April 27, 2017

7 Tips to Sell a Home with Pets

When it comes time to sell a home with pets home sellers tend to overlook the not only their fur balls presence, but all the mishaps they may have made in the home. I’m one homeowner who loves pets in fact Sal and I have three cats (1 lives outside still), two dogs and a homing pigeon.  As I’m writing this post I have to admit something…I have our female cat Tigz, whose’s been living with us since 2012, ruining the floor in my office. For the past month or so she’s been going to the bathroom on the floor, rather than the litter box. While, we first recognized this as a behavioral problem, we soon realized she had blood in her urine. Now, maybe this was a miracle in disguise but we discovered she had a large stone in her bladder. Glad to report she was operated on earlier this […]
April 24, 2017

Stage Your Home Based on a Buyer’s Emotions, Wants & Needs

The reality is most homebuyers purchase first with their emotions and then justify the purchase with their wallets.  Why? Because a home is several things: it’s where you live, it’s where you raise your family, it’s a reflection of who you are, it’s a status symbol. Regardless of stress, anticipation or, in some cases, frustration, the simple fact is a buyer can easily get attached to one home over another. That’s why you need to make sure your home stays at the top of a buyer’s mind during the house hunting process. You want the buyer to feel an emotional attachment to the space by visualizing herself living there. That’s hard to do walking in on a cluttered mess. Let’s go room by room and talk about some of the ways you can add emotion to your newly decorated spaces and utilize the top ten positive emotions, as determined by Barbara Fredrickson, author of “Positivity: Research […]
April 17, 2017

3 Not So Ordinary Ways to Decorate a Florida Room [Shop the Look]

As the weather starts getting warmer, it’s time to take the party outside! Well, not completely outside. A Florida room or sunroom can be the perfect shady retreat to enjoy the weather without dealing with bugs. This screened in room is usually attached to the residence and is designed to let sunlight and fresh air into the space to make it the perfect fours seasons room in some locations. A Florida room, quite popular in the south is combination of an indoor/outdoor space featuring anything from a sitting area, a place to eat, drink and take in Mother Nature. While many homeowners consider the room an afterthought, most decorate a Florida room in a beach theme or with palm trees. But, I wanted to share with you three not so ordinary ways to decorate this room — so it stands out on the block. This room can be a great […]
April 13, 2017

5 Ideas to Dress Up an Easter Tablescape

With Easter hopping to town this Sunday, it’s important to capture the precious moments of spring and this fun holiday on your table. Whether you plan on hosting an Easter brunch or dinner having a beautiful tablescape at the center of it all sets the tone and puts guests in the right mood.  Here are 5 ideas to try in your home that you can easily mix and match to create an amazing Easter tablescape that’s not only all your own, but will have guests singing your praises. Add a Pop of Color with Pastels  Pastels are a common color scheme to start injecting spring into your Easter decor. You can make your tablescape as colorful or subdued as you’d like just by mixing pastels with a neutral color palette. By using a combination of one pastel as an accent color with neutral colors and some mixed metals to create an elegant look for […]
April 10, 2017

5 Kid-Friendly Features Home Sellers Should Highlight

A single person may be willing to settle for less on their buyer wish list when it comes to purchasing a property, but that’s often not the case for family-oriented homebuyers who are looking for kid-friendly features. Buying a property becomes a bit more complex when kids are involved because they’re looking for that perfect combination of size and safety. Children influence the biggest purchase their parents are likely to make – according to a 2014 study by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, more than 70 percent of millennial and Generation X parents say their homebuying decisions are largely influenced by their offspring. So what are the biggest features to look for when it comes to buying a family home of their dreams? Here are five things you should think about when putting your home on the market when you expect a lot of family-focused interest. Sizable Structure A family home […]