home staging: Staging your Schaumburg Home for Sale - 05/19/19 01:32 PM
What's the purpose of staging?    Staging your home is not concealing any structural defects. It is showing your home, with all it's warts and bumps, in the best possible light. It doesn't add another full bath or add that basement you should have gotten from the builder. It's taking your home, picturing it as a blank canvas and showing it to it's best advantage. Not to mention, we don't want it to cost a lot of money!I think that staging has become popular because many buyers do not want to see the new home they are going to purchase in … (3 comments)

home staging: Getting your Schaumburg Home Ready to Sell - 04/06/14 08:37 AM
In offering advice to sellers on how to market their homes I've asked a guest, Donna Stoutenburg a home staging expert in the Northwest Suburbs to give us insight into her staging business. I'm a huge fan of staging your home and this is great advice on a very important subject. Here's some great tips on thinking like a buyer.
Getting Your Home Ready to Sell
To get a home ready for the market, it’s important to think like a buyer, not like a seller.  A buyer wants to walk into a home and feel like they could move right in.  An emotional connection is a key element … (7 comments)

home staging: Smell a sale? - 02/22/13 02:16 AM
Smell a sale?

Came across a few interesting posts about 'scent selling' and how people purchase.  It was valuable because it's not what most people think.  All those cookie baking smells, vanilla, and Christmas smells are not really what make people buy.  

Researchers found that it's the simple smells that work the best vs. the more complicated scents.  So I figure that in my staging advice I am going to pass these interesting 'sales smells' along to my sellers.

What they found was that simple smells like 'orange' spurred on sales increases of 20% vs. the more complicated smells … (12 comments)

home staging: Staging your Schaumburg Home to Sell, Phase 5 - 11/04/11 03:13 AM
Welcome back to Stage-apalooza and this is the last and toughest Phase 5.  This is an agonizing phase for most people because it deals with clutter.  Unless you'rea hoarder you know that you possibly have too many trinkets and chotchkie scattered about. These are distractions that buyers do not need to see! 
Here's help and suggestions on how to unclutter your home and show your home's maximum storage potential.  You are after all selling space and storage.  
Salvation Army Locations Lookup
WINGS (Women in Need Growing Stronger) Resale Stores
Recycle an old refrigerator & make $$
Prepacking Video Checklist
Depersonalizing Video Checklist

Staging and readying your home … (6 comments)

home staging: Staging your Schaumburg Home to Sell, Phase 4 - 10/04/11 01:46 AM
Welcome back to Stage-apalooza and in this 4th Phase of the program I want to talk about updates and repairs to your home.  
It's common knowledge that buyers are looking for the home with the least amount of work and the best price.  If you have a misconception that buyers want to 'do it their way' you are unfortunately going to be in for a rude awakening 180 days down the road and your home still hasn't sold!
Now that I've burst your balloon what can you do? You can prepare your home to be the most neutral that it can be to … (5 comments)

home staging: Staging Advice - Preparing your Schaumburg Home to Sell, Phase 3 - 09/28/11 03:56 AM
Is your home ready for it's internet debut? Staging is all about getting your home ready to be seen by all the interested buyers on the internet. So your home better be ready for it's first photo shoot!In this 3rd phase of my Stage-apalooza Series we will talk about how your home is perceived on-line as well as with initial curb appeal.Most professionals in our business agree that you only have 90 seconds to make a good first impression. That's not much time by anyone's standards. In fact, pictures of your home are so important these days I've decided to include … (2 comments)

home staging: Staging your Schaumburg IL Home to Sell, Phase 2 - 09/22/11 06:08 AM
Welcome back to Stage-apalooza Phase 2.  This segment of the program is considered the 'meat and potatoes', the 'heavy lifting portion' of putting your home on the market to sell.  All parts and segments of staging your home are important and will eventually blend together to make your home shine on the market.  With proper planning and direction these videos will give you examples on what will make the largest impact for your future buyers.

Sellers should not feel reluctant to stage their home.  It is just presenting the home in it's best possible light to future buyers.  Buyers in … (2 comments)

home staging: Home Staging - See how it can Really Open up the Space - 10/28/10 03:58 AM
HOME STAGING TIP - This post gives the best reason the have your home staged in my opinion - to show off the space your selling!  Even in a smaller home a room can feel spacious.
This post is from Maureen Bray a stager from Portland Oregon. She has given us a great 'tutorial' here with before & after pictures.  You don't have to fill every single square foot of your house with furniture!
I'm going to keep after you sellers until you get this stuff!  Enjoy!

                                      Home Staging can Really Open up the Space, even in a Portland … (11 comments)

home staging: Seven Home Staging Steps That Will Sell Your Home! - 08/18/10 01:39 AM
Sellers here's some great advice!  Define the space!  If you have been using your Dining Room area for a children's play center, buyers will not remember the 'function' of the room any other way.  Your room's function is a 'Dining Room' - as a family eating/gathering area not a pink Barbie play area!
Define the space with the highest $$ use for the broadest range of buyers.  This also applies for your Familyroom if used as a play area.  A garage that has been transformed into a 'Man Cave'.
This is from Sharon Tara a stager from New Hampshire.  Enjoy!   

Seven Home Staging Steps … (5 comments)

home staging: HOME SELLING ADVICE - Staged for Sale with 'before' and 'after' pictures - 06/09/10 08:00 AM
STAGING YOUR HOME WORKS!  Well that's the 100th time I've said it here on my blog.  Here are some great before & after pictures from a victorian home in Rockford that Michelle Hess from Simply Staged worked on.
People want to see a home they can live in, not 'how it could look' or 'how it should look'.  There are just too many homes on the market for buyers to choose from and they will just go on to the 'next' one.
Don't be a 'next'!.  We're outta' here!

Touring this Rockford Victorian home is truly an exploration.  With the many rooms … (4 comments)

home staging: 10 Home Staging Tips to Make Your House Look like a Model Home - 06/06/10 05:58 AM
Can't go wrong with 10 more Home Staging Tips from an area stager that been on HGTV, Julea Joseph.
Keep all these important tips in mind when getting your home ready to sell.

What is it about Model homes that make them so appealing?  Is it the freshness of all new; is it the sassy paint colors, the perfectly placed furniture, art and accessories or the beautiful groomed backyard that makes you want to plop right down on that comfy club chair, or light the grill on the patio?  Well.... Yes to all the above.  A builder hold hosts to … (3 comments)

home staging: Staging Advice - Make those REPAIRS - 05/29/10 06:21 AM
Not more staging advice!  Yes I'm going to keep giving it to you sellers out there until every one of you 'gets it'. 
This post is about 'Repairs' and how doing routine repairs & chores can blanket your home with buyer good will.  If buyers feel they don't have to 'do alot of work' for the price - your home will be elevated to the top of the heap! 
Enjoy the advice from Ginger Foust a home stager from Fresno, CA.

Sellers and Realtors: Staging Education, Part Two, Repairs

Part of my role as a professional home stager is to … (1 comments)

home staging: The Top 20 Tacky Staging Techniques - 05/24/10 04:46 AM
Sellers Advice here!  The Top 20 Tacky Staging Techniques will give you some great ideas on what not to do. If it looks phony or contrived - get rid of it. 
Plastic plants - plant them firmly in your recycle bin.
Wine bottles near the whirlpool?  It's not the Sybaris (only in Chicagoland) folks.
The picture below looks like someone put a rose thru a shredder.  How romantic!  It's making me swoon.
Angela Voss a stager from Washington gives you these great suggestions on how not to make yourself the laughing stock of the real estate community!  We take pictures of all this … (3 comments)

home staging: Create An Exterior Sanctuary To Gain An Advantage When Selling - 04/28/10 10:51 AM
Curb Appeal - do you have it?  Do you want it?  This is a great post on how to create the 'WOW' factor when you put your home up for sale.  Most buyers will not even go into a house if they don't like how your home looks on the outside!  It's really that important!  Buyers will just sit in their car - stare for a few moments and stay 'Next'. 
Enjoy this post from John Mulkey and don't forget that your exterior should show as well as your interior! 

In today’s competitive housing market, sellers can create an exterior sanctuary to gain an advantage when … (2 comments)

home staging: The Sale Of Your House Could Depend On The Answer To This Question - 04/06/10 12:00 PM
How does your home look standing on the sidewalk? Is the front of your home welcoming or does it say 'No one's lived here for quite some time?'
First impressions count - make it lasting as you won't get a second chance.  Great staging advice from Sharon Tara in New Hampshire.
Do you know which door is the most important door when it comes to marketing your house for sale?  It's the door that potential buyers will be using to enter your house.  It's the door where the infamous  "first impression" is made.
Which door will potential buyers be using?  I'm surprised at how many … (4 comments)

home staging: Staging your home really helps it sell! - 02/09/10 01:19 AM
Advice to Sellers - Staging your home really helps it sell! Last week was really a 'visual' week in extremes.  My one post entitled 'The glamorous job of a Realtor©' tried to show you the kinds of homes that we might see during the course of showing or on listing appointments.  One of the things that I desperately try to point out to sellers is the competition that is currently on the market in our area.  When I do a listing appointment I come armed with how many homes are in a particular price range, absorption rates for your city and a … (13 comments)

home staging: Home Sale Staging - It's not a bunch of 'Hooey' and here's the reasons why! - 02/05/10 03:40 AM
Yes I said HOOEY!  You are making a sad mistake Mr. or Ms. Seller by not paying attention to a trend that is now becoming mandatory.  Think buyers won't care or don't care how your vacant home shows?  Read the stats here. 
Now before you say, Oh Lyn, there you go whining again about staging!  Yep, I'm not going to stop because it's that important.  It's not about how YOU feel, it's about what your buyers will think or do think.  Got that?  It's about them. 
So enough of my mini rant and please read this post from a stager in … (5 comments)

home staging: Staging Advice - who says nothing ever happens in the Northwest Suburbs? - 12/22/09 08:39 AM
Who says that nothing ever happens our Chicago Area on HGTV?  Interested in staging your home?  Transform that vacant house?  Want to get great advice and not turn your home into a decorating disaster? 
This is an HGTV Clip of a before and after scenario from Julea Joseph a stager from Palos Park that has currently aired in our area.
Enjoy the suggestions!

See what Julea does for an empty space, for new homeowners on My First Place. 
Air Time  Thursday - December 8th and December 22nd.  7:30 pm CST! http://www.hgtv.com/my-first-place/picky-and-plugging-away/index.html
The … (7 comments)

home staging: Home Selling Advice - Is that the refrigerator? I think it might be? - 10/21/09 01:47 AM
Well here's another hit over the head Sellers on decluttering your home and removing the #1 eyesore source of clutter - the refrigerator stuff!  Yes, it's cute your kids did that dinosaur freehand in charcoal but you don't need it when selling your home! Uncle Bob with that photoshopped fish he caught in Minnesota can also be put away. 
As this post from stager Jennifer Grant in South Carolina points out, buyers look everywhere and expect everything to be clean especially in the kithen!  Words like 'Sparkle and Shine' should be the norm not the exception!
Here's another post I did on … (6 comments)

home staging: If I Sound Redundant, It's Because You Are Not Listening - 10/05/09 11:52 AM
Staging, Selling Advice, Clean up your house!  It seems that this is the most talked about subject when selling your home.  The reason I picked this post is because it's true!  Buyers don't want to look at all the 'stuff' cluttering up your home! They don't care how you live!
Pig pen, pig stye as they say in the Midwest is not the optimum look I'm personally going for when showing or listing a home! 
Here's another post I've recently done on the same subject - It Better Shine!
So hope you enjoy this post from JL Boney in Columbia South Carolina.  … (5 comments)

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