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Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 1:49am. 845 Views, 0 Comments.
It is almost the start of the spring selling season in Minnesota. The art of staging a home - the visual preparation of a residence for sale in the real estate marketplace - could be the key to helping your home sell. Whether your househas been on the Twin Cities real estate market for a year or is just being put up for sale for the first time, now is a good time to do some home staging for when potential buyers come to call.
1. Do your research. Take some time to evaluate the staging of other homes, whether its through photographs online or by attending open houses. This is a great way to get ideas if you're not sure what a staged home should look like.
2. Clean, declutter and depersonalize. Staging is more than just making your house look good. It is about…
Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 at 6:15pm. 715 Views, 2 Comments.
Though summer is still a ways off, people who are yearning for a weekend on a (thawed) lake can get a taste of the sunny season at the Lake Home & Cabin Show in Minneapolis, February 11 through 13.
At the secenth annual event, more than 250 exhibitors from across the country will be showcasing everything related to the lake home and cabin lifestyle, including the latest trends in decor, design, remodeling and landscaping. This year's special events include a live bat display by bat expert Rob Mies, an exhibit on loons, an exhibit on loons, and a Saturday appearance by actor/environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. Of course, there will also be the latest and greatest lake toys and recreational products.
The Lake Home & Cabin show will be held at the Minneapolis…
Saturday, July 25th, 2009 at 7:47pm. 527 Views, 0 Comments.
In today's busy world, time is at a premium for hardworking people. "Multi-tasking" has been engrained in our daily habits so much that it is almost second-nature. For example, at this moment I am writing a blog, updating my Facebook status, planning three vacant staging projects for next week, and cooking enchiladas for dinner (beef, not chicken).
Staging your house while juggling kids, work, and the dog may drive busy sellers over the edge. In situations like this, it is essential for these sellers to have a "plan of attack" when preparing their house for sale. It is the goal of home staging professional to give suggestions for color choices, furniture arrangement, and home accent placement. However, good staging consultations do not stop there.…
Monday, July 20th, 2009 at 4:47pm. 608 Views, 1 Comments.
Disney World is considered (by the Disney Corporation), the "Happiest Place on Earth." If you have ever been to the parks, you can reminisce how mouse ears, fairy princesses, and non-stop cheery music create a magical world that most children, young and old, cannot resist.
Over-zealous mouse fans can unintentionally turn Disney charm into a home staging nightmare when trying to imitate the Magic Kingdom in their own room...
Snow White, Bambi, and a myriad of characters turn this room into a cluttered sight. Notice there is no furniture, no decor, just walls full of a busy print. Therefore, when selling a house, it is essential to neutralize the space for buyers.
Neutralizing walls have positive effects:
- Suits various decor styles and colors
- Increases the…
Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 at 2:48pm. 466 Views, 0 Comments.
Working as a Minnesota home stager, everyday I tell homeowners to "remove the clutter," "pack away personal photos," and "hide the dog." All these suggestions help to create a desirable atmosphere in the house. However, there may be other "desirable" items in your house that we do not necessarily want buyers to enjoy.
TOP FIVE HOME STAGING PRECAUTIONS1) Move OTC ephedrine tablets and all prescription medications to a personal dresser.2) Keep personal papers containing your financial information in a secure location.3) Place kitchen knife blocks inside the cabinetry for Realtor safety.4) Empty jewelry boxes or remove entirely.5) Remove house and car keys from key hooks.
Now this blog post is not encouraging sellers to turn anthropophobic, agoraphobic, or…
Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 at 10:27am. 945 Views, 2 Comments.
After several blog postings of home staging tips, techniques, and examples, it was time to revisit WHY home staging helps houses to sell. So, put on your lab coats, we are dissecting the science behind the falling in love with a house.
THE HUMAN BODY: Several chemical and physical reactions occur in the body when it encounters something it loves - pupils dilate, heart rate increases, and endorphins (happy hormones) flood the blood stream. Now, this may all seem very "unromantic," but these reactions trigger an emotional response which creates a memorable experience for buyers who are visiting your house.
THE EMOTIONAL RESPONSE: Studies indicate that buyers decide within 5 seconds of seeing a house if they like it or not. I believe that the emotional…
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 at 9:52am. 500 Views, 0 Comments.
Staging a house during a recession may make sellers cringe at the thought of spending money just to "decorate" a house. Although some purchases may be beneficial, most homeowner can shop for free in their very own cupboards and closets. Take a look at some no-cost decorating/staging ideas below. BATHROOM COUNTER DECOR: -Rolled hand towels -Basket of mini soaps, lotions, or perfumes -Candles
The photo below displays two hand towels arranged on the counter for added color and softness to this area.
KITCHEN COUNTER DECOR: -Large pepper mill and salt shaker -Jars of flour, sugar, etc. -Glass vase with various color beans -Platters from China set -Cookbooks -Fresh fruit
This kitchen is staged using fruit and decorative dishes.
Thursday, February 12th, 2009 at 10:20pm. 708 Views, 0 Comments.
Home staging has been identified as a key component to preparing houses for sale. Professional stagers have been known to beautifully redesign a living room within minutes of stepping into the space, leaving home owners scratching their heads and muttering, "Why didn't I think of this before?" The truth is, there is a fine art (yes, art) to the act of rearranging furniture and setting home accents in "just the right place." More than having good taste in decorating, stagers follow proven design principles that show off the individual layout of a house and highlight the features of each room. To accomplish these tasks, stagers perform a "balancing act" that equally distributes visual weight around the room.
In the photo below, the buffet and glass…
Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 at 2:25pm. 655 Views, 0 Comments.
For die-hard home stagers and staging fanatics around the world, home staging is believed to be linked to any profession, celebrity, or life event with-in six degrees. For our first attempt, let's start with an easy one...
Wayne Newton and Home Staging
Thursday, January 1st, 2009 at 12:06pm. 456 Views, 0 Comments.
Once the presents have been opened and the guests have gone home, your house may need extra attention to return it to prime showing condition.
- REMOVE HOLIDAY/SEASONAL DECOR: Pine garland, snowman decorations, and ornamental lights should be packed up no later than the second day in January.
- CLEAN UP: Paper scraps, champagne bottles, and expired leftovers should be tossed to keep your house looking tidy.
- REDUCE OLD INVENTORY: As your children collect new toys from Santa, pack away some older items to reduce the amount of clutter in their bedrooms. *This tip may be applied to the adult children of the house as well!
- REMAIN POSITIVE: Even though the selling process can be quite stressful, retaining a positive attitude will help to decompress the…
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