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 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, […]
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 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 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 […]