Home Staging – Things to consider when selling your home

Selling a home in today’s market is no easy task!  However, home staging has proven to help the seller!  Did you know that homes will sell 78% faster and for 15% more than homes that are not staged.

A properly staged home is set up to appeal to the greatest number of buyers and help the buyer visualize living in the home. One of the best sales techniques in selling a home is to place the furniture in the best location based on the architecture and function of the room.

before redesign
after redesign

If you do this properly, it eliminates the question of “Honey where will we put our couch.”  A well staged home helps the buyer to visualize them self living in the home.

There are a few simple things you can do to start the process of staging your home.

The first thing you must address before staging your home is clutter.  Do you have any clutter?

before bookcase redesign
after bookcase redesign

If you look like you have outgrown the house then prospective buyers may think the home is too small for them.  De-cluttering a home is a must. Sometimes, people don’t always realize their home has a clutter problem. Here are a few things to think about.  When you open your closets can you see the floors?  Can you see some of the back wall of the closet?  How about when you open your kitchen cupboards are things falling out?  How is your basement?  Attic?  Could you move it tomorrow if you had to?  Go through each room and pack anything that you don’t need immediately. Don’t store it in the garage, rent a storage facility and store the items until you have time to organize. A clutter-free home is an attractive home. If you don’t have time to organize now, buy some boxes and pack the clutter.  (This should be your very last resort!)

Kitchens and Bathrooms
Kitchens and bathrooms are strong selling areas of your home. Buyers often say they bought a home because they loved the kitchen. Pack away any clutter in the kitchen. You can mini upgrade your kitchen by replacing kitchen and light fixtures, knobs and paint.  If you want to mini update the bathroom, try buying new towels, shower curtains and rugs.

Objectively look at the paint/wallpaper/flooring in your home.

before office redesign
after office redesign

Is it more than 5 years old?  Is your paint very taste specific?  Remember you want to appeal to the greatest number of buyers.  It may be worth painting the interior of your home a neutral color that will appeal to anyone’s tastes.  Wallpaper tends to be very taste specific and should be considered coming down.  How about the carpeting?  Is it customer specific or outdated?  Are there wood floors under the carpet that should be exposed?

Exterior of your home
How does the exterior of your home look?  Does it look manicured?  Is it inviting enough for me to want to even get out of the car and go inside?  Cut the grass, trim the trees/bushes, add some mulch and lots of colorful flowers.  How are the screens and gutters?

Walk your home using all your senses.  What do you see, hear and smell. You may want to have a home inspector come out and inspect your home before you even put it on the market.

You only get one chance to make an impression with a buyer and you want to get it right! If you cannot be objective then ask someone else to walk your home and be honest with you. You may want to consider hiring a professional stager  who will not only be honest with you but will also help you accomplish all that has to be done to properly stage the home to appeal to the right buyer.

Is it time to Downsize?

This seems to be on many people’s minds lately. Whether you are moving across town or cross country, moving can be a very daunting process. 

But when your new space is smaller than your former home, the challenge can be especially great. However, downsizing a home does not mean you will sacrifice your style.  It can be a very exciting time and a time to reinvent yourself.

Reinventing this room.

The major key to downsizing is to realize you cannot keep everything you had before the downsize.  You need to be objective and carefully choose all that you love and want to be surrounded by.  You have to think long and hard about what furniture you REALLY need to have.  Holding onto 3 desks when it is just you living in the new location may not be a wise choice.  Think about what you really need and love. Can you trade in your king-size mattress for a queen? Do you need a large sofa and a love-seat? Or can you survive with one or the other?

Another tip for downsizing a home is to maximize storage space. Closet organizers are a great way to store a lot of “stuff” in a small closet. Using a professional closet organizing company may be a good idea.

Using wall-mounted shelves can also be a good alternative to bookcases. They can be placed where you want them, open up floor space and make your room seem less cluttered.

When you downsize, it is an excellent opportunity to consolidate, get rid of and donate seldom used items.  During the process ask yourself, “When was the last time I used this item?” Was it in the last year? Can I live without it? Could someone else benefit from me donating this item?

Reinventing this room.

If you are unsure of how to reinvent your existing furniture in your new home speak to a trained redesigner to help you.  They will visit both your existing home and new home and help you make the best design and cost effective decisions for your new space and life style.

Are you organized or free spirited?

I unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, am very organized.  If I have too much “eye noise” coming at me, I cannot concentrate on the task at hand or have a complete thought!

I have found a few inexpensive but effective organizing tips that may help you get started: 
Use Decorative storage boxes to store your regularly used belongings and get them out of sight. Have fun with this!  Use attractive boxes, of different shapes, sizes and fun colors of the season.

  • Use them in your closets for storing bulky sweaters, blankets, and other lightweight items.
  • Use them in your office on shelves to add not only order but color!
  • Use large colorful boxes without lids in a playroom to store/organize children’s toys.
  • Use plastic boxes with a picture of the item on the front for easy recognition.  I love to do this with shoes and handbags!

I love Hooks around the home for storing items used regularly.

  • Hooks on the backs of bedroom doors can organize jackets, bags, and hats.
  • Hooks in a mudroom can hang wet clothing items.
  • Hooks in a kitchen cupboard to hold all the important keys.
  • Hooks to hold all your long necklaces that get tangled in drawers.  You can color coordinate them too! Thank you Container Store!
  •  Decorative hooks on the walls of children’s rooms are ideal for schoolbags and other belongings.
  • Hooks in the bathroom will conserve wall space for hanging towels.
  • In addition, hanging shoe organizers on the backs of bedroom doors using hooks can not only hold up to twelve pairs of shoes but other items too. These holders are great for organizing scarves and small toys.  I also used them to organize my college students in their dorm rooms.  These pockets held face cloths, umbrellas, iPods anything that was small and had no home!  It works great if the pockets are clear. 
  • Ikea has a great organizer for scarves and pashminas!  Love this item!

Use file cabinets as a way to keep papers tidy. I know this sounds silly but it is amazing how easy you can become buried in paper. Paperwork lying around in various locations creates clutter and leaves you disorganized.  I try only to touch paper once, especially the mail.  I try to “trash” or “file it” somewhere other than my desk or counter top.  If space is limited, I suggest using a compact accordion-style file organizer.

Start being better organized by trying the 3 inexpensive ideas above. They are simple things to do but you will feel better organized, more satisfied with your life and find you may have a little more time on your hands because you weren’t searching for things!

I love to organize and simplify my life.  I find the magazine Real Simple is a great read!  Check it out.

Decorating Mantels

Mantels are usually the main focal point in a room and should absolutely receive your best accessories!  Mantels are always our starting point in a room for design.

Today, most mantels are designed asymmetrically with accessories because the finished look is more balanced, interesting and less predictable looking than symmetrical mantels. When designing your mantel be sure to place your accessories at varying heights to create flow and movement  with your eyes.

Create interest to your mantel by layering accessories, adding unexpected color and textures. (Shiny bottles, dull plants, woven baskets, metal statues and soft pillows to the hearth).

Remember decorating your mantel should be fun!  Since mantels are the main focal point in a room remember to change them often to reflect the seasons, holidays and events in your own life.








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Decorating Coffee Tables

Coffee tables are central to most seating areas and should be decorated well. In many cases these tables are an important focal point in a room. Besides mantles coffee tables are the 2nd most important area to accessorize and should definitely receive some of your best accessories!

When creating your coffee tables start by:

  • Pulling together various accessories you love and want to enjoy looking at.
  • Start by placing the accessories in various positions creating interesting patterns, shapes and heights with them on the table. Don’t just line them up. Create unexpected
  • Put groupings together if you have small collections.
  • Make sure you have achieved a harmonious balance.
  • Check that the scale of your items is pleasing.
  • Add surprise texture and color to your table to create excitement.
  • AND Most importantly have fun and change your table to reflect the different seasons
    and holidays!

Next week – Mantles.

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Want to sell your home faster?

Did you know that staged homes sell 78% faster and for approximately 15% more than un-staged homes?  It has been proven over and over again that staged homes in this market are the way to go when you are selling your home.  Whether you decide to do it yourself or hire a staging company, every home should be staged to create a competitive edge and memory in the prospective buyers mind.

bathroom before and afterWhat a difference a few spa like touches in a bathroom can make!

bedroom before and afterRemove the wallpaper, paint the paneling, hang a few pictures and dress an inflatable bed!  Wow instant bedroom!

before & after family roomWhat a difference a few key pieces in a family room can make in the buyers mind!

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Transforming Cabinets into Book Shelves You Can Be Proud Of!

Do you have an old outdated cabinet?

Transform it into an updated functional bookshelf for your living room with three simple steps!

  1. Remove the chicken wire doors from the unit using an electric screwdriver
  2. Camouflage screw holes using furniture wood stain
  3. Choose a neutral color of silk moiré fabric and attach it to the back wall using staple gun or hot glue gun

VOILA! What a modern place to display your family’s collections.