Blog -Northern Lights Home Staging and Design

How Home Staging Works. FAQs for Realtors

Most Realtors have heard of home staging and how it can help sell a home faster and for more money but many Realtors still have questions. Here are answers to some common questions about how the process of home staging works. WHAT IS HOME STAGING? What is home staging? Home Staging is a marketing tool that uses decorating to show off a home’s best features while downplaying its flaws. Done right, staging creates an emotional connection between home and buyer, leading to a faster sale at maximum Read more [...]

Interview with Mary Ann Benoit-Seward Public Radio

Mary Ann Benoit was honored to be asked to do an interview on Seward Public Radio last night with host Beck Dunn. She was the first guest on the "Knot so Fast" radio show. They talked about a wide range of topics including bats, wildlife, home staging and design, using home staging to increase your bed and breakfast income and bookings, dance, art and more! Mary Ann has been a wildlife biologist for over 25 years, as well as an artist, dancer, musician, performance artist and teacher. She owns Read more [...]

What is the Value of Home Staging? FAQs for Realtors

Can home staging help me sell my listing faster and for more money? Various reports publish statistics on the benefits and value of home staging. A 2017 report by the National Association of Realtors states that at least 50% of Realtors think staging increases the dollar amount buyers will offer to pay by between 1 and 10%. Also, homes that are staged first before listing spend 90% less time on the market. See the summary of some of the 2017 findings from the National Association of Realtors.   What Read more [...]

The Cost of Home Staging-FAQs for Realtors

  What is the cost of home staging? Here are some answers for some commonly asked questions. How much does home staging cost? Usually the first question I get! A better question might be can home staging help me sell faster and for more! Think of home staging as an investment, rather than a cost. That investment will depend on the size of the house, if it is vacant or occupied, if the stager will do everything or just a consultation, followed by the seller doing the bulk of the work. Read more [...]

Our Blog Voted one of the Top 100 home staging blogs on the Web

Northern Lights Home Staging and Design was honored to learn our blog was voted one of the top 100 home staging blogs on the web by Feedspot.com.  We work hard to provide you with information on home staging, Interior Design and social media marketing that you will find interesting, meaningful and can apply to your home or business. It's great to know people are reading it and enjoying it! If you would like to make sure you don't miss any of our latest articles, please sign up for our monthly Read more [...]

What is the Cheapest Way to Successfully Stage Your House? Get a Home Staging Consultation

How Much Does it Cost? Usually the first question I get when a home owner or realtor calls about home staging is “How much does it cost?” To get the best possible results from home staging, it is worth spending the money to hire a professional home stager with experience and great reviews. See my interview on Helpful Tips for Finding a Great Home Stager to learn what to look for. The benefits include getting the highest possible price for your home in the price range of similar houses, Read more [...]

How to Pick the Perfect Exterior Paint Colors- Part 2

In a previous post,  I wrote on How to Pick the Perfect Exterior Paint Colors for your home and shared my process for picking my own exterior paint colors.   And like many home owners, even though I thought I was done, something came up and I changed my mind! What happened? Well, I researched reviews of exterior paint and found that Sherwin Williams had better reviews on exterior paint than Benjamin Moore. I think both companies are great and I recommend colors from both to customers for my Read more [...]

An Inconvenient Truth about Selling Your Home

I love to feature great articles that help home sellers. This is one of my favorites, An Inconvenient Truth about Selling Your Home, by Susan Atwell of Atwell Staged Homes. Truth is few things are more inconvenient than selling your home and having it on the market. By Susan Atwell as published in The Somers Record Imagine a bad reality show, where you are forced to live in Macy’s window for weeks on end. Your personal items, your life, constantly exposed to strangers and their criticisms Read more [...]

How to Pick the Perfect Exterior Paint Colors

Most people struggle with picking paint colors. Picking the perfect exterior paint colors can be even more stressful because the whole world can see your choices! And, if you make a paint color mistake, it can be expensive to fix. So, how do you pick the right colors? The first thing to consider is if you are painting because you are selling it or because you are staying and need to maintain your paint or just want a new look. If you are selling, your paint choice may be quite different as you Read more [...]

Empire Radio Now with Mary Ann Benoit

I got a call this week from Empire Radio Now in New York to do a live interview on their online radio station for the "Professionals Roundtable".  Exciting!! Here is a transcript of the broadcast, I hope you enjoy it.  You can hear the broadcast here. Please give a description of your company and the products/services you offer. Company: Northern Lights Home Staging and Design provides Home Staging, Interior Design and Social Media Advertising for homes and vacation rental properties. Read more [...]