home staging tips: 18 Tips to Help Your Kitchen Sell Your Home - 05/17/21 05:05 PM
Below are 18 tips to help your kitchen sell your home. 
 
Show off your counter space.This is a key for anyone who cooks!  So remove your spices and paper towel holders and anything else that will eat up your space!
 
Remove magnets, photos, etc from your refrigerator.Don’t make your buyers do the eye bounce. Besides, you don’t want them spending more time reading the front of your fridge than they do your home. 
 
 
3.Clean your disposal
It’s not like they’re going to look in your disposal, but you won’t want them to smell what’ gone in it. Here’s how to clean your disposal
 
4.Remove … (32 comments)

home staging tips: Home Staging Tips...This Is All I Ask! - 04/29/21 03:57 PM
Home Staging Tips...This Is All I Ask!
 
Recently I asked whether there was a minimum price point for you to consider for a property to be staged. 
 
While I never had a minimum price point for me to stage a home, I did have some maximums that I asked for before I agreed to take the project. 
 
The MAXIMUMS I ASK OF MY CLIENTS...
 
The maximum commitment to do what they need to do to get it sold.
The maximum effort to edit items that are eating up space.
The maximum effort to clean under, over, on top of, and around every inch of … (25 comments)

home staging tips: Do I really have to remove all personal items when selling my house? - 04/12/21 06:44 PM
Do I really have to remove all personal items when selling my house?
 
When you’re on a listing appointment, I have a feeling that you are asked this question. And, if not, I know that during your discussion of what to do to prepare their home for sale, you discuss removing all personal items. 

We all agree as to the importance of this but do you ever explain to your sellers why it is so important? 
 
I walked through a listing appointment with an agent years ago and as she entered each room she tossed out the “remove all personal photos and albums” line. … (32 comments)

home staging tips: What Is the Lowest Pricepoint You’d Consider to Stage a House? - 04/05/21 02:29 PM
What Is the Lowest Pricepoint You’d Consider to Stage a House?
 
In an inspiring post written by Endre Barath, Jr....We Are Unstoppable! Follow this recipe and you will be unstoppable too… I was reminded of a question that agents and sellers asked me frequently when I was consulting. 
 
What is the lowest price point you’d consider to stage a house?
 
When I started as a home stager, many agents and sellers felt that unless their property was of a certain value then it wasn’t worth staging. Some of the confusion came because home staging was new and many (including agents) were not fully aware … (21 comments)

home staging tips: MLS Oops Moments...Mirrors - 01/21/21 02:52 PM
MLS Oops Moments...Mirrors
 
Have you ever looked at MLS photos and winced at what you saw?  You know you have and the next thought in your mind goes something like What were they thinking???
 
 
Even though we’ve known for years that first impressions count for a lot and that today’s buyers begin their search online, it is still amazing that sellers and their agents often let this excellent opportunity slip from their fingers. 
 
When I worked as a stager, my photographer was me...the budget did not allow for a professional photographer.  I had to learn when photographing my first vacant staging how to take … (30 comments)

home staging tips: When Buyers Begin Looking for a Home Again, What Will Be Important to Them? - 06/01/20 06:31 PM
When Buyers Begin Looking for a Home Again, What Will Be Important to Them?
 
For many states, buyers have continued to look for a new home while we’ve been in the “stay at home” protocol. 
And for states that are opening up, sellers and buyers are ready to move forward as well. 

If you’re preparing your house to sell, the basics of staging haven’t changed…

...Edit what you have so that your buyers can see the liveability of the space.
...Make sure it is spotless. 
...Address any repairs or deferred maintenance you have. 
 
However, after spending 2 or 3 months at home with limited opportunities to travel outside … (9 comments)

home staging tips: Spring Cleaning...The Forgotten Areas - 03/23/20 01:53 PM
Spring Cleaning...The Forgotten Areas

Like it or not many of us are spending more time at home than we had planned. We might be working from home, caring for our family members, working in our gardens, streaming videos or reading books. 
 
For many, this is also the time of year when we planned to tackle some Spring Cleaning!  And why not! We have the time. 
 
Below is a list of often forgotten areas that still need cleaning. 
 
Make your checklist of what works for you and take your time. You don’t have to do it all in one day!!!
 
KITCHEN
▢ Refrigerator- Move it and clean behind … (34 comments)

home staging tips: Buy for Where You Are Now, Not Where You Hope to Be - 03/02/20 03:10 PM
Buy for Where You Are Now, Not Where You Hope to Be

It happens in the best of families...even in mine! When you’re buying furniture and accessories for your home, are you making decisions and buying for where you are now...or where you hope to be?
 
As is often the case when a home stager
or agent meets with a seller who is ready to sell their home, one of the first things they see is too much...too much furniture, too much stuff, too much extra stuff. 
 
Part of the Too Much is the oversized furniture that many homeowners buy for their next home...one that … (29 comments)

home staging tips: Sellers- Don’t Let These 7 Negatives Cost You a Sale - 02/17/20 03:08 PM
Sellers- Don’t Let These 7 Negatives Cost You a Sale
 
Focusing on the positive is always a good thing to do, especially if you’re selling your home. It’s a stressful enough process so the best thing you can do is remain positive and look forward to your new home. 
 
However, it’s a good thing to be practical as well. Below are 7 Negatives (or Distractions)  that derail the sale of your home.
 
1. NO Professional Representation
Now is not the time to opt for anything less than a local experienced professional agent.  The emphasis is on local because real estate is local. You need someone … (31 comments)

home staging tips: How to Begin Editing All of Your “Stuff” ...5 Steps to Get You Started - 01/02/20 01:25 PM
How to Begin Editing All of Your “Stuff” ...5 Steps to Get You Started
 
With a new year comes the desire to organize and simplify. Whether you’re planning on putting your home on the market and want to prepare it so the buyers can see it, or you just want to live with less clutter, here are 5 steps to help you get started. 

1.Baby Steps
Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. When you step back and take stock of everything that will need to be done...you may decide not to even start.
 
Make a list of what you hope to get done...is it editing before … (28 comments)

home staging tips: Selling and Staging Your Home During the Holidays - 12/12/19 05:09 PM
Selling and Staging Your Home During the Holidays
 
Just because you’re selling your house doesn’t mean you have to forego celebrating the holidays. This is especially true if you have young children in your home. Moving can be stressful enough for wee ones so go ahead and let them have their holiday!
 
 
Just be sure to remember that the same principles that apply to staging your home for sale, will apply when you decorate it for the holidays…

*  Remove anything that will distract from your buyer seeing the possibilities of your property. 
* Address anything that will detract from your buyer’s viewing of your … (42 comments)

home staging tips: Why Can’t I Wait to See If My House Sells Before I Call in a Stager? - 11/13/19 02:02 PM
Why Can’t I Wait to See If My House Sells Before I Call in a Stager? 
 
This is a question that never goes away whether or not there is a plentiful supply of homes on the market or homes for sale are hard to find. 
 
It’s understandable that sellers want to minimize any further dollars spent on a home they are leaving, but it’s important to look at this as an investment into getting their home sold. 
 
But before you decide to defer investing in improving your home’s presentation, ask yourself these 5 questions…
 
 
Do I enjoy keeping my house in model perfect condition … (44 comments)

home staging tips: 6 Tips for Preparing to Sell the Home That You’ve Lived in Forever - 11/06/19 04:25 PM
6 Tips for Preparing to Sell the Home That You’ve Lived in Forever
 
People stay in their homes on average 10 years. It’s not often we find someone who’s been in the family home for 40 years or more.  And yet, there are still people who love where they live and have stayed in their homes for 20 years or more. 
 
At some point, however, you may decide it’s time to move. Your own health may be a factor, or you decide that you want to be closer to family. 
 
To maximize the investment you have in your home there are things that you … (37 comments)

home staging tips: How to Decorate for Halloween While Selling Your Home - 10/13/19 06:04 PM
How to Decorate for Halloween While Selling Your Home
 
If your home is for sale during the Halloween season, you can still celebrate the season without overwhelming your buyers. 
 
What you want to remember is that the two basic principles of staging hold true no matter what you’re celebrating. 
 
#1 Highlight the possibilities of your house to show its livability to your buyers. 

#2Remove anything that would distract or detract from your property. 
 
Below are 5 Tips to help you decide how to decorate for Halloween while your home is on the market:

1. Don’t make your buyers’ eyes bounce all over the house!
Having every space covered … (34 comments)

home staging tips: Home Staging Tip...Yes Color Can Make a Difference - 10/02/19 04:57 PM
Home Staging Tip...Yes Color Can Make a Difference
 
Some of the home sellers I’ve met resisted painting their house because they’d only recently had it painted. In fact, they loved the colors they’d chosen. And there are times when the colors they’ve chosen work out beautifully. 
 
It becomes difficult trying to explain to them that a Marine Blue house isn’t going to help get their home sold….or the chartreuse family room that your UPS man loves may not be what your buyers want to see. 
 
Let me share a story…
Years ago as we were sitting at a light, a bright orange car passed through … (35 comments)

home staging tips: Shouldn’t I Be Charged Less If My Property Is Smaller? - 09/18/19 02:39 PM
Shouldn’t I Be Charged Less If My Property Is Smaller?
 
Vacant home staging is not inexpensive however if you consider this as an investment in helping to get your home sold, then the Return On Investment looks pretty good.
 
As a Home Stager, I’ve had sellers who live in condominiums ask why the fee is so high. Their thoughts are that a small 2 or 3 bedroom condo should be less expensive to stage than some of our single family 3 or 4 bedroom homes. 
 
And, in general, a smaller property might require fewer pieces of furniture and depending upon the size of the … (35 comments)

home staging tips: 3 Tips to Give Your Home an Edge When Staging It For Sale - 09/11/19 05:50 PM
3 Tips to Give Your Home an Edge When Staging It For Sale
 
Recently a friend asked me to go with her on a house-hunting trip. They are moving back to town (yea!) and her husband wanted her to get an idea of what kind of homes are available. 
 
 
There were some that were an immediate no...terrible condition, too much stuff everywhere, not clean, and the cardinal sin when selling your home...it smelled. 
 
However, there were a few that could and should have been placed on my friend's shortlist.  We critiqued each on and they hit the hot spots...price, location, condition. 
However, something was missing. … (26 comments)

home staging tips: Two Reasons Why You May Not Be Getting Any Showings - 05/29/19 03:22 PM
Two Reasons Why You May Not Be Getting Any Showings

How come my house isn’t getting any showings??
Real Estate agents get this question all of the time. So do Home Stagers.

You know that Price, Location, and Condition are key to getting your home sold. Your location is what it is and hopefully, you’ve listened to your agent and listed your home at what the market will bear NOT what you think you should get.
 
But, keep in mind that buyers are visual. They buy based on what they can see. And if they can’t SEE your house, this may be why … (26 comments)

home staging tips: My Property is Vacant-Why Do I Need a Consultation? - 05/15/19 06:21 PM
My Property is Vacant-Why Do I Need a Consultation?
 
Sellers don’t often think of investing in a home staging consultation especially if their property is vacant.

However, a consultation could save you money, or at least give you some direction about where your funds should go to help protect the investment you have in your home.
 
If my home is vacant, couldn’t I just get some furniture and accessories for each room?
 
 
That depends!
A consultation will show you what you need to do to maximize every showing you have. It will point out what buyers will notice that can enhance your sale … (24 comments)

home staging tips: Do I Really Have to Remove ALL of My Personal Photos When I’m Selling My House? - 05/09/19 04:25 PM


Do I Really Have to Remove ALL of My Personal Photos When I’m Selling My House?
 
If your house is on the market, I’ll bet that on the To Do list is to remove all of your personal photos.
 
Agents, stagers and talking heads will toss around the word depersonalize a lot but that has always sounded cold to me. After all, with the exception of a vacant or model home, buyers understand that people do live in the home they’re viewing.
In fact, builders have been known to place framed photos around the house to add to the “homey” feel.
 
First...must … (31 comments)

 
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