Can a Stager Self-Stage?

It's official...we're moving to NJ. You'd think that I'd have a handle on preparing my own home, but it sure is tougher when you're close to it! Objectivity is Queen! Here's a tip...take a picture of your room, then flip it horizontally. Or, likewise, use a hand mirror to view your room in reverse. You'll notice things that just blended in to you before. I've been cleaning 1/3 out of every closet, editing out furniture, touching up paint, and have magically transformed the "mud room" into … [Read more...]

Not sure where to start?

Do you have an overwhelming room that you know you need to do something with, but don’t know where to start? Can you really see a vision through the clutter? How do you decide what you want? What’s “in” and what’s yesterday? It can be paralyzing. Take comfort…you’re not alone! It’s challenging to develop a design plan when you’re not starting with an empty room. First step is to get in touch with your own personal style. Yes, you do have one even if you're not sure what it is. Thumb … [Read more...]

Get on that “honey do” list NOW!

When preparing your home for sale, it's tempting to dismiss a potential problem as something a buyer could "surely look past" and expect them imagine the home without that little problem. You know what I'm talking about...outdated light fixtures, nasty carpeting, old windows, loud colors, damaged sink, ill-fitting door, and so on. These can be relatively inexpensive fixes and can make a HUGE impact in the mind of a potential buyer. Just because you've been able to look past your home's little … [Read more...]

Living With a Staged Bathroom

I have a thing for bathrooms.  As a home stager, I especially LOVE staging them.  But as a homeowner, it’s not always very practical to live with a staged bathroom.  What is eye candy for the buyer is often inconvenient for the seller. So I’m going to help you out today with some tips for staged-bathroom survival, show some examples of staged bathrooms, and some easy updates for those of you who are not trying to sell your home. First, let’s talk about a few tips to help you survive your … [Read more...]

Paint to sell

Congratulations on the decision to put your home on the market! Now, take a deep breath, and take a walk through your home - what colors are the walls?  Do the rooms flow well, or is each room it's own decorative eco-system? Are the colors dark or bright? Nothing wrong with that, unless you're selling.  How you live in your home is different than how you sell it. Yes, in theory, buyers should be able to look past the colors of your walls to envision themselves living in your home. The … [Read more...]