July Staging Tip of the Month

The front of your home is the perfect place to establish a positive attitude with the buyer.  If they see an unmanicured lawn, weed-filled flowerbeds, cracked cement steps, dated light fixtures or old worn house numbers, they may feel like the interior of the house is going to be a let down.
However, if they see a home that has been lovingly cared for with everything maintained, beautiful flowers and new fixtures or house numbers, they will have an attitude of anticipation and excitement to see the interior.
  These house numbers are less than $5 each and make a huge impact on the first impression!

August 2012 Staging Tip

Granite prices have come down significantly in recent years, and because many buyers expect it in the home they want to purchase, regardless of price range, you may consider replacing your dated countertops.

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Doesn’t it make an amazing difference?  We also had the homeowners switch their pulls and light fixtures from brass to nickel.

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.

August 2011 Staging Tip

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Last month, we showed you how to update a fireplace screen with a little heat resistant spray paint.  Now, just expand your thinking to house numbers, hardware, lighting, picture frames, lamp bases and more.  My favorite spray paint is the Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze, but a satin nickel works great, too!  Don’t forget to use painters tape and newspaper to block off the areas you don’t want painted!
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April 2011 Featured Before and After

Outdated kitchens are hard for buyers to see past when looking for their new home.  At this house, we removed the wallpaper and painted the walls a soft yellow color that worked with the original 1920’s backsplash.  We also updated the cabinetry by painting it white and replacing the pulls.  A little decluttering finished up this kitchen.