orlando fl home stager: Home Staging Makes Homes “Move-in Ready” - 06/09/10 03:33 AM
    Home stagers know that 63% of buyers will pay more for a home that is ready to move into at closing, and they advise their clients accordingly. If it’s that important to considerably more than half of the people looking for a home, sellers need to know what it means to make their homes “move-in ready”. They need to know that buyers don’t want to spend money fixing it up any more than they do, and that the buyers will either not buy the home, or they will offer less for it. The abundance of competition in this market encourages … (5 comments)

orlando fl home stager: Realtors, Don’t Let Your Listings Grow Up to be Vacants - 05/23/10 09:29 AM
    Real estate professionals know that it is not a good thing to have a vacant home on the market. The vast majority of buyers will choose a furnished home over an empty one, and one study found that 64% of expired listings are vacant. Home sellers’ finances can be severely stressed by the cost of paying for two homes at once.
   Fortunately, some smart investments can keep this from happening. Here are some suggestions you can give to your clients:
    Listen to your Realtor about pricing. Realtors are market experts!
    Stage the home and sell it … (9 comments)

orlando fl home stager: Staging a Home That Existed Briefly - 01/20/10 08:06 AM
On the weekend of January 15-17, Gloria Home Staging had the opportunity to stage the Monty Anderson Construction Group's display home at the Orlando Spring Home & Garden Show. They began building the home right there in the Orange County Convention Center on Wednesday morning. By the time we arrived on Thursday afternoon, it was ready for us to make it beautiful.
Thousands of people walked through the home during the weekend -- it made a big impression! The folks from Monty Anderson were great to work with, and we appreciate having the chance to work with them to make their … (11 comments)

orlando fl home stager: We're staging a home that hasn't been built yet! - 01/13/10 07:11 AM
That’s right! Gloria Home Staging has been asked by the Monty Anderson Construction Group to stage their display home for the Orlando Spring Home & Garden Show. They will be building a small home right there in the Orange County Convention Center, and we will be dressing it up!
The Orlando Spring Home & Garden show will take place this weekend, January 15-17, from 10-9 on Friday and Saturday, and 10-6 on Sunday. Come on out to the Convention Center, and check out all the great things in store for you. For more information, follow this link.
And check back in … (19 comments)

orlando fl home stager: Key Room Staging: It's About the First Impression - 12/07/09 03:05 AM
One of the very most important reasons to stage a home is to create a good first impression. Buyers will have an immediate reaction to any home -- well within the first 60 seconds, they will have formed either a positive or negative opinion of the home. They will spend the rest of their time in the home collecting information that backs up or overcomes that opinion.
That's why home staging is such a valuable investment in selling a home. It creates a positive first impression, and then supports that positive opinion as the buyers move through the home.
At Gloria … (26 comments)

orlando fl home stager: Five Reasons to Stage Occupied Homes - 11/23/09 11:47 AM
Picture an occupied home -- comfortably furnished, nicely decorated. How would having it staged help it sell? Is it worth the expense? Here are five reasons for sellers of occupied homes to consider a professional home staging consultation:
#1 –Getting a home ready to sell can be overwhelming to sellers, and they may not know how to begin or what to do. Home stagers can tell sellers where to start, and then guide them through the process, from paint color selection to furniture placement.
#2 – Occupied homes are lived in. The sellers have gotten comfortable with the things they have … (23 comments)

orlando fl home stager: Light Staging: Less Is More For Orlando Home Sold in 1 Day - 10/04/09 07:00 AM
Home staging is an investment in selling your home quickly, but these days, many home owners are hard-pressed to make a significant investment in getting their home ready for buyers. This is especially a problem for vacant homes, which need to be furnished to appeal the most to buyers.
At Gloria Home Staging, we had the answer to this problem for the owners of this Orlando home. We suggested Light Staging – using fewer and smaller pieces of furniture to keep the price down, but still accomplish the goal of making the home appealing. It worked, too: the owners showed the … (20 comments)

orlando fl home stager: Home Staging Transformations in Orlando #7: The Log Home’s Master Bedroom - 08/26/09 12:22 AM
Since master bedrooms are one of the key rooms that buyers consider when purchasing a home, home stagers know that master suites must make a strongly good impression. This Orlando home’s master suite did not. It was a mess, a catch-all room, and not a room to delight anyone. Thankfully, the owner knew that something needed to be done, and she called Gloria Home Staging in to help.
First impressions are crucial, and this was one of the room’s major problems. The buyers’ first view from the door was largely blocked by the enormous television. Once they stepped past the TV … (14 comments)

orlando fl home stager: Home Staging Transformations in Orlando #6: The Loft - 08/24/09 12:15 AM
One of the best reasons to stage a home for sale is to make it appeal to a wide range of potential buyers. This lovely log home in the Orlando suburbs was owned by a weaver, who had two looms in the home’s loft. Odds were against any buyer climbing the steps, seeing the loft, and exclaiming, “Oh, good! I’ve been wondering where I would put my looms!” There just aren’t enough weavers out there to make this a selling point. The loft itself was the selling point, but the looms were what viewers noticed.
The home owner called in Gloria … (10 comments)

orlando fl home stager: Home Staging Transformations in Orlando #5: A Log Home’s Kitchen - 08/22/09 11:55 AM
Home staging to the rescue! Just imagine how hard it would have been for buyers to keep their minds on this kitchen if the owner had not wisely had Gloria Home Staging take it in hand. It was fascinating! Diverting! Unforgettable!
The first object that demanded a viewer’s attention was the large dog biscuit container on the counter. (Saying more would not be tactful.) Sharing the counter was a unique wooden moose with a small straw bale at one end, and a little pail at the other. Raise its tail, and a raisinette falls into the pail. (Very classy) The counter … (7 comments)

orlando fl home stager: Home Staging Transformations in Orlando #4: The Great Room - 08/20/09 09:38 AM
This log home in Orlando was a poster child for professional home staging. It was full of personality – the owners’ personality -- and full of distractions that would have called the buyers’ attention away from the home itself. Many of them, like the antique spinning wheel, were charming. Others were funny; some slightly off-color. Most of them had to go.
Where to start? The cowhide rug needed to be removed because it was too personal; plenty of buyers could be offended by it, and it wasn’t the kind of look we wanted for the first room they would see. For … (4 comments)

orlando fl home stager: Home Staging Transformations in Orlando #3: The Office - 08/18/09 12:30 PM
Here’s a home staging transformation that was straightforward, but still amazing. The problem for this Orlando home was simple: there was just too much stuff. The owner was a retired pastor with a fully equipped office and an extensive collection of books. Home offices are desirable assets for home buyers, but this office was overpoweringly crowded. So the owner got to work – he had over 20 boxes of books packed before he was done! He also was willing to pare the furniture down to a minimum to free up more space. Here’s a home staging transformation that was straightforward, but … (6 comments)

orlando fl home stager: Home Staging Transformations in Orlando #2: The Master Bedroom - 08/16/09 11:05 AM
            Many home staging transformations are the result of only a few well chosen alterations, as this home in Oviedo, Florida demonstrates. When we first saw it, this master bedroom was undistinguished and not particularly inviting, though it had several good features. And, as is usually the case, we needed to make it inviting within a strict budget.
            Our first observation was that, while the room itself and much of the furniture were very good-looking, the arm chair was just plain ugly and the bookshelf unnecessary. But our main impression was one of imbalance, with the room seeming to tilt … (8 comments)

orlando fl home stager: Home Staging Transformations in Orlando: #1 The Kitchen - 08/14/09 03:24 AM
This condo near Orlando had a kitchen suffering from chronic ordinariness, until Gloria Home Staging stepped in to help. There were other units in the complex for sale, and we knew that updating this kitchen would make the apartment really stand out.
There were two primary issues to deal with. One was the general clutter and disarray. The 1980’s euro-cabinets were the main problem, however, so that’s where we focused our efforts.
  
And here are the results: Since replacing the cabinets was not an option, we decided to paint them one of Benjamin Moore’s most current colors: a warm … (16 comments)

orlando fl home stager: Subtle Changes Can Make a Big Impact in Staging - 08/03/09 01:51 PM
Gloria Home Staging didn’t have to make any big changes to this Oviedo, Florida home for it to become a standout. In fact, it stood out so far from the competition that it was under contract in 14 days! Before we got to it, the home lacked character and flair. The owner purchased a lot of silk plants to add some life, and then called us in to add the professional touch. We brought in a couple of chairs and a few accessories to add color, but for the most part, we simply rearranged things he already had.
See how some … (16 comments)

orlando fl home stager: What If There’s a Baby in the House? - 06/20/09 11:17 AM
            Decluttering is one of the major jobs home sellers face, but what happens if there is a baby in the family? What member of a family has more furniture, equipment, and just plain stuff than a baby? And it seems that it is all needed! It may be hard for parents to decide what to pack during the selling process, but if they remember that packing as much as possible is very likely to shorten that process, they may find that they can do without some things they didn't think they could.
            For example, this family decided that they … (15 comments)

orlando fl home stager: Is 18 Days Fast Enough for Ya? - 05/13/09 03:04 PM
Gloria Home Staging staged this home in Windermere, Florida, and 18 days after listing, it was under contract. When we first saw it, it was dirty and disordered, but the owner was motivated to sell. She evicted the tenants, had all the damage repaired, and cleaned it from top to bottom. Her Realtor priced it well, and it sold seven times faster than the average Windermere home.
 
 
 
  
 
            If you are selling a home in the Orlando area, give Gloria Home Staging a call. Our homes have been selling in an … (13 comments)

orlando fl home stager: Staging Leads to 2d Look, Home Sells in 30 Days - 03/01/09 12:04 PM
            This beautiful home in Oviedo, FL, went on the market on January 26, and was under contract on February 25. That's only 30 days!  And Gloria Home Staging was an important part of that success. The buyer originally thought that some areas of the home were too small, but she loved the décor and staging so much that it brought her back for a second look. The staging helped make her want to live in this home, above all the others she saw.
            This is what she would have seen if the home had not been staged:
  
 
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orlando fl home stager: The Staging Is Doing Its Job! - 01/18/09 09:53 AM
Last month, Gloria Home Staging had the privilege of staging a townhouse in Casselberry, FL. It went on the market at the beginning of December, and the early results are in. During the month it has been listed, which included the Christmas and New Year's holidays, it had four showings, resulting in two offers! The price is excellent, and the staging is doing its part to get this home sold!
Here are some before and after shots:
Dining room before                                                                                             Dining room after
           
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kitchen before                                                                                                      Kitchen after
           
 
 
 
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orlando fl home stager: Home Staging is a Gift Homeowners Give Themselves - 12/09/08 05:09 AM

Yes, professional home staging is an important investment for home sellers. There are plenty of statistics and testimonials that tell of its financial benefits. It is a very practical business decision. But that's not all it is!
Professional home staging is a gift homeowners can give themselves whether they are selling their homes or not. Excess belongings are packed away, so the home is easier to take care of - there are fewer things to dust and vacuum around. Everything has its place. If the homeowners are staging to live, the things that are left are their favorites. The furniture … (0 comments)

 
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