Staging a Dining Room with Warm Colors

Staging a Dining Room with Warm Colors
Staging by A Goode Start Decorating & Home Staging.

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Thank you for visiting my blog. I have a passion for decorating! And, as a decorator and home stager who's helped many people transform their homes, I wanted to share my ideas and tips with others. Enjoy! My company's motto is: "Home Staging for Selling or Staying!"



Monday, August 23, 2010

Top Staging Tips for Home Sellers

It's almost fall and the race to buy a new home is on! If you're a homebuyer, you definately are on a house-hunting mission! If you and your real estate agent do "drive bys," you've probably eliminated a few properties based on their exterior appearance - including broken railings, children's toys in the yard or an unmowed lawn. Curb appeal is so important to the prospective homebuyer. It could mean the difference between a "sale" and "no sale."

If you are the home seller, here are some recommendations to keep your home in pristine condition and appeal to the prospective homebuyer's "drive by":

1. Make sure that your lawn is freshly cut and that leaves in your lawn are raked. If winter has set in, please make sure that the snow has been shoveled in the driveway and on walk-ways and sidewalks.

2. Your home's entryway should be attractive and welcoming. Consider a potted plant by the entrance, repaint the door, add a beautiful wreath on the door and/or a new exterior light to highlight the entrance.

3. Make sure that you repair or replace any problems - such as broken railings, doors, lights, or other exterior items. It means so much to a prospective buyer to be greeted with a welcoming exterior.

4. Clean and sweep clean your walkway and drive way.

5. Store away garbarge cans, recycling bins and other "extras" in the front yard.

6. Ensure that the exterior of your home is power-washed, including siding and decks. It is an alternative to painting. If the exterior of your home is clean, it will show well to prospective buyers.

7. Store-away your treasures that could look like "clutter" to prospective buyers. It will distract them and they will not be able to envision themselves in your home -- which is a very important element in whether or not the potential buyers will fall in love with your home and want to buy it.

8. Tackle one project at a time when you're de-cluttering your home. Go through your closets and pare-down the things you want to keep and the ones you want to give-away or discard.

9. You do not want little problems in a room to distract the buyer and cause the potential buyer to focus on the flaws. For example, ensure that peeling wallpaper is glued down, chipping paint is repaired and that all covers on all electrical/lighting outlets are replaced. Repair all dripping faucets and moldy caulking. Believe it or not, this really makes a difference!

So, my advice to home sellers - do a walk-through of your home. Try to have a critical eye and identify any potential problems that possible buyers may see.

Real estate agents and professional home stagers can help you with this tedious process. Remember, this is a difficult real estate market and you need to ensure that your home looks its best - the first time. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Please let me know you need an objective opinion. I can help you if you in the Anne Arundel (Maryland) county, Southern Maryland or Eastern Shore area. Good luck to you!!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Decorating Ideas for College Dorm Rooms

It's that time of year again when the kids will be going back to school! For a lot parents, you're breathing a sigh of relief that the kids will be back in school again. But if you have a son or daughter who is going away to college for the first time, you may be feeling some trepidation.

Most teenagers are anxious for a new adventure and to be free from their parent's watchful eye. However, they may also be feeling a little uneasy about being away from home for the first time. If this is the case and your teenager wants to make his/her dorm room more cozy, here are a few tips on making their new abode feel more like home:

1. Purchase a twin-sized comforter in their favorite color or design -- most dorm room beds are extra-long twin beds;

2. Buy rod pocket curtains for the windows (of course, color-coordinated with the bed comforter!);

3. Buy a spring curtain rod (it fits inside the window frame - no need to drill holes in the window frame or wall); it that does not work, consider purchasing regular curtain rods.

4. Picture board (e.g., French memo board) to post personal pictures -- it's more attractive than a cork board;

5. Find out if there's a desk/chair aready in the room; if not, purchase a computer desk that is light weight but has some storage;

6. Comfortable office/desk chair - your teenager will be spending many hours in it;

7. Large, fluffy pillows to lounge on - for the bed or the floor;

8. Two lamps -- one for the bedside table and one for the desk;

9. Bring some framed posters - your teenager's favorites!

10. Colorful canvas baskets or storage cubes for extra storage;

11. Small bedside table -- for the clock and a lamp;

12. Add a comfy throw for the bed - it's great to curl up with!

13. One or two soft, color-coordinated throw rugs - keeps the room from feeling too institutional and feels great under foot!

14. To inject more personality into the room -- and if you're feeling creative and energized - find out if you can paint the dorm room; if so, stick with pastel colors that can be covered easily with one coat of paint.

15. Or - if your teenager loves wallpaper or borders - buy wall decals that are easy to apply and easy to remove).

Additionally, don't forget the staple items such as: bed pillows, sheets, towels, extra blankets, clothes hangers, drawer liners, an iron and ironing board, alarm clock, wastebasket, mirror, extension cord, power strip, a laundry basket and supplies, a shower bucket and toiletries, a backpack, coffee maker, TV, low-power microwave, small refrigerator and a computer.

According to some colleges, items to be left at home when living on campus include halogen lamps, loft beds, candles and incense, fireworks, space heaters, toaster ovens, hot plates, cinder blocks, pets (except small fish), street signs and paint ball guns.

Finally, my advice for new college students: Have fun decorating your dorm room --- you'll be spending a lot of time in it!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Keeping Toys Under Control While Your House is on the Market

Moving is one of the most stressful times in your life, and if you are trying to sell your house during the summer months when your kids are at home, you may feel like pulling your hair out, strand by strand. Especially if you're trying to stay ahead of the of the toy clutter. Well, I have a few suggestions that may help you wage attack on the toys and win!

1. Try to keep a box for the toys for each child in your house. I'd like to suggest that you keep the rest in storage or alternate the toys (in storage) if your house is on the market for more than a few weeks.

2. Try to limit the games or building toys with small pieces to ones with large pieces. This will facilitate the daily clean-up.

3. Limit toys that are large and have lots of parts - such as kitchen sets and kid's furniture - suggest that you keep those in storage since they may distract the potential buyer and prevent them from envisioning themselves living in your home.

4. In the front yard, keep outdoor toys, such as bikes and tents, neatly stored away or out of sight from the street -- just in case a potential buyer does a "drive by" your house.

5. Store the remaining toys in attractive containers that can blend into the decor. I'd like to recommend that you consider storage cubes or shelving units, and keeping toys in wicker or canvas baskets.

6. Entice your kids to help unpack their toys by placing a toy or two in each box so that they are excited about helping you unpack their toys after you move.

According to Debra Gould, The Staging Diva, who is an internationally known home staging expert: "The presence of toys probably won't turn off prospective buyers without children, but keeping things tidy and preventing toys from overwhelming the home will increase the property's appeal."

As a home stager and decorator, my advice is to keep in mind that a professional home stager can assist you in preparing your home for sale and will objectively give you advice on de-clutting and organizing (as well as beautifying your home) to sell your home faster and for possibly more money - especially in a slow real estate market.

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