Blog -Northern Lights Home Staging and Design

Three Home Staging Mistakes to Avoid

As a professional home stager, I often see home owners and realtors make three home staging mistakes that can cost the home seller more time on the market and lower offers on their home sale. These home staging mistakes can be easily avoided! Listing before staging the home Home sellers often do not want to spend money on staging and list first, assuming they will stage it later if it does not sell.  In other cases, in a rush to get the house on the market, the staging happens after the home Read more [...]

Inspiration- What gets you going! Why I am a Home Stager and Designer.

In 2016, I was thinking about inspiration and wrote this post.  It’s now 2020, and I looked back to see if I am still moved by the same things, and what inspires me now. 

What gets you going in the morning? What makes you who you are? What inspired me to create a home staging and design business, and why does it matter?

Some people call this your “brand”. Why should your customers pick you over someone else? What is it about you they “connect” with? It is probably that invisible Read more […]

Home Staging is not just for homes!

Home staging is the art and science of decorating homes for sale. The purpose is to make an emotional connection with buyers so that you sell your home fast and for top dollar.  The principles of home staging also work for other spaces that you want people to make an emotional connection with. Whether you plan to sell or rent the space, home Staging is not just for homes!

The science of home staging includes finding the balance between appealing to the largest number of people and keeping Read more […]

Mary Ann Benoit with Northern Lights Home Staging & Design – Not The Usual Success Story

We hope you enjoy this article and podcast on Anchorage Advice Givers about Mary Ann Benoit and Northern Lights Home Staging and Design. Learn about what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and to start your own home staging and design business.

Mary Ann, the foremost home stager in south-central Alaska, provides an award winning, versatile, and unique one-stop shop for home staging, Interior Design, Edesign and color consulting for homes and vacation rental properties.

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Will Buyers Love Your For Sale 1980’s Home?

Are you planning to sell an older 1980's home and wondering how to update the look so buyers will love it without spending a lot of money?  Often, it is younger buyers with familes that may be your target market. To appeal to younger buyers, consider updating the look to make it more modern.Remodeling can be expensive and you need to consider whether you will get a good return on your investment by doing it. Your realtor is a good source of information on which items are worth spending money on.In Read more [...]

Are you doing what you love?

Are you doing what you love?My home staging mentor, Debra Gould, mentioned once that if you were meant to be a home stager, there were probably indicators as a child. “Have you always walked into a room and noticed what was wrong and thought about how you might change it?  That is not something everyone does. You may have thought this is normal but it isn’t. That is your talent and not everyone has it”.That idea that what you were meant to be was apparent early in life fascinated me. Do you Read more [...]

Home Sellers/Realtors- Are you Penny Wise but Pound Foolish?

Low Cost Home Staging Can Cost You Money We have all experienced a time when we were “penny wise but pound foolish” and regretted buying something because it had the lowest price, only to find out the item broke too soon, was not the quality we were looking for, had maintenance problems or other issues. I know I have with a few vehicles I have purchased!If we had just purchased a higher quality item, it would have saved us money in the long run and we would have been much happier with our Read more [...]

Interview with Mary Ann Benoit on Anchorage Advice Givers

Mary Ann Benoit of Northern Lights Home Staging and Design was honored to be interviewed by Kris Bohman of Anchorage Advice Givers on her experiences as an entrepreneur, and as a home stager, starting and running Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.

The interview gives insight on why she is passionate about home staging and design. It also provides some great advice if you are interested in starting your own business, whatever that may be. See the interview below.

https://youtu.be/l5c3QST32ZQ

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Build Your Home Selling Team Part 3- Find a Great Real Estate Photographer

Previously, I wrote about gathering the key members of your home selling team to help you prepare for a successful home sale. That team includes a professional home stager, and a realtor with your best interests as their number one priority.  Today, learn how to find another critical member of your team, a great real estate photographer. Here are some tips for finding the best Real Estate photographer and what you can do with all those awesome photos to promote your home sale and outshine your Read more [...]

Will Buyers Fall in Love with Your Vacant House?

Selling a vacant house is difficult, for a variety of reasons. With nothing else to look at, buyers tend to focus on every flaw.

Buyers have a hard time visualizing how big the space  is and it often appears smaller than it is. They can not picture how their own furniture might fit in the space, especially if you have a challenging layout. And most important, it is very difficult for buyers to make an emotional connection with a vacant house! They look a little sad and lonely!

Here is an example Read more […]