Posts Tagged ‘Real Estate Staging’


I think that Realtors must be some of the most positive people on the planet. Their job is to steer you in the right direction, and help you fall in love with a home; they earn your trust, build a relationship, and hopefully complete the deal. Before they know it, they have become the unsuspecting Matchmaker’s of the work force.

And, they have their own love language. We all watch the selling, flipping and goodness-knows-what-else shows that are saturating television right now, but my favorite’s are the international one’s. It seems easy to sell the attributes of a seven million dollar loft in New York City, but when faced with a small pied-à-terre in the back of a rather questionable alley, the challenge becomes a little more real.

Sometimes, it can require an almost fairytale kind of imagination (and a very positive attitude). So, with respect and love to Realtors everywhere, I wanted to share some of my favorite words from their dictionary:

OPEN PLAN – No privacy. Ever.

COZY – Much smaller than you think, and not suitable for anyone over six feet tall.

CHARMING – Has not been renovated, repaired or cleaned since 1973.

A VIEW – It has a window that you can look out of.

OUTSIDE SPACE – If you go out the door, from the inside of the house, you will be outside, in a space.

NEEDS SOME TLC – Watch your step, sign the insurance waiver, and don’t forget to wear a helmet when you visit.

PRIVATE – You will never, ever get any visitors unless they have a GPS, an overnight bag and four wheel drive.

LOW MAINTENANCE BACK YARD – A slab of concrete with room for a small, potted geranium and a white plastic chair.

VERY SPACIOUS, WITH AN OPEN PLAN CONCEPT – Larger than anyone could possible need, and please don’t ask me how you’re supposed to arrange your furniture.

LOTS OF NATURAL LIGHT – Bring your own lamps, because there are no ceiling lights (anywhere).

BUILT IN HOME OFFICE – An open shelf in a corner of the kitchen.

EASY WALKING TO ALL AMENITIES – No garage or parking space for your car.

UP AND COMING NEIGHBORHOOD – One day it will be safe, but for now don’t go out after dark, and don’t remove the bars from the windows.

PARTIALLY FURNISHED – The current owners don’t want to pay to remove the pool table, the beds have bugs, and they can’t be bothered to clean out the refrigerator.

HAS POTENTIAL – Not for the faint of heart – contractors only, please.

MOVE IN READY – We are desperate, we’ve done all we can, and we have to leave.

UNIQUE HOME – Dad retired early, bought a bunch of tools, and started fixing up the house.

Wendy E. Wrzos http://wendyandthebluegiraffe.blogspot.com/
Photograph of House on Holland Island from Amusing Planet



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There is certainly no lack of information on what to do to prepare your home for sale. In fact, there’s so much information out there, what’s really difficult to know is who do you believe? There are television shows giving you lots of information on the things you need to do. There are websites and articles about what’s most important………how in the world can you process all of it?

The first thing to understand is who is giving you the information. If you’re watching a television show, remember it is designed to get people to watch it. To do that, the producers may go for shock value. As an example (and a pretty mild example at that), I saw a television show a while ago where a wall in the seller’s living room was painted orange. While it may have looked nice in the house, that’s definitely not a recommendation I would make to my clients. For one thing, orange is a very strong color that people have very strong feelings about. The either love it or they hate it. So why would you choose to paint a wall in the first room the potential buyers see in a color they may find offensive? There are plenty of other colors that would make a statement without the emotions so you are better off choosing one of them. Oh yes, and be sure the statement is one you should be making. If it doesn’t do anything to enhance the house it’s better not to do it at all. Remember, you’re not trying to sell to the advertisers, but to real people you want to encourage to buy your house.

Many of these television shows also have lots of construction happening in the house for sale – all for less than $500! While it may sound like a great idea to take down that wall between the kitchen and the dining room, chances are it will cost you a lot more than $500 – unless you own a construction company. Again, this is for entertainment and not necessarily reality. If you are considering anything like this prior to putting your house on the market, make certain you understand the cost versus the return. If you do this, will you make more of a profit on the sale of the house? That’s the bottom line for most of us, so spend your time and money doing those things that will make the house sell more quickly and for money.

And finally, it’s a good idea to make certain the information you are receiving from whatever source (television, websites, blogs, newsletters) is something you didn’t know. Most of us know that houses on the market must be clutter-free. But we don’t always know what is clutter and what isn’t. Paring down a room to the barest of essentials isn’t usually a good idea as the room feels cold and uninviting. But removing the clutter from the floor of the closet is a great idea because ‘stuff’ on floors visually breaks up the space and makes it feel smaller than it is. And most of us are looking for spacious closets, so pick up all the things you have on the floor and move them to the shelf. Or better yet, throw or give them away or pack them for the move. An article or a newsletter that provides information like that is much more valuable than one that simply says to clear the clutter.
Ann Anderson, http://www.roomsreborn.com

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I know because I’m doing it……..getting rid of ‘stuff’ as you prepare to move is difficult.  Not only are you faced with deciding what goes and what stays, but what do you do with the stuff that goes?

That’s really going to depend on just what the ‘stuff’ is.  And be honest!  Is it truly something someone else could use and/or love?  If not, it goes in the trash.  But for everything else, you have lots of choices.  You could certainly donate those things that are no longer useful or beautiful – or that simply take up too much room.  Good places for that are Goodwill, Salvation Army, or Boys and Girls Clubs, as well as many others.  Or you could post it on Freecycle, a nonprofit local network (check to see if they are in your area) committed to giving things away rather than putting them in landfills. 

If the items are more valuable or you would like to make a little money for the upcoming move, you can certainly have a yard (or tag or garage – whatever they are called in your area) sale.  While this can be a lot of work, it can also be fun – if you make it so.  Invite your neighbors to participate and have a day-long block party.  Let the kids host a lemonade stand.  Let your creative side show when you make your displays.  Just don’t expect to sell your real valuables for what they may be worth.  At a yard sale, everyone is looking for a bargain!

For those most expensive items, try a local consignment shop.  Most will not only appraise the item for you, but they will pick it up and bring it to their shop.  Some consignment stores also hold regularly scheduled auctions, which might be another way to sell your items.  And some also have an e-bay presence, so your items may be seen by an even larger audience!

Whatever you do, don’t be overwhelmed.  The cleaning-out process may take some time, so plan accordingly.  Have a space to store those things you will be selling – and for the others, frequent trips to the dump and the donation center will make your job easier!

Ann Anderson, www.roomsreborn.com

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bath photo 2From House Beautiful, this article has an array of ideas that are smart, stylish and easy to achieve.  To start 2010 with a fresh start, try some of these products and tips for a newly arranged space that is also pleasing to the eye.  Being organized is essential for a smooth transition from 2009 to 2010 whether it’s for your home or office.  Focus on a few rooms that may need some tweaking and you’ll be amazed at the results!  To learn more, click the link below…


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Handy article for anyone who may be a little discouraged about moving during the holiday season.  This quick read states all the positive things you can do to get through the struggles of selling a home with the stress of the holidays looming over you.  Click the link below to access this article from Robitaille Real Estate of NY.


Article submitted by Christine Spitale, Owner of Sunflower Staging, www.sunflowerstaging.com.

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So summer has come and gone and your house still hasn’t sold.  No worries…there are solutions, and homes do sell 12 months of the year.  However, it is very important to keep up the curb appeal with appropriate seasonal maintenance and upkeep.  Lots can still be done during fall and winter selling seasons.  To ensure that your listing is the “hottie in the hood” try a few nature inspired decorations to draw buyers in.  Click on the link below to see entire article.  Article source: www.thestate.com.

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dollarsigns1Did you know that remodeling a home accounts for about 40% of all residential construction spending and about 2% of the US economy?

If you’re getting ready to place your home on the market, there are a few things you should know…

To improve, or not to improve – that is the question.

1. I’ts best to make expensive improvements if they fit existing neighborhood standards. Don’t go overboard.

2. Anytime you can add an extra bath or spare bedroom is good. Again, within existing neighborhood standards. (A good realtor will help you out.)

3. Replace and/or upgrade roofing, windows and exterior paint colors will do the trick everytime.

4. Don’t add bells and whistles just because you want them – add only the ones that will add measurable real estate value.

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Calling all Staging Professionals… is there room for improvement? Give us your thoughts about placement, color and the details.

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The color forecast calls for rich shades of brown and bronze to dominate home decor in the next few years. The growing trend of natural neutrals does not mean these colors are wishy-washy. These ‘brown’ shades will be more grounded and earthy. Think rock, stone and soil.


Some of our favorite shades are found within the Benjamin Moore line of paints and include Van Buren Brown – a milk chocolate color that will really wet your appetite. (Great for a dining room) Branchport Brown – with just enough red in it to really warm up a space and looks especially good in a high gloss for added drama. Brown Sugar and Maple Syrup are lush browns you can adapt to any room and the color Wenge from the BM Affinity line is a dark, bittersweet chocolate color that paired with silvery green, red or lilac works well for any season. In fact, pair brown shades with blue this spring for variations of sea and sand.

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If you’re like me, you want your “home” office to be just as stylish as any other room in your home. In fact, more so! So how do you marry style with functionality? Good design is all about making form and function beautiful. Let’s start there.
Of course the people at Pottery Barn know how to make furniture that embodies good design, which is why they created a great line of office furniture that is not only stylish, but increadibly functional as well.
Now personalize your space with a splash of color, rich textures and interesting patterns. Embellish this space with not-so-officey artwork and accessories that show off your personality. The result? You’ll end up with an office you love to work in day or night!

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