Category Archives: Home Staging

7 Tips to Sell Your Home to Millennials

In my decorating article last week, High Point Market-Spring 2017 Highlights, I wrote about the furniture industry looking forward to a large boom in millennial furniture purchases in the upcoming years. As reported by Realtormag, a recent Fannie Mae Economic report stated, “Millennials’ accelerated rate of departure from their parents’ homes bodes well for housing demand.” With the market primed to sell your home, now may be a fantastic time if you are planning a move.

How can you capitalize on the millennial market? Here are seven things to consider when selling your home to this growing pool of buyers:

  1. Strive for the “less is better” concept of decorating.
  2. Choose furniture that is large and fewer pieces; for example, large lamps, art, and accessories.
  3. Minimize the “eye noise” by not offering lots of little things to view. If you have a large collection of items, consider packing them up and placing in storage. Too many “things” take away from the house which is where you want your prospective buyers to focus.
  4. Take down outdated
  5. Paint the interior of the home in a neutral color; for example, a gray in the warm spectrum mixed with a beige.
  6. Since Millennials often do not have a budget for home upgrades, they want to move into a home with an updated kitchen and baths. If you cannot update this space, do what you can to give a facelift. Change out the knobs on the cabinets, replace the counter tops, install new lighting to a sleek look (definitely remove all fluorescent overhead lighting.)
  7. Replace outdated and dirty carpets throughout either with a neutral carpet or preferred low-maintenance wood flooring or tile.

Keep in mind that the best salesman in a room is the way the furniture is placed. Make sure the key Rooms:  Family room, Living Room, Entrance, Kitchen and Master Bedroom and Bath are professionally staged showing prospective buyers the many possibilities. They need to be able to see themselves living in this space.

Call 610.955.8202 or email to set up a consultation so we can get your home staged to get top dollar for your home!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.

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Ready-Stage-Sell Package

Home StagingAre you a Realtor or someone who is selling their home soon? This week I wanted to focus on how Redesign Right can help take the stress out of the sale of a home. The Ready-Stage-Sell Package can help Homeowners and Realtors sell homes quicker.

Redesign Right makes the staging process affordable, fun and most importantly; effective in the sale of homes. We love to work with homeowners to create homes that prospective buyers just have to have!

All staging projects start with a consultation. Depending on the client’s needs they then have the option of going forward with a DIY option or a full-blown one day Staging Service.

If you are reading this article and you don’t know what Home Staging means, click here to learn more. To understand how effective Home Staging can be, click here to view an infographic from the National Association of Realtors. If you know of someone who is about to sell their house, please forward this article to them or if you want to find out more about what home staging can do for you, click here. To set up your consultation, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email and let’s get to work!

Testimonial from one of the many Realtors that Redesign Right has worked with:

“I have had the pleasure of working with Debbie Correale from Redesign Right for almost five years. She designs and stages all of my listings. I have always been impressed with Debbie’s professionalism, style and her “way” of relating to my clients. Most of my listings sell quicker than other agents; I credit a lot of this to Debbie and her incredible talent that she has in her profession. She has also designed my home; I actually cried when I came home for the “reveal.” Debbie takes what you already have and transforms your home using the special things that you already own and love! It is amazing.” – Liz Facenda – Realtor, ABR, CSR, CDPE, RE/MAX Preferred

Testimonial from a Homeowner:

“Wow, Redesign Right’s team came in, transformed my home in one day and the realtor was able to take pictures the next day! It was painless, effective and I sold within five days. Thanks, Debbie!” – Leigh Ann S.

Redesign RightBy Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

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Redesign vs. Home Staging

Kathy Hughes afters (me)-00015-quoteI realized the other day that I use in my everyday vocabulary words like home staging and redesign all the time and have found that people do not always understand the difference or what they mean. This week’s decorating article will focus on the definition of these terms and how they can potentially impact you.

What is Redesign?

A redesign of an interior of a home or office is a change in the appearance, function, and potentially content. When you contact me to help you with fabric or paint selection, or to help you make a room more useful, appealing, and lovely all of those actions are part of a redesign. A redesign involves working with the items you have and perhaps suggesting items to purchase to complete a finished look. A redesign may include assisting you in shopping for the proper flooring, tile, accessories or furniture.

What is Home Staging?

Home staging involves getting your home ready for sale. Home staging is different than a redesign in that the goal is to amplify the strengths of your home for a potential buyer. Clearing out clutter, maximizing room flow, minimizing the amount of things that are displayed, reducing furniture, removing personal things. All of these activities are included in a home staging. The goal is to present the best features of a home to make the potential buyer walk away with a feeling of, “Yes, I can see my sofa there, I love it!

I put together a fun video showing you the steps in staging a built-in bookcase where few elements were used, and the result is pleasant to the eye, not distracting, and displays the potential of the bookcase beautifully.

Redesign RightIf you need help with a room redesign, or if you plan to sell your home soon and would like your home staged call Debbie 610.955.8202 for a consultation or fill out the interest form.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

12 Item Checklist for Outdoor Staging

Beautiful YardAre you planning to sell your home soon? If so, you will want to take a good look at the outside of your home and be sure that it presents as nicely as possible for a potential buyer. The majority of buyers will first view your home online which means you will want quality photos done after you have prepared the outside of your home. Next, if the potential buyer lives locally, they will do a drive-by of your home.  You want to make sure the exterior of your home entices the buyer so much she calls for an appointment to see the rest of your home!

Let’s go over a 12 item checklist of must-dos to get you started on your exterior:

  1. Clean your entryway of all debris.
  2. Check your porch light(s); it’s the easiest thing to change out and offer a fresh look.
  3. Paint your front door, click here for instructions on the best techniques. If your house has shutters, do they need a new coat of paint as well? Keep in mind that your front door and shutter paint color do not have to match, but they should complement each other and go with the style of your home (and observe any Homeowners’ Association rules that may apply.)
  4. Do you need new hardware on your front door? If you plan to paint your door, this is a perfect time to remove and replace any hardware.
  5. Add a spotlight to illuminate a walkway, or add a featured focal point.
  6. Remove all toys, garden waste, etc.
  7. Plant beautiful seasonal flowers and mulch your beds.
  8. Trim your bushes and trees.
  9. Have your house and sidewalks power There should be no signs of mold!
  10. Seal your driveway.
  11. Add a new and inviting solid black Welcome mat.
  12. Add vibrant colored (ensure that they can be seen from the roadway) flowers to your entryway.

Do you know what the three top most desirable outdoor elements are for potential buyers? According to the 2015 American Society of Landscape Survey out of 581 respondents the top three most popular outdoor design elements include:

  • Fire pits / fireplaces – 78.0%
  • Lighting – 72.0%
  • Grills – 63.0%

What significance does this have? If you have any of the elements mentioned above, you will want to feature them! For example, if you have an outdoor fire pit, before showing your home arrange chairs around the fireplace or pit and display with colorful pillows that make the potential homeowner look at it and say, “Wow, I really like that!”

Redesign RightFor all your home staging needs Redesign Right has got you covered! Or if you need color, fabric, and home decorating, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 for a consultation or click here to email. No job is too big or too small!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Do You Love Home Decorating?

Eckert 4-resizedDo you love home decorating? Are you the go-to friend when someone needs help picking out a paint color, or trying to figure out how to add a piece of furniture to a room? If you find yourself answering “yes” to these questions, a career in Interior Redesign and Home Staging may be just the right path for you! If you are wondering why you should choose Redesign Right to assist you, here are three primary aspects that set the program apart from the rest:

  1.  Hands-On Approach
    The Redesign Right program offers FUN hands-on education. Since designers are kinesthetic learners and do best in a hands-on environment, they have a difficult time learning in front of a computer and require rolling up their sleeves and moving furniture to learn the design basics. In this program, you will work hands-on in 3 client homes to practice the classroom instruction. Similar to the TV shows our clients leave, we do our magic, and then the client returns for the big reveal! The reaction is often the favorite part of the class! The hands-on experience in homes is what makes our program unique and one of only a few training programs in the country that offer this feature.
  2.  Complete Package
    The Redesign Right training program provides a double certification in Interior Redesign AND Home staging. Having these certifications in both studies allows you to offer a full-service redesign and home staging business to your clients. Also, our program produces stronger home stagers because we teach intense decorating and redesign principles as a basis of home staging.
  3.  Industry Expert
    Debbie Correale has been a professional and respected trainer for three national industry associations and has been training for over nine years. Debbie also runs a profitable redesign and home staging business and has been in business over thirteen years. With this real hands-on knowledge, she is a competent trainer and an active mentor. As many of her past students can attest, the class is fun, intense, informative, and Debbie is always available to them long after the class ends.

To understand the training program, watch this brief video:

Here is the upcoming 2016 training schedule:

Monday-Friday Classes:
May 9-13
June 13-17
August 22-26
September 12-16
November 7-11
November 14-18
December 5-9
Weekend Classes:
July 29-31, August 6, 7
October 14-16, 22, 23

Tuition:  The 5-day double certification course is $2,500, and the 3-day course is $1,500. A $500 deposit will reserve your spot in class. You will want to sign up for your desired class date as soon as possible as there is a maximum of six students per class. Click here to view the training agenda.

If you have any questions about Redesign Right’s Interior Redesign and Home Staging program, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or click here to fill out the interest form.

Register Now ButtonRead through these testimonials from past students:

“Can’t get the thoughts of our class out of my mind and thought you should know that! It was the first time in a very long time that I did something for me. You and your class were the most rewarding experience ever. What I’ve learned and all that you’ve shared will be a part of me always.Thank you again for opening my eyes to a whole new world, valuing my talent, and the confidence to think outside of the box. Your inspiration, motivation, and friendship are immeasurable! In friendship & business, Laura H.”

“Thank you so much for an amazing week! I knew I’d love your course. However, I had no idea how impactful and empowering it would be! You are a fabulous instructor as well as a home stager and redesigner! I wish you continued success! You are truly changing people’s lives for the better one house at a time! Kind Regards, Amanda B.”

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

What Do Home Buyers Want in 2016?

2016 Home Buying TrendsAccording to Redfin, spring is one of the best times for selling your home, and some say that starts right after the Super Bowl! The Redfin Studyanalyzed more than 7 million homes in 2010 through 2014, 39% of homes listed in the spring sold within 30 days, and 15% of them sold for more than list price.”

As we begin this busy time for selling homes, I reached out to Realtor, Liz Facenda of RE/Max Preferred and asked what to expect in 2016 in the Real Estate market and these are her comments:

“Going into 2016 today’s buyers still want a turnkey home that they can move into with a minimal amount of work to do. They are looking for updated kitchens and baths, and primarily low maintenance homes. What they don’t want is to be “tied” to their homes spending all their free time maintaining the home. They are much too busy working, exercising, socializing and starting families.

Buyers are looking for homes that have space for a home office since more millennials are working from home part of the week. They are also looking for eat-in kitchens that flow into the family room for ease of entertaining. Formal dining rooms are still not high on the list of must-haves for these buyers. Instead, they truly want a move-in ready home.”

Based on a study done by Microsoft the digital attention span is now eight seconds, what does this mean to you? The majority of buyers, the millennials, are all online shoppers. They are using online apps and sites and swiping through photo after photo. You will want professional photos, but first you have to display your home in the best way possible always accentuating the positive aspects of your home.

Did you know that the best salesperson in the house is how the furniture is set up? Correctly setting up rooms will take the guess work out of where the prospective buyer will put their furniture. Home staging can help you prepare your home for sale to attract the greatest number of buyers and for top dollar! Click here to learn more about home staging and watch my informational video.

Redesign RightIf you need help with staging your home for sale, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or click here to fill out the interest form!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

What can Home Staging do for Me?

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Are you trying to sell your home or plan to put it on the market soon? Your real estate agent may or may not include home staging services, or they may tell you to remove clutter and have your house professionally cleaned. With the market as it is today, home staging is a proven winner for getting the best return on your investment. If you’re not sure what home staging is, let me help you out. It’s a method of preparing your home to maximize buyer appeal and sell your home quicker!

Here are highlighted notes from the 2015 Profile of Home Staging report by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR):

  • Among sellers’ agents 34 percent stage all homes, 13 percent stage difficult homes to sell, and four percent stage only high price bracket homes.
  • Thirty-two percent of buyers’ agents believe staged homes increases the dollar value buyers are willing to offer by one percent to five percent.

Also in this report, 81% found it easier to visualize the property as a future home in a staged home.

The most important rooms to be staged by order:

  1. Living Room
  2. Kitchen
  3. Master Bedroom
  4. Dining Room
  5. Bathroom
  6. Children’s Bedroom
  7. Guest Bedroom

Because 92% of people use the Internet during their home search, it is imperative that the photos are good professional quality and home staging can help present the best look possible. After the potential home buyer sees your home online, the next step, if they are close enough, will be a drive-by. That is why it is necessary to make sure the outside of your home presents beautifully as well. For some outdoor home staging tips, click here. Since Millennials make up the largest group of today’s home buying consumers, you will want to understand what appeals to them. For some ideas, click here to read my How to Sell Your Home to Millennials’ post.

According to the NAR report, 52% of buyers’ realtors believe that buyers offer more for staged homes. If a financial adviser offered you a return of 5-10% on an investment you would want that, wouldn’t you?

Benefits of working with Redesign Right include our stress-free process:

  1. We start with a one-to-one consultation to meet you and your home.
  2. We help you prepare your home to attract the greatest number of buyers.
  3. We generate an honest and thorough “to do” list assessing the items that will bring the greatest return.
  4. We work within your budget and time frame.
  5. If necessary, we can physically move and create a “model home” using what you already own.

To learn more about the home staging process check out one of my new videos on Redesign Right’s Home Staging services by viewing below or click here. (Video by Gordon DelGiorno of The Film Brothers.)

Redesign RightIt is proven home staging can reduce the amount of time your home sits on the market! Call Debbie 610.955.8202 to make an appointment for your home staging consultation! Or click here to contact her online!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Redesign Right, LLC Has a New Look!

website-screen-shotI wanted to share some fabulous news with everyone! I have a new website! I’m so excited about this news! Can you tell? I have been in the interior redesign and home staging business for over 13 years and my old website served me well. However, just like your home that you moved into ten years ago, everything needs a new look and a fresh feel, a beautiful representation of you!

I reached out to John Carroll, who is head of Technical Development, and a founding partner of ISHB, who developed my new website. According to John, ISHB provides responsive website design and web application for the home and business, and I can attest that he is very patient and helpful! If you are in need of a website, click here to contact John or visit his website at ISHB.us.

Impressions matter – Results talk!

I recently received a phone call from a woman that found me on the internet. She told me that she had looked at 24 different designers and couldn’t help but keep coming back to my website. She said it was full of personality, and she felt she had a feeling of who I was before speaking to me. Mission accomplished! Thank you so much, John, for all of your hard work and patience! I couldn’t be happier!

Over the next several weeks, I will be featuring some other fabulous news! Stay tuned! In the meantime, check out my new website at RedesignRight.com and let me know what you think!

To read the official press release, click here! I love what I do and all things decorating-related and I am very grateful to work with all of you and offer you interesting home decorating tips through-out the year.

Redesign RightFor all your home decorating, color selection, or home staging needs call Debbie at 610.955.8202. Or if you would like to learn more about this business – consider signing up for one of my upcoming training classes!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

BuildDirect Names Debbie Correale one of the Best 15 Interior Designers in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PAI was recently notified by a client that I was on BuildDirect’s 15 Best Interior Designers list in the Philadelphia area. They were nice enough to send me the link to the article, and I am thrilled to be named and wanted to share my excitement with all of you. Click here for the link to the article on BuildDirect. What a lovely surprise! At the bottom of the article, you will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite designer if you get a chance place your vote and thank you for all of your support!

Ever since I was very young, I have had a passion for decorating and color. I am very blessed to have the opportunity to work in a field that I love very much. I enjoy helping people redesign their homes, using things that they already have and love, and rearranging them and balancing design and color to transform a space from drab to happy. I get such a thrill when I hear from home staging clients such as this recent comment from Elke S. who wrote, “Super-excited! We just signed our agreement for the sale of real estate at full asking price with a closing date of September 1st! I HIGHLY recommend Debbie Correale of Redesign Right and Home Staging, who helped us get the house ready to show.”

Redesign RightFor all your home decorating and color consulting needs or if you intend to sell your home, give me a call 610.955.8202!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Outdoor Home Staging

Spring tipIf you are planning to put your house on the market to sell, you will want to assess the outside of your home, as well as the inside.  The outside of your home is the first thing that a potential homeowner sees.  Here are some tips to help you maximize your outdoor home appeal:

Yard and Gardens:  Pick up all broken branches, remove all leaves and plant debris, clean up your garden beds.  Keep in mind that focal points are just as important in your outdoor landscaping as they are inside your home.  If you have areas of your yard that you would like to minimize, draw the eye to an appealing area with brightly colored pots or flowers.  I found these ideas for creating DIY flower beds and hanging flower ideas, click here to view.

Add a fresh layer of mulch.  Keep in mind that one cubic yard of mulch, or nine 3-cu-ft bags, will cover a 100 sq ft area to a depth of 3 inches, which is the preferred depth of standard mixed hardwood mulch.  To learn more about the different mulch types, click here.  Ensure that you have a lovely green lawn.  If you plan to take care of this yourself, take a picture of problem areas in your yard and show your local home improvement store for advice on how to correct.

Entrance:  Clean your front door, remove all cobwebs, paint trim and shutters.  Replace hardware or kick plate.  Add a new welcome mat!

The human eye sees yellow first and then red.  From the road using pots or flowers of these colors will instantly draw the eye to your front door and attract attention!

Deck and Patio:   Be sure the deck has been cleaned and determine if it needs to be stained or painted as this will make a big impact.  Ensure that all outside lights have fresh new bulbs (be sure they are labeled for outside use).  Consider replacing outdoor fixtures if they are timeworn and rusty looking.

Outdoor furniture:  Be sure your outdoor furniture is clean and if needed, repainted.  Purchase new cushions or pillows if yours show poorly.  Create conversation areas with small tables, pots, and Redesign Rightlanterns.

To learn more about the value of home staging, click here.  If you need help determining your home staging needs, call 610.955.8202 for an appointment with Debbie!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .