tweak: Flip with lots of Style....Not lots of Bucks - 08/09/09 04:01 PM

This flip house is a good example of how a small investment in staging can really transform a house. With 2 visits, some cleaning, light staging and new pictures really helps this house stand out to buyers without great expense to the owner. Better than a price reduction.
The budget didn't allow to change the living room fan. The fan worked and was ok, just brass and a bit worn. I painted the brass white, turned the blades from the dark side to the white and we basically had a "new" fan. Great improvement for the room - minimal … (0 comments)

tweak: Staging turns into project management - Guess How Much - 08/09/09 03:40 PM
I was referred by one of my best agent partners to consult with a client who needed to list their vacant home. Not only was the home vacant, it was 16 years old and had not been updated....and needed it.
The owners commute an hour and twenty each way to their business and just did not have time nor desire to supervise this rehab. They wanted me to take it over and then stage.  I agreed. It's been an adventure that I have enjoyed. We had to change all the floors, paint, lights and most countertops and hardware.
The clients didn't … (0 comments)

tweak: TWEAK Your House Before you List - 03/20/09 05:31 AM
As an active home stager and marketing consultant, I am often asked when is the best time to stage or prep a home for sale. I am also asked "Do I really need to go to that much trouble?"  I do find that many more homesellers are understanding the importance of careful staging. And the best time to do it is way before you list. Normal scenario is "Homeowner decides to sell. Gets agent. Agent recommends they change a few things or get a staging consultation. Agent is anxious to list. Seller is anxious to sell. Time to prep house is … (1 comments)

tweak: How do you sell Grandma's house to the Grandchildren? - 03/15/09 08:01 PM
This was the family home for 40 years. While well maintained, it was very personalized and somewhat dated. The target audience was the 30 something market. TWEAK was brought in right after grandma moved out. I consulted on paint, lighting, what to leave, what to keep. I used mostly the owner's items. I brought in some art, rug and plants. I finished staging on a thursday. Open house on Sunday. Under contract on THursday. I hope to have more pics on my site this week.
So the answer to the question stage it!!


tweak: Forget the Cuckoo clock, Where's Grandma???? - 11/15/08 08:55 AM
I mentioned in a previous blog on my page about the homeseller who said to "do whatever you need to do to sell this house, only don't touch the cuckoo clock", and left town. I staged and immediately started getting showings. (After 6 months on the market with no interest)
Now I get am email from the agent asking if I remember moving a box in the Living room. Well, there were tons of stuff in every room and I moved everything (except the cuckoo clock of course). It seems the seller forgot to mention that Grandma's ashes were in a … (1 comments)

tweak: It's November. What does that mean for Staging? - 11/10/08 03:34 AM
November usually signals the beginning of the "slow season" for real estate. And of course the numbers bear that out.  However, if it's YOUR house that needs to be sold right now, you don't want to hear about the "slow season" or any other excuse for your house not selling.
There are always buyers out there. You just need to offer more to get their attention. That's where staging can help tremendously. My staging offers Product Improvement that every property needs.  Also,  when it's November and  close to the holidays, I usually add a few touches to allow buyers to make … (2 comments)

tweak: You have to check this out - 11/06/08 08:07 AM
 A couple of blogs ago, I mentioned a staging project that was going to be dramatic. It is. It's an occupied property that had too much personalization. The owner left town and said "Do whatever you need to do to sell. Only don't touch the cuckoo clock."  I've posted the first round of Before and AFter pictures on my website under Portfolio page 3.
We accomplished much in 4 days. The seller came to the ususal conclusion after this process." I have too much crap in my life."

tweak: Looking for a few savvy agents in Greenville SC Who Value Staging - 10/30/08 06:24 AM
I've worked on my business model (trial and error) and have decided that what works best for everyone is a relationship with a good agent or team that understands the value that staging brings and offers a staging consultation as part of his or her marketing services. I have room for about 2 more agents/teams. If you are an agent in the Greenville-Spartanburg area and would like to be considered for a TWEAK partnership, please contact me soon. You can visit my website to see services and read some success stories (Portfolio pages)
M.Lisa Harrison

Mona Lisa Harrison, The Help You Need To Sell Your House (

Mona Lisa Harrison

The Help You Need To Sell Your House

Greenville, SC

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Address: Greenville , SC , 29615

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