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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Northern Lights Home Staging and Design named Best of Houzz 2019

Northern Lights Home Staging and Design is recognized as a 2019 “Best of Houzz” by Houzz.com – the leading online platform for home remodeling and design.

Out of 2.1 million home professionals from across the United States and around the world, Northern Lights Home Staging and Design earned Best of Houzz 2019 in Customer Service. The Houzz website has 40 million monthly users, and the Best of Houzz Service award is based on the number and quality of positive client reviews received in 2018.

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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.
Get a Home Staging Consultation with a Professional Home Stager
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 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.

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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.

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

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 are present Read more […]