Category Archives: Home Staging

How Home Staging Can Help You

Did you know that realtors are saying that now is a fantastic time to sell your home if you are in the Philadelphia Metro area! If you have thought about downsizing or considering relocating for a job change, now is a perfect time. There is a shortage of inventory, and sellers have an advantage as buyer traffic has also risen in the area. What does this mean? Consider getting a jump-start on the home-selling process and what you need to do to get your home ready to sell.

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12 Tips to Add Curb Appeal

If you are currently selling your home, or plan to sell your home, notice how the outside of your home appears. Keep in mind, 50%* of homes purchased were found on the internet. Professional photos that display a lovely eye-catching exterior is essential. Also, for those buyers who live close enough, after viewing on the internet, they will do a “drive by” of your home to gain a better feel of your home. (*2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers)

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Selling your home, Add Color with Plants

Recently, I was asked about adding color with plants while trying to stage and sell a home during the winter months. Thinking about this topic, I realized that there are many options available to you, to quickly achieve the look of color without a considerable expense.

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Staging your Home with Kids or Pets

If you have pets or children, it can be a challenge to live in your home while you are trying to sell the house. First of all, you will want to get your home professionally staged. A fresh pair of eyes viewing your home in its best way is what you want. Once the house is staged, be sure your Realtor takes professional photos.

Home staging tips for living in your home with kids or pets while trying to sell:

Staging and selling your home with kids:

  • All walls and floors need to be clear of marker, paint, and stains. If you have a playroom that has wall-to-wall carpeting that is beyond a good cleaning, replace it. Fresh paint always brightens a home; if your walls are badly marked up, painting is a good idea.
  • If you have a designated playroom, you will want to stage the room so that it appears multi-purpose. All toys, games, puzzles, should be stored in bins with lids, preferably in a closet or out of site. The walls will need to be clear of taped up stuff, etc. Staging the room as a sitting area or small dining area can transform the space from playroom to a general use room.
  • Kid’s rooms that are theme-decorated are super cute and would appeal to someone with kids; however, think about ways to downplay the theme. All stuffed animals and things need to be corralled in bins and stored out of sight. Think under the bed and closet storage. Maximize space by purging or giving away any grown out toys or clothing.
  • Have an emergency plan in place if you get a call from your Realtor that they want to show the house. Every family member should have a job, have a big bin ready for loose things that can be stored in your car.

Staging and selling your home with pets:

  • Living with pets can numb you toward their smell and odors. Carpeting should be professionally cleaned or replaced so that there are no smells when a potential buyer walks into your home.
  • Anything related to the pet should be out of sight. Beds, toys, food, kitty litter.
  • Be sure that your yard is clear of all animal droppings.
  • If you have furniture that has been destroyed by a pet, you are better off removing it, or carefully decorating so that damaged areas are artfully displayed.
  • Have an emergency plan if your Realtor calls and wants to bring over a prospective buyer. Grab all pet-related items and put them in your car, and bring your pet. You cannot show your home with the pet in the house. There is nothing worse than a barking or whining dog locked in a crate; it can quickly turn a potential buyer away. Also, many people are allergic to animals, and a home with pets could be an instant issue. Or they may be fearful of pets, either way, removing the pet from the house during a showing is essential. Have an arrangement with a friend or neighbor who can take your pet if you are unavailable.

If you need help with your home staging, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email. I have many options available where I come in and instruct you in 2 hours or less how to stage your home, or you could opt to have the Redesign Right team completely stage your Redesign Right, LLChome with what you already own in a day.

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. Feature photo from Houzz:   Cook Architectural Design Studio.


5 Point Checklist for Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

Moving is in the top 10 list of life’s most stressful events. As a move may be a result of downsizing, or dealing with challenging life events, managing the transition can be difficult. As a professional stager, I offer a fresh perspective on a home, and I understand the emotions involved in moving. I have personally relocated over fourteen times in my life, trust me I get it. Buyers like a home based on how they feel when they walk into it, they make an instant impression. As a home stager, I understand how to maximize your home’s assets so that you can sell your home quickly and for the most money. Continue reading 5 Point Checklist for Getting Your Home Ready to Sell


Are you selling your home this year?

The start of the best time to sell your home is after the Super Bowl and springtime historically has been an excellent time to put your house on the market. I recently read an article on Zillow that pulled together country-wide statistics, though this varies by area, for home selling that said: Continue reading Are you selling your home this year?


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 .