home staging minneapolis mn: Do You Need to Stage Your Home in a Seller's Market? - 07/17/20 10:18 AM
I know many people are asking that question and wondering if home staging is needed when inventory is low and homes are selling quickly. The answer may depend a bit but if you don't stage, may you be leaving some money on the table? 
Let's say you list your home 'as is' and you put the asking price a bit lower so you don't have to do much of anything. You get an offer within a few weeks, maybe a few thousand below list but overall the percentage is still really good. Ok great!
But now let's say you bring in a … (22 comments)

home staging minneapolis mn: What Today's Home Buyers Want - 04/13/20 08:20 AM
Better Homes & Gardens did a Home Buyer Study to see what millennials are looking for in their first home. The 'next-gen' buyers may give you some insight on what to do to assist in the sale of your  home.
 
#1 ) Purchase With A Plan to Stay
 
36% of these potential buyers see themselves living in that home at least 10 years. I remember when that statistic was 4-5 years. What does that mean? It means that the view of a starter home has changed. These buyers are now investing in more expensive homes with more square footage and areas with good … (3 comments)

home staging minneapolis mn: Outdoor Spaces When You Are Selling Your Home - 06/06/19 04:47 PM
It's finally summer and with the brutal winter that occurred throughout most of the upper Midwest and beyond, people want to be outside. When working with sellers, one of the things I advise them on during a Home Staging Consultation is to treat almost any outdoor living space as additional square footage.
 
I know it is not counted towards the square footage total in valuing your home, but many buyers gravitate towards the outdoor spaces and you need to give them priority.
 
Whether it is a deck, patio, screened in porch or front porch, they all need to be addressed.
 
With a front porch … (7 comments)

home staging minneapolis mn: Parade of Homes Starts Today! Minneapolis MN - 03/01/19 03:14 PM
I love the Parade of Homes and it starts today! Even though it doesn't feel like Spring in Minneapolis, the start of the Parade signals the start of the Spring Market and that brings hope that the days will become longer and trees should start to bud soon.
 
 
Tour 472 New Construction homes at all price levels. Free guidebooks are available at Holiday Station stores. You can map out a certain area of the Twin Cities or choose based on price.
If you have never been to any Parade of Homes I encourage you to do so. Even if you are not in … (4 comments)

home staging minneapolis mn: One Level Living - Not Just for 55+ - 10/19/18 08:50 AM
Yes it is in demand! From the 55+ market to young families, more and more people are looking to one level living for ease.
It's not for everyone. In our area many of the one level living homes have one bedroom on the main level plus will have a full lower level with one to three bedrooms. This may not work for a family with infants or young children as parents will want the kiddo's bedrooms on the same floor theirs.
Many one level living homes however have at least two bedrooms on the main level if not three.
I recently staged a model … (4 comments)

home staging minneapolis mn: Fall Decor When Selling Your Home - 10/05/18 04:39 AM
I ran into this situation this week while doing a Home Staging Consultation. The home owner had filled every room with Fall decor. Table tops, baskets of pumpkins on the floor, little scarecrows hanging here and there, towels with leaves hanging in the bath. 
 
There is a right and wrong way to enjoy the seasons while selling your home.
 
Wrong Way:
 
Having Your Seasonal Decor Overwhelm The Features of Your Home:
 
This can happen even without seasonal decor, it's called clutter. You don't want buyers looking at your 'things' as they are not buying your things. You want them looking at the architectural features … (11 comments)

home staging minneapolis mn: Tips for Selling Your Home When You Have Kids - Home Staging Minneapolis - 08/17/18 12:43 PM
Selling your home is not easy nor convenient. When you have children it is even more challenging and much more inconvenient.
A common theme I run into on most Home Staging Consultations is toys. It seems as though young kids just have a lot of them. I'm sure it is all because of Grandma and Grandpa. :)   
Many parents struggle as to what to do with all the toys that are in the living room, the dining room, their bedrooms, the family room, the bath tub and just about everywhere else.
Here are my recommendations:
 
Toys Are Not the First Thing the Buyer Should … (1 comments)

home staging minneapolis mn: A Couple Quick Tips when Selling your Home in the Summer - 07/19/18 08:49 AM
There are a couple things I see in the summer when doing Home Staging Consultations that many times need to be addressed and are super easy to correct.
 
1. Cobwebs

 
 
For most of us, we go in and out of our homes through the garage door, very rarely using the front door or even taking a look at it. In the summer months a cobweb can appear in a matter of hours. Sometimes it seems like minutes.
Every day when I water the flowers on my front steps I see cobwebs in the corners of the house and around the door. I spray … (3 comments)

home staging minneapolis mn: The Top 3 Staging Items to Purchase - Home Staging Minneapolis - 06/11/18 06:45 PM
Most people associate Home Staging with the dreaded 'D' word. Declutter! They think that a Home Stager will come in and tell them what they need to take out and remove.
That is part of it but most of my home staging consultations also include tips for the homeowner of items to purchase to make the home shine a little brighter. There are three top items I seem to always be recommending. These three things are not updates to the house or upgrades. They are items that you can take with you when the home sells.
1. New Towels
New towels are the best … (13 comments)

home staging minneapolis mn: How Do You Feel About a Little Bling? - 04/05/18 07:58 AM
Most of the clients that I have worked with have heard that question from me. Many get a puzzled look on their face and some get downright scared. Especially the men!
I usually throw out that question when I am talking to them about their lighting. Lighting is a key factor whether you are staging your home for sale or updating it for enjoyment. Lighting will always give a room lighting; but I think it should also give a room character!
Lighting should make a statement and leave an impression.This couldn't be more important than when you are selling your home. Have the … (11 comments)

home staging minneapolis mn: Why Go to the Parade of Homes? Minneapolis MN - 03/02/18 11:12 AM
Many people think the Parade of Homes is just if you are in the market to build a new home; or to see the pretty decorations. Both of these are great reasons to go but there is another couple reasons you may want to go if you plan on selling your home soon.
1.Pay Attention To What Is There
By this I mean take it ALL in.
What are the paint colors? How many paint colors are used throughout the house? What do the light fixtures look like? Look at the floors, what is the stain color of the hardwoods? Does the carpet … (10 comments)

home staging minneapolis mn: But I Love My Themed Home! - 10/12/17 12:26 PM
What is a 'themed' house and is it okay?
 
A themed house is one that fits a very specific decorating motif. Such as a beach theme, or a desert theme. Is it okay to have one? Absolutely! Unless you are selling your home. Then I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news but if you are selling, the theme has got to go.
A themed house, or even a themed room can turn off any buyer that does not like that theme. They may not like the feel of the house, or they can't see past the theme to see the … (8 comments)

home staging minneapolis mn: A Blog Post about Doors! Home Staging Minneapolis MN - 08/03/17 08:50 AM
It is....a post about doors! And no it's  not a construction post, ha. I recently was on vacation and one of the places we visited was Carmel-By-The-Sea, California. I fell in love with it!! And one of the main reasons was because of the doors. OH MY GOSH!
 
 
 
 
 
I seriously could not stop looking and photographing doors. Front doors, garage doors, gates and doors to gardens. Oh my! The character, the charm, the uniqueness got me to thinking.....why don't we all have great doors?
 
 
 
 
I have a boring front door. I paint it a different color every year to bring life to it … (6 comments)

home staging minneapolis mn: If You Can See Through It - Clean It! Home Staging Minneapolis MN - 06/26/17 07:16 AM
When selling your house, if you can see through it, it must sparkle!
Let's look at the list:
Windows:
 
 
That means inside and out, all levels of your home and yes the screens too. Your home does show better without the screens at all so clean them and put them in your storage area.
Dirt, grim, winter grit all need to go! That includes the tracks of the window sills.
 
Light Fixtures:
 
 
Buyers don't know if the light fixtures are worn, corroded or just plain old dirty. Spit and polish is the key on both interior and exterior light fixtures.
 
Glass shower doors:
 
 
Ugh....soap build up and water spots … (23 comments)

home staging minneapolis mn: Advice You May Need if Selling Your Home - 01/13/17 08:39 AM
I was at a home yesterday doing a Home Staging Consultation and I ran into an issue that I see over and over again. Lack of light!
Plain and simple.....buyers do not like dark houses. I think you could look at hundreds of feedback comments on homes and never see "The house just had too much natural light." or "The  house was just too bright." You just never hear that.
But you do hear, "The house was so dark." or "Boy there just wasn't any natural light."
Perhaps your home has all of it's windows facing north or it was built in the decades … (34 comments)

home staging minneapolis mn: Decorating Your Home After the Holidays - 12/19/16 08:39 AM
You know that time of year when you just put your Christmas decorations away and you haven't brought your normal stuff back out? Your house is looking a little bare and maybe you are liking the uncluttered look. Or maybe you can't wait to get everything back out and in it's right place.
This is the perfect time to give your home a new look without spending any money!  It is amazing how the simplest changes can bring a fresh look. 
 

First, look at how your furniture is arranged. Perhaps you had to move the furniture to make room for your … (8 comments)

home staging minneapolis mn: The History of Blue Porch Ceilings - 11/16/16 09:38 PM
Have you ever seen a blue porch ceiling? Maybe looking up and thinking "well that's pretty". It is pretty but there is a history behind them.
When I designed this farmhouse style house I wanted to do some unique things and you don't see the blue ceilings much in the north as it was originated in the deep south. It made its way to the east coast into Victorian homes and has recently seen a revival of interest throughout the country.
Originally called 'Haint' blue, haint is the Gullah pronunciation of haunt. First used in Charleston, South Carolina in the early 1800s the … (4 comments)

home staging minneapolis mn: Bring the Farmhouse Style into Your Own Home - 11/16/16 09:34 PM
On my last post I showed photos of a farmhouse that I designed from the ground up. Not everyone has the luxury to buy or build a new home but they like the farmhouse look that has been made popular by Chip and Joanna Gaines of the hit HGTV show "Fixer Upper". If that's you, know that you can achieve the look in your home.
I really think the reason this look has become so popular is that it is a throwback to a simpler time. The home is warm, inviting, and looks like it has been put together over time. Items … (5 comments)

home staging minneapolis mn: New hope for a tired house. Home Staging Minneapolis - 08/20/16 12:31 AM
Houses are just tired sometimes and need some new life. That was the case at this property in New Hope, MN.
Most of the changes were very light cosmetic things. Paint, flooring and new lighting. The kitchen and bathrooms did however get a full makeover bringing them into the current decade.
Take a look!
 
First impressions are key and this is the room you see right inside the front door. Yes the room was painted but the key to this room was exposing the original hardwood floors under the carpet. Having them refinished added extra glam and shine.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paint and light fixtures are huge when … (5 comments)

home staging minneapolis mn: The Story of a Chair. Home Staging Minneapolis, MN - 08/09/16 10:39 PM
If a chair could tell a story I wonder what it would say? Especially this chair.
 
 
I saw this chair in a house that was going to be remodeled; I was hired to do all the design selections and then stage it. When I saw the chair I knew it was a classic, well made and had been a stunner in it's day.
 
Who had owned it? What stories had it heard?  
 
 
 
 
 
The house had basically been abandoned after a death and estate issue. I asked the investor if I could have the chair and he said "sure." I called my upholsterer, had him … (7 comments)

 
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