August 29, 2016

Home Selling: How Flexible Should Home Sellers Be?

Home selling in this day and age of continual distractions and too many things to do, the last thing a home seller should be doing is making it difficult for buyers to come in and see their home. The process of selling a home is about getting as many buyers to look at your home online and to also get those same buyers into the home as well. (Here’s a quick hint for making sure buyers are wowed by your home online, follow Tori’s tips for home staging before the pictures and video are taken of your home.) The more buyers who come through the better your chances are of getting at least one offer and an even better outcome is getting multiple offers due to all the buyer traffic. Make the Listing Known If you are not as flexible with letting buyers into your home that buyer who may […]
August 18, 2016

Going for the Gold When Staging a Home

Staging a home is a powerful marketing tool that could create a stand out moment like Simone Biles, the gymnast during her Olympic debut in Rio 2016. The 19-year old who won 4 gold and 1 bronze medals this summer dominated her competition and was the talk of the town.   It’s a Mental Struggle Biles’ story is one of struggle and determination. After nearly ending her career in 2013, when she had a catastrophic performance at the Secret Classic she knew if she wanted to succeed she needed to change her mindset. “I guess I just wasn’t in a very good mental place. Then after [Classics] I went to see a sports psychologist and he helped me a lot,” Biles admits. As a home stager, many times I’m also considered a psychologist trying to change the mindset of a home seller. It’s about the psychology and practices of the seller, […]
August 11, 2016

Could Home Staging Sway Your Online Home Search?

Doing an online home search? Consumers love looking for homes online to check out home values, according to Google who found we use our phones to sneak a peek inside others lifestyles. But, it’s the amount of time people spend house dreaming that is shocking.  Google found that people on average spend 55 minutes per visit to real estate apps. That figure is based on 1,000 interviews, dozens of surveys and many hours of behavioral tracking.    John Thornton, a partner in Google’s real estate business spoke at Inman Connect conference in San Francisco saying, “customers roll over in the morning and start looking at real estate listings (on their phone).” This habit appears to have people open to the idea of taking on the American dream and purchasing a home. Online Home Search Facts About 69 percent of the people Google surveyed said “shopping for real estate was fun” on their phone and online. So fun, that 64 […]
August 9, 2016

National Book Lovers Day: 7 Simple Ways to Display Books at Home

Book lovers everywhere know a book collection can easily get out of control – taking over a corner, tabletop surface even an entire wall. On National Book Lovers Day, take a moment to display your collection as home decor to reflect your literary tastes. National Book Lovers Day, celebrated on August 9th is a day for all those who love to read to find your favorite reading place, a good book and schedule some time to do what you love and read the day away. Yes, you read them; you love them; then you put them on a shelf and basically forget about them. Displaying books in a home can set a warm and comforting mood in a space, while showing off your intellectual lifestyle. A dusty library doesn’t have to be an afterthought, make it a page turner with these seven ideas to decorate with your books. Mix n’ Match Ways Style your […]
July 28, 2016

5 Ways to Create a Pretty Home Office Space

Have an extra bedroom in the home or maybe a corner that could use a little love? Why not create a home office space to pay the bills, keep a schedule, journal or even have an area where kids can do their homework. After Superstorm Sandy destroyed our home in October 2012, I had to recreate my home office space to continue to run Stylish Stagers, Inc. As I stood in the room that was ripped down to the studs I knew that I wanted to have multi-work spaces in the room and that I wanted to use the vertical space of the room to keep important papers up above away from the floor incase of another flood. Prior to the storm my office was ripped from the pages of Pottery Barn with blue jean walls, dark wood furniture and one desk that sat in the center of the room. […]