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)

home staging tips: How To Sell Your Home When There Are Young Children In It - 05/06/19 05:07 PM
How To Sell Your Home When There Are Young Children In It

No one ever said that selling your home was going to be easy. But deciding to sell is a decision that you’ve made and the next step is to move forward. Hopefully, you’ve hired the very best local agent that you can and have begun to prepare your home for sale.
 
However, if you have children in your home, it’s important to recognize that they too will be moving and are experiencing some of the same anxiety that you are. After all, you’re the one who made the decision to … (31 comments)

home staging tips: Home Selling...What Comes First...The Chicken or the Egg? - 05/02/19 04:10 PM
Home Selling...What Comes First...The Chicken or the Egg?

Scott Godzyk wrote an interesting post asking “Should a Seller get the home ready to sell or Hire an Agent First?”
 
If you get a chance, head over there because Scott Godzyk gets some very interesting clients but always manages to do his very best as a professional agent.
 
My answer is It depends.
 
Prior to a Home Staging Consultation, my sellers usually ask themselves the same question. And if I’m lucky they’ll ask me as well.
 
I always suggest that it’s fine to clean their house and toss obvious trash or garbage.  Go ahead and pick … (37 comments)

home staging tips: Staging an Occupied Home Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult! - 04/24/19 01:39 PM
Staging an Occupied Home Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult!
 
Most people think of vacant homes when the topic of Home staging comes up. While I don’t know current statistics, I’d imagine that there are as many occupied homes on the market as there are vacant homes.
Any home that is on the market needs to appeal to buyers. The home needs to show a buyer all of the possibilities as well as the liveability of the home.
 
Recently I went through photos of the first home that I helped to stage. It was in 2017 and my staging class had one afternoon … (27 comments)

home staging tips: Sellers...A 12 Point Checklist for When Your House is Being Shown. - 04/08/19 04:12 PM
Sellers...A 12 Point Checklist for When Your House is Being Shown.
 
Once you’ve prepared your house to go on the market, your work doesn’t stop there.  You’ll want to be prepared to take advantage of every showing your house has.
 
 
It’s hard to keep your house in Show Ready condition, especially when you have a family including our 4 legged members.
 
Below is a 12 point Checklist to help make sure that your house is ready to meet its new owners!!!
 
1. Remove all dishes from sinks and countertops.
This is something you’ll want to do the night before but we all have those … (27 comments)

home staging tips: Agents...How About a Mini-Staging Kit You Can Use?! - 04/03/19 06:20 PM
Agents...How About a Mini-Staging Kit You Can Use?!

In a Home Stager’s ideal world every seller would use the services of a home stager. And we know that’s not going to happen.
 
Often agents will help out their seller by bringing in their own inventory to fill in where necessary or to help soften a vacant home.
 
Every stager keeps basic items in her inventory for use in vacant homes or to fill in where necessary for occupied homes. Even then, since every house is different, we almost always end up at Marchall’s, Target, or Home Goods for those special extras.
 
So … (27 comments)

 
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