Blog -Northern Lights Home Staging and Design

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

Inspiration- What gets you going? Lately I have been thinking about inspiration. What gets me going in the morning? What makes me who I am? What inspired me to create a home staging and design business, and why does it matter? In business, 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 thing that inspires you, that gets you going, that resonates with them in a way that 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  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 and social media marketing  for homes and vacation rental properties. Learn more about Read more [...]

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 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 Read more [...]

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

Home Sellers/Realtors- Are you Penny Wise but Pound Foolish? 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 Read more [...]

Interview with Mary Ann Benoit on Anchorage Advice Givers

Mary Ann Benoit of Northern Lights Home Staging and design recently had the honor of being 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. It will give you some 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. Enjoy:) https://youtu.be/l5c3QST32ZQ If Read more [...]

Build Your Team Part 3- Find a great Real Estate Photographer

How do you find a great Real Estate photographer? In two previous articles, I wrote about gathering the key members of your team to help you prepare for a successful home sale. That team includes a professional home stager, a great real estate photographer and a realtor with your best interests as their number one priority! Now, here are some tips for finding the best Real Estate photographer and some ideas for what you can do with all those awesome photos to promote your home 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. They 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 [...]

Getting ready to sell your home? Build Your Team Part 2- Find a great Realtor

Previously, I wrote about getting ready for the spring market and gathering the key members of your team to help you prepare for a successful home sale. That team includes a professional home stager, a great realtor with your best interests as their number one priority and real estate photographer! We talked about how to find a great home stager.  See my blog article if you missed it! Now let's talk about finding the next key member of your home selling team, your Realtor! Here Read more [...]