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. 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 advice from your realtor can help you determine and appeal 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Free Home Staging Workshop-Sell Your House in any Market Fast and For More with Home Staging

Join us for a free home staging workshop on March 12, 5:45-6:45 pm at 12*100 Cpffee and Communitas in Anchorage located at 12100 Old Seward Highway. Thinking of selling your house? Stop by for coffee and learn how to sell quickly and for top dollar in any market with home staging. Potentially increase your selling price up to 20% and sell 79% faster.  Learn what you can do yourself, and how a home stager can help you. Learn how and why home staging works and how to find a great home stager. Find 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 [...]

Mary Ann Benoit Offers 5 Tips to Find the Best Home Stager in Alaska

When professional home stager Mary Ann Benoit sees a house, she envisions how it can be transformed inside and out into warm, inviting spaces that will attract buyers. The vision stays with her until it becomes a reality. She is inspired by the colors, patterns, light and texture found in nature, and believes Mother Nature is the best designer. Combining the inspirational Alaskan wilderness with a degree in interior design gives her staging clients an advantage over other homes on the market. Mary Read more [...]

Helpful Tips on Finding a Great Home Stager

Looking for Helpful Tips on Finding a Great Home Stager? Watch this video to help you consider what to look for. https://youtu.be/vbz55Oex5Pk Selling a home today often comes down to first impressions. People want to know how to sell their house fast and for top dollar!  What’s the secret to making a property outshine everything else on the market?  A house needs to first attract buyers online with great photos that make them want to see it in person. Once inside, a buyer can then make 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 [...]