home staging tips: How to Stage Your Master Bedroom… - 07/18/18 03:49 PM
How to Stage Your Master Bedroom…

Years ago a builder, showing me his latest custom home proudly showed me his master bedroom and bath. He pointed out that the master suite was designed so that it would never be without enough hot water. Afterall, he said, this is the person who’s paying the mortgage...let’s make sure they’re happy.
 
 
When you are preparing your home for sale, make sure that you make your buyer feel as if they’ve just walked into a retreat.
 
How to stage your master bedroom...
 
1. Think Spa and Retreat
If you’ve ever had the good fortune to spend a night in … (43 comments)

home staging tips: How to Stage Your Family Room - 07/05/18 04:14 PM
How to Stage Your Family Room

In addition to the kitchen, the family room also receives a lot of scrutiny from buyers. Besides the kitchen, it’s where the family gathers...it’s where we all relax after a hard day.
 

 
You don’t have to knock out walls to make your family room stand out to the buyer. You will want to show the possibilities and livability of the room!
 
How to Stage Your Family Room...

PAINT
This is one of the first things that’s recommended for all of your rooms when selling your house.
If you have a taste specific color, use a color that is … (39 comments)

home staging tips: How To Stage Your Kitchen...8 Tips! - 06/27/18 04:18 PM
How To Stage Your Kitchen...8 Tips!

If your house is on the market, don’t forget to make sure that your kitchen is ready to attract all buyers! Think about it...what’s one of the first rooms that we all head to when we’re looking at a home to buy.
Chances are you’re looking for a new home as well. What are YOU looking at when you look for a home?
 
The Kitchen!
 
 
And why not? It’s the heart of the home...it’s where the family congregates...and it is one of the most used rooms in the home.
 
Here are 8 tips to help you stage your … (37 comments)

home staging tips: Are You Sure You Can’t Afford to Stage Your House? - 06/18/18 01:50 PM
Are You Sure You Can’t Afford to Stage Your House?

This is a statement I was accustomed to getting several years ago when everyone’s wallet was thinner but am often a bit surprised when I hear this today.

A few months ago I had a seller referred to me by an agent. They’d been in their home for about 30 years and they were ready to move into a condo closer to the beach.

Their mindset is still in the If they don’t like it, they don’t have to buy it mode. And who can blame them...it may have been that way when … (40 comments)

home staging tips: Is THIS What You Want Your Entry to Say to Your Buyers? - 05/24/18 04:29 PM
Is THIS What You Want Your Entry to Say to Your Buyers?

Believe it or not, your buyers are making up their minds before they even set foot in your house!
 
You’ve heard of curb appeal...keeping your lawn mowed and trimming your bushes and trees, but it doesn’t stop there.
 
 
Entries that are hard to maneuver because of overgrown bushes, sidewalks with stains and weeds, rust covered handles and light fixtures tell your buyer I haven’t been cared for.

Already, the buyer is wondering if they should waste their time viewing the rest of the home.
 
They will be looking for other signs … (53 comments)

home staging tips: Want a Fashion Tip for Staging Your House? - 05/13/18 02:43 PM
Want a fashion tip for staging your house?

In my fashion-focused youth, a rule of thumb was that when you stood in front of the mirror and something screamed back at you, you needed to remove it. It might have been that large necklace you added at the last minute or the color of the shoes you chose.
How something looks when we first see it can leave a lasting impression on us.  It’s why we always take that final peek in the mirror before we go out the door, especially if it’s to an event or dinner out.
When you … (32 comments)

home staging tips: I Feel Like It’s Been On the Market Forever! - 05/02/18 04:54 PM
I Feel Like It’s Been On the Market Forever!

This was the answer I got when I asked a caller how long her house had been on the market.

When someone calls about a Staging Consultation, there are some things I want to know besides where it is!

And I particularly want to know how long it has been listed.

This poor seller’s home had been on the market for quite a while and she was on her third agent.
She was ready to move back up north to be closer to her son and was frustrated at the whole selling process.
 
Agent #1 … (40 comments)

home staging tips: Even This Stager Had to Be Shown - 04/23/18 12:28 PM
Even This Stager Had to Be Shown...
 
You’ve probably heard your stager or your agent tell you that your buyers have to be able to see the space. This is especially true of your garage.
 
For many years, our two car garage held one of our 3 cars, in addition to 2 bicycles, 8 kayaks, and about a dozen radio-controlled airplanes. (and yes, some plastic bins for storing items for staging.)
 
And for a number of years, my husband suggested that if we edited what we no longer wanted, needed or used, we could get 2 of our cars in the garage.
 
I kept … (32 comments)

home staging tips: Staging Myths & Misunderstandings - 04/18/18 04:25 PM
Staging Myths & Misunderstandings

Last year I read a post that discussed seeing past staging when buying a home.  And that may be true when viewing a model home. A buyer needs to be realistic in that their own furniture and design may not yield the same effects as that selected by a professional interior designer.
 
Conversely, as Sharon Tara mentioned, you could make the same case for seeing past the issues in homes that have not been staged or whose condition has not been enhanced.
 
Staging is meant to show the possibilities and livability of a home to potential buyers.
 
However, there are still … (53 comments)

home staging tips: It May Be a Junk Room to You But to Your Buyers, It’s a Big Question Mark. - 04/11/18 05:13 PM
It May Be a Junk Room to You But to Your Buyers, It’s a Big Question Mark.
 
Almost every home has these two things: a junk drawer and a junk room. In Florida, it’s almost a given since we don’t have any basements.
We need that extra space for our home office or crafts

However, if you have that extra room in your house that has been your office/guest room/crafts area/I- don’t-know-what-to-do-with-it room and you’re getting ready to sell your house, you need to pick what it is and make it so.

 
 
The key to selling your house is to help your buyers … (42 comments)

home staging tips: Show Ready and Camera Ready Can Be Very Different. - 04/09/18 05:10 PM
Show Ready and Camera Ready Can Be Very Different.
 
My good friend and stager, Sharon Tara, recently wrote an excellent post about the importance of your MLS photos in attracting potential buyers.
She offered advice-that your curb appeal begins with your listing photographs-that every seller should take seriously.
 
However being show ready and photo ready are a bit different and it’s important that you understand the difference.
 
On Home Staging consultations I talk to my sellers about how important it is that their property is show ready for each buyer and agent who walk through the door.
 
This includes making sure that … (52 comments)

home staging tips: Just Because There’s Space Doesn’t Mean You Have to Fill It. - 03/21/18 04:19 PM
Just Because There’s Space Doesn’t Mean You Have to Fill It.

Recently I was visiting a friend who was doing some redesign of her family area. She’d purchased a whole new seating arrangement, new lamps, end tables, hand rug.  She even replaced (finally) her large entertainment center with a sleek credenza.
The room had a fresh and updated look!  
But, my friend couldn’t resist.

How about a curio cabinet next to the credenza? There’s space there and I need a place to display my things.
 
She showed me a photo of a tall contemporary lamp that the designer from the furniture store … (63 comments)

home staging tips: Don't Let Your Staging Be Like a Bad Comb Over. - 03/14/18 04:37 PM
Don’t Let Your Staging Be Like a Bad Comb Over.

Many moons ago we had a friend who was so much fun and a mainstay of our group. However, he had a bad comb over.When you first met him it was a big distraction. I always wondered who he thought he was fooling.

When you’re preparing your house for sale remember that staging is not just about the “D” (declutter) word.

Getting your house in order to sell is also about eliminating any Distractions and Detractions that would prevent your buyer from seeing all of the possibilities of your house.

Trying to conceal … (58 comments)

home staging tips: It’s Not Too Late to Begin Spring Cleaning. - 02/22/18 03:49 PM
It’s Not Too Late to Begin Spring Cleaning.

We may still be in February but it’s time to think about spring cleaning.
Spring is the time to begin anew...start fresh. There’s no better way than to begin at home. Here are some tips to get you started.
 
1.Edit
There are many organizers who will suggest that as you transition from one season to another, it’s a good time to dispose of clothing and items that you didn’t use during that season.

For example, look at your cool weather clothes (winter if you’re up north). If you kept passing over them when you went to … (25 comments)

home staging tips: Are You Waiting to Reduce Your Price Before Investing in These Staging Tips? - 01/25/18 04:28 PM
Are You Waiting to Reduce Your Price Before Investing in These Staging Tips?

Many sellers make the mistake of setting a list price that may not be realistic.  After all, it’s a seller’s market so why not maximize your investment?
 
Cleaning...Painting...Editing...Storing...Repairing
 
But as is often the case, buyers too have done their research and they need to see the value in the investment they are making.
 
There are things you can do to improve the perceived value of the home before you put that For Sale sign out there.

Why in the world would you want to spend needless days “at the ready” to … (29 comments)

home staging tips: Home Staging Tips-Appeal to the Senses. - 01/21/18 03:55 PM
Home Staging Tips-Appeal to the Senses.
 
Have you ever walked into a home and within a few minutes just sensed that it was right for you. You had a feeling...right?

It’s not just square feet or the number of bedrooms that will sell a house. There’s that intangible that a buyer feels that can help move them closer to the “I like it” side.

When your house is on the market it’s important to set the mood for the buyer. Help them sense that this is the home for them.
Once you’ve cleaned and repaired, updated and edited, it’s time to add … (22 comments)

home staging tips: After 10 Years of Staging...Where Is It Going? - 01/18/18 04:58 PM
After 10 Years of Staging...Where Is It Going?
 
After being in the Home Staging business for just over 10 years, I have seen many changes. The basics are the same but just as in any other business, things change.

The Basics are still important…
~Removing distractions
~Removing detractions
~Improving the condition
~Letting the buyer see the liveability of the property
~Making the property appeal to a wide range of potential buyers

What I see changing…
1.More agents are using home staging...at least the idea of it. Many I know have a stager that they use for all of their listings. The important thing I see is that it is … (50 comments)

home staging tips: No...That’s Not Why We Use Rugs. - 01/15/18 03:50 PM
 
Or, Hide and Seek Won’t Work When Selling Your Home.
 
This wasn’t the first and I’m sure it won’t be the last time that a seller asks me if it is all right for them to use a rug to cover up something.
 
The other day a seller called for a consultation. They had some furniture and accessories but wasn’t sure if they would need more accessories to help with the presentation.

He asked if I had a rug that would cover the floor in a room that was damaged by the recent hurricane.
 
What I told them was that while … (31 comments)

home staging tips: Staging is Something You Should Be Doing While You're Still Living In Your Home! - 01/11/18 03:54 PM
Staging is Something You Should Be Doing While You're Still Living In Your Home!

A comment I hear from almost every seller on my Staging Consultations is that they are hesitant to spend money on a home they’re going to be leaving.
 
I get it! However, if you want to protect the investment you have in your house, it’s important that the condition of your property reflects your asking price.
 
That said, this thing called Staging is something that all homeowners could and should be doing while living in and enjoying your home.
 
For example…
Paint
If it’s been 10 years or more since … (45 comments)

home staging tips: Have Stuff? Here’s What It Does… - 01/08/18 03:52 PM
Have Stuff? Here’s What It Does…

This is the time of year when everyone has there “to do” list...join a gym, get a new website, lose weight. And one that is usually on everyone’s
Top 5 list is to rid themselves of things they no longer wear, use, or want.

This is especially true if you plan on selling your house. It’s been hammered into you by your friends, neighbors, and your agent that you need to get rid of all of your STUFF!
 
 
Some call it decluttering. I like to use the word edit. And, as of late, we’ve been using another … (35 comments)

 
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