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Monday, April 25, 2011

Less is Best

Clutter must go!  Not only does it make your house feel small but it also makes it very unappealing.  Additionally, clutter gives a prospective buyer  a lost visual of the home.  Decluttering is simply by removing, storing unnecessary decor, organizing closests, removing small knick knacks, and eleminating furniture.  Although you may not have the view of a ready-to-sale decor home, a stager can help find the clutter in your home.  No worries, this doesn't mean that you have to buy or rent new furniture or accessories, it simply means getting rid of far more in your home than bringing on to properly stage your home to sell. 

Remember....clear the clutter and refresh your home!  Home staging can come in and work with the flow of your home and eleminate clutter so you can move on to your next chapter.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Life is Good........Re-Design is Better!

Just when you think life is good,  you sit back sipping on your cup of tea or glass of wine and you look around and think..... I need a different lifestyle.  You have become overly comfortable with your surroundings and you are desperately wanting a change.  You don't want to spend money you don't have but you desparately want to change your living space.  So, what do you do?  REARRANGE!!!!

Now, the question is, how do you it?  That's where we come in, let us help you with a few simple techniques that will help you get a NEW look on little to no budget at all. 

  • Re-arrange:  Use your own furniture and re-arrange it within the room.  You give it a completely different feel and yet, you have spent zero dollars on fancy new furniture.

  • Paint:  The most inexpensive and easiest way to dramatically change a look in any room. For that added "Wow" factor, get creative and add decorative stencils.
  • Repurpose:  Use the decor you have and relocate them to different rooms in the house.  Take unused fancy bowls and turn them into elegant planters. 
  • Bring in the green:  Those beautiful planters that have been meticulously cared for that are sitting outside...BRING 'EM IN! Put them throughout the house to give empty spaces color and life.
  • Be a magician:  If you can't afford a new couch, disguise it.  Cover it with an inexpensive slip cover and add new throw pillows.  That pesky stain on the carpet.....cover it with an inexpensive rug!
  • Dollar days:  Go on a scavenger hunt at the local dollar stores for decorative items.  Inexpensive picture frames filled with candid photos of your family can add personality to any space in your home.
Excited about your new space now??  Let us do the work and make your home a showplace!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spring-time or Stage-time Cleaning?

Both!  

Take the urge to purge and go with it if you're considering putting the house on the market.  Not only should you go through all of your closets and donate the clothes that don't fit, are out of date, or just don't get worn anymore but you should do the same in your kitchen, garage, linen closets, and any other nook or cranny where you stash stuff.  

You will also need to really scrub your space like your mother-in-law is coming for a visit.  Consider hiring a professional cleaning service because it should be THAT squeaky clean and many of us don't have the time / ability / desire to roll our sleeves up that far.  Recognize this guy?  It's who you need.


When people walk through your house, they are going to be snooping so get ready for them.  They are going to judge the quality of your house by the way you keep it.  It might not make sense to you that the cat fur sticking to your walls (actual photo below) should indicate the upkeep of the big stuff like foundations & electrical systems but buying a house isn't always logical.  So clean the cat too. 




Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Selling Sanity

Selling a home these days is not as simple as it was in the past.  Buyers are more savvy.  Technology has created a world of stimulation, instant access and information overload.  These are all good things to have from a daily consumer perspective but it also requires today's seller to play into that same world.  Good staging will provide the visual stimulation consumers are used to seeing (think movie sets, department stores, well organized web sites) while also creating a sense of CALM.  




Having a general color scheme throughout the property can change the feeling of chaos, brought on by the process of home buying (and everyday life!) and help relax the buyer as they walk through your house.  I'm not talking "matchy matchy" by decorating with only one or two colors, or with obviously matching accessories throughout the property -- but rather leading a buyer's eyes through the rooms with a complementary palette of colors.  This visual stream throughout the space will unconsciously provide them with the idea that if they lived here, they'd always come home to that same feeling of serenity....

And while  you  &  I both  know that you can't  actually buy  sanity (at least not without a prescription)  - good staging CAN sell it!