March 5, 2014

Home Staging Costs

You know sellers and real estate agents are always asking me how much does home staging cost? Or can you give me an estimate on this space? Home staging doesn’t have to always be expensive, it just depends on the lifestyle you’re trying to obtain and what is already in the home you can work with. Every home is unique, so the cost of home staging is going to vary depending on what the home needs to be show ready…is it vacant? Then you will need to rent furniture and accessories. Is it outdated? Then you are going to need vendors like a contractor or paint to come in and make repairs. Do you just need to declutter or rearrange furniture? Then maybe you only need a stager for a few hours. On average, home staging can cost anywhere from 1 to 3 percent of the sales price depending on […]
February 10, 2014

Home Staging: Sex, Dating and Real Estate Staging

Have a listing that’s pet-friendly? How about one that’s so private the homeowner can walk around naked? Maybe your listing is located in the heart of a fabulous party scene or has a unique selling feature like a luxurious soaking tub, culinary kitchen or indoor pool? As the saying goes, sex sells. Sex today is used to market just about everything even if it has nothing to do with those three little letters S-E-X. Some real estate agents are using suggestive situations to enhance their listings while on the market with sexy listing photographs and video tours. From the shower to the bedroom, Realtors are going above and beyond dressing the home to recreate a lifestyle by using models to bring attention to a home’s one of a kind feature. Adding models to enhance a particular lifestyle is a new high-end form of home staging. Home staging is the act […]
February 6, 2014

If you own a home chances are you have one of these… a bookcase or shelves to display items on. Arranging a bookcase is actually an art form, which focuses on colors, balance and space. Take a look at your display cases and shelves around your home do they look cluttered? Are they filled with items smaller than a softball, collectibles or knick knacks, if so you’re going to want to prepare your shelves for maximum visual impact with these home staging tips. What do I mean by this? We want your shelves to have a purpose and display the lifestyle potential buyers will have in this home. Here’s what you need to do: Take one room at a time and remove all items from the shelves, determine if any of these shelves can become a functional space, like a wine bar, coffee bar or desk. Then shop around your […]
January 30, 2014

Staging Your Superbowl Party

Well the countdown to Super Bowl XLVIII is on…the Broncos and Seahawks are prepping plays, while football fans are getting the necessary essentials for a game day soiree!!! Here are few tips you can do to stage your party and impress even your most annoying guests this Sunday. Home Staging Tip #1: Make a game plan. Every party needs planning. Who is on the guest list? What are you cooking? What are you drinking? How are you going to keep guest entertained? And most importantly where are you going to stage the festivities? All these questions have to be answered before the big day arrives. Home Staging  Tip #2: Divide and Conquer. Everyone knows food and drinks for that matter can make or break a Super Bowl party. But throwing a party doesn’t have to break the budget. Ask guests to bring to bring their favorite dish or beer and it […]
January 20, 2014

MLK Qualities Can Inspire Sellers

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a great man who fought for equality even when all odds were against him, I wanted to make this video to inspire sellers. I had a dream to  inspire sellers and  that one day all rooms will look like a photo from a magazine spread, that all homes will sell in 1 week or less and sellers would get above asking price. Now I know our dreams are different, but home sellers could learn something from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s demeanor. He possessed important qualities to succeed now let’s apply them to the home selling process to get you one step closer to the closing table. Patience is a hard quality to obtain. It took more than one speech or sit in to end segregation. It will take more than one open house or ad to get your home sold. Be […]