January 30, 2017

Advice: Hiring a Home Stager

The home staging industry has been growing leaps and bounds in the last few years making it difficult to hire a home stager. With the job title becoming interchangeable between decorator and home designer, everyone seems to be calling themselves a home stager – an expert in preparing and showcasing a home for sale. But be wary not all home stagers are created equal.  Just like hiring any service provider, consumers should do their homework and check a home stager’s qualifications before saying yes to working together. Here are 10 questions to ask a home stager to determine if he or she is capable of completing the project properly. Training and Education What formal training have you received to be certified or accredited? Since, home sellers are trusting their most valuable asset to a home stager, it’s comforting to know they went through formal training to acquire the skills needed to lure […]
January 26, 2017

5 Essential Ways to Conceal Wires at Home

By Rachel Stinson, Freelance Writer When you move into a new space it’s important for everything to look as sleek and stylish as ever, including all those fancy technological connections entertaining us, not to mention keeping us informed about the world around us. Furnishing aside, if you’re someone whose into electronics you want to pull out all the stops. Surround sound, home theatre, computers, TV’s, top quality speakers are a MUST in any home, the only problem is setting these up in a way that the wires/cables are concealed from the human eye. That requires hours of planning. If you like taking charge and doing everything yourself then you’ve come to the right place. We will guide you in a way that you get the best end result keeping your ‘manhood’ intact as well. Go Wireless! Going wireless is an easy solution to cut the chord. Wireless systems were introduced purposefully for ease […]
January 23, 2017

Stage a Kitchen for Under $1000

The kitchen, better known as the heart of the home, is one of the most scrutinized rooms in a home that’s on the market. Staging a kitchen is a must to make the room look clean, bright and welcoming. Buyers spend a huge amount of time in the space cooking family meals, entertaining and even helping with homework. Somehow everyone congregates in the kitchen, so it’s no surprise homebuyers look for this room to be updated. According to a 2013 National Association of Realtors Home Features Survey, granite countertops were important to 20 percent of homebuyers. While new kitchen appliances and eat-in kitchens were most important to buyers, the kitchen was the most common home improvement made after purchase. But if homebuyers plan on improving the kitchen after the sale anyway, shouldn’t a seller leave it as-is to save money? Definitely not. A home seller needs to inspire the buyer and show the space has potential. If […]
January 19, 2017

Home Office Organizing: How to Deal with Paper Clutter

One of the most important items to get organized in a home is paperwork and other home office related items. Why? Paperwork is consistently sifting through the house that needs to be dealt with in a timely matter in order to not only avoid clutter build-up, but from causing a mess in other areas of your life. As a home stager, I’ve seen paperwork piled high on entry surfaces, kitchen corners even burying desks. Paperwork left alone for even a week or two while on vacation can get out of control in the busiest of homes. This is an issue for many homeowners including a few seeking to find a better solution. Both Youtube fans have common dilemmas among any adult, no one ever tells you about all the paperwork you have to deal with as you grow old. Insurance policies, mortgage statements, financials, junk mail, school stuff…the list is […]
January 16, 2017

Home Selling Survival Guide to Having a Successful Open House

Planning on having an open house to sell your home? There may be more to do to prepare than you think. After living in a home for a number of years, home sellers have the impossible task of objectively viewing the property from a buyer’s perspective. The sellers judgement on how to prepare a home for sale gets cloudy because they’re so use to their current surroundings the elements of the space that may have annoyed a homeowner originally go unnoticed. By recruiting an unbiased home stager, real estate agent or friend to assess the house’s condition, it allows the seller to visualize his or her home as a product. When sellers can detach themselves from their home and become proactive early on, they recognize their responsibility for creating a win-win situation. This mindset doesn’t allow outside factors, like the market’s condition or a competitor’s lot size, affect the deal’s outcome. Savvy […]