home staging: Staging Secrets You Won't Find on the Internet! - 03/07/18 10:13 AM
The best 30 minutes you'll spend!
Want to make as much money as you can from the sale of your property? Don't know why your property wouldn't sell and want to know how?  You know you have to do it but do you know how to do it effectively? Just another home staging seminar? Nope! You've seen the shows and researched online but it's a lot more than de-cluttering and furniture arrangement. What are the secrets to making it really effective?
I'm going share my proven secrets and tell you how to take home staging to the next level.
Today’s market place is … (0 comments)

home staging: Real Results of Staging Suggestions: Secondary Bedrooms - 12/13/15 09:05 PM
If a bedroom has changed to another function such as an office or sewing room, it should be converted back.  Many buyers are not able to imagine the room as its intended use and leave thinking the house had fewer bedrooms than they were looking for.
Depending on the target market, a bedroom can be staged as you need it if it matches the or converted into a room you wouldn’t necessarily use but could be of interest to your potential buyer. For example,  If there is a high school in the neighborhood and you have a spare room, design a room that … (4 comments)

home staging: Real Results of Staging Suggestions: The Master Bathroom - 12/06/15 11:44 PM
The best thing to remember is that this is the place where your potential buyer will be getting for work every day.  It should make them feel special and a treat to be in.  Bathrooms are very important to keep absolutely spotless.  These rooms should feel like a spa and there should be no evidence of who used the room.  Pack away all personal items in baskets and place under the sink.  Also it is important you do not forget to put the toilet seat cover down, EVER! 
Blue is always the first color to go, because it has so many variations … (6 comments)

home staging: Real Results of Staging Suggestions: The Master Bedroom - 12/06/15 10:43 PM
Potential buyers typically buy into a lifestyle in this room, so give them serenity, peace and quiet.  Keep in mind this is the place your potential buyer will be sleeping every night so spoil them with its potential.
A vacant room can give the impression the room is much smaller than it really is.  Furniture needs to be there to provide a sense of scale.  This room was fitted with sizable furniture to display its space.  Bedding colors and arrangement was used to provide a sense of calm and luxury.
The above master bedroom broke the rules used in typical … (4 comments)

home staging: Real Results of Staging Suggestions: The Dining Room - 11/30/15 12:32 AM
It is important buyers are able to imagine their family and friend gathering together for dining, special occasions and social time. This room should look and feel warm, inviting and spacious.
Once baby and personal items were removed, walls were painted a staging safe color, Ivory Beige.  Soft Copper was painted on one wall to coordinate with the flooring, a fixed item.
The lighting fixture was updated to accommodate styling of the house and plants, buffet, and antique sewing machine were removed to allow for more space. 
The table was moved away from the breakfast bar and angled to allow for … (2 comments)

home staging: Real Results of Staging Suggestions: The Kitchen - 11/25/15 10:22 PM
The kitchen is one of the primary areas of a house expected to be great.  It should be updated, stylish, spacious, practical and absolutely spotless.  The buyer needs to be able to imagine preparing meals; you are selling a lifestyle in the kitchen. Removing everyday items from counters will prevent them from thinking about chores and enable them to imagine joyous events, like holidays or having friends and family over for dinner.
If you have a kitchen that looks like it may need an update, some quick and inexpensive options can make a world of difference.
Change the hardware Install a … (4 comments)

home staging: 5 Things That Could Devalue Your Home - 11/20/15 01:35 AM
It is imperative to get your home ready for today's high market expecations but you can go too far. The following blog is a great list of considerations.
5 Things That Could Devalue Your Home
When it comes to listing your home on the market, a common concern is wanting to increase its value and allow it to stay competitive in the local area. Many people work to remodel their property or make minor upgrades to increase the selling potential of their home. Although you should   take certain steps to increase what your home is truly worth, there are a few … (3 comments)

home staging: Real Results of Staging Suggestions: The Living Room - 11/16/15 12:36 AM
This is part three of an 11 part series of real results of home staging case scenarios.
The Living Room
Second to the entrance-way, the living room leaves an important impression; setting up expectations of the remainder of the house.  It is important potential buyers instantly feel at home. Arrange the furniture in an intimate conversation area but that also accommodates traffic flow.
Two very distinct goals are priority: easy traffic flow and focal point. Buyers should be able to walk freely through the room without too much effort to watching where they’re going and layout with a focal point should enable a buyer to see … (1 comments)

home staging: Real Results of Curb Appeal Suggestions - 11/07/15 11:54 PM
It’s one thing to read tips and tricks to getting your home ready for the real estate market, it’s quite another to actually see before/after pictures to demonstrate results. In this and following blogs, I’m going to demonstrate results of suggestions to the various areas that are important to pay attention to.
There was a time when curb appeal was your first impression but we all know this is not the case anymore because your online photos are now. This doesn’t mean you’re off the hook though. The minute the for sale sign is posted on the property, people driving by will … (4 comments)

home staging: 10 Staging Secrets to Make Your Home Feel More Spacious - 11/01/15 11:20 PM
Maximizing your opportunity to “Wow” potential buyers is what home staging is all about.  It is to make your home be more appealing than others they will be comparing yours to. The number of square feet is not usually something you can control but you can give the impression that less can feel like more. Here are 10 secrets to achieve this:
I have a four foot rule. Anything above 4 feet from the floor will contribute to closing in the room so minimize displays on the wall. Anything hanging on the wall should have a purpose and be light in colour. The four foot … (17 comments)

home staging: Pretty or Practical: Which Did the Buyer Choose? - 06/20/14 12:30 AM
You want to sell and well, you weren't going to move but for whatever reason you find yourself needing to sell your home.  There are so many things left undone, so where do you start? Do you get to the windows that needed replacing, the new furnace, roof? Or just declutter, stage and take care of the pretty aspect. 
I took buyers out viewing again after having viewed many houses, so they are quite used to a certain standard within their price range. We went into a home with all the practical things updated, such as, windows, doors, roof, downspouts (no … (1 comments)

home staging: It's February & Love Is In The Air - Yet Another Favourite Client! - 02/03/14 12:08 AM
This is the third and final installment of Lisa Von Domek's February challenge for Activerainers to share their favourite client transactions. It's really difficult to just pick three because I've been very fortunate to have many great clients and transactions.  Here's the first and second.
Another reason why I love my job is because I see results when I help clients succeed.  My favourite home staging experience is without a doubt a client who had a 5400 sq.ft property trying to sell in the winter, five active children in sports, a law practice and a husband living in their new home in another … (5 comments)

home staging: How Does One Go About Detaching Their Feelings From a Home of Memories - 12/17/13 03:04 AM
Downsizing has become a popular word; aging boomers are increasingly looking to lighten the load and sell the family home. They aren't like seniors of previous generations, deciding that it's okay to start a new chapter and not wait for the book to end.
Easy to say, downsizing, but it is a daunting task to sort through all the memories and figure out what can stay and what should go without hurting loved ones who gave gifts over the years. So where do you start?
I've worked with many seniors going through this transition and have suggestions that may seem simple … (3 comments)

home staging: Why Should I Spend Money on My Property When I'm Moving? - 11/28/13 12:24 AM

As with any professional home stager you talk to, they'll agree this is a common response to consultations recommending certain improvements.  It's a natural reaction, especially to people who are from a generation that bought and sold houses for years. This of course, happening before several factors came into play to change the approach to selling real estate in the 21st century.
First being lifestyles. Life is just so darn busy! Work, housework, kids, kids' busy lives, family. And if they're in the sandwich generation where they have both kids and parents to care for, they're stressed to the max. … (18 comments)

home staging: Take My Advice I'm Not Using It - Part Four - 01/30/11 01:00 PM
I've been writing a little lately about my professional advice vs personal preferences when it comes to owning an average house in an average price point. Even though I know what the majority of potential home buyers are looking for or expecting but I just can't help but wonder why. For example, Granite or marble counter tops.
They are so veryexpensive, beautiful yes, but expensive.  What concerns me further is that everyone I speak to who has owned granite or marble counter tops talk about how difficult they are to keep. I don't know personally because I've never owned a home with them but come … (7 comments)

home staging: Take My Advice I'm Not Using It - Part Three - 12/21/10 02:51 AM
I've been writing a little lately about my professional advice and personal preferences.  Even though I've researched and know what the majority of potential home buyers are looking for, I can't help but wonder why. For example, tile floors. 
Okay, they are beautiful I’ll give you that but have you ever dropped a breakable item on tile floor? It certainly wouldn’t shatter on a vinyl floor as it would on tile and it would have a chance of not breaking at all. And aren't marble floors beautiful to look at.  I've seen them in the kitchen, the entrance and bathroom. Has anyone thought about water … (14 comments)

home staging: Take My Advice I'm Not Using It - Part Two - 12/16/10 05:51 AM
I have to confess that my upbringing in a time of restraint and reasonable expectations of a standard of living influences my point of view.  I didn't grow up with highend products in a home nor did any of my friends.  I happen to know as well that we were the majority that didn't live in homes that look like they should be in a magazine. So here's another confession... I prefer carpet.
What's the problem with carpet? I've researched carpets because of allergy sensitivities. I found that carpets keep the dust from being air born unlike hardwood or ceramic floors. … (7 comments)

home staging: Take My Advice I'm Not Using It - Part One - 12/16/10 05:21 AM
Okay, I'm coming out of the closet!  I realize there may be a big backlash but I just can't keep it to myself any longer. I've been providing clients with professional advice on how to best prepare their homes for sale for about five years now and even have a book published, "Do Your Own Home Staging" which outlines in detail many tips and tricks but I have a personal confession to make. I even take pride in keeping up with the latest trends that influence buyers to purchase.
I'm going to date myself self for saying this but I grew up before everyday people … (9 comments)

home staging: Seniors Deserve More! - 09/28/10 09:15 AM
I just returned from visiting with an elderly woman who recognizes that she needs to sell her property but hasn't yet because she is overwhelmed by the very thought of moving.  As we sat and talked for a couple of hours, I really got to know her and the challenges she faces every day.  I too would be overwhelmed... and frustrated for that matter. 
She knew some of the basics in preparing a property for today's market expectations so she was packing a little at a time.  Her endeavors ended when she couldn't move the box once it was packed.  So there it sat, in … (7 comments)

home staging: Home Staging Secrets Revealed at the Cole Harbour Library - 05/24/10 02:15 PM
Home Staging Secrets Revealed at the Cole Harbour Library, May 26th, 7pm.
I am revealing many secrets you find anywhere on the Internet, guaranteed!   If you're thinking of selling, getting ready to sell or frustrated that your property just won't sell, join me.  If you just want to know why it's an essential part of selling in today's marketplace and learn lots of stagers' secrets, join me.
I look forward to meeting you!

Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax (Royal LePage Atlantic) Rainmaker large

Tina Parker

CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax

Bedford, NS

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Royal LePage Atlantic

Address: 102-7071 Bayers Road, Bedford & Dartmouth, Halifax, NS

Mobile: 902-229-5799

Office: 902-453-1700

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As a designated Certified Negotiation Expert, Certified Real Estate Digital Marketing, Seniors Real Estate Specialist & Certified Staging Professional REALTOR®, Tina will combine proven home staging techniques with over 25 combined years experience in design and marketing strategies, using insight into the minds of potential buyers to produce an effective marketing approach. Effective strategies to help with your real estate goals!




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