Staging

The MUST DO Areas When Staging To Sell

There are a certain amount of things you need to do before you ever put your house on the market.  Honestly, you should really do these things before you call a Realtor.  I’ve listed the “must do” areas with a few hints to get you started.  If you need further assistance, I’m only an email or phone call away. Start with one of the first and last things buyers see while at your home – The Foyer/Entrance – Remove any area rugs to show off valuable square footage.   If you…

Design/Decorating

2017 Kitchen Trends – Are you IN or OUT?

Countertops: For the past several years Granite was the most popular counter top. This year it’s still well-liked but you’ll want large veining throughout the slab instead of speckled patterns. Quartz has the look of stone without the maintenance which is why it’s the new “go-to” counter top. It comes in so many different colors and should be easy to find the perfect match. Marble is and will always be timeless but don’t forget it’s still easily stained. Last on the list this year is Butcher Block; probably because…

Staging

Buyers have a nose that knows!

When buyers enter a home, many of them are looking for reasons to nickel and dime you until the offer is several thousand dollars less.  Odors play a major factor in that decision.  Here are a few things you’ll want to consider while your home is listed. Do you smoke?  Only 18% of people smoke in Texas.  If you want to appeal to the other 82% of the population, you’ll need to stop smoking in and near your home until you move.  Smoke penetrates everything including the furniture, curtains, ventilation system,…

Staging

Easy Checklist While Your Home Is On The Market

  Life gets a little hectic at times when your home is on the market.  Below is a list with 10 easy things you should do everyday before leaving the house to ensure best impressions. 1.  Open all window treatments and/or blinds – think light and bright 2.  Turn on lamps 3.  Check for odors (pet or otherwise) but don’t overdo it with fragrance 4.  Make sure all beds are made and closets are neat and tidy 5.  Put all toilet seats down, wipe out every sink and…

Staging

Sell your home by removing YOU

You want to sell your home and have watched all of the HGTV shows you can stand yet still don’t have the info needed for a quick sale? Well here are a few tips that will help. Neutralize – Most people like color and many of us have it all over the house, but in order for a buyer to see themselves living there, you’ll want neutral wall colors. Don’t go beige! Beige can look old and tired. Try a light taupe or gray. Some blues or…

Design/Decorating

Ease your anxiety when choosing paint

Many people are intimidated by the thought of choosing paint color. Have you ever walked into a room and automatically felt warm and cozy? Or walked into a room and felt uncomfortable? Color is psychological and can change our mood, our personality, our behavior and can even change our eating habits. So to give you more confidence and help you through the process, here are some things to consider before making that crucial decision. Start with figuring out what mood you want to create. Is it a…

Design/Decorating

2017 Color of the Year

Fashion and Home Designs are always given a nice little shove each time the new colors are announced.  Some people seem to go into panic mode thinking they have to change things up.  Well not wanting you to panic but be informed, here’s the list from 3 influential players. Pantone announced their inspiration comes from nature and their color of the year is Greenery. It’s a fresh yellowy green hue much like leaves or grass.  It looks bright and cheery. Benjamin Moore chose something dark and allusive. Shadow 2117-30.…

Design/Decorating

10 Tips to Flipping Houses

Want to Flip Houses? Before you decide to take on the challenge, here are 10 tips to make the risky more lucrative. Know the Market. Real Estate can be affected by factors of the economy, interest rates and the time of year. Use the expertise of a Realtor, search classified ads, websites and bank foreclosures. Look for cosmetic-only repairs. Look for a “bad” house in a decent neighborhood. A home that needs some love and attention is an excellent consideration. Think reasonable updates. Avoid homes requiring costly…

Design/Decorating

Decorating with Pumpkins for Fall

Big or small, we all have some area near the front door that can be decorated with a little something that welcomes you home or your many visitors. Pumpkins of various shapes, sizes and colors placed in a basket always appear festive and coordinate with potted mums quite nicely. If you want your arrangement to have that little something extra, cut a few branches from a tree or bush and add them to the basket. This shows craftiness and artistic flair with minimal effort. Displaying your home…