July 21, 2016

Budget Friendly Staging Solutions When Selling a Home

When selling a home, chances are you don’t have a lot of money to spend on staging solutions. Many homeowners, who plan on selling are actually selling because they need money. Home staging doesn’t have to be expensive, in fact just by rolling up your sleeves and using what you already have in your home and neighborhood you can make a substantial difference.  Staging Solution: Depersonalize the Property Once you decide to sell your home, it’s important to pack away a few personal items, so buyers can easily imagine the home as their own. Some items you should consider removing during an open house include: family photos, memorabilia, personal keepsakes, collectibles and hobbies that won’t reflect the buyer’s interests. Another thing to consider is tone down heavily-themed rooms into more neutral spaces that won’t offend or distract buyers. Staging Solution: Factor in First Impressions Buyers will decide within seconds if they want […]
July 18, 2016

Agent Guide: How to Introduce Home Staging to Sellers

I recently polled a number of real estate agents on ActiveRain (a real estate blog site) to ask them about home staging, specifically what their clients were having trouble with when it came time to prepare their home for sale.  You can check out all the answers here, but we took the top four most requested and turned them into this video series to help agents learn more about the home staging process and how to start the conversation with their clients about using this ALL important marketing tool. Home Staging Video: Cost vs. Value The biggest question- you guessed it- the cost vs. value of home staging, so that’s the first question we answer in this 4-part series called Agent Meet Stager. In this video we discuss the average cost of home staging and it’s value based off of Real Estate Staging Association’s findings.  Home Staging Video: How Does […]
July 16, 2016

Want to Renovate Your Home? Get the True Costs vs. Resale Value

Whether you’re an avid fan of home improvement shows or not, you likely have an inkling that fresh updates and renovations can entice homebuyers. But how much will a certain remodel run you? And perhaps more importantly, will it really help you come resale time? The Remodeling 2016 Cost vs. Value Report, produced by Remodeling, details estimated costs for 27 home-improvement projects from roofing to basement details to kitchen and bath remodels. The report also includes an estimated value homeowners can expect to recover from a specific renovation or addition when they sell their home. Bigger and more expensive projects, rising new-home prices, curb appeal, and energy efficiency all contributed to a slight gain in remodeling projects’ payback at resale, according to the report. The figures in this infographic by eReplacementParts creates a helpful guide below organized by region as well as the national average.  Source: eReplacementParts.com   To learn more and […]
July 14, 2016

Virtual Staging: A Unique Way to Showcase Properties for Sale

Virtual staging has been remaking empty rooms into furnished, staged ones for nearly a decade. The technology can help clients visualize what otherwise would be a blank canvas and help better understand furniture placement and making the overall home more inviting. Virtual staging also allows the seller to show potential buyers what the home could look like by swapping out colors or making upgrades. But, there is more to virtual staging than just a pretty picture.   Up until now, virtual staging mostly benefited vacant spaces, which can be quite exhausting for a buyer who doesn’t have that creative touch. A vacant home not only looks smaller and colder, but as little as, 10% of home buyers can visualize the potential of a vacant space, which can make this a hard sell for any real estate agent.  Virtual Staging vs. Home Staging There are a few ways to go about […]
July 11, 2016

5 Tips to Simplify Your Home and Lifestyle

In our fast paced, busy lifestyles, it’s important to take a step back and begin to simplify your home and lifestyle. National Simplicity Day is observed on July 12th in honor of Henry David Thoreau an author, naturalist and philosopher among other things an advocate for living a life of simplicity. So, how can you make your home simpler?   Owning a home and maintaining it can be time consuming, especially if you run into complicated tasks that need your attention. Believe me, I’m an expert at living a simpler life after Superstorm Sandy destroyed the first floor of our home in October 2012. We were forced to slow down, tune into our wants and needs to rebuild and enjoy those simple things in life. Being simplistic doesn’t mean you have to give away all your possessions or move to the suburbs —try these five tips to keep a more balanced home that […]