Selling your home? A little direction goes a long way!

Getting ready to sell

When you are getting ready to sell your home, the work involved can seem overwhelming. 

If you are like most homeowners, you know that there are certain things that have to be done before it goes on the market. 

Now is the time to finish that unfinished project, to replace that cracked tile, to fix the squeaky step, to paint the walls, to update the faucets, to remove the carpet and the list goes on…and on…!

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E-decorating-The New and Cheaper Option

As a small business owner, one of the main goals for me in 2018 was to introduce virtual staging to my clients. And I did that. If you don’t know much about virtual staging, just have a look at this post. It’s amazing what technology can do!

Goal for 2019

My goal for 2019 is to introduce e-decorating to my clients and I’m REALLY excited about this one! 

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Virtual Staging vs Traditional Staging

To people who are not familiar with those terms, here is a simple explanation. 

To stage a house simply means to prepare a house for the market so that it sells faster and for more money than a comparable home that is not staged. 

And there are two ways to accomplish this:  traditional staging and virtual staging.

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Sellers: Don’t Put the Cart Before the Horse!

If you know the meaning of this saying, you’ll know where I’m going with this when it comes to preparing both vacant & occupied houses going on the market. 

Sellers, don’t list your house until it has been properly prepared.  Don’t be so anxious to sell that you do things backwards!

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Which Room is the Greatest Turn-off for Buyers?

Trying to sell your home?  Is there one room or area that is turning off the buyers?  Is there something you can do to eliminate that problem? 

In reality, there are lots of rooms or spaces that can turn off buyers.  As the homeowner, you may not be aware of it.  Here are some of the rooms/spaces that can be a huge turn-off  for buyers.

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The 4 Most Common Decorating Mistakes

I’ve seen a lot of houses over the years.  Some are beautifully decorated, some horribly decorated, some not decorated at all. 

But there are four main decorating mistakes that I have noticed over and over again in many houses.  And they are, for the most part, quite easy to remedy.  

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Buyers Don’t Care!

Ten reasons to stage your home before listing.

Are you planning to sell your home soon?  Do you want to sell it quickly and for the most profit possible?  Of course you do!  Everybody does! 

Here are a few good reasons why it is advisable to hire a stager to help you achieve your goal.
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Hire a Professional Photographer if possible – If not, read this!

I am NOT a photographer but here are some things I have learned in my own business as a home stager and from my own experience as a potential home buyer.  

This is for home owners, real estate agents, home stagers and anyone else who takes photos of houses for advertising purposes. 

First of all, I highly recommend you hire a professional photographer.  You can always tell which houses are professionally photographed and these houses will usually get the most hits. 

If you choose to do your own photos because of financial or other reasons, here are a few tips to help you get it right.
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Advantages of working with Homestyling by Cathy

When you decide to sell your home, you quite likely will have lots of questions about getting the best return for your house.  Having a great Realtor goes a long way, but there are also other considerations that come into play. 

The market conditions and the house condition are two of the main issues that help determine how much your house will sell for and how long it takes to sell. 

Home stagers are experts at improving the condition of your house for selling purposes.  Whether it be a new paint job, re-arrangment of furniture,  cost effective updates and repairs or curb appeal, a great home stager is your best friend!  There are many advantages to working with an established, experienced home stager.

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Home staging: Myths vs Facts

Misconceptions abound among home sellers and real estate professionals about the value, cost and importance of staging homes to sell.

Do you know which are myths and which are the FACTS?

Part of what I do as a home stager includes keeping up to date on all the relevant information for the local real estate market and home staging trends, and also educating my clients.

In this post I’ll share with you some myths about home staging you may have heard and give you the necessary facts to make the best decision about staging your home.

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Vacant Staging-Quick and Easy? Not!

I get lots of inquiries about staging a vacant house. 

I’ve had these inquiries from Realtors, builders/developers, flippers and home owners.  I often give a ballpark estimate over the phone and in some cases the estimate is more than what they thought it would be.

In this post, I would like to break down the process for you in time segments so that you will better understand WHY the quote is what it is.

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