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 […]
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 […]
January 5, 2017

5 Items to Organize Now to Handle Clutter When Selling (or Not!)

As the new year rings in, now is a great time to purge, especially if you plan on selling a home this year. A budget-friendly way to prepare a home for sale is to organize it, a difficult task for some homeowners — but, it can be rewarding once the project is complete. Every home has clutter, a collection of things lying around in an untidy pile, but it’s important to get a handle on your mess to not only gain more square footage, but to show off the home’s positive features. Not to mention be organized helps buyers visualize living in your home. Clutter comes in all different forms and it lingers in most homes, so what are the top five items to keep organized while on the market? Get ready to roll up those sleeves and get to work: Mail & Paperwork. This is a constant cycle that […]
December 22, 2016

7 Clever Tips for Staging in Winter

With the swift passing of the winter solstice, the day of the year with the least amount of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere, the amount of daylight will slowly start to get longer again each day. But, winter in many regions is just beginning. Often considered the slow season in real estate, sellers should take advantage of this less competitive time by thoroughly preparing their home for sale. One of the biggest challenges when staging a home in the winter is trying to reflect a warm and cozy feeling inside despite the drop in temperatures outside. So while your competition is hibernating, apply these budget-friendly ways to get your home show-ready whether for buyers or guests. Curbing the Snow  The first tip to get your home show-ready starts at the curb. All driveways, walkways and steps around your home should be shoveled and de-iced. This way it’s easier for visitors to access the front […]