Why Your House Won’t Sell

There are many reasons why your house won't sell. Common reasons include condition, buyer appeal, price, marketing, market conditions and you! To sell a home fast and for the price you want, it has to appeal to buyers!  Buyers want a move in ready property that is clean, modern, well maintained and that they make a connection with and can visualize themselves living in. It has to be at a price they can afford, and they have to know it is for sale! Condition-Does the house appeal to buyers? Is 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 [...]

What is the Value of Home Staging? FAQs for Realtors

Can home staging help me sell my listing faster and for more money? Various reports publish statistics on the benefits and value of home staging. A 2017 report by the National Association of Realtors states that at least 50% of Realtors think staging increases the dollar amount buyers will offer to pay by between 1 and 10%. Also, homes that are staged first before listing spend 90% less time on the market. See the summary of some of the 2017 findings from the National Association of Realtors.   What 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 [...]

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 [...]

Top Paint Colors for a Speedy and Profitable Home Sale

What are the top paint colors that can help you increase the sales price of your home by more than $10,000?  What colors should you avoid so you don't lose money? Not sure how to pick paint colors to start with and worried abut making a color mistake?  You are not alone. Almost 50% of paint sales are to those who made a color mistake.  Boy, can that get expensive! Get it right the first time. Call 907-362-0065 for a color consultation today! Learn more about my color consulting services. You Read more [...]

Alaska Home Magazine “Ask the Expert”- Staging for a Quick Sale

Staging for a Quick Sale I was recently asked by Alaska Home Magazine to write an article for their "Ask the Expert" column on Staging for a Quick Sale. Staging for a quick sale Q: We are planning to put our home on the market and are hoping for a quick sell. What are your top staging tips for appealing to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers? Congratulations on being proactive and considering how to best invest your time and money to assure a fast sale and, of course, the highest Read more [...]

Home Staging Helps Seniors Move on to Their Next Adventure

Home staging helps seniors move on to their next adventure.  How? Many of my home staging customers are seniors or mature sellers moving on to the next stage of their life for a variety of reasons, including: Retiring and moving to their dream home or location. Empty nesters downsizing to smaller, more affordable spaces. Moving closer to family. Moving to assisted living facilities. Many of the buyers looking at homes being sold by seniors are younger families, potentially buying Read more [...]