Blog -Northern Lights Home Staging and Design

5 Reasons You Need a Home Stager in a Slow Market

If you’re preparing to put your home on the market, there are a number of reasons that you can benefit from enlisting the services of a professional home stager. Here are the top 5 reasons: 1) To make your home stand out in a flooded marketplace In a slow real estate market, it’s not unusual to see several houses for sale on the same street. Buyers have less incentive to buy today because they know increased inventory means asking prices may go down even more tomorrow. Thus, home sellers Read more [...]

Using Social Media Marketing to Sell Your House

A PICTURE’S WORTH A MILLION WORDS…& HOME BUYERS LOVE IT! There’s a lot of hype these days about the value of Social Media in promoting an event, an idea and; how about this – a home sale! And why not; social media reaches a larger and younger audience of home buyers.  Its smart selling! If you are planning on selling a home in this era you are smart to use social media to capture the attention of potential home buyers. Include social media in your marketing arsenal for a faster Read more [...]

My Life’s Purpose

I have been listening to Tony Robbins alot this weekend. He inspires people to discover their "life's purpose" and go for it. I have decided mine is to create beautiful things (whether it is a home interior, piece of jewelry or stained glass, a piece of music or a dance) and share it with others to give them (and me) joy. This is my inspiration in starting Northern Lights Home Staging and Design. For those of you who do not know me, I am also a stained glass and jewelry artist, musician and dancer. Read more [...]

Home Staging Aids Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

Home staging aids homeowners facing foreclosureForeclosure is an unpleasant topic, but one that some of us will have to deal with. According to home staging expert Debra Gould, the key to avoiding foreclosure is to be proactive. “If you know that you will have difficulty making your mortgage payments in the near future, contact your lender immediately,” Gould states. “Explain your situation politely and clearly, and ask if you can negotiate a modified mortgage payment plan. Don't be embarrassed Read more [...]

Top 5 Staging Tips for Home Sellers

Home stagers can make a number of small changes to a property that can dramatically shorten the time it spends on the real estate market while also increasing the final sales price. Home staging expert Debra Gould shares her five favorite tips for getting a house ready to sell: 1. Reduce drive-bys Imagine you’re a homebuyer on a house-hunting mission. Your real estate agent has ten properties to show you on a Saturday afternoon. When you drive up to what could be your dream home, you see a rusted-out Read more [...]

How a Silly Facebook Quiz Changed My Life

Here is the story of how I started Northern Lights Home Staging and Design. You never know when inspiration will hit. The question is, will you take action and do something about it? My  inspiration came in a surprising way, from one of those silly “Facebook” quizzes. You know, one of those games that tell you who you were in a past life or what your handwriting says about you etc. One day I played “What is your true profession”. The answer was “Designer”. Whoa! This made me Read more [...]

Home Staging Means Buyers Shouldn’t Have to Stretch Their Imaginations

   Homebuyers have less imagination than you might think. That’s why home staging can make such a difference in the selling price of a home and the length of time it takes to sell. During the few minutes that homebuyers typically spend in a house, most of them aren’t able to look past ugly, crowded and disorganized rooms, or figure out that the missing dining room is actually masquerading as a family room. In a house with few bedrooms, most buyers won’t look past a desk and imagine a Read more [...]