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Category Archive: ‘Staging’

14 Staging Tips for Smaller Homes

These days it seems like everybody wants a tiny house. But what if your home isn’t adorably tiny? What if it’s just sadly small?

Don’t worry—it’s not your square footage that matters most; it’s how you present it. Even if you’re tight on space, you can fool buyers into thinking things are bigger than they appear—you just have to have some smart tricks up your sleeve. Keep reading for our experts’ savviest and sneakiest tips for seeing big returns on the petite place you currently call home.

1. Throw a reverse housewarming party

The less clutter, the bigger your home will look and feel to potential buyers. To get rid of your unwanted items, throw a party before your first open house, suggests Laura McHolm, co-founder of NorthStar Moving.

“Instead of having your friends bring a gift, have them pick one of your items and take it home with them.”

2. Go down to the bare minimum

Still feel like your home is full of stuff?

“Box up everything you don’t need on a daily basis and anything that’s smaller than a football,” suggests home staging expert Lori Matzke.

Sift through your glass cupboards and built-ins, and clean off your countertops.

“Leaving just the bare minimum will create the feeling of more space,” she says.

That goes for your beloved tchotchkes, too.

“A smaller space tends to favor a more minimalist design, so having all of your collectible figurines on display on the shelves, side and console tables will bring the room in rather than opening it up,” says Bee Heinemann, marketing director and interior decorating expert at Vänt Wall Panels.

3. Take your doors off their hinges

Remove all your interior doors, besides those that lead to bedrooms, bathrooms, and closets, suggests G. Brian Davis, director of education for SparkRental. “The farther the eye can see, the better.”

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Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Jim's Take on the Market, Staging, Thinking of Selling?, Tips, Advice & Links, Why You Should List With Jim | 1 comment

Getting Your House Ready to Sell

Great tips on improving your house to sell:

1. Boost curb appeal. This is something you always hear, and with very good reason. Many people thinking of touring your home will do a quick drive-by first, often deciding on the spot if it is even worth a look inside. Make sure your home is ready to lure in onlookers with these tips:

  • Power wash siding and walkways
  • Hang easy-to-read house numbers
  • Plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery
  • Mow lawn, and reseed or add fresh sod as needed
  • Wash front windows
  • Repaint or stain the porch floor as needed

Read full article here:

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/07/29/21-staging-tips-for-selling-your-home-fast/

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Jim's Take on the Market, Staging, Tips, Advice & Links | 5 comments

Granite-Slab Yards

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Granite-slab yards we considered – all around Miramar Rd. All are good:

Amazon Stones

Rainbow

Picasso

Arizona Tile

Tosca

We were looking for max efficiency, and after I previewed all five, we hit four yards in two trips – which for the homeowners turned into a brief 2.5-hour investment on how to spend smart money to sell your house for top dollar.

Keep going until you find something you like!

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Jim's Take on the Market, Listing Agent Practices, Remodel Projects, Staging, Why You Should List With Jim | 3 comments

Pop-Up Staging

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This might work at the entry level, but higher-priced homes deserve the full treatment:

Pop-up staging, a new, inexpensive method that can eliminate the cost of not only hiring a stager, but also renting, transporting and storing décor and furniture. Flat-pack pieces made of lightweight materials like cardboard and corrugated plastic “pop up” in each room, effectively setting the scene as real housewares (and stage productions!) would.

One pop-up sets provider, Dandy Pack, purveys slip-covered cardboard furniture sturdy enough to withstand 1,000-plus pounds without collapsing. The company’s starter kit, which includes a full/queen bed, a sofa, an oversized chair and an ottoman, costs $1,031. The pieces, which ship in as few as two business days, can be assembled by the listing agent or the seller, further controlling costs.

http://blog.rismedia.com/2016/set-selling-scene-pop-staging/

Posted by on Aug 20, 2016 in Jim's Take on the Market, Staging | 2 comments

Taller Walls

We’ve talked about the importance of staging, but there are other simple things you can do to improve your look.

Rooms with low ceilings can feel smaller and darker than they actually are.  Here are some great ideas to offset that feeling!

http://www.contemporist.com/2016/06/20/11-ideas-for-making-a-room-feel-taller/

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Read full article here:

http://www.contemporist.com/2016/06/20/11-ideas-for-making-a-room-feel-taller/

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Jim's Take on the Market, Staging, Tips, Advice & Links | 0 comments

Home Staging

We have mostly older homes around the coastal region that tend to have a dated floor plan – and are filled with dated furniture!  With so many to choose from on the high-end, staging is the most efficient way to create so distance between you and the competition. At this point, I think buyers expect it too.

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http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-0514-home-staging-20160514-story.html

An excerpt:

After a walk-through of Schaeffer’s 6,500-square-foot home, Marshall suggested simple fixes: a paint job to remove the wild colors on the walls, removing odd-colored carpets from the rooms and sprucing up the landscaping.

She also swapped out Schaeffer’s colorful furniture for contemporary seating and accessories in more modern white and chrome but kept a few pieces such as coffee tables or simple artwork that wouldn’t be too distracting. Marshall calls this a partial staging, where a few pieces from the owner are retained.

Once done, the home — which Schaeffer spent about $30,000 to stage — was ready for its second debut.

“After she did the staging, we started getting multiple offers,” Schaeffer said. “I got more than I imagined.”

The property, which was listed at $5.2 million, sold for $5.5 million in fall 2014.

A good stager will help a home — not the homeowner — look its best.

“The furniture, accessories and artwork we choose are meant to help enhance the finish of the counters, the color of the walls and floors — everything that you’re buying in a home,” said Marshall.

Though home staging seems very much like interior design, it isn’t, said Meridith Baer, a grande dame of the home-staging industry who has worked with Kanye West, Bob Dylan and Harrison Ford.

“It’s not meant to reflect the style of the clients. It’s not really about them; it’s about selling the home.”

So, that bobbleheads collection? Or that awkward family portrait you have hanging in the living room? That’s all got to go.

http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hp-0514-home-staging-20160514-story.html

Posted by on May 15, 2016 in Jim's Take on the Market, Listing Agent Practices, Staging | 0 comments

Staging Is Good For Photos

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A professionally-staged home probably makes buyers feel a twinge of misrepresentation, but all the more reason to get good help!

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/04/14/setting-the-stage-to-sell-your-home.html

Ask most real estate agents and they’ll tell you that the toughest conversations they have with their sellers are about price and presentation. But let’s put price aside and talk decor.

Everyone is his or her own Martha Stewart, and who wouldn’t want to see beautiful pictures of our loved ones on the mantel? Answer: potential buyers. They don’t want to see your babies, your knickknacks, your artwork or even those adorable macramé potholders you and your daughter made that rainy afternoon a decade ago.

Savvy real estate agents will tell sellers to clean up, clean out and put away most personal items. The idea is that house hunters should be able to picture themselves — and not you — in your house. Odd artwork, even though it’s not staying, is off-putting.

That is why, in a market where picky buyers want move-in ready real estate, staging is becoming more and more the rule.

Staged homes spend half as much time on the market than non-staged homes, according to Coldwell Banker Real Estate.. What’s more, those staged homes on average sell for more than 6 percent above asking price.

The seller “gets probably 10 times what they put into it,” according to Mary Lynn White, a real estate agent with Evers & Co. in the Washington, D.C., area. “I call it aspirational selling,” she added. “Buyers think they’re going to live the way the house is set up.”

The staging is actually more for the pictures than for the people walking through the home. That is because the vast majority of buyers search online and scan the interiors of homes they want to visit. A good set of pictures will draw more buyers, and those pictures should show pretty and pristine spaces.

Read full article here:

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/04/14/setting-the-stage-to-sell-your-home.html

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Jim's Take on the Market, Staging | 3 comments