A Seller’s Market is the Perfect Time to Spend Money on Home Staging

If you are like most people selling your home in a seller’s market, where there are few houses for sale and lots of buyers, you would think spending money on home staging is a dumb idea. After all, why spend money on staging when you can reasonably expect it will sell quickly. Why spend money on fixing things or remodeling? Why spend money on painting, or even cleaning? I see it all the time. I live in a small town that has limited housing, so it is always a seller’s market. I am Read more [...]

Saving Money on Home Staging will Cost You

Every phone call I get starts about the same. How much does it cost? I assume if you sell a service or product, you probably have the same experience.Some people are surprised if  home staging costs are more than they thought it would. They may struggle with the idea and think, “I can’t afford it “, or “it is more expensive than I expected”. More expensive compared to what? Not your first price reduction!"Home staging is more expensive than I expected." More expensive compared to what? Read more [...]

FAQs for Realtors on Home Staging

FAQs for Realtors on Home Staging – What you need to know about cost, time, value, and how home staging leads to more listings.Most Realtors have heard of home staging and how it can help sell a home faster and for more money but many Realtors still have questions. Here are answers to some common questions about how home staging works.WHAT IS HOME STAGING?What is home staging?Home Staging is a marketing tool that uses decorating to show off a home’s best features while downplaying its flaws. Read more [...]

FAQs for Home Sellers on Home Staging

What you need to know about cost, time, value, and how home staging leads to a faster sale.

What is Home Staging?

What is home staging?
Home Staging is a marketing tool that uses decorating to show off a home’s best features while downplaying its flaws. Done right, staging creates an emotional connection between home and buyer, leading to a faster sale at maximum value.
Is staging just for vacant homes?
Home staging is for all homes, occupied 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 [...]

How to Flip a House and Make a Profit

Have you dreamed how to flip a house and make a profit? The first step is buying a great property with good potential to make a return on your investment. Then it is important to invest wisely in your repairs and upgrades. Finally, prepare the home for sale by having it professionally staged, create great curb appeal, get professional photos and sell it fast and at the high end of the price range for similar homes before you have any price reductions.

Invest Wisely

We have all heard 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 […]

Interview with Mary Ann Benoit-Seward Public Radio’s Market Minute

Mary Ann Benoit of Northern Lights Home Staging and Design shares tips on how you can spend a little but make a lot with home staging when selling your home on Seward Public Radio’s “Market Minute” with Nicole Lawrence.

Nicole and Mary Ann discussed how home staging can be used as a marketing tool for your home sale.

They discussed some of Mary Ann’s home staging projects, the cost of home staging, why home staging works even in a seller’s market, how a seller can make more on their sales price Read more […]