My Top Ten Home Staging Tips

Here are my top ten home staging tips to help you appeal to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers so you can sell fast and for the price you want. First, get an “objective” idea of how buyers may view your house. We all have problem areas that we no longer “see” because we live with them every day. Also, consider who your likely “buyer” is and what they want. A consultation with a professional home stager and advice from your realtor can help you determine and appeal to Read more [...]

5 Steps to Attract Your Ideal Customer and Increase Your Vacation Rental Income

Would you like to attract your ideal customer and increase your vacation rental income? Whether you have a Bed and Breakfast or other vacation rental, it is important to have your property stand out online to attract the guests you want and make the income you want. Learn more by listening to this interview with Mary Ann Benoit on Seward Public Radio's "Market Minute" with Nicole Lawrence. For additional information, see my blog articles on  Increasing your Vacation Rental Income and Bookings Read more [...]

My Life as a Home Stager

Ever wondered what life as a home stager is like? How I Became a Home Stager Many years ago I got a degree in Interior Design, and although I used it on some jobs and always loved it, my life took a different path and I became a wildlife biologist. Three years ago, I decided I wanted to start some type of creative business. Working for the government as a scientist was not exactly feeding my creative spirit!  One day when taking one of those fun quizzes on Facebook, called “What is your true Read more [...]

Spend a Little and Make a Lot With Home Staging

Spend a little and make a lot with home staging? How does that work? Well, we all know that if we want to make money, we have to invest some money to get started. Whether it is stocks, mutual funds, a home, a business or any other investment, we need to spend a little to make a lot. The key is to pick an investment that we can get a good return on for the price we pay for it. Home Staging is a marketing tool for selling your home that uses decorating to show off a home’s best features while Read more [...]

How much does home staging cost and who pays for it?

FAQs for Home Sellers How much does it cost is usually the first question I get from home sellers! A better question might be can home staging help me sell faster and for more! Think of home staging as an investment, rather than a cost. That investment will depend on the size of your home, if it is vacant or occupied, if the stager will do everything or just a consultation, followed by you, the seller, doing the bulk of the work. It also depends on whether suitable furniture and accessories Read more [...]

Our Blog Voted One of the Top 100 Home Staging Blogs on the Web

Northern Lights Home Staging and Design was honored to learn our blog was voted one of the top 100 home staging blogs on the web by Feedspot.com.  We work hard to provide you with information on home staging, Interior Design and social media marketing that you will find interesting, meaningful and can apply to your home or business. It's great to know people are reading it and enjoying it! If you would like to make sure you don't miss any of our latest articles, please sign up for our monthly Read more [...]

What is the Cheapest Way to Successfully Stage Your House? Get a Home Staging Consultation

How Much Does it Cost? Usually the first question I get when a home owner or realtor calls about home staging is “How much does it cost?” To get the best possible results from home staging, it is worth spending the money to hire a professional home stager with experience and great reviews. See my interview on Helpful Tips for Finding a Great Home Stager to learn what to look for. The benefits include getting the highest possible price for your home in the price range of similar houses, Read more [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]