What Boat are You Riding Out this Storm In?

Today I was asked “How have you changed since the pandemic began? Are you more self-aware? Have you shed your cocoon and blossomed into the person and business owner that you never knew existed within you?”Interesting question. Why yes, I have. How about you?We are all in the same storm but it in different boats. Are you thriving or remaining positive? Or not? From my perspective, this pandemic has separated people into two groups. Read more [...]

FAQs for Realtors on Home Staging

FAQs for Realtors on Home Staging – What you need to know about cost, time, value, and how home staging leads to more listings.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 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. Read more [...]

FAQs for Home Sellers on Home Staging

What you need to know about cost, time, value, and how home staging leads to a faster sale.

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 value.
Is staging just for vacant homes?
Home staging is for all homes, occupied Read more […]

Market Research- The Key to Successful Home Staging

Market research is the first thing you should do before developing a plan for staging your house if you want to make top dollar on your home sale. I know, market research sounds boring. Why should you care? Market research can tell you the price range that similar houses are selling for, to give you an idea of the low and high end you could list your house for. You want to be on the high end of course! It is all based on what kind of shape the house is in, how much maintenance needs to be done, Read more [...]

Build your home selling team- Part 2- Find a Great Realtor

If you are getting ready to sell your home, its time to gather the key members of your home selling 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! How do you find the best people for your home selling team?  In Part 1, I discussed how to find a great home stager. Now, lets discuss how to find a great Realtor. Here is some advice from two Read more [...]

Ready to Sell: How to Get and Keep Your Home Clean

Selling your home is no easy feat. But before you can juggle offers, nail negotiations, and work on closing, you have to get your home ready for the market. Staging your house is one of the most important parts of the sales process. By making sure your property is at its best for a photoshoot, you increase your chances of finding a buyer willing to pay a great price.Here are some tips for getting your home clean and tidy for listing: Photo by Sidekix Media on Unsplash Decluttering Read more [...]

Lose Weight, Quit Smoking, Get Healthy and Peaceful Without Pain

How are you feeling about yourself? How are you feeling about yourself? Photo by Taylor Smith on Unsplash Do you like the way you look?Are you healthy and happy?Do you feel peaceful, abundant and grateful for all you have?Do you love the way you start each day?Why do so many of us go on for years without changing our lives for the better? I know for me it has always been the struggle between the short-term pain versus the long-term gain.Imagine Read more [...]

Today I Had a Moment I Will Always Remember

Today I had a "moment" I will always remember.I started the day feeling a little depressed. The stock market has been insane and my retirement funds…well I basically just stopped looking.My Bed and Breakfast got it's first cancellation, and I expect many more to come. Not sure how my design business will fare.People are freaked out and have cleaned out the stores of hand sanitizer, hand wipes, chlorox and toilet paper. What? I just don't get the toilet paper thing. Then my 90 year old mom told Read more [...]

Virtual Staging- Is it Home Staging or Interior Design?

Great question. I’m glad you asked Usually, they are very different things. The key difference is who you are decorating or designing for.Home staging is decorating for the buyer. The goal is to make an emotional connection with them, so they can envision themselves living there and want to make an offer. You are appealing to their vision of their ideal lifestyle. To learn more about home staging, see my article, Home Staging- How it Works and What it Costs.Interior design is decorating for the Read more [...]

Home Staging- How it Works, What it Costs

Home staging is the art of decorating a home to sell fast and for top dollar. It works by highlighting the home’s best features and creating an atmosphere that buyers make an emotional connection with, so they can visualize themselves living there. Each year statistics come out that talk about things like staged homes sell 78% faster and for up to 20% more. Of course, this all depends on how well you or the realtor markets the home and if it is priced competitively to start with.Just about every Read more [...]