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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How much does home staging cost?

One of the most common questions home stagers hear is: “How much does home staging cost?”

It’s fair to ask, and I understand where people are coming from when they ask this question.

Obviously, the up-front cost to have a stager render services varies on what will be required. Each situation is unique.

This article will explain some of the factors that will affect the cost of the services and what you can expect.

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Is home staging worth the cost?

Often sellers are not sure if home staging worth the cost.

For people who don’t understand what home staging is, it may seem like it’s essentially just arranging furniture and accent pieces in a house so that it looks nice.

Wait, isn’t that decorating? Doesn’t every homeowner go through that exact process when they move into a place?

Kind of. It’s not really that simple.

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What is home staging and why should you care?

Although home staging is much more common in larger cities, a lot of people in St. John’s and the surrounding area still ask me, “What is home staging?”

Home staging aims to raise the appeal of a property in order to increase the sale price while decreasing the time the home stays on the market.

Home staging accomplishes this goal through techniques such as decluttering, depersonalization, and creating an appealing ambiance.

Of course, stated so precisely, these techniques seem to be simple and presumably anybody could do them. This can be deceiving.
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Home Stagers – What Do They REALLY do?

What do home stagers really do?  Many people think that a home stager is the same as an interior decorator when in fact, they are totally different. 

A home stager decorates for the buying public whereas an interior decorator decorates specifically for the home owner.  Very taste specific in other words. 

So I’ve decided to explain what a home stager REALLY does by giving a play by play of a typical staging of a house for the market.

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Lighting Tips for the Everyday Homeowner

Lighting is a vast topic!

Do you know how high to hang your chandelier?  Or how large it should be?

In this article, I have tried to focus on some practical points for the everyday home owner with tips and suggestions for making lighting work in your home to its full potential.
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Do you REALLY want to know why your house is not selling?

Why isn’t your house selling?

In any market conditions, it’s frustrating when your house doesn’t sell.

The decision to sell your home is a big one, so I would bet that you’ve already made a plan to relocate, move to a new city, or pursue work or study opportunities elsewhere. Maybe you’ve even made steps to get your plan started.

But why isn’t your house selling?

There are several possible reasons. Perhaps you’ve already thought of a few yourself. When faced with selling your home, sometimes it’s difficult to be honest with yourself. For that reason, I need to ask you:

Do you really want to know why you have no offers on your house yet?

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Hanging Art-Do You Know How?

Did you know there’s an ‘art’ to hanging art?  Some of it is subjective but there are a few general rules to follow.

When I refer to ‘art’ I mean anything that hangs on the wall for display.  It may be paintings, portraits, photos, metallic art, collections (plates for example).

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The Ups and Downs of 2016

As 2016 comes to an end, I am reflecting on what worked with my business this year and what didn’t.  What can I do to improve my business and its outcomes in 2017?  How can I become more profitable? Read More

Truth be told! Realtors: Is it difficult to tell your clients the truth?

Realtors, we all know a clean and well-maintained home communicates higher value and can command a higher price. What if a client’s home isn’t up to par?  Can you tell them the truth?

Sometimes a client will expect a price that seems beyond what the current state of their house is.

In these cases, you’ll need to encourage them to make some changes so it will fetch the higher price.

But how do you effectively communicate that without offending them?

What to do?

I can save you the stress of having to criticize your clients’ homes and also free up your time for you to pursue other aspects of your business.
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Stage my Home to Sell??!!

If you are selling, you are not alone if you hesitate to stage your home for the market. As a professional real estate stager, I hear many objections. These are the most common.

I can’t afford home staging!

Recent statistics from HomeGain show that you would get at least a 300% return on your investment. Can you afford NOT to stage?

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