Dear Real Estate Agent, Don’t be Scared

When it comes to home staging, you may be scared it will cost too much, you will offend your client by recommending it and possibly lose the listing. You may be worried it will take too long and you want to get the home listed as soon as possible. You also may be scared to recommend it and that it may not work. OK, all kidding aside, you may not be "scared",  but maybe apprehensive or you are just not convinced it is the way to go. Please consider the following. According to Debra Gould, “The Read more [...]

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 [...]

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 […]

How NOT to Sell Your House in Seven Easy Steps

Online, in another state, far, far away, I saw this listing for a house for sale. It is the perfect example of how not to sell your house!  If you don’t want to sell fast or for more, follow this advice!

Make sure every room is so cluttered with objects and décor that buyers are totally distracted with your stuff and can’t see past it to the house!

2. Make sure it does not appeal to the greatest number of buyers by making the colors and décor so personal that it only appeals to 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 […]

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!

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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. Benefits of Home Staging The benefits include getting the highest possible price for your home in the Read more [...]

The Power of Color in Home Staging

Color is a very personal thing.
We all have our favorites and ones we really do not like. The colors we surround ourselves with, whether in our homes or the clothes we wear can affect our mood and be stimulating, relaxing, inspiring or affect a wide range of feelings. Because color can have a strong emotional effect on people, it is important to consider how it will affect buyers when you put your home on the market.

While you can indulge your love of certain colors when living in the home, Read more […]

My Top 10 Home Staging Tips

When I do consultations with people getting ready to sell, there are some issues I see regularly. Here is some of my top ten home staging tips I give most people to help them sell fast and for more money.

Clean- Make it spotless! Particularly kitchen, bathrooms and master bedroom. No time? Hire a professional. A clean home looks well maintained.

Repair- Fix all those little things like leaky faucets, squeaky door, loose knobs, lights that do not work, etc. A home that looks well maintained Read more […]

Three Home Staging Mistakes to Avoid

As a professional home stager, I sometimes see home owners and realtors make three home staging mistakes that can cost the home seller more time on the market and lower offers on their home sale. These home staging mistakes can be easily avoided!
Listing before staging the home
Sometimes home sellers do not want to spend money on staging and list first, assuming they will stage it later if it does not sell.  In other cases, in a rush to get the house on the market, the staging happens after Read more […]