Home Staging Tips in Boca Raton- Twas the Night Before…..

A Holiday Poem-Twas the Night Before Selling    

Twas the Night before Selling

When all through the house,

Not a Creature was stirring,

Not even a mouse.

All the Tschotskes were scattered everywhere with no care

Still hoping some Buyers soon would be there.

The Children were upstairs attached to their iPods

While visions of a new home danced in their heads.

But the Sellers, you see, were losing their cool,

For they feared they’d forgotten all Good Staging Rules.

When out in the driveway their arose such a clatter,

They looked out their dirty window to see what was the matter.

Past the rooms full of clutter, down the worn stairs they ran.

Out their faded front door,  “Watch out for that Can!”

The sun shown bright light on their stained driveway outside

No flowers, just hedges and a lawn that had died.

But what to their wondering eyes should appear

ButRoom Service! Home Staging.  “She’s here, have no fear!”

Just a little old Stager, so lively and quick,

“Let’s get this house sold. Come on, Lickety Split!”

More rapid than arrows her orders came out,

As she gestured and shouted so there would be no doubt:

Now Vacuum, Now Broomstick,

Now Mop and New Paint Can,

On Comet, On Clorox,

On Boxes On Windex

To the Top of the Porch

To the Top of the Wall

Now Dash Away, Dash Away,

Dash Dirt  Away All!

Hope you have the Merriest of Holidays and Absolutely Wonderful New Year!

Room Service! Home Staging


(originally posted  in ActiveRain..

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Shops in Delray Beach- Village Square Home Interiors

Shop Delray Beach…Village Square Home Interiors…Gifts and Home Furnishings

Village Square Home Interiors

I’m not sure how I missed this lovely shop on my travels on NE 2nd Avenue but do yourself a favor and stop in when you’re near the Pineapple Grove District in Delray Beach.

Located just north of Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach, Village Square Home Interiors sits in the heart of this popular arts district.  There’s furniture, candles, home accessories , kitchen gadgets and so much more.  If you’re on the hunt for that special piece of furniture or need a unique gift, be sure to stop in!
Village Square Home Interiors
When I was in I bought the perfect Christmas gift for a friend who loves to entertain at home.    Sh-h-h-h-h … It’s our secret!

Village Square Home Interiors
200 NE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33444

*Previously posted in ActiveRain.

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Boca Raton Home Staging- How To Stage Your Home for the Holidays.

Everyone loves the holidays … it’s a chance to have some fun with our homes and bring out the decorations.   If your home is on the market, it doesn’t mean you have to forego any holiday decorating… just keep in mind that the same ideas for staging your home also apply to holiday decorations.

Here are some tips that will help you have a great holiday but will also allow your home to be seen by a Buyer. 

1. Your Front Door– If you place a wreath on your front door make sure it is not so large that it becomes awkward for aKeep it simple. Buyer entering your house.  Keep it simple, even a fresh green wreath can be festive.

2. Outdoor Decorations- It is best to save your giant blow-up Santa-in-a-Snow Globe for next year.  The same goes for all of the little candy canes and flashing lights.  Remember, during the day when your house is being shown, these items just look like clutter on your lawn.
This doesn’t mean you can’t put up any lights… in fact Buyers often drive by homes that are on their short list to consider, and they will drive by at night.  Carefully placed lights outlining your door or the architecture can help it stand out for them.

3. Christmas Trees-  Think Staging…. If your tree is so tall it blocks a path or the view, it’s time to consider something smaller.  If you have to move your furniture around to make room for it, creating a room that doesn’t seem to make sense or flow well…. think about no tree, a smaller tree, or a table top tree.

4.  Decorations- Keep these to a minimum and remember…use them to enhance the area.  Consider the colors you use.  For example, many of the homes in South Florida use a lot of light pink and green.  Choose decorations, in white, for example so they won’t clash.  Choose white candles over red.

You do not have to place a holiday decoration on every wall or flat space.  Pick focal areas such as a mantle, entry table, kitchen island or sofa table.  Place a grouping of 3 candlesticks , pillar holders or hurricanes on your entry table.
Add dried cranberries in the bottom of a hurricane  then place a pillar candle in the cranberries.   Fill a tall hurricane Group in threessleeve with ornaments of the same color, for example.

As in staging or home decorating, it’s better to have 1 or 2 larger accessories rather than a lot of smaller items that appear too busy.

Staging Your Home for the Holidays can help get you in the mood especially during the stressful time of trying to sell your house.  Just remember to keep it simple!

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Home Staging Tips in Boca Raton- What to Ask Before You Rent Offsite Storage.

Home Staging Tips in Boca Raton- What to Ask Before You Rent Offsite Storage!

If your house is on the market, chances are your Realtor, Home Stager, or your friends and family have suggested you eliminate some of the clutter in your home.  

Start Packing.. you''ll be moving soon!

Invest in an offsite storage unit.

Packing up boxes and moving them and excess furniture to your garage may not work.  Buyers still need to see if your garage really can hold 2 cars!  As a Professional Home Stager, I often suggest that my clients consider renting an offsite storage facility so that the boxes and clutter will not eat up your homes square footage.

This does not have to break the bank either… consider this, for every month your home is on the market it is costing you money, time and inconvenience.  Investing in off-site storage can help facilitate your move and get you into your new home.

What do you need to know?  First of all… you can rent month to month so you’re not locked into a long term commitment.

1.  Prices can vary from site to site even with the same company.  I found out when I spoke to a representative of  one of the larger Off-Site Storage facilities that rates revolve around real estate.   It’s just like housing… location, location location.  So when calling for rates, don’t limit yourself to the nearest facility.  There be one 5 minutes away whose rates may be less.   When possible, call the Toll Free number and speak to a national representative at least to get the various rates in  your area. 

2. Is Climate Control Available?  Not all units will have climate control.  You know the ones with the roll up doors?  Not climate controlled.  Depending upon what you’re storing and how long you’ll be storing your items, you may prefer one that has climate control.

3. What floor is available?  Again, location is key.  If you want the convenience of a first floor location, you most likely will pay extra for it.   Most have elevators but take into consideration how much you will have and if you will need any assistance when moving.

4. What season is it?  Believe it or not, there are seasons for off-site facilities.  For example, the summer rates are the real rates; typically there is less demand during the Fall or Winter months and rates are often less.

5. Live in a College town?  If you need a facility just before the end of school call ahead.  You may have a hard time finding one to lease.

6.  Get it locked in. Rates can change every day so if you call and are quoted a rate, make sure to find out when it expires.  And, when your are ready to rent, double check the quote.


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Home Staging Tips in Boca Raton- Don’t Play the Wait and See Game!

Home Staging Tips in Boca Raton- Don’t Play the Wait & See Game!

It’s too easy NOT to put your home in Move-In Condition when you sell your house.   After all… you’re focusing on the move to your new home and you have a family and work to contend with.  Right?……
   WRONG!  Selling your house is never fun or easy and unless you just enjoy having strangers coming in and out to see your home for months on end… or unless you like having to live as if you’re in a model home for months… and unless you like paying for mortgages, utilities, etc for 2 houses… then YOUR HOUSE NEEDS TO BE IN TIP-TOP CONDITION BEFORE YOU LIST YOUR HOUSE!

Are you losing money?   

Not Staging Your house before you list it can cost you money!

Your Realtor will need to be able to post Clear and Show-Ready pictures of your house on the MLS.   Why is that so important?  87+% of Buyers will begin their search on the Internet.  Your photos need to shout Take A Look At Me!”

You can’t get an offer if no one is looking at it!

Buyers will look at DOM- Days On Market.   Typically the first 2 weeks are when your house will be in its Prime.  As DOM lengthens… Buyers will feel as if they’ve been handed a license to offer a low bid.  They will wonder why it hasn’t sold.

Remember what they say about First Impressions?  Well, it’s true.  Once a Realtor has seen a property in poor condition, it is highly unlikely that they will return even if you call and send a personal invitation.  Realtors are busier than ever with paperwork.  If they do not have clients for your now-staged house, they will probably not pay a return visit.

Don’t waste those first two weeks when your house is on the market… make sure your home is Move-In Ready!


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Interior Redesign Tips in Boca Raton- TV Screen Size vs Viewing Distance..How to Choose!

Interior Redesign Tips in Boca Raton- TV Screen Size vs Viewing Distance… How to Choose!

Many families are opting to stay in their homes these days rather than try to sell it in our less than perfect market.   And while they’re waiting…they may be contemplating doing some remodeling and updating of their

Let's paint!

What do you think of that color?

homes… either to make it the way they want it while living in it or with the possibility of placing it on the market in a few years.

You’ve decided to update your Family Living area, and in many cases that involves the new big screen television….. just great for Sunday afternoon football games or watching a DVD  on family movie night.

Now here’s where decision time comes… what size television can you buy for the room?It’s natural to want to buy the largest screen that is available for your budget.  But what about

Can we get a larger screen?

Can we get a larger screen?

some other considerations?

Here are a few questions you need to ask:

1. What is the size of your room?

2. Given your current furniture placement, how far will anyone be from the Television screen?    How close will you be?

3.  What style will mesh best with your current furniture?

4.  Will your television be the first thing someone sees when they walk in the room?

According to various sources, the optimal distance for viewing is no closer than 1.5 times the screen size and no further away than 2 times the screen size.

Using this calculation, the suggested distance for a 50″ screen would be no closer than 6.25 feet and no further than 8.3 feet away.

NOTE:  if you are planning on selling your house in the near future, keep in mind that you don’t want to buy a television so large that it dwarfs the room and becomes the focal point. 

Want to fall back in love with your house?
Why not give us a call for a Home Redesign Consultation?

Room Service!Home Staging

Kathy Streib


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Home Staging Tips in Boca Raton- Buyers- Let Us Help You BEFORE You Buy Your Home!

Home Staging Tips in Boca Raton- Buyers- Let Us Help You BEFORE you Buy Your Home!

Looking at house blueprings
Where shall we put the furniture?

Home Staging isn’t just for Sellers…. more and more buyers are using Staging Consultations to help them  when they buy their new home!

Does this sound familiar?  You’ve been searching for a new home…. you’ve seen countless houses… some that you immediately rule out.. and others that might go on the “maybe” list.   THEN… you think you’ve finally found your house!

BUT… will your furniture work in the living room?  Where will you put your media center?  What are some uses for this room off the kitchen?

Room Service! Home Staging recently was hired to help a Buyer decide where to put a small home office in the home she was ready to buy.    The house met her requirements… close to good schools; close to a major highway; in a desired neighborhood.  However her previous home had a designated office, where this one did not.

We met our client and toured the home and showed her how to make a living area work for her and still be useable by the rest of the family.

Here’s how a Home Stager can help you when you buy your new home:

1. If you’re unsure where to place your furniture… show us your furniture and we’ll give you a plan.
2. Not sure how to use a particular room in the house?  We’ll show you how!
3. We can assist you with paint colors!
4.  After you’re moved in, let us help you get organized!

Give us a call and let us help you enjoy your new home!

Room Service! Home Staging


Kathy Streib

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