August Staging Tip of the Month

We try to keep most of our staging tips pretty inexpensive, but sometimes selling a house for the price you want requires some bigger renovations.  This house sat on the market a long time because the kitchen was really in shambles.  The cabinets were minimal, non-matching and the doors didn’t even shut right.  There wasn’t a dishwasher or microwave and all of the finishes were dated.
We helped the homeowner turn this kitchen into a modern space with all new functional cabinetry, contemporary granite countertops with a glass tile backsplash, new flooring and all new stainless appliances.
Huge thank you to Brian’s Cabinets for all your beautiful work!

June Staging Tip

Many buyers are now expecting granite countertops in the home that they hope to purchase.  However, installing granite is not always financially feasible for every seller.  This seller used a service called Miracle Method to transform their countertops.  It’s a finish applied to the existing countertops; it takes two days and costs much less than replacing!
We also suggested that the homeowners paint the beadboard paneling white to fit in with the style of the home.

November 2012 Staging Tip

If you have an older home, there is a good chance that you have a bathroom with one of these tiny mirrored medicine chests with attached lights.  It can look intimidating to change, but if you take it step by step, it’s pretty easy!
First, shut off the circuit breaker.  Inside the cabinet you will find a few screws to remove.  Then gently pull the cabinet out of the hole and have someone else unhook the wires from the electrical box.
So here’s what it looks like once it’s removed.  In this case, we did a little patching of the drywall between the box and the hole.  After painting the room, we put a new light fixture over the electrical box.  (Follow fixture directions or hire an electrician!)
The last step was to purchase a framed mirror (we got his one at TJ Maxx) that would fill up almost the entire space from the light fixture to the vanity.  Hang it and you’re done!
We also changed out the vanity ($200 from Home Depot) and replaced the floor and fixtures.  What a difference!!!

November 2011 Staging Tip

Laminate kitchen cabinets with wood trim can feel very dated.  You don’t need to replace all the cabinets to have a nice looking kitchen.  Simply painting the wood portions of the cabinets and adding pulls can have a great impact! Brown Kitchen After

We just finished this complete kitchen makeover with a warm wall color, wood floors instead of carpet, granite countertops that extend over a new breakfast bar, and a gorgeous tile backsplash.  See our December blog for more before and after shots of the entire home.

May 2011 Featured Before and After

This kitchen struggled with old cabinets, minimal counterspace, an old stove and very dated flooring.  We painted the walls and cabinets very modern shades of gray, which we tied together with a glass tile backsplash.  The flooring was replaced with environmentally friendly marmoleum and black granite countertops that we extended into unused space that now hosts 2 barstools.
Edmund Kitchen