May 8, 2014

Home Staging: Spanish Inspired Decor

 I recently returned from Arizona, a place I love and I think part of that reason is because of the Spanish inspired decor culture there, especially their food, architecture and decor. Well in honor of my trip and this week is Cinco De Mayo, a day for one of the most festive of fiestas, I figured it’s time to talk Spanish inspired home décor when staging your home. This type of decor can be represented in many different ways, from Southwestern to Old World to a Mexican flair. Now, there are many throughout this country that can use this type of decor to stage their home, particularly in the Southwest like, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. I wish it was the style here in New York, but there are ways to use this decor strategically in homes outside of those states. If your home’s exterior has a Spanish influence […]
May 8, 2014

“Their Homes Can Look Like This”

April 22, 2014

Home Staging Eggs In One Basket

Home Staging: As I get ready to host Easter dinner it made me think what does Easter and home staging have in common? Well, you can’t put all your eggs is one basket. What do I mean by this? Let’s say you love your house like most sellers do, it’s been a place where priceless memories have not only been made, but where you’ve had complete design control and freedom to put anything you want on this property for 5,10,15, maybe 20 years or more. Well, just because you think your home is great doesn’t mean you will find others to agree with you. Putting all your focus on the fact that if you love it, a buyer will love it too and pay your price is ridiculous! That’s why most sellers who don’t think strategically wind up with limited buyer interest. If a buyer doesn’t view your cluttered, crayon-walled, […]
April 16, 2014

Home Staging Tax Deductible?

Some sellers still tend to objections about hiring a home stager, usually because of how much it costs. Well, this tax tip may just turn your no, into yes! The cost of hiring a home stager varies, but guess what? It is tax deductible! Yep, that’s right…according to IRS Publication 523, home sellers can write off selling expenses. A selling expense can be labeled as advertising fees, which includes home staging, as well as commissions, legal fees and points. A home staging deduction can actually save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars depending on the price of your home. Now, there is a bit of a gray area, a home staging consultation, which usually initiates the staging process is not tax deductible, because at this point you have not advertised your home as being professionally staged. If a home stager requests a seller to make necessary repairs in order […]
April 2, 2014

Home Staging the Fools of Real Estate

Happy home staging April Fool’s Day! If you’re selling your home avoid becoming a fool of your real estate transaction by taking a cue from the quotes of these wise men. Thomas Fuller once said, “a fool’s paradise is a wise man’s hell.” This is true among sellers who can’t face the reality that others may see things differently. If you have cluttered rooms, home repairs or even a bold paint color on your wall buyers may not see the potential your home has. Just because you think your home looks great doesn’t mean a buyer will. So prepare your home for sale with a buyer in mind. Another man Thomas Tusser believed, “a fool and his money are soon to be departed.” Sellers can save money by using a home stager. You have to spend money to make money. Rather than part from your cash have a strategic plan […]