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 10, 2014

Home Staging Consultations

I get this questioned all the time by homeowners or real estate agents inquiring about how to start the home staging process. Basically, what is the first step to staging a home? First off I want to applaud you, because you’ve actually taken the first step by intiating your interest in staging your home. When inquiring about our company either over the phone or by email we will ask you some basic information about the size of your home, if it has furniture or not and the reason for selling. We then recommend purchasing an in-home staging consultation, where a certified home stager will walk trough the home to assess the space. They’ll take measurements and pictures of the home to use when putting together the proposal. During the consultation we will answer questions you may have about the staging process and talk with you more about how Stylish Stagers, […]
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 […]
March 20, 2014

Home Staging Color Trend Green and Gold

Happy Home Staging  St. Patrick’s Day, in the spirit of this festive occasion I wanted to talk to you about two color trend this year, both of which are important to the luck of the Irish….green and gold. Emerald green was last year’s (2013) pantone color of the year and it’s an easily accessible color out on store shelves. This is a cool color trend that can give off a tranquil feeling in your space. Emerald represents wealth, prosperity and luxury, so why not add this color to this space? I think it naturally works well with other colors that evoke the same air of richness and elegance. Many other jewel tones mix well with emerald green, but in particular I love this color with deep blues and shimmery gold. Speaking of gold, gleaming, glittering, and totally glamorous, this precious color adds sparkle to any setting. You can find it just […]