January 13, 2016

Kitchen Design Trends 2016

If you’re thinking about updating your kitchen what trends are worthy of your time, money and effort…well, here is a list of kitchen designs trending this year and some do’s and don’ts to consider before adopting the trend.   Kitchens are an important area of the home, it’s in constant use from morning to night and can make or break a deal if you’re selling your home. The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms to renovate because it yields a high return on investment. Any money you spend on a kitchen renovation is money you can expect to see back in higher resale values. So, while it may seem scary to redo your kitchen, usually you’re making a sound decision. The average cost for a kitchen renovation depends on many factors — including the size of the kitchen, the quality of the materials and the complexity of the job […]
January 4, 2016

To-Do List: Organizing the Shed

It’s time to refresh your home for the new year, are you ready to start organizing? Every year I tour my home after the holidays and make a list of all the projects (big or small) I’d like to focus on to improve our quality of living. These projects will then be tackled throughout the year (sometimes it’s longer) and I decide where to start based on the location of the project, if it will improve a main living area in the home or based on the size of the project and how it will create a “domino effect” by helping me get other areas organized as a result of completing that one project. On the to-do list is organizing our new shed we recently bought from Stoltzfus Structures. This Pennyslvania based Amish company pre-fabricated the shed then brought it to our home to assemble. The 10 x 20 shed came […]
December 29, 2015

Home Staging: The Truth Behind Living in a Clutter-Free Home

Spending most of my time on vacant staging jobs, it’s always mind boggling to step inside a home that has amazing potential, but looks like a pig sty because of the homeowner’s living habits. Dirty laundry piled high, dishes in the sink, dust bunnies the size of tumbleweeds rolling across the floor, surfaces that have never seen a cleaning cloth and clutter build-up in every room can be a deal breaker for buyers or guests alike. At that point anyone visiting the home will have a hard time seeing past a homeowners unforgiving hygiene practices, this is especially true when trying to sell a home. In a perfect world sellers wouldn’t need to be living in their homes while on the market, however, the list of reasons why someone sells are endless and in many cases forces the homeowner to stay put when selling. The experience can be grueling for sellers […]
December 23, 2015

What’s The Most Important Home Staging Tips When Selling?

Home Staging Tips: Before you even begin to declutter, clean or rearrange your furnishing when putting a for sale sign in your yard there is ONE main ideology that I find successful home sellers have. I’ve studied my clients and found that most success when selling a home comes from within the sellers themselves. It’s about the psychology and practices of the seller, what is driving this person to sell their home, and what they are willing to live with—or in some cases live without—to get to the closing table. So, the most important home staging tip I can share with you is to obtain a seller’s mindset because selling a home is no easy task.  Within this seller’s mindset you must also be realistic about the three key factors of home staging tips—product preparation, marketing, and price—that help close the deal. Without this framework, sellers lose focus, lose money, get […]
December 10, 2015

Christmas Decor |Building a Christmas Village by Tori Toth

It’s that time of year again, where Sal (my husband) has to head into the eaves and grab all the Christmas decorations and make a christmas village…it’s a job he just loves (not!) Some of the boxes he pulls out as he hits his head on the ceiling is filled with tiny ceramic houses and shops. We began collecting props to build a Christmas Village a few years ago and every year we add a little bit more to build upon our village, more houses, more people, more trees and a taco truck (yep, it’s true!). So, how do you properly put a Christmas village together that doesn’t look like clutter and corrals all the moving parts of a village? Consider these eight tips before constructing your village: Christmas Village Tips # 1: Determine a Location First you want to consider where you will be placing your village.  The space […]