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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.

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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

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.

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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 .

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 .

How to Sell Your Home to Millennials

Sold Real Estate Sign.Are you scratching your head wondering what a Millennial is?  These are people who were born around 1982 or after and make up the largest group of today’s home buying consumers.  How does this impact you?  Younger buyers want an updated home and with the majority of the homes available on the market, built in the 1990s, that poses a challenge for home sellers.  With this in mind, if you have an older home and are looking to sell this year due to downsizing or relocation you will want to review these tips to help you in the process.

Millennials are looking for that “Pottery Barn feel” that is updated and clean.  Because of their busy lifestyle they want to move to a home that is in ready condition and tend to shy away from fixer uppers.

Here are five “Must do’s” that will make the biggest selling impact:

  1. Take down outdated wallpaper.
  2. Paint the interior of the home in a neutral color – varying the intensity in some rooms.
  3. Update kitchen and baths (even if it is just changing the counter tops, knobs, and lighting).
  4. Replace outdated and dirty carpets throughout keeping carpet one color.
  5. 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.

Redesign RightI found a fun quiz you can take from the Pew Research Center, How Millennial Are You? – I won’t confess my age! – it was fun, give it a try by clicking here.

If you plan to put your home on the market this year, give me a call 610.955.8202, and I can help you present your home in the best possible way to potential Millennial buyers.

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 .

Decorating and Selling Your Home with Feng Shui

a-3-13-2013-croppedAs we start this new year, I always suggest going through a mental survey of your home.  There are the practical matters involving general maintenance items such as, do I need to change my air filter and how’s my hot water heater doing … but what about the overall feeling of your house?  Does it bring you joy, peace, and a feeling of  “ahhhh, I’m so glad to be home”?  This is the goal that I strive for in all of my client’s homes as our lives are so busy, and our homes should be a place of rest.  With the proper decorating and placement of furniture and accessories, I try to achieve peace in homes.

Sally Miller-Soul Style LifeAlthough I am not a Feng Shui decorator, I do enjoy reading and learning about the concepts.  I reached out to Feng Shui expert, Sally Miller, owner and founder of Soul Style Life and a current member of the makeover team on the ZLiving Network show, Natural Reboot and posed these questions to her:

How would you describe Feng Shui?

Feng Shui is an ancient practice of following the laws and natural order of Nature using the five elements, Water~Wood~Fire~Earth~Metal, and applying them to your home and your life.  It is as simple as this:  Your space and style mirror what is happening inside of you.  The goal, of using Feng Shui, is to get your space in alignment with who you really are and what you really want in your life by harmonizing your organic energy with the space of your home, office and even personal style. Feng Shui is living your life inspired by your surroundings as nature inspires us!

What would you say are the top 3 important aspects of incorporating Feng Shui into a room?

1:  CLUTTER!  Clutter is the biggest obstacle to energy flow.  Nothing can flow in or out of your life when you have clutter.  Energetic side effects to clutter in your life are scattered brain, low self-esteem, and depression.  I always recommend that you first start with a closet, as your closet often holds things you hide away from the world.  Cleaning out your clutter will give you more energy and help you feel overall better about yourself and your home.  Organization = Clarity.

2:  COLOR!   Color is an essential piece to Feng Shui and has many meanings.  Before redecorating a room, I recommend standing in the space and closing your eyes asking yourself a few questions. How do you wish to feel when in this space?  Hold a visual of this area exactly how you want and need it to function.  Once you have your vision, start to pick a color scheme that flows with the organic energy of that room and inspires what you want.  

3:  ENERGY:  Everything is energy!  Take an energy inventory of the items around your home and make sure they clearly represent and support who you are and how you wish to feel.  Holding on to items and decorations that we have outgrown or just flat out don’t like is creating negative energy in your space and entire home.  Fill your space with beautiful items and memories that generate positive energy and mirror how you feel about yourself.  Tips:  Update your picture frames, move or eliminate some furniture to create better flow, add a live plant or fresh flowers to promote healthy air quality. 

If someone wanted to sell their house, what could they do today, incorporating the principles of Feng Shui into their home, to help them sell their home quicker?

1) Start at your front door.  Make your entryway inviting by painting your front door, adding a new welcome mat and some plants with rounded leaves in red pots.  

2) Awaken the senses and stimulate energy by adding the soothing sound of a wind chime to the front right corner of your home.

3) Bring in the light!  Open all blinds and curtains allowing the light to illuminate your home, light brings in good energy.

Redesign RightThank you, Sally, for being a guest on my decorating blog this week and offering this fascinating information!  For more information on decorating with various colors using Feng Shui concepts, click here for details.

For all your interior redesign and home staging needs, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com or call 610.955.8202 to make an appointment!

3 Things Buyers Want

by Debbie Correale


Being in the Interior Redesign and Home Staging business is an ever changing field and requires that we stay on top of the latest trends in style, décor, and purchasing requests.  The goal is to make a house as appealing as possible so that the first impression that a buyer develops from a home is a positive one.  Sellers have only 7-10 seconds for that first impression to be determined.

With the arrival of spring and the 2014 home selling season, I decided to check in with my colleague, Liz Facenda of RE/MAX Preferred, to get a read on the latest trends that buyers are looking for when purchasing a home.  As she has first-hand experience selling homes, I asked her to detail the top three things that buyers request and this is what she had to say:

  1. A large eat in, remodeled kitchen that opens up into the family room.  We all know when entertaining; everyone gravitates to the kitchen.
  2. A finished basement or “man cave”.  I frequently come across buyers that have a large, flat screen TV and need a place to hang it.
  3. A home office, preferably on the first floor. 

Buyers today are experiencing a shortage of housing inventory, competing with multiple offers and escalation clauses are being used frequently.

What is an “escalation clause” you may be asking.  I did some research and found this great excerpt from Realtor.com:

What Is an Escalation Clause?

An escalation clause is a real estate contract, sometimes called an escalator, that lets a home buyer say “I will pay x price for this home, but if the seller receives another offer that’s higher than mine, I’m willing to increase my offer to y price.”  In theory, an escalation clause is fairly simple. In practice, there are a lot of details involved.

Logo-JPEG-1For more information on how escalation clauses work, click here.  If you are planning to sell your home this year, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com for a home staging evaluation to maximize the earning potential on your home sale!  To learn more about home staging, click here to read how it can help in selling your home.

Contact Liz Facenda of RE/MAX Preferred with any home buying or selling needs 610-563-8828.

Debbie Correale is 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 .

Selling Your House this Year?

pic1For those of you who are planning to sell your home in 2014 did you know that after Super Bowl Sunday is considered the start to the best time to sell your home?  According to the National Register of Realtors, “Existing-home sales edged up in December, sales for all of 2013 were the highest since 2006, and median prices maintained strong growth.”  With this in mind more people will seize this opportunity and put their home on the market.  In a controlled setting made by RESA, homes staged sold in 45 days whereas non-staged homes sold in 102 days.

If you are considering selling your home this year, here are a few facts you should be aware of (Source reference):

  • Within 7-10 seconds of viewing a home, a potential buyer has formed an opinion if they like your home (or not).
  • The majority, 90% of buyers, find homes that they have viewed on the internet.

The ideal time for staging your home is BEFORE the realtor comes to assess and price your home.” ~ Debbie Correale

What does this mean to you?  First impressions are critical!  Too often I find sellers don’t see the problem areas because they have lived with it that way for so long they don’t see that it could be a concern to potential buyers.  This requires a fresh eye!  You need someone who can highlight the potential of your home to help you make the most money!

How does home staging work?

It’s easy and fun process!  First, Redesign Right will meet with you and your home for a thorough home staging consultation.  During this time, analysis of your home, through the eyes of a prospective buyer, will be done.  During the consultation, an honest, objective and thorough “to do” list will be compiled to help you appeal to the greatest number of buyers and sell your home quicker!  Redesign Right will be involved in your staging project as much or as little as you want and are comfortable with.

If needed, Redesign Right will come back with a group of certified trained home stagers to create “a model home” in one day starting with what you already own.  They will rearrange and remove existing furniture and create the look that will accentuate the positive attributes of your home and appeal to the greatest number of buyers.  Their method and process in preparing homes for sale has proven to sell properties faster and for top dollar.

Logo-JPEG-1Read more about the Home Staging process by visiting RedesignRight.com.  Contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com to schedule your home staging consultation!

Debbie Correale is 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 .

Decorating your Entryway this Summer

Whether you have your home on the market, thinking about putting your home on the market, or simply want to spruce up your entryway – I have a few easy tips for you!

Paint or Replace Your Front Door

Bang-for-your-buck, the best way to make a change is to paint your front door!  If you’re tired of the color that came with your house, give your front door a new life with a fresh color.  Determine if you have a wood or metal door as this will impact the type of paint that you use.  Check with the home or paint store that you prefer for their advice.  For expert online advice on how to paint your wood front door from diyNetwork, click here.  If you have a metal door, click here for some advice.  If your door is very old, you may wish to replace it.  If so, here is a gallery of great ideas to repurpose your old door.

Need some inspiration or can’t decide on a front door color?  Click here to preview a gallery of front doors and some amazing hues!

Note:  If you have a homeowners’ association in your neighborhood you may be limited to the colors you can select, check your by-laws first!

A Fun Summertime Wreath

Pick a wreath that expresses you and your family’s idea of a fun summer!  If you love living in flip flops all summer long, here’s a great idea made out of flip flops!

If you want an interesting “real” wreath with a beach touch, I love this idea using a variety of succulents to make the wreath (and low maintenance) with a star fish in the center (idea from BHG.com).

If you’re a gardener you will love this idea, and you can paint the pots any color you wish to compliment your front door color!  Click here for instructions on making this wreath.

Clean the Entryway

The least fun but the first thing that should be done – clean the entryway!  Summertime on the east coast invites spiders, bees, and a myriad of beetles.  Power wash the walkway and siding to remove dirt, webs and nests.  If your trim is peeling, prep the wood (clean, sand, scrape), prime and paint.

Place a few container gardens or pots to soften the edges and bring your front door to life!  If you need some container garden ideas, check out these from RealSimple.com.  Enjoy your summer!

If you need help with a home redesign or home staging, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com!

Debbie Correale is 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, and .