the bi-annual house tour of 8 historic Wyoming homes showcasing architectural styles from early-19th to mid-20th century.
Design To Market is proud to be involved with this event.  To register visit Wyoming House Tour or go to The Wyoming Civic Center at 1 Worthington Ave. Cincinnati, … (0 comments)

jo potvin design to market: Have You Rung the Doorbell? - 10/08/10 05:49 PM
I can't believe that I haven't thought about this before, but I was teaching a staging class this week and a Realtor in the class asked if we had suggestions for doorbells!   Her concern was that: 
They might not work They might make some ridiculous noise or play a song We have been staging Cincinnati homes for over 7 years and I have to admit that the only doorbell comments I have made are when they are cracked or the button itself is damaged.   I am not posting this because I have lost sleep over doorbells but rather it made me think of the … (18 comments)

jo potvin design to market: It's August And The Landscaping is Terrible! - 08/31/10 05:27 PM

I just learned a great tip from a landscaper that might come in handy with vacant homes or those where the homeowner does not like to stay on top of watering their lawn.  With the dry final days of summer, lawns and flowers can dry up in a day and the impact on curb appeal can be devastating.  You can hook the sprinkler up to hit any beds or critical areas at the front of the home where dryness will hurt curb appeal.  You can purchase these timers from Amazon for as little as $21.  This worked very well for … (9 comments)

jo potvin design to market: Curb Appeal Is King: Pretty Tree Or Beautiful Home? - 08/29/10 01:48 PM
As we discuss our Cincinnati home staging company and the services we provide, we are often asked what we look at and the kind of recommendations we make.  While we might spend more time as stagers doing the work on the inside of the home, we are COMPLETELY missing the boat if we are not prepared to help our clients make the best decisions about how to improve the exterior of their homes.  It might be as simple as a change in shutter color or as involved as suggesting a landscape re-do.  Whether it is a simple and inexpensive … (10 comments)

jo potvin design to market: Tips on Selecting the Correct Warehouse for Your Staging Business - 08/14/10 04:12 PM
For those of you that have read my former posts on my warehouse:
Take a Peek At Our Warehouse
Take A Second Look At Our Warehouse
It is time for an update.  It is now almost 3 years later.  Our old "digs" were perfect for our needs at the time but we realized as we finished a record breaking 1st half of 2010 that it was time to move again! This article however is not about me and the many warehouse moves (5 in total) that we have made in 7 years.  It is more about the process of managed … (26 comments)

jo potvin design to market: Quiz Time: Do You Know What Goetta Is? - 08/07/10 02:12 PM
I just got back from the annual GoettaFest in Northern Kentucky (just over the bridge from Cincinnati)  If you don't know what goetta is you probably can't claim to have ever lived in Cincinnati or it's surrounding areas.  
To prove my point, I am providing the Wikipedia definition of Goetta.  
Goetta is a peasant food of German origin that is popular in the greater Cincinnati area. It is primarily composed of ground meat and oats. Pronounced gétt-aa, ged-da or get-uh Americanized pronunciation, this dish originated with German settlers from the northwestern regions of Oldenburg, Hannover, and Westphalia who emigrated to the Cincinnati area in the 19th century. The word "Goetta" comes … (3 comments)

jo potvin design to market: I just Spent $250 Because I Was Stupid...Learn From My Mistake! - 08/04/10 04:23 PM
How many times have you gotten out of your car and worried that the GPS was showing or that you should hide your camera.  Well, if you haven't had that worry, worry NOW!
I returned from a full day of staging and was VERY tired.  I carried my laptop bag, notebook, and other car stuff into my house.  What did I forget?  MY PURSE!  I never leave my purse in the car and can't believe I was so stupid.  Well, the person who broke into my car last night was thrilled with my stupidity.  They were also thrilled with 9 of … (25 comments)

jo potvin design to market: The Best Money I Ever Spent! - 03/21/10 02:35 AM

The market is picking up in many areas of the country.  People are buying homes.  
The trick though is to make sure that your home is well prepared and will stand up favorably against the competition.  We at Design To Market are now in our 7th year staging homes in Cincinnati.  Most of our business comes from Realtors that know the impact of helping their clients make the best decisions spending their time and money as they prepare to "go to market."  
Most often the positive feedback we get for our work is seeing the sold sing in … (11 comments)

jo potvin design to market: The Small Things Challenge - 03/26/09 01:34 PM

Intel has sponsored a program called the Small Things Challenge.  By visiting their site and clicking on the "we'll Donate 25 cents for you" link, you can help fund two organizations Kiva and Save The Children.   These are two wonderful organizations that are trying to make the world a better place.  The campaign is based on the premise that every small action can make a big difference to ensure quality education and economic opportunity for all.
Design To Market has been staging homes in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky since 2004.  For more information … (3 comments)

jo potvin design to market: Staged Downtown Cincinnati Loft Sells In Days - 06/26/08 03:00 PM

After months on the market this wonderful loft in Downtown Cincinnati sold within days of staging by Design To Market.   As is often the case, the open floor plan and unique features made it difficult to visualize the wonderful livability of this space.  Adding warm and inviting furnishings did the trick! 
Design To Market has been staging homes throughout Greater Cincinnati since 2004.  For more information about this project and our  other Cincinnati home staging services please call us at 513-265-0952 or visit our website at .

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