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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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Home Staging Tips in Boca Raton-Time to Get some Sense about Scents!

Home Staging Tips in Boca Raton- It’s Time to Get some Sense about Scents! 

Buyers want to smell "Fresh"

If your home is on the market you know that Buyers are not only looking at your house…. they’re smelling it as well.

Just as you don’t want excess clutter to detract a Buyer,  you don’t want hidden, or not so hidden, odors to distract your Buyer.  Pet odors … last night’s fried fish…. smoke and being closed up can be a huge turn off to potential Buyers.  You want them to linger in your house… checking out each room…. visualizing themselves living  there.

Here are a few Do’s and Don’ts:

1.  Don’t try to cover it up!  Lighting candles in every room is not only a fire hazard but it signals to the Buyer that you may be covering something up.

2. Baking cookies or simmering cloves  just before a showing is very last century.   Yes.. everyone loves the smell of fresh-baked cookies but realistically can you be there to have baked cookies for every showing??

3. Don’t ignore it!!  If you have pets… chances are you have some sort of lingering odor.  Your nose may be immune to it, so ask a relative, friend or your Realtor for an honest answer…. “Does My House Smell?”

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1. Do find the source of your odors!  When you live in a house… it is really easy to become immune to any lingering

Let the Fresh Air In!

odors.  Is there a mold issue?  The spices you use on a daily basis may still be in the air.  Your pets may have had an accident that you did not catch.  Window coverings, carpet, upholstered  furniture may have odors trapped in them.

2. Do try to give your house a “clean-fresh” smell…. which is probably no smell!  Weather permitting open the windows and let the fresh air in when you can.    Natural and inexpensive products like baking soda and vinegar can be used throughout the house.

3.  Get Help!  There are times when you have to bite the bullet and get professional help.  You can go on the Internet and you’ll find ozone machines that are supposed to remove odor.   I have not used one, nor do I know of anyone who has but they’re worth investigating.
Check out your local listings for companies that specialize in removing pet urine odors,

Help your house sell itself….and Get some Sense about Scents!

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Home Staging Tips in Boca Raton- What to Do with all that Clutter!

Home Staging Tips in Boca Raton- What Do you Do with all that Clutter!

Unless you’ve been in hiding, the big “D” word in staging is DECLUTTER!  If your home is on the market, you’ve heard this from your Realtor, your good friends, your mother, HGTV and your friendly Home Stager.

It’s easier said than done… right!  It’s all you can do to work, get your home sold, pack and get the new house ready.  BUT… this is a job that must be tackled.  You need Buyers to be able to see what they’re buying… and what they’re buying is NOT your stuff. 

Take a look at this Boca Raton Bathroom:

I think there might be a counter here!

Now a Buyer can see that there's a counter!

See what a difference just packing up your “Stuff” can make!

You’ve heard this before … but the best place to begin is right in front of you.  Get large boxes or bags and sort:

First Rule- if you haven’t used /worn it in a year… if you can replace it should you need it… then toss it or donate it.

Pile 1-Trash– This is probably the easiest pile.  You’d be amazed at what things you have around that really need to be just tossed.  Items that can’t be repaired; items that absolutely no one would want or could use.. belong here.

Pile 2- Donate it- Now this is where you get your conscience to help you… think of that business suit that still fits you but you don’t wear anymore.  There are people out there who would love a professional outfit to wear to work.  Dress For Success helps women hoping to enter the work force.

Pile 3-Pack it– Yes there are items that will go with you to your new house, however except for those items you use daily, pack up everything else.  You’re going to anyway when you move, so why not get started now.

You can go to your local Target or other home store and purchase inexpensive storage bins for those items that you do keep.

Don’t forget Cleaning and DeCluttering can bring you a 586% Return On Your Investment!

Room Service! Home Staging
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Kathy Streib
kathy@mrshomestaging.com

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Home Staging Tips in Boca Raton- STOP! Before You Zap the Personality Out of Your House… Put Down that Can Of White Paint!

Home Staging Tips in Boca Raton.. Stop! Before you zap the Personality out of your house… put down that can of white paint!

If your home is on the market or if you’re considering it,  you’ve probably heard this… ” You need to give all the walls a fresh coat of white paint to make it neutral.”

Before you touch that can of white paint you need to know this….. all white walls can ZAP the personality right out of a house!  Yes, fresh paint is an inexpensive and great way to make your house move-in ready but  neutral doesn’t mean bland.

White does have its place…. white walls can make a darker wall “pop”…. white trip against a neutral taupe wall will give the a clean and crisp look….. you can use white to highlight architectural detail!

But take a look:

This living room certainly was neat and presentable, but we used Sherwin Williams Color Visualizer to show our Sellers how adding a neutral wall color would give the room some warmth.

This office now has a warm feeling!

Before you list your house make sure it’s “show” ready!  Contact Room Service! Home Staging and ask about our very popular Home Staging Consultation!  We’ll provide all the details, including paint suggestions, so you can make sure your home stands out in the competition!

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Home Staging Tips in Boca Raton- Why Buyers Want a Move-In Ready Home.

Home Staging Tips in Boca Raton- Why Buyers Want a Move-In Ready Home.

In the past to sell a home a Seller made sure their house was clean and gave it a fresh coat of paint.  Well… welcome to the new Millennium!  What we did then will not work now….and that’s even more evident in the current housing market.

With more than 85% of Buyers beginning their search on the Internet they may pass on a house that looks as if it will require too much work.  Your house needs to be able to compete in the marketplace.

Why is this??
1. In many couples both partners work outside the home.  What free time they do have they want to spend with their family or hobbies.  For many, renovating, painting, and repairing are not how they want to spend their time.

2.  In the current economy, many non-Do It Yourself owners may not want to or have extra in their budget to pay for professional contractors to tackle large projects.

3.  There are too many other homes available on the market from which they can choose. 

If you are planning on putting your home on the market,
contact a Professional Home Stager.

We provide consultations that will detail everything you need to do
to get your home in move-in ready condition.

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