September 15, 2016

5 Ways to Decorate With a Rock Collection

As a home stager many times we’re telling home sellers to pack up their collections and remove their hobbies, but a rock collection could add interest to your home decor if displayed properly. There’s just something about a rock and mineral collection! September 16th is Collect Rocks Day, so if you’re someone who can’t resist picking up a pebble or two use this day to schedule time to search for those precious stones and add to your collection.  I love using natural elements like rocks to add texture and color to any display in a home. Here are five ways to show off your rock collection: Rock Hanging This is a fun way to display your unique finds and a great do it yourself craft project for boys, according to Little Birdie Secrets who used an old frame, a piece of scrap paper and her son’s rock collection to create this interesting piece […]
September 8, 2016

Home Selling Tips: Get Young Buyers Interested In Your Home

Is your home ready for the next generation? Get home selling tips from Millennials who continue to flood the housing market, making up 35-percent of all buyers and they’re ready to make a significant impact on home design with requests on their buyer’s wish list. Generation Y (age 18 to 35) already have their dream homes pinned, following design trends and blogger ideas to create the perfect home when the time comes and according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders and Better Homes and Gardens, homebuilders are paying attention designing new homes this generation covets. 68-percent of Millennials are looking for a detached, single family home — but, what will wow them on the inside? The survey suggests this generation has strong preferences for energy efficiency and smart home technology; comfortable, workable kitchens and more casual spaces. Make sure your home, especially older ones have these features available to […]
September 1, 2016

Home Sellers Are Buried In Clutter

If you’re planning on moving it looks like home sellers will have their work cut out for them in the form of clutter: Nearly half of Americans say they consider their homes to be at least somewhat cluttered with items they no longer use. According to a new report, “Buried: The State of Stress and Stuff,” which surveyed 1,000 adults they found that one in seven respondents say they have a room in their home that they can no longer use because it is too full of items that they rarely use, which would have to be cleaned up if selling a home. I have to admit I have one too, our guest room, that’s covered in clothes, staging accessories and other odds and ends. It’s true here is the proof. What’s more shocking is that 72 percent of those surveyed say they would gain more space in their home […]
August 29, 2016

Home Selling: How Flexible Should Home Sellers Be?

Home selling in this day and age of continual distractions and too many things to do, the last thing a home seller should be doing is making it difficult for buyers to come in and see their home. The process of selling a home is about getting as many buyers to look at your home online and to also get those same buyers into the home as well. (Here’s a quick hint for making sure buyers are wowed by your home online, follow Tori’s tips for home staging before the pictures and video are taken of your home.) The more buyers who come through the better your chances are of getting at least one offer and an even better outcome is getting multiple offers due to all the buyer traffic. Make the Listing Known If you are not as flexible with letting buyers into your home that buyer who may […]
August 18, 2016

Going for the Gold When Staging a Home

Staging a home is a powerful marketing tool that could create a stand out moment like Simone Biles, the gymnast during her Olympic debut in Rio 2016. The 19-year old who won 4 gold and 1 bronze medals this summer dominated her competition and was the talk of the town.   It’s a Mental Struggle Biles’ story is one of struggle and determination. After nearly ending her career in 2013, when she had a catastrophic performance at the Secret Classic she knew if she wanted to succeed she needed to change her mindset. “I guess I just wasn’t in a very good mental place. Then after [Classics] I went to see a sports psychologist and he helped me a lot,” Biles admits. As a home stager, many times I’m also considered a psychologist trying to change the mindset of a home seller. It’s about the psychology and practices of the seller, […]