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 [...]

Bad Home Staging is like going on a first date to the drive in for dinner

In a recent article, Staging a Vacant Home- Why It’s Worth the Money by Anna Martens in Alaska Home Magazine, some of my work and tips were featured on the importance of staging a vacant home. Some of the key take-aways from the article were:In today’s market, where home sellers need to make their homes stand out from the rest, those empty spaces can be a seller’s worst enemy.“Vacant homes do not make an emotional connection with buyers and often Read more [...]

Virtual Home Staging and Design- The Pros and Cons

When it is time to sell our home, we all want to sell fast and for the highest price. One of the best ways to make that happen is to stage your home. Home staging uses decorating to highlight the home’s best features and helps buyers visualize how they can use the space while making an emotional connection with them so they can see themselves living there happily.

When it comes to home staging, there are several ways to go about it. You can:

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Selling Your Fixer-Upper: Tips to Sell Fast and For More

In a recent article, Buying a Fixer-Upper: Tips for First-Time Home buyers by guest blogger Ray Flynn of the DIYGuys, we learned how to manage the buying process for a “fixer upper”, where to buy, setting a budget, what repair or design projects to tackle first, and creating curb appeal. We considered whether to stay or sell once your house is all fixed up.  Did you decide to sell? How can you sell your fixer upper fast and get the highest price for all your hard work and investment Do Your Read more [...]