Staging

Staging
A Clients' Kitchen Staged to Sell!

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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!"



Sunday, September 3, 2017

Benefits of Staging with a Professional


A home staging professional is responsible for preparing a home for sale. Showing your home in the best light so that it will appeal to a wide variety of buyers. According to the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA), homes staged before hitting the market sell, on average, 73% faster than their un-staged counterparts.

The primary goal of home staging it to make your home your home features shine. A good designer will work with your homes style to create a staging plan that match. It is important to know that Home Staging goes beyond simply making your space attractive. A professional will see your home how a buyer will see it and therefore can be more objective. Even if your home is beautifully decorated, it is meant for you and may only appeal to a specific buyer. A stager can come in and suggest ways to help make your home appeal to most buyers.

Almost a third (28%) of buyers are more willing to overlook property small faults when the home is staged. The reason is because when a home is staged it accents the positives and gives the buyer other things to focus on. Home staging can also offer solutions for those problem areas that a buyer may not be able to see if the room has no furniture. If a room is small or has a weird shape then having the room staged will help the buyer visually see the space. According to RESA, over 81% of buyers find it easier to visualize the property as their future home when its staged.

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Some of the main areas that the professional stager will focus on when staging your house:

·      Less is More: A home with less stuff will feel bigger. It is important that when your home is on the market you live with just the essentials. A stager will come in and give suggestions on what items to keep and what items can be packed up and moved to storage.

·      Space Planning: A professional can come in and rearrange your furniture in a way that transforms the space. The way you live in your home may not be the best set up; a stager can offer alternatives. Staged houses show well because they have a traffic flow that shows of the spaces in the best way possible.

·      Natural Light: Spaces look best when lit with natural light.  A well-lit space will look larger and be more inviting. If a room doesn’t get enough natural light then then it is important that the space is properly lit, make sure that the space is lit with a mixture of ambient, task and accent lighting.

·      Getting the shot: The first impression of a home that the buyer will get are the pictures they see on the internet. It is important that these photos show off the space in the best possible light.  As always, Happy Decorating!

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Using Canvas To Stage Your Home



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Selling your home is stressful. There are lots of papers to keep track of, people to talk to, and at the end, you have to move! But one part of the process can actually be enjoyable, profitable, and even help you with your new home – staging.

Staging your home simply means making it look nice, welcoming, and comfortable to the potential buyers who are looking to buy. Blank walls look less inviting than decorated ones; putting up welcoming art can allow potential homebuyers to envision themselves there. One of the best – and most cost-efficient! – ways of doing that is with canvas art. Canvas art is affordable, totally customizable, and portable, so you can take it to your new home, gift it, or even leave it as a welcome home gift for the new homeowners!

One of the huge appeals of canvas art is it’s so easy to customize. A blank canvas holds a world of possibilities, from famous works of art to art done by children to a special place or quote. Canvas can be customizable for you or to create a fresh, modern, and appealing home for buyers. Children’s art could appeal to homebuyers with children – but without the mess that painting with children can actually entail! - and a welcoming color scheme or some interesting modern art could brighten up and modernize a smaller house. Plus it’s easy to hang without damaging those precious walls!

Canvas art is not only customizable, making it easy to personalize or use to theme a room, it’s also flexible in size. Canvas art can take care of those pesky areas that are too small or too large for standard poster or painting sizes. Prints as small as 8”x8” can provide the perfect little details that stick with a homebuyer, and canvas art as large as 54”x96” can fill a large blank wall and make a ready-to-buy house look more like a home. Canvas art is also gallery quality, which means no frames to buy and easy to hang.

Also, canvas art is fast and easy to order. Instead of searching for the perfect art piece or trying to find a frame to fit a painting, canvas art has a quick turnaround time from design to production to delivery, meaning you can go from “oh no there’s a showing” to “oh yay there’s a showing!” in no time! Even the ordering system is convenient – upload or choose a print and size, as well as options like finishing and hanging, and then you’re ready to order.

Finally, canvas art is very affordable, much less than a similar art piece would be if bought on the art market, especially if you have a large space to fill. With lower prices, you can put more into art for your new house, any surprise closing costs, and maybe even a fun celebration once your house has sold!

But what about your art after you move? As mentioned, canvas art is easy to move and customize. You could easily move your canvas art to your new home – making the cost of new art part of your selling costs – or, if you chose a famous print or local landscape, leave the print for the new homebuyers, maybe with a note and a bottle of wine. Home selling and home buying are stressful, but canvas prints can make for a nice gift or transition to a new home, making the process easier and more enjoyable.

Canvas art is a great way to stage your home to sell. It’s affordable, portable, and customizable – both in image and size – and doesn’t require any difficult hanging or framing to make it look beautiful. It’s also convenient, requiring no knowledge of art or art skills, and quick. With canvas art, and maybe some cookies in the oven, you can be well on your way to selling your home and creating a lasting piece of art.

Thank you to Stacey Baliff of Canvas Press for contributing to this blog.  As always, happy decorating.  

Thursday, July 6, 2017

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Staging Your Home






If you are selling your home, you will find yourself competing for potential buyers. Staging your home can give you a competitive edge. Staged homes spend on average 73% less time on the market and usually sell for more money. 

Hiring a professional staging company can get you on the right track to prep your home for the market. When you arrange your furniture in a way to showcase the space and show off the homes assets you make it easier for the potential buyer to realize the value in the home. 

  1. Clutter: This is probably the biggest mistake that people make. They clean their homes but they don’t remove the stuff. If a potential buyer is walking through your house and the closets and cabinets are packed, even if they are neat and organized, all they will see is that there is not enough storage. When staging your home, take the time to de-clutter. Rent a storage area and pack up all the things that you don’t need. This will help to make your move go smoother as well as creating space in the home.
  2. Not Deep Cleaning: Of course, everyone will do the normal cleaning; but I’m talking about the deep cleaning. Replace toilet seats if needed, clean or replace air vents, remove stains and mold from walls and ceilings. This can also include taking care of any odors that are lingering around your house. Pet smells, mustiness or dampness are a real turn off. This is an issue and you may not even notice these smells in your own home. Have a friend walk through your home and let you know if they noticed any.
  3. Personalized spaces: The key to having your home desirable to a wide range of people is to de-personalize it and neutralize the color palate. A home that has too much personality can be distracting and a turnoff to a lot of buyers. To most buyers a room that needs painting equates to work and hassle. A fresh coat of neutral paint can really change the feel of a space as well as making the space look cleaner.
  4. Ignoring the outside: Curb appeal is such an important aspect of a home listing. This is the buyer’s first look at your property and is important to make it a good one. Make sure that the lawn stays cut, keep weeds out of the garden, plant fresh flowers and make sure the siding is clean. Try to create a more inviting front porch by planting in colorful pots. It is all about making the home seem move in ready.
  5. Ignoring Necessary Repairs: The inclination is to not do repairs and to just do cosmetic work. By doing necessary repairs you create a value for the potential home buyer. If a person is walking through the home and notices a number of small repairs, they tend to worry that there are more problems. But if you take care of the small things that you can, then the buyer can look at the whole space instead of focusing on the problems.

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