February 23, 2017

4 Mistakes You’re Making While Organizing

If you’re like most people, you’ve had good intentions to organize your home this year — but, is your technique on achieving this goal really working? If your closets are still a mess, cupboards & drawers overflowing and surfaces cluttered then you may be making one or more of these home organizing mistakes. To help you conquer your home organizing goals, let’s explore a few reasons why you’re home is still cluttered and how you can take action this weekend to improve your home’s quality of life. MISTAKE # 1: Being Unrealistic About Your Possessions Parting with your items for some may be difficult. Many feel that they will need the item at some point, so they keep it — and in most cases misplace the item never truly using it again. This hoarding mentality builds up clutter quickly. Rather than feeling guilty or obligated to keep an item because of your […]
February 20, 2017

Attract Buyers with Photo Tips

Before coming to a home seller’s front door, homebuyers spend most of their time online checking out listings, scrolling through images and sizing up the competition. More than 90 percent of homebuyers start their search online, according to the National Association of Realtors 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, which is why having show-stopping photos of a home is a must in this digital age. While many sellers and real estate agents use professional photography to market the home, some are still throwing up dark, dingy, blurry images on the multiple listing services and other real estate websites, leaving much to be desired. Most people do not put enough time and effort into these photos, so when the bad images pop up online it’s not only doing a disservice to the seller, but it’s completely turning off buyers. The more quality images representing the property exploit the home’s unique […]
February 13, 2017

Insider Secrets to Stage a Bathroom for Under $1000

A bathroom can reveal all about a property and its current owner – when the house was built, if it’s a high-tech, energy-efficient space, whether it’s been maintained or if the homeowner keeps a rigid cleaning schedule. All of that and more can be revealed in a room that holds your most private moments – that’s why it’s crucial for a home seller to spruce up this room before the home hits the housing market. The bathroom should be light, bright, spacious and clutter-free. Mimic your favorite luxury hotel or spa to make this room one a buyer wants to escape to, especially in a master suite. Like the kitchen, the bathroom is always a priority for homebuyers. Consider the amount of time that will be spent there getting ready for work and events, bathing the kids or taking a break after a hard day’s work with a soak or steam shower. […]
February 9, 2017

7 Home Decor Trends Refresh Your Space

A new year means new trends will be emerging for the home. If you’re renovating, building a new property or even selling look out for the following items to include, and those to avoid, for 2017. These trends are based on what home buyers are looking for in a home. While home staging is about highlighting a home’s positives features to help buyers imagine how they can live, home design showcases the homeowner’s personal tastes. Whether selling or staying here are the latest trends you can expect to see in 2017: Colors to Incorporate Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year Greenery, is a vibrant green that represents refreshment and revitalization. It’s that bright natural hue we see on leaves to bring a pop of color to a neutral palette. It pairs well with taupe, which Sherwin Williams named it as their Neutral Color of the Year. This warm neutral is ideal with rustic touches to create […]
February 2, 2017

[VIDEO] Avoid the Groundhog Day Experience

Living inside a staged home can be a daunting task when the seller has to be in a constant state of upkeep. The experience can be grueling for sellers when their personal life becomes public display to strangers and their criticisms. If you’re going to be living in the home while selling you have to be willingly inconvenienced – not only emotionally, but physically.  So, what’s the best way to get out from under the microscope? Sell fast of course. In order to create an irrestible space with home staging you must work at it, and work at it…over and over and over again. It can get pretty redundant, like in that movie Groundhog’s Day with Bill Murray. Having a property on the market can have you feeling the same way as Bill Murray did — reliving the nightmare over everyday. In the case of the home seller, making the beds, […]