Let's Get into the Christmas Spirit with Home Staging!! .....part 2

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Family traditions are so important and that's why we fell in love with the Elf on The Shelf book set. Inside the book set you will find an antique-style Elf, formed to sit on a shelf or perch in your house, as well as a book that explains what the Elf is for. He has an important job. This Elf is assigned to watch over your family and report back to Santa each night about who has been naughty or nice that day. By morning he's back but he's in a different place in the house for a daily hide-and-seek ritual that will delight your kids and adults alike.

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It is a fun tradition to sit down together at the beginning of the Christmas season and read the book. We chose to start this on Thanksgiving weekend.  Your kids can name the Elf and enter the name on the certificate at the back of the book. You can also go online and register your Elf on the author's web site. (Interesting side note, as researching this tradition I found that the Illustrator is a local, she is from Cincinnati.  Her name is Coe Steinwart.)This Elf is a fun way to bring the family closer together at the hectic Holidays and remind us of the good ol' fashioned Christmas spirit.   We all know that the elves work for Santa. But who knew you could have one work in your own home?

If you have small children, grandchildren, or you just know a child, Elf on the Shelf is fun for a child of any age. Every morning when they get up they would race downstairs to see where the Elf was that day. As we learned, you had better have a story in your hip pocket to explain why the Elf is still in the same spot after you forgot to move it before bed the night before.

   Here are some other fun ideas:

  • Use fake snow to leave a trail around the house, to show where the elf has flown around.
  • Dribble cookie crumbs on the elf and leave him next to the cookies, as if he ate some.
  • While I could go on and on about holiday traditions or ways to decorate your home for the holidays, lets talk about something else... 

How about how to prepare and get your home ready for market. How do you make your home a Buyer's Desire?!?

  So to incorporate the 2 subjects we will instead of singing the 5 Golden Rings from the "12 Days of Christmas"...lets sing the 5 Tips to Home Staging!

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Staging Tip #2  

If it's dirty, clean it! 
If it can't be cleaned, paint it or replace it!

Q-Tip clean is the goal!  Leave no crack dusty much less gooey!!  Clean walls, floors and fixtures!  Wash windows, decks and sidewalks!  Professionally clean carpets, if they won't come clean, replacing them with a moderately priced carpet will save you money at the negotiating table.  

cleaning lady picTake the stress out of that last minute cleaning before an open house.  Our cleaning team will dust, vacuum, and clean to give that professional touch that makes a good impression.  Moving out and need a thorough cleaning after the home is vacated? Our team will give it the white glove, leaving a home move-in ready for the new owners. 


What a Home Buyer perceives as a "bad smell" in a house can make or break a deal.  Does your house pass the smell teest?  Unfortunately, as much as your pet is a beloved part of the family he/she may leave a lingering odor that non-pet owners do not appreciate and therefore your buyer pool is reduced even more.  Do you love to cook with garlic?  Many food odors can linger in the air as well as smoke.  Try and refrain from smoking in the house while it is on the market.  Keep the garbage empty and occasionally grind up an orange peel in your garbage disposal to keep it smelling nice.  You can easily purchase a coffee mug warmer and warm scented oil or scented tart in a glass bowl to infuse a pleasant smell throughout the house.  Be careful on the scent that you choose.  Do not let it overwhelm the space. 

   ...stay tuned for Tips #3 thru #5.


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Tricia Hanley
Pacificquest Auction Services LLC - Silverdale, WA

Wonderful post! Thanks! I could not wait another minute! We put up the tree today! I love Elf on the Shelf! But we watched ELF the movie as we decorated the tree! Love those staging tips!

Nov 27, 2009 12:18 PM #1
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

I love the elf on the shelf idea.   My kids and grandkids are too old for these things and I really miss that.  Must, really must, work on my youngest to give me grandkids :-).


The cleaning team is so important in staging a home or in fact the home that we live in.

Great that you have a team that will do it with you.

Nov 27, 2009 02:36 PM #2
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

This really brings back memories.  We had those elves when I was growing up.  At one time I still had one or two tucked away.  Now I have to go look and see if I still have at least one.  I will be picking up this book next year to start the tradition with my grandsons who are too young this year.  I never knew the tradition of changing the location each day...I guess my family wasn't aware of it.  We just used them as decoration.  Just seeing that little elf, brings a smile to my face!

Nov 28, 2009 06:52 AM #3
Tammy Mercado
Debra's Designs Home Staging & Redesign - Centerville, OH
Dayton Ohio Home Stager

We already have a back up plan just in case we FORGET to move "Sparkie"...that is our elf's name.  I told the kids that Santa emailed me to tell me that each elf is allowed up to 3 days "off".  Meaning that if they get tired they are allowed to not travel to the North Pole if they choose.  That way, Mom and Dad are allowed to forget up to 3 times!! 

Phew...takes some of the pressure off!

Nov 28, 2009 07:16 AM #4
Kimberley Hawley
Hawley Interiors & Staging - Caledon, ON
Hawley Interiors & Staging

Tammy, I love your tip #2...If it's dirty clean it! Really, It's hard to believe we have to repeat that phrase so often...It seems so simple. I've never read that book so I'm going to find it :) thanks for the post, much enjoyed...Kim

Nov 28, 2009 07:30 AM #5
Tammy Mercado
Debra's Designs Home Staging & Redesign - Centerville, OH
Dayton Ohio Home Stager

It does seem SO SO simple, doesn't it?!?! 

I purchased the Elf on a Shelf at a Learning Express toy store.  It is available on a lot of different websites but I think that you could find it at most book stores like Barnes and Noble as well. 

Have fun with it!

Nov 28, 2009 08:09 AM #6
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

That is cute, I've never seen or heard of this, maybe because I don't have kids.

Nov 28, 2009 03:41 PM #7
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