What a Professional Stager Can do for You

What a Professional Stager Can do for You

The proven benefits of professional home staging include increasing buyer interest, decreasing the length of time your home is on the market, and boosting your final sales price.  From one-time consultations to full home staging, there are many ways in which you can benefit from the services of a professional stager.

Downsizing 101 - Practical Steps for a Smooth Move

Downsizing 101 - Practical Steps for a Smooth Move

A home move is looming, and you are downsizing significantly.  From a practical standpoint, there are many issues to tackle in preparation for moving day.  A step-by-step strategy will help with the practical issues of moving.  Most people find the emotional issues associated with moving—especially when downsizing—to be much more challenging.  Here are my tips for addressing both practical and emotional concerns as you anticipate your next big move.

Top Tips for Selling to Millennials and Boomers

Top Tips for Selling to Millennials and Boomers

Think your home is ready for the real estate market?  Before you put up the “For Sale” sign, consider these proven tips for boosting your sales price, and attracting the most buyers--including “Boomers” and the all-important “Millennials,” the generation of buyers who currently make up the largest segment of the market.

 

Staging by the Numbers

Staging by the Numbers

Spring is traditionally a very active time of year for residential real estate sales.  Buyers are initiating home searches so that they can complete the home buying process and move into a new home by early summer.  Sellers who wish to take advantage of this active sales period will get a jump on the market by listing their homes during spring months.

 

Is Your Listing Ready for Its Close-up?

Is your listing ready for its close-up?  Staging residential real estate and model homes in preparation for photography and virtual tours is our specialty!  Check out our recent work for the River's Landing community model home at http://www.riverslandingfl.com/

Curb Enthusiasm--Spring for It!

Curb Enthusiasm--Spring for It!

 

               Every street has one—the house you can’t resist glancing at as you drive by.  It draws your eye as you admire the well-groomed yard, cheerful plantings and attractive paint job.  In short, it’s got major curb appeal.  If you find yourself casting wistful glances at the most attractive home on your street, but sighing as you drive up to your own home, fear not.  Now is the perfect time to give your home a curb appeal update.

             

             

Let Go for a Clutter-Free New Year!

Let Go for a Clutter-Free New Year!

Recently I was prepping for a holiday party and wanted to use a favorite serving dish.  I went right to where I knew I would find it.  About an hour later, after digging through every kitchen cabinet and storage area in my home, I found a lot of things I rarely if ever use--and had pretty much forgotten I owned--and I had created a huge mess that derailed my party prep.  I never did find that dish.  Sound familiar?

 

Garlands and Grandma

Garlands and Grandma

My holiday china pattern is “Holiday Wreath,” offered in the “Holiday Gatherings” collection by Lenox.  I have always loved it, but it was only recently, during a phone conversation with my mother, that I realized why I chose it.  It reminds me of my grandmother, who taught me so much about gardening, including how to make fragrant holiday wreaths and garlands from fresh-cut greenery.

Home Sellers Q&A: How Staging Impacts a Home’s Sales Price

Home Sellers Q&A:  How Staging Impacts a Home’s Sales Price

Recently, a home seller contacted me through my website.  He indicated that his Realtor® suggested he have his home professionally staged prior to listing, and although he generally understood the concept of staging, from a practical standpoint, he asked, “What return can I realistically expect from a staging investment?”

Guestroom Glam: Creating a Stylish Guest Room on a Budget

Guestroom Glam:  Creating a Stylish Guest Room on a Budget

Like many of you, I put myself through college, and can easily recall having $150 to stretch for an entire semester for my entertainment budget.  The budgeting skills I developed during my lean years honed solid bargain-hunting habits.  I still love a bargain, and I especially enjoy using my skills to benefit my clients, helping them stretch their hard-earned dollars when decorating their homes.

Natural Decor Choices When Plants and Flowers Aren't an Option

Natural Decor Choices When Plants and Flowers Aren't an Option

Recently, a client hired me to redecorate her family room.  While getting to know her and her design and style preferences, she mentioned to me that live plants were not an option for her home (she fosters many animals) and that she also did not care for fresh floral arrangements. 

Whether it is a concern for our furry friends (or young kids) and the common household plants that are toxic if ingested; a lifestyle that makes plant care difficult; or even a dreaded “brown” thumb, there are many reasons people may choose to forgo houseplants and flowers in their home.  However, for those who would enjoy floral and natural décor elements, the good news is there are a wide variety of decorating options from which to choose.

Create a Welcoming Entry on a Budget

Create a Welcoming Entry on a Budget

Recently I was hired to stage model homes for the Paeonia community in Tallahassee. Aside from the initial landscaping, no additional curb appeal elements had been addressed for these homes. I wanted to share the before and after photos of this curb appeal makeover to show just how easily you can enhance your home’s curb appeal, and on a tight budget!

Organize the "Heart" of your Home in one Weekend

Organize the "Heart" of your Home in one Weekend

Is your kitchen the “heart” of your home?  I know mine is.  It’s not just a place where we prepare food, but also a place where we gather with our families each day, where our kids do their homework and where we pay bills and take care of other household tasks.  For me, my kitchen is a fun and relaxing space where I can explore my culinary creativity.  When is it not fun?  When it’s disorganized and cluttered.  The good news is that a functional, organized kitchen is possible for everyone in just one dedicated weekend.

 

Good Things in Small Packages—Staging Tips for the Small Home

By far the largest percentage of homes on the market in our area are “3/2’s” or three bedroom, two bath “starter” homes.  These homes are generally under 1,600 square feet and are on small lots.  Small homes share many staging challenges, most of which are easy and inexpensive to overcome.  Here are my top tips for staging a small home for a top-dollar sale.