February 27, 2017

7 Easy Tips to Boost Curb Appeal

As warmer weather takes center stage and begins to play a bigger role in scheduling life’s activities, it’s important to put a home’s maintenance plan together focusing on your home’s exterior. With temperatures flirting in the 60’s and 70’s on the east coast, why not get a head start on boosting your home’s curb appeal? Making a good first impression outside will entice homebuyers to want to see what’s inside the home that’s on the market. That’s why one of the first things a home seller should do when preparing their home for sale is go stand out by the curb and take in the sights of their home’s exterior and front yard. What do you see? If it’s not eye-appealing chances are buyers will pass your home and never turn back. Walking through different neighborhoods it’s unbelievable how many homes, whether represented by an agent or not, have for sale signs in […]
February 13, 2017

Insider Secrets to Stage a Bathroom for Under $1000

A bathroom can reveal all about a property and its current owner – when the house was built, if it’s a high-tech, energy-efficient space, whether it’s been maintained or if the homeowner keeps a rigid cleaning schedule. All of that and more can be revealed in a room that holds your most private moments – that’s why it’s crucial for a home seller to spruce up this room before the home hits the housing market.   The bathroom should be light, bright, spacious and clutter-free. Mimic your favorite luxury hotel or spa to make this room one a buyer wants to escape to, especially in a master suite. Like the kitchen, the bathroom is always a priority for homebuyers. Consider the amount of time that will be spent there getting ready for work and events, bathing the kids or taking a break after a hard day’s work with a soak or steam […]
February 9, 2017

7 Home Decor Trends Refresh Your Space

A new year means new trends will be emerging for the home. If you’re renovating, building a new property or even selling look out for the following items to include, and those to avoid, for 2017. These trends are based on what home buyers are looking for in a home. While home staging is about highlighting a home’s positives features to help buyers imagine how they can live, home design showcases the homeowner’s personal tastes. Whether selling or staying here are the latest trends you can expect to see in 2017: Colors to Incorporate Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year Greenery, is a vibrant green that represents refreshment and revitalization. It’s that bright natural hue we see on leaves to bring a pop of color to a neutral palette. It pairs well with taupe, which Sherwin Williams named it as their Neutral Color of the Year. This warm neutral is ideal with rustic touches to create […]
February 2, 2017

[VIDEO] Avoid the Groundhog Day Experience

Living inside a staged home can be a daunting task when the seller has to be in a constant state of upkeep. The experience can be grueling for sellers when their personal life becomes public display to strangers and their criticisms. If you’re going to be living in the home while selling you have to be willingly inconvenienced – not only emotionally, but physically.  So, what’s the best way to get out from under the microscope? Sell fast of course. In order to create an irrestible space with home staging you must work at it, and work at it…over and over and over again. It can get pretty redundant, like in that movie Groundhog’s Day with Bill Murray. Having a property on the market can have you feeling the same way as Bill Murray did — reliving the nightmare over everyday. In the case of the home seller, making the beds, […]
January 30, 2017

Advice: Hiring a Home Stager

The home staging industry has been growing leaps and bounds in the last few years making it difficult to hire a home stager. With the job title becoming interchangeable between decorator and home designer, everyone seems to be calling themselves a home stager – an expert in preparing and showcasing a home for sale. But be wary not all home stagers are created equal.    Just like hiring any service provider, consumers should do their homework and check a home stager’s qualifications before saying yes to working together. Here are 10 questions to ask a home stager to determine if he or she is capable of completing the project properly. Training and Education What formal training have you received to be certified or accredited? Since, home sellers are trusting their most valuable asset to a home stager, it’s comforting to know they went through formal training to acquire the skills needed to […]