Blog -Northern Lights Home Staging and Design

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 [...]

My Top Ten Interior Design Tips

Here are my top ten Interior Design tips to create a beautiful space that is unique to you, tells your story and is your favorite place in the world! Make an Interior Design Plan You are much more likely to get the end result you want if you start with an Interior Design plan. Many people just start buying things they like, hoping that it will all work together in the end. This usually does not work. A designer or decorator can really help you come up with an overall plan. This starts with really Read more [...]

Will Younger Buyers Love Your For-Sale Home?

Will younger buyers love your for-sale home? The majority of staging projects that I do lately are for older sellers and the target market is younger buyers. The sellers  are retiring and moving to a new location. Many have lived in their home for many years, which were often built in the 1970's-1980's. Based on the price they are selling these older homes for and location near schools, the target buyer is often a young family buying their first or second house. The styles that appeal to these Read more [...]

Top Paint Colors for a Speedy and Profitable Home Sale

Top Paint Colors to Help You Sell Fast and For More What are the top paint colors that can help you increase the sales price of your home by more than $10,000?  What colors should you avoid so you don't lose money? Not sure how to pick paint colors to start with and worried abut making a color mistake?  You are not alone. Almost 50% of paint sales are to those who made a color mistake.  Boy, can that get expensive! Get it right the first time. Call 907-362-0065 for a color consultation today! Read more [...]

Alaska Home Magazine “Ask the Expert”- Staging for a Quick Sale

Staging for a Quick Sale I was recently asked by Alaska Home Magazine to write an article for their "Ask the Expert" column on Staging for a Quick Sale. Staging for a quick sale Q: We are planning to put our home on the market and are hoping for a quick sell. What are your top staging tips for appealing to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers? Congratulations on being proactive and considering how to best invest your time and money to assure a fast sale and, of course, the highest Read more [...]

Home Staging Helps Seniors Move on to Their Next Adventure

Home staging helps seniors move on to their next adventure.  How? Many of my home staging customers are seniors or mature sellers moving on to the next stage of their life for a variety of reasons, including: Retiring and moving to their dream home or location. Empty nesters downsizing to smaller, more affordable spaces. Moving closer to family. Moving to assisted living facilities. Many of the buyers looking at homes being sold by seniors are younger families, potentially buying Read more [...]

4 Housing Options Seniors Should Consider

Here are 4 housing options seniors should consider from my guest blogger, Jim Vogel. Did you know that you don’t necessarily need to purchase a home to downsize as a senior? There are several options to think about - including leasing, renting, and buying. Each option has pros and cons. The most important thing, however, is choosing the living experience that meets your expectations and presents the best possibilities for your future (particularly if aging in place is part of your plan).   Kiplinger Read more [...]

The Power of Color in Home Staging

Color is a very personal thing. We all have our favorites and ones we really do not like. The colors we surround ourselves with, whether in our homes or the clothes we wear can affect our mood and be stimulating, relaxing, inspiring or affect a wide range of feelings. Because color can have a strong emotional effect on people, it is important to consider how it will affect buyers when you put your home on the market. While you can indulge your love of certain colors when living in the home, Read more [...]