Top Design Colors of 2013

Just like fashion, health claims, and the economy, colors follow trends. Each year brings new attention to a portion of the color wheel, and it is important to stay abreast of these trends as an interior designer.  After all, being trendy is highly valued by consumers and entire rooms are redecorated to reflect what is “in” versus what is rapidly becoming “out.” A major challenge in design is predicting the trends and recognizing what may become a classic and timeless design, and what will be dated before it is even finished being implemented in a design.

So what are the colors of 2013 and why were they chosen? Each color evokes its own mood, energy, feeling, and overall vibe intended to be played out throughout the year. They are a prediction of sorts, but whether the predictions are accurate has very little bearing on their popularity in the design world.

Pantene’s Emerald

Pantene is considered the leading color trend creator in all color-based industries: design, fashion, makeup, etc. For 2013 the Color of the Year is Emerald. Intended to represent liveliness, radiance, and lushness, Emerald brings elegance and a sense of luxury to a room. As for the intended feelings associated with Emerald? A sense of well being, harmony, and balance will supposedly follow utilizing this jeweled green.

Sherwin-Williams’ Aloe

Also a green—though a less vibrant shade—this Color of the Year softens the mood to simplistic prettiness. More mid-century modest rather than modern flashy, Aloe is intended to mimic its plant inspiration by soothing and calming a room’s energy. It also nicely complements neutrals and pastels, making it a versatile choice in the design scheme.

Benjamin Moore’s Lemon Sorbet

Lemon Sorbet’s selling point as a Color of the Year is its role as a “transitional” color. Benjamin Moore has predicted that 2014 will be the year of the pastels, and as such Lemon Sorbet is a perfect bridge from the current saturated color tones.  The color brightens an atmosphere without overloading the senses, akin to tea’s mild compared to coffee’s powerful dose of caffeine.

Color trends are fun to incorporate and really make a space feel trendy and fashionable. Even so, when designing a room, it is important to keep in mind that trends fade and the colors of today will be replaced a year from now. Thus it is a good tactic to use Colors of the Year primarily as accent pieces such as lamps, clocks, throw pillows, and such or as part of a more overall color scheme (for example Aloe lends itself well to pastel yellows, blues, and browns that can characterize a child’s room or nursery).  Knowing the color trends is exciting and inspiring, and integrating them into your designs will keep your work fresh and your clients happy.

Stage Your Home for Viewing

Staging your home to attract buyers attention requires decorating, designing, organizing, and de-cluttering along with a Q-tip clean presentation. Organizing the cleaning tasks can be more manageable with the following checklist:

 

Starting Outside

The Yard

Cut and trim

Put away all lawn equipment, bikes, and toys

Remove all weeds, rocks, and debris from flowerbeds (and concrete cracks)

Wash the driveway and sidewalks

 

The Rest of the Outside

Trim bushes and trees

Patch any wood rot on the outside walls

Paint/repaint all fences, siding, house numbers, mailboxes, etc.

Repair or replace broken shingles and flashings

Clean out gutters, downspouts, siding, trim, and shutters

 

Move Inside

Kitchen

Clean backsplash

Clean inside kitchen cabinets (also a good excuse to multitask with some cleaning out kitchen cabinets)

Clean sinks and other reflective surfaces

Clean and keep all dishes put away every day

Clean kitchen exhaust fan, filters, and hoods

Clean oven, stovetop, and burners

Clean appliances

Clean all countertops and other surfaces

 

Bathroom

Clean floors, toilets, showers, and sinks

Polish mirrors

Clean backsplash

 

Other Rooms

Clean and polish light fixtures

Polish all woodwork

Deep clean carpets and wash floors

Clean baseboards and trim

Wash walls

Wash doors and doorjambs, especially in the house entryway

Clean all window screens and storm doors

For other suggestions on how to stage your home, visit our website for more downloadable documents here:
http://www.stylemyspace.com/realtor-information.asp
or call me for more information regarding staging services at:
Kim Kapellusch – 818.726.6429

3 Tips for Decorating Your Office for Home Staging

Office interior.The home office: The most cluttered and disorganized room in your house may tempt you to just close the door when showing around potential home buyers. You had the best of intentions when you converted that extra building into your office, but it rarely stayed clean and it was subjected to your ideas of organized chaos. But walk-throughs of your for-sale home are not going to avoid the office space just because it’s messy, they are going to view it anyway, and therefore it is up to you to stage it to best sell your house.

Furniture

Keep the furniture simple and ergonomically designed. Your desk, chair, computer, and keyboard should be positioned to look comfortable, but also functional. Keep the surfaces clutter-free by using organizers and proper storage systems. The craziness may work for your own time, but for your potential buyers it just looks messy and detracts from the overall quality of the room. Simple furniture and clear counters also highlight the size of the room, making a big room look even larger and a small room look spacious.

Lighting

Home buyers always look for sources of natural light, so enhance any windows with decorative window treatments. If the office doesn’t have any windows, install a source of overhead light. Add one or two other light sources such as floor lamps and a desk lamp near the computer.  Stores carry a variety of fixture styles, so make sure that the light fixtures tie in with the style of your furniture.

Wall Art

Filling empty wall space with family photos or artwork will add a personal touch to the office. But as with any wall décor, there is a balance. Arrange one or two pictures in a frame on the desk and then add a few to a long wall to break up any emptiness. Beware of overloading your side surfaces; a wall can become just as cluttered as a desk.

With a coordinating theme and style of decorating used consistently through the room, the home office can be a highlight of a house showing. But neglecting to put the same effort into the office as you put into the rest of the house can be detrimental to your possible offers.

4 Sales Enhancing Master Bedroom Home Staging Tips

Master bedrooms are one of the top decision factors for home buyers when choosing which home to make an offer on. Creating a master bedroom retreat appeals to the buyers senses and helps them form an emotional connection to the home. This means attractive and fresh bedding, no clutter, light and bright and an overall feeling that one could come into the space to relax and rejuvenate after a long day.

1. CREATE AN UPSCALE ENVIRONMENT
Every buyer aspires to own something they are proud of and that their family and friends would be impressed with. Producing this type of an experience in a home is easy with the right elements. To ascertain whether this is happening in your property, ask yourself objectively in each room if the space feels expensive and luxurious. Even in an entry level home, there are ways to create a feeling of luxury. In general, this means fresh and stylish pieces. Remove outdated pieces and replace with new. In a master, you just need a bed, fresh bedding, 2 night stands and some art at minimum, so even if all the pieces are outdated, start with new night stands which you can purchase, borrow from a friend or rent from your favorite stager Kim Kapellusch (818.726.6429). Add a nice lamp on each night stand (great deals at Home Goods or Marshalls if needed) and some fresh new bedding. Add artwork and you will have a master retreat that has buyers sold! Again, all these items can be rented from me if that is a better option.

2. COLOR
The color of the master bedroom should definitely be warm, peaceful and neutral. Colors like beige, brown and green or dark red as an accent color will feel comfortable for both men and women. Colors that are very feminine or masculine should be altered to appeal to both genders thereby generating the most interest possible.

3. DECOR
The idea behind creating a restful and spa-like master bedroom is to create that ‘wow’ factor in the buyers most intimate and personal space. Try to incorporate everything and make it blend together style-wise. Take out extra pieces to make the room feel as large and spacious as possible. Night stands should have a lamp and at most, 1 or 2 other decorative accessories. Put away phones, alarm clocks and functional items that are not in line with the restful theme. TV’s should not be visible in master bedrooms whenever possible. New bedding with fresh bed pillows is a must. If a home owner’s bedding needs an update, Ross has many great choices typically ranging between $49 – $79.

4. KEEP IT GENDER NEUTRAL
The furniture and accessories should not point to one gender. Things like the pillows, bedding, drapes and rugs should be neutral hence having designs and themes that are not too feminine or masculine. Having fluffy things and stuffed animals in a master will be biased as would sport items and icons. Being neutral is the key since we will want to appeal to both men and women.

Feng Shui Tips to Enhance Your Home Value

The feng shui of a home is determined by factors both inside and outside your house. With feng shui methods, one can give their home the look they desire. The value of a home can be seen through the first look of its surrounding. This gives your visitors the impression of how your home is. The feng shui methods will help bring life to your home and enhance your house and its surrounding. Below are ten tips of how you can use feng shui to improve the value of your home:

(1). Use of warm colors.
In feng shui methods and style, red, yellow and orange represent fire, warmth and masculine. The use of these colors accordingly on pillows, flow rugs and throws can help you give your house life and energy. Use of natural fabrics with vegetable dyes will help improve the feng shui energy of your home.

(2). Lighting systems.
Installation of full light bulbs in your lamps and lighting fixtures also improves the feng shui energy of your home. The full bulb lights are close to sunlight so they give your home the natural look and mood. Make sure to always open your windows to allow light into your house. The energy flow in your house will always be improved by the natural light.

(3). Use of evergreen plants.
Plant evergreen plants in large containers and place them in your hall ways and doorways. Also on the outside of your house, ensure you have planted evergreen plants. They give your home a natural look and fresh air circulation in your homes.

(4). Use of water elements.
Your backyard is very vital, and you can install water elements in it to improve your home value. Use table fountains and small desks and you can add small plants around it to enhance feng shui balance.

(5). Use of indoor plants.
To improve positive feng shui energy, place indoor plants on your windows, hallways and other parts to give your house a fresh look. Avoid placing plants near heating vents and make sure to choose plants that are easy to care for and do well indoors.

(6). Creating inviting entry ways.
Your entry ways give the first impression of your home/house. Make sure your entry ways are alive. The use of green plants should be well applied to give your visitors a good impression of your homes.

(7). Sticking doors and drawers.
Make sure that your doors and drawers open easily with fewer efforts used. Easily opened doors and drawers save your home energy by improving the accessibility to the rooms in your house and drawers.

(8). Clutter clearing.
Get rid of all those items you do not use in your home. It helps make your house spacious enough, giving easy light penetration and flow of air in your homes.

(9). House furniture position.
Ensure your chair is in a position for you to have a clear view of your door way. Preferably, have a view of all the door ways to your room. In your bedroom, your headboard should not be along the same wall with your door.

(10). Stovetop burners.
Use all your stovetop burners since they each represent an avenue of prosperity in your home. Overlay the bagua on your stovetop and pay attention to the feng shui trinity; your bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. These areas are important in matters concerning your health.

The use of feng shui methods will in a great way improve the value of your home. Plan well and apply the above tips to enhance the energy of your house. A home with great energy flow gives a great first impression and feeling to a potential visitor or home buyer.

5 Do’s and Don’ts When Staging Your House

When putting your house up for sale, the first thing you need to do is present it in a way that would appeal to the broadest possible buying audience. The trick is to envision certain things when in their place and look at things objectively. Ask yourself whether you can imagine yourself living there. Keep in mind that you are selling a home, not just a house.

Part of the commitment of selling your house is to be mentally prepared to take the necessary steps to get it sold. If you’ve been living in the house, it’s easy to overlook or get used to the clutter every day. But to a buyer, it may seem like a messy and cluttered home that they may not want to move into. It is also a proven fact that buyers prefer to purchase a house they don’t have to put too much time and money into fixing. With the right techniques, your efforts to dress your house will fly off the market in no time at all. Follow my 5 do’s and don’ts and you will be set for success.

Don’t leave it un-repaired. Go through your house and make a list of things that need to be repaired, and have them done. A buyer will usually take note of negatives and this will be high on their list. Don’t overlook the simplest repairs such as leaking taps or stuck kitchen drawers. If you need to, get professional help for the more complicated problems.

Don’t forget cleaning and de-cluttering. If you live in the house, make sure you clean every nook and cranny. An unclean house makes buyers feel uncomfortable. Pay extra attention to areas such as the bathroom and the kitchen. If you can’t seem to clean the fingerprints on the wall, consider giving it a fresh coat of paint. You may have grown used to your untidy garden or exposed household cleaning equipment, but unnecessary clutter like this can lose you the sale. Tidy up family photos and books by dusting and arranging them nearly or storing some of them away. The less clutter you have, the bigger the space will seem.

Don’t neglect neutralizing. If your walls are too bright or patterned, it might make it hard for the buyers to imagine their own things in the house. Paint your walls in a neutral, warm and inviting color scheme such as cream or mocha. Even just a warm white all over would certainly be better than a purple wall.

Give the room in your house that special look. Make sure that each room clearly conveys its function and purpose. For the bathrooms or toilets, display fresh towels and toiletries like they do in hotels. For the living room, put a vase of fresh flowers on the coffee table. These little touches add towards giving a breath of fresh air to the space.

Lastly, always consider “ShowTime”. After all is said and done, you’re finally ready to show off your house at its best. Make sure each room is as bright and welcoming as possible by drawing the curtains and turning on necessary lights. Turn on the air conditioning of fans before prospective buyers arrive. It can help put them at ease when they enter the house. If you have a broker showing the house, make sure he or she can answer important questions and handle objections so as to be able to get the best possible price in the shortest time. If you don’t have one, take the buyer around the house in as professional a manner as possible. In either case, it’s best to receive buyers when the house is not in a state of chaos with children or pets running around.

Home Decor Trends for Summer 2012

Summer has always been considered the brightest season of all seasons. This is when people from all ages could actually have fun under the bright streams of the sun. However, there’s more to summer people could enjoy. The summer outfits, summer food and drinks, summer fun ideas and so many more. Summer has a lot to offer, and this includes a whole new task for homeowners who want to have a sunny summer look infused into their abodes. So, the question is, what are the new colors and home design trends for the 2012 Summer?

For summer, people would look for some light and cool ideas for their home makeover endeavors. They prefer something fresh that would serve as a comfort from the summer’s heat.
This Summer’s Colors

Summer has always been represented with bright and bold colors. This is not only true with summer outfits but the house and building wall paints as well. These vibrant colors are very cool and entertaining to anybody’s eyes. Bright Yellow is a popular color of the season and if you want extremely bright and lively to your eyes, bright yellow is the best for you. Color can be used in both exterior and interior of the house. Such color can be so inviting when used on the exterior and, it can make your house look bigger and larger when used for the interiors.
Tangerine
Another summer color that never fails to brighten the color of your walls. This is more subtle compared to that of bright yellow, and it suggests conservativeness in some extent.

Vibrant red
This color is best suggested if you are looking for a more radical and adventurous color scheme for your home. Red usually suggest love although if you want to infuse the said idea to your home, you can utilize it but in a lighter shade. Aside from the wall paint, you can also use brightly-colored wall papers with the suggested shade and be sure to select a design that is not heavy to the eyes.

Another trend of the season are Summer Draperies
For summer drapes, you can utilize those that suggest clean and fresh elements into your homes. Use something that will contrast with the color of your wall so that it will stand out. You can have aquamarine, light green, light blue and even very light violet. These colors may be a little darker compared to the suggested wall colors, but still it conveys the summer idea. Furthermore, use a very light material for your drapes so that it will flow freely as the summer breeze rushes into your home and let in the light.

Summer trend for furniture Layouts
Summer also suggests a different set of home layout and designs. To achieve that summer look, you can use furniture and fixtures that are made out of light and native materials like bamboo and light wood. The idea suggests that the outdoor look right inside the comforts of your home. Additionally, make sure that your furniture is not over scale for your space so it won’t consume a lot of space. Make your home as spacious as possible for summer activities that may occur in your homes.

These are some of the simple summer home designs idea that you want to consider for 2012. But then again, you have to choose a home color, home furniture and fixtures that would meet your needs and liking. Have fun and be creative!

Staging Tips- Getting the Sellers on Board

From Everyday to Showcase – How to Motivate your Clients to make changes

It’s no surprise that many people are feeling a bit overwhelmed by today’s

Real Estate market. It’s up; it’s down, with foreclosures all around.  This is a confusing time for home sellers because a couple years ago, a good percentage of homes were selling in as little as a few weeks, some with multiple offers. In today’s market we have more inventory and ever changing interest rates.  On one hand, buyers have more choices when seeking to purchase.  On the other hand, home sellers have more competition in attracting a buyer for their home.
In both circumstances, it comes down to the home owner delivering a product that buyers are seeking. Clean, well balanced, neutral and inviting spaces that showcase all the features the home has to offer.

With so many homes having the same floor plan as the next, it is imperative that homes be designed in a manner that differentiates them from their competition. Hiring a Professional Stager works because many homeowners are not able to look at their home objectively with “buyer’s eyes”. People live in their home the way that works best for them but this is typically not the “look” buyers get excited about or make higher offers for. Staged homes statistically receive 3-10% higher offers than homes that are not staged.

So, what do I say to motivate my clients to make the needed changes?

When I am preparing a customized staging planfor home owners, I typically refer to the trends of buyers when trying to motivate a home seller that is unsure about committing to my suggestions. I am not the reason they need to make changes – the consumer who is demanding a certain level of standards is.

So here are a couple of statements that help sellers understand why they might benefit from improving the showing condition of their home:

–         Buyers are seeking move-in condition homes and willing to pay more money for them. By addressing these things now, you will appeal to a broader audience of buyers.

–         Neutralizing so buyers can envision their belongings in the space will help them form emotional attachments to your home. Emotional connections procure offers.

–         Buyers find the space easier to relate to and more valuable and relevant to their wants and needs when rooms are staged in the manner in which they are meant to be used. For example a dining room should be staged as a dining room rather than an office or play room.

–         I am here to help you sell your home faster and for more money. All of the advice I am giving you is based on increasing your bottom line.

–         By following through on these suggestions, you improve your chances for a quicker sale. If by selling faster you save at least one price reduction, you will retain several more thousand dollars of equity in this home.

–         Staging every room in your home creates a consistent look and feel. The more attractive your home is, the higher the offers people will make. Why? Because in our society, people expect that highly attractive things usually cost more and we tend to “bargain” less when something is just what we have been looking for.

For more information on staging, please visit our website at www.stylemyspace.com

Or, if you are interested in becoming a home stager, check out our exclusive training programs at www.academyofstaging.com.

Former real estate agent Kim Kapellusch has over 10 years experience staging interiors for commercial advertising, vacant and lived-in homes, model homes and personal residences.

Opportunity at Open Houses

There are many ways to find the right home for your clients. But most important is for you to see the home at an open house. Many agents and Home Stagers are asking, “Why should I attend open houses?” Going to open houses is the best way to meet Reals Estate Agents and Home Stagers and it is a great opportunity to network with new people.

Why Home Stagers should go to Open Houses?

Home Stagers should always attend open houses when they can. It is a great opportunity to meet the local real estate agents in your area.  Real Estate Agents should also invite Home Stagers to open houses because the home stager can help the agent make sure the home is ready for presentation. Making sure little things like furniture and accessories are where they should be and that clutter is out of the way. Home Stagers can also be there to help the potential buyers envision living in the home, giving them décor tips and furniture layout ideas.

First Impressions Count!

For Agents first impressions of the home is critical, so having a Home Stager there with you to make sure it is perfect will definitely payoff. For Home Stagers first impressions are key as well. Making the agent happy with what you can do at an open house only keeps them thinking about what you can do to a vacant home on the market.

Network!

Open houses are great opportunities to network with the Real Estate Agents, Home Stagers, and the potential buyers. Make sure you leave a great first impression and have some marketing materials ready to hand out. You never know when you will need a Real Estate Agent, a Home Stager, OR a Buyer.

Spring Cleaning for Homes on the Market

With spring on the rise it is time to trade hot coca for lemonade and kick of rain boots for flip flops. That would mean the same for your home that is currently on the market. During our winter season we focused hard on keeping the insides of our home presentable to potential buyers and now since spring has sprung it is time to do a little spring cleaning for the outside of homes to make sure our curb appeal stand above the rest. Here are a few tips and trick for this spring season.

1. Sparkle and Shine– The sun is shining bright but from where your standing it’s pretty gloomy. Winter storms can leave dirty residue on your glass windows and screens. Tackle the outdoor windows before you move to the inside. Start with giving your screens and bath and then making sure you windows are squeaky clean. There is nothing better than enjoying spring when you are able to see it through your windows.

2. Don’t leave the leavesThere are many things we think about when cleaning outdoors, and cleaning the gutters is not one of them. The leaves may have fallen and blown away but there are always a few left behind in your gutters. Remember this is where the first impression starts and you want it to be spectacular.

3. FencingFences get over looked most of the time. We see them from a distance and we don’t notice that there is rotting on metal fences and paint has been chipped out of wooden fences. Take a closer look and make sure your fences have a fresh coat of paint that will stand out in the spring time sun.

4. Spring CoatIt is like changing your winter cloths to spring cloths. The winter showers may have dulled out your last year’s paint touch up on your house. So this spring why not give it a fresh coat to stand out from the rest. If the house doesn’t seem to be completely painted walk around and look for some imperfections and touch those up. It makes a huge difference to those perspective home buyers.

5. Keep it greenKeeping a nice lawn is most important when your home is on the market. Those weeds will always sneak up on you as well. Keep your grass green by tackling those dead weeds and giving it some fresh water. Add some color by planting some fresh spring flowers to your garden, always a nice touch.

Keep these 5 tips in mind for this spring and your outdoors will look inviting to all home buyers.

Staging Tips- Getting the sellers on board

From Everyday to Showcase – How to Motivate your Clients to make changes  

It’s no surprise that many people are feeling a bit overwhelmed by today’s Real Estate market. It’s up; it’s down, with foreclosures all around.  This is a confusing time for home sellers because a couple years ago, a good percentage of homes were selling in as little as a few weeks, some with multiple offers. In today’s market we have more inventory and ever changing interest rates.  On one hand, buyers have more choices when seeking to purchase.  On the other hand, home sellers have more competition in attracting a buyer for their home.

In both circumstances, it comes down to the home owner delivering a product that buyers are seeking. Clean, well balanced, neutral and inviting spaces that showcase all the features the home has to offer.

With so many homes having the same floor plan as the next, it is imperative that homes be designed in a manner that differentiates them from their competition. Hiring a Professional Stager works because many homeowners are not able to look at their home objectively with “buyer’s eyes”. People live in their home the way that works best for them but this is typically not the “look” buyers get excited about or make higher offers for. Staged homes statistically receive 3-10% higher offers than homes that are not staged.

So, what do I say to motivate my clients to make the needed changes?

When I am preparing a customized staging plan for home owners, I typically refer to the trends of buyers when trying to motivate a home seller that is unsure about committing to my suggestions. I am not the reason they need to make changes – the consumer who is demanding a certain level of standards is.

So here are a couple of statements that help sellers understand why they might benefit from improving the showing condition of their home:

– Buyers are seeking move-in condition homes and willing to pay more money for them. By addressing these things now, you will appeal to a broader audience of buyers.

– Neutralizing so buyers can envision their belongings in the space will help them form emotional attachments to your home. Emotional connections procure offers.

– Buyers find the space easier to relate to and more valuable and relevant to their wants and needs when rooms are staged in the manner in which they are meant to be used. For example a dining room should be staged as a dining room rather than an office or play room.

– I am here to help you sell your home faster and for more money. All of the advice I am giving you is based on increasing your bottom line.

– By following through on these suggestions, you improve your chances for a quicker sale. If by selling faster you save at least one price reduction, you will retain several more thousand dollars of equity in this home.

– Staging every room in your home creates a consistent look and feel. The more attractive your home is, the higher the offers people will make. Why? Because in our society, people expect that highly attractive things usually cost more and we tend to “bargain” less when something is just what we have been looking for.

For more information on staging, please visit our website at www.StyleMySpace.com

Or, if you are interested in becoming a home stager, check out our exclusive training programs at www.academyofstaging.com.

Former real estate agent Kim Kapellusch has over 10 years experience staging interiors for commercial advertising, vacant and lived-in homes, model homes and personal residences.

Call Kim today with your project details and get an over-the-phone estimate. 800.574.5576

Top 5 ways to Sell Your Home Faster and for More Money!

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When your home is on the market, it becomes a product for sale and just like other products for sale, shoppers will be heavily weighing where to invest their hard-earned dollars. As they will be comparing your property with others, it is critical to be objective about anything in your home that they may perceive as a reason “not to buy”.

In a 2007 survey of over 2,000 Realtors, agents estimated that staging your home for better presentation yielded a 343% return on investment. Sure you can also lower your asking price instead but typically it is less costly to replace, update or clean the area and present a fresh new space.

 

 

Check out the dramatic changes you can make in 5 simple steps.

#1 Leverage your homes attributes

Did you know that your property already contains things buyers are willing to pay more money for? Just like the bells and whistles on a sports car, these home features need to be showcased to their full potential so buyers can make their best and highest offer.

–         attractive curb appeal and yard

–         fireplaces

–         windows with views of mountains, water, skyline, nature, cityscapes

–         high ceilings

–         spacious rooms that feel luxurious

–         eat-in kitchen bars

–         updated or new features

Showcase these areas by drawing attention to them with pops of color and a clear line of sight to the area.

#2  Fix Potential Reasons Not to Buy

Repair, clean or replace the things that could deter a potential buyer from making an offer such as:

–         carpet that needs cleaning or replacing

–         outdated fixtures or flooring

–         chipped, scuffed or dark colored paint

–         anything in the home that is dirty or stained

–         deferred maintenance issues

#3 Show a Light, Bright and Spacious Home

Nothing sells faster than an environment that replicates a restful retreat from busy lives. You can create that feeling in your home by:

–         opening up all windows to let in as much light as possible

–         add plants to bring the “outdoors in”

–         lighten dark areas with no windows with lamp lighting – even during a daytime showing!

–         Showcase more space by removing excess furniture, anything being stored on the floor and eliminating countertop clutter. Remember my personal quote, “Expansive Feels Expensive!

#4 Depersonalize!!

Did you know that by removing some of the items in your home you can actually attract more buyers?

–         remove family photos that remind buyers that they are a visitor in someone else’s home rather than envisioning themselves in the space

–         remove personal collections that can make a space feel cluttered and un-relatable to buyers who have different tastes

–         tone down “extreme themes” with a little more of the mainstream to appeal to a broader scope of buyers

#5 Create a Designer Interior that sells 67% faster

You only have 1 chance to make a first impression. Potential buyers are looking to make one of the biggest investments of their lives and they are hoping to find the one gem within their budget that looks and feels as if they paid a fortune. Creating designer touches throughout the home will help you sell for more money. Things like:

–       a sophisticated, warm paint palette – if you will be painting anyway, you can create an expensive feeling with the right color paint in a neutral base.

–         creating warm and inviting seating areas that help buyers envision spending time with family and friends

–         utilizing accent colors sparingly and to draw attention features. Too much or too many colors make a space feel cluttered and not pulled together

–         remove outdated pieces of furniture to create a fresher look to the home

–         update kitchen and bath areas with simple, inexpensive changes such as new knobs, paint, new flooring, lighting or faucets.

Get paid to stage your home by increasing your return on investment by 343%. If you would like help creating an upscale, designer environment that will appeal to more buyers and sell your home for more money, consider hiring a professional stager. For more information, visit http://www.StyleMySpace.com

10 Tips to Help you Sell Your House Faster

When homeowners put their home on the market they often ask themselves, “How can I sell my house faster?”

Here are a 10 tips that can help you sell your house faster.

  • Surfaces should be clean and clutter free. What is Clutter? Clutter is anything that is not decorative. Remove bills/papers, medicines, collections, family photos, cleaning aids, toothpaste, toys, etc.
  • Fireplaces should show clean with sparkling glass and no soot stains on the exterior. Mantels should have few, if any, accessories on them.
  • Sofas and chairs should be in good condition. If not, and no other furniture is available, covers should be purchased. For balance and interest, throw pillows or throws should be added with touches of the homes designated accent color. A sofa should typically have 5 or more pillows and can have 2-3 different patterns or colors.
  • Rugs should be cleaned and appear new. Replace outdated, worn, faded, and especially, stained rugs.
  • Windows, carpets, flooring, cabinetry….the entire interior should sparkle. A clean home sells.
  • Homes should be odor free
  • Kitchen and bathroom floor grout should be cleaned
  • Kitchen counters should have less appliances and more decorative items such as bowls of fruit, cookbooks, and decorative oil bottles.
  • Paint should appear fresh. If walls are dinged or marked up a paint job is in order.
  • Pull blinds all the way up to showcase the views and let in the light.

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