home staging tips: Are You Forgetting These 6 Areas When Staging Your House to Sell? - 08/17/22 02:25 PM
Are You Forgetting These 6 Areas When Staging Your House to Sell?
Even in a seller’s market, how your home looks to potential buyers could impact the sale price.
 
While it’s true that preparing your home for sale is similar to getting ready to have company over for dinner, there’s an extra step in staging you may be missing...buyers WILL open pantries, and closets and look in your garage!

 

Don’t Forget These 6 Areas When Preparing Your House for Sale…
 
THE UTILITY ROOM…
Don’t laugh…you know that this is the catch-all room in many homes.
What you can do…

*Pack up or dispose of cleaning supplies you … (27 comments)

home staging tips: Home Staging…What NOT to Expect - 08/08/22 05:17 PM
Home Staging…What NOT to Expect
 
Styling your house for buyers when it is for sale has never gone away, even in a seller’s market. However, with changes in some markets, sellers may want to consider putting more effort into ensuring that their house appeals to as many buyers as possible. 
 
By now almost everyone is familiar with the concept of home staging…making sure that their home and all of its possibilities are shown to prospective buyers. 
 
 
If you’ve never used the services of a home staging professional you may be leery so here’s what NOT to expect from a home staging professional…
 
Home Stagers Are … (34 comments)

home staging tips: Home Staging Tip-Can Your Home Be Too Neutral? - 07/25/22 01:32 PM
Home Staging Tip-Can Your Home Be Too Neutral?
By now, home sellers know the importance of making sure that potential buyers will be able to see the liveability of their homes. Buyers need to see the space. This is why agents and stagers suggest that owners edit what they have.
 
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400  wrote an excellent post about “looking for the personality in your home search.”  It’s so important that besides allowing your buyers to see the space, we let them FEEL your home.
 
Whenever I go into a home, whether it’s to purchase, stage, or just any home, I always … (43 comments)

home staging tips: Home Staging Tips...Don’t Make Them Guess - 05/23/22 04:45 PM
Home Staging Tips...Don’t Make Them Guess
 
No matter the market conditions, buyers want to see what they are buying. As they walk into each room, they are envisioning themselves living there…preparing breakfast for the family in the kitchen…movie nights in the den…and retiring at the end of a hard day in their bedroom. 
 
 
Years ago I consulted on a luxury high-rise condo on the Intracoastal Waterway. 
 
The listing agent and I walked through the 3 bedroom condo. When we reached the last bedroom, I was puzzled. “Where is the primary bedroom???”
 
What I saw had a double bed on one wall and built-in desks opposite … (31 comments)

home staging tips: Do You Still Believe These 7 Staging Myths? - 05/16/22 05:38 PM
Do You Still Believe These 7 Staging Myths?
 
Home staging has been around long enough that almost everyone is familiar with the concept. Show your buyers the possibilities of your home.
 
And still, there are some misconceptions about what it means to stage a home.
Home Staging Myths…
 
1. Before you sell, paint all of your walls white.
Yes to the coat of fresh paint but before you reach for that paint brush consult your agent first. All white walls can be stark and blah. If you do paint, hire a professional! 
 
2. Leave worn or old carpeting for new buyers who may want to choose their … (44 comments)

home staging tips: Home Staging Tip…What to Remove From a Vacant Home - 04/11/22 05:16 PM
Home Staging Tip…What to Remove From a Vacant Home
What, you ask?  If the house is vacant, what’s left to remove???
 
Not all homes need furniture and furnishings in them to sell. Yes, it would be nice but not always possible. Vacant homes can have their advantages in that they allow the buyer to see ALL of the space. 

However, in any staging project, the key is to remove anything that would detract or distract from the buyer seeing the property in its best light. 

The same holds true for a home that has been left vacant. 
 
What You Should Remove From a Vacant Home…
 
~Anything that’s … (37 comments)

home staging tips: Some DIY Staging Tips and Accessories  - 03/21/22 01:52 PM
Some DIY Staging Tips and Accessories 
 
Not every area has a staging professional you can call on for your listings. And many agents I’ve met are very creative and do stage their own listings. 
 
It would be nice if you could buy a “room in a box” just for those times. But every home is different and needs something that will complement it and not clash. Stagers often end up taking a lot more than they need for a vacant staging because they have to “see” what will work. 

And in many instances, we drive to the nearest Target or Marshall’s to purchase fill-in … (31 comments)

home staging tips: Home Staging…Our Eyes Do Buy - 03/07/22 05:23 PM
Home Staging…Our Eyes Do Buy

When trying to encourage a seller to make the suggestions you have to prepare their home for sale, the “because I said so” approach doesn't always go over very well. 

If you can explain “why” it goes a long way in having your sellers buy into the idea of home styling to sell their home. 
 
 Our eyes are our tools for measuring space and once we understand that, it becomes easier to see the whys in staging. 
 
Some examples…
 
The Garage

If the MLS says 2 car garage, it needs to appear that way to a potential buyer. I’ve seen too … (33 comments)

home staging tips: Tips for Your Home…Light the Way - 02/28/22 01:22 PM
Tips for Your Home…Light the Way
When you’re planning on selling your home, everyone will tell you that first impressions matter…and they do!!!

And, those first impressions take hold even if there is a second viewing. 
 
Years ago when we were looking for a home in Northern VA, the agent and I viewed a home that on paper looked like it was what we’d been looking for. It was a seller’s market and we’d been looking for months. 
We walked in and could barely see the interior of the home. All of the window coverings were closed and no lights were on.

We flipped every … (30 comments)

home staging tips: Holiday Decorating When Selling Your House...8 Tips - 11/11/21 04:29 PM
Holiday Decorating When Selling Your House...8 Tips
 
The holidays are approaching and if you are planning on selling your house, you may be wondering if you should still decorate. 
The simple answer is YES!  However, you’ll still want to follow the basic staging principles of staging…
-Let your buyers SEE the space
-Allow your buyers to see and feel the liveability of your house
-Keep It Simple
 
Even though homes are selling quickly, buyers still want to see the value in what they are buying. 
 
Here are some tips:
Keep It Simple   You don’t want to distract your buyers with so many festive decorations that they can’t see … (31 comments)

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)

 


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