Sell Your Home Faster Using Proper Staging

Staging Your Home to Sell

When selling your home, there are many things to consider, but one of the most important things you can do is stage it properly. You need to keep in mind that prospective buyers are looking at your home and trying to envision themselves living in it. By following a few simple but powerful guidelines, you will help them visualize their new home and help you get your home sold quicker.

One of the main things you need to do is de-clutter. You might think this means cleaning up the house, but it also means downsizing your furnishings. Having too many furnishings in a room, from tables and chairs, to extra bookshelves, can make rooms seem smaller and distract from the buyer’s visual picture of their desired home. You should take a minimalist approach and really figure out what you can temporarily live without in your home, then put the extra items into storage.

The next thing you should look at is the grouping of furniture. Furniture should be grouped so that the flow of traffic in each room is obvious. Float furniture away from walls and reposition sofas and chairs into cozy groups that inspire conversation. This will make the room look larger and more user friendly. Also, don’t be afraid to move furniture around. You may have bought that chair to watch TV in, but would it look just as good in another place?

Great lighting is very important to staging. A good rule of thumb is using higher wattage bulbs to get about 100 watts per 50 square feet. Make sure you also have more than one type of lighting as well. For example, if you have an overhead light, also have table lamps.

Kitchens and bathrooms are a main area of focus for buyers. Remodeling can be expensive, but you can repaint and deep clean to ensure that they look their best. Keep countertops free of clutter, leaving just a few items out such as a bowl of fruit and a small appliance in the kitchen. Don’t leave personal hygiene items out in the bathroom.

Neutral colors are best for walls. If you have rich colors in any room, consider repainting to a neutral color scheme. Buyers can visualize their own color scheme easier if they are not distracted by bright colors.

Staging your home properly does not need to be an extensive effort, but it can pay off by making your home more attractive to a wider pool of buyers.


Burglar Alarms and Video Surveillance – Your Home’s Most Important Design Detail

Imagine coming home after a long day at work and walking into your home only to find your backdoor is standing wide open. In a split second you notice the broken window and glass (and yes, they can even get through hurricane impact windows and doors!)all over your floor. Your stomach instantly wrenches at the thought that you’re about to discover your entire world has been turned upside down and your peaceful home has become the target of a home invasion.

This probably isn’t something most people consider when they are thinking about remodeling or decorating their home. Our thoughts are usually about furnishings, colors, future entertaining and raising a family in a beautiful new environment. But this is probably one of the most important details that you should consider to protect yourself, your pets, your loved ones, and your new life.

Burglars do more than just steal your belongings. They steal your sense of security. As you look around your home after a burglary, you imagine some stranger rifling through all of your possessions, touching your things and randomly grabbing anything you’ve collected during your lifetime like they were at a flea market. You try to imagine the moment that they approached your house to see if you were there. Did they knock first? Did they walk around the house a few times first? Did they operate alone or with someone else? Did they have a weapon and if so, what would have happened if you were home? Did they scare or hurt your pets? Did your arrival scare them out of the house and if not, how long had they been gone?

In addition to stealing your security, there is a high chance they can steal your identity as well. Most homeowners have “safe places” where they store important documents and items such as passports, social security cards, credit cards, checks, etc. Once in the hand of a thief, this can disrupt your life for months to come as you try to regain your financial security.

As the first few days go by, it becomes more and more difficult to rest at home. Falling asleep takes longer as every little noise in and around the house makes you want to get out of bed to make sure everything is okay. There’s that little voice in your head wondering if they are coming back for more.

Nothing will give you more peace of mind than a good burglar alarm. Doors, windows, and motion detectors all help catch any movement within the house. Motion detectors can be set to preclude any pets to avoid false alarms and you can set your alarm to allow you to stay in the house at night by bypassing the motion detector while leaving the doors and windows still protected.

And if you want superior protection, the new standard in home protection is video surveillance. High resolution infrared cameras, now available with up to 700 line resolution, can be place indoors and outside to capture every smallest detail in color, day or night. They are accessible by an internet connection or smart phone to view while you’re not home even if it’s to check on your babysitter or the housekeeper. Systems can be custom built to fit your needs with up to 12 cameras if needed. In addition to the cameras, you’ll also need a separate DVR, hidden in a remote spot, for recording purposes. It’s an excellent backup if you should have a problem or even suspect a neighbor who may be abusing your property while you’re not home.

Video monitoring is also great to see who is at your front door before you open it. Complete systems with installation could run $2500 to $4000 depending on your specific needs. Once installed, they are pretty much a “set it and forget it.” If you should have a problem there is no need to remember all the details of trying to download any video. Police departments now employ specialists who will come to your home after an event to download any video that might be helpful. However, a simple thumb drive inserted into the front of the DVR will allow you to download any footage that you want to save.

Burglar alarms and video surveillance systems will not guarantee that you still won’t be the victim of a burglary. They will, however, provide an excellent deterrent for anyone who thinks you are going to be an easy target. And they will substantially increase the odds of catching any perpetrator.

So protect your family and yourself. Protect your pets, family heirlooms and most of all, your security. Once it is taken from you, the world will never look the same.

Add A Touch Of Distinction To Your Home

In order to save money, many people who build a home are reluctant to purchase items of high quality to accentuate their home’s attractive features. While you may be able to get by using standard quality fixtures or curtains, you want to think twice before choosing pieces for your staircase.

Today’s homes are known for their large foyers and sweeping staircases. Not only is the staircase a crucial function in this type of home, but it is also a focal point. Because of this, you will want to choose high quality items while designing or re-finishing your staircase.

Even if you don’t have a large foyer or a sweeping staircase, chances are that your staircase is still a focal point in your home. In other words, your eye is instantly drawn to the staircase when entering or exiting the home.

One way to add a touch of distinction to your home, is to use high quality wood when creating your staircase. If wooden staircases don’t appeal to you, then you may be able to use other materials like iron or metal. Some homeowners have created a strong design statement by carpeting the stair case in an attractive color.

If you are remodeling a historic home, you should take care to preserve the existing newel post and refinish the piece if at all possible. If this is not something that can be done, you may be able to order a replica of the piece from a craftsman who specializes in creating unique wooden home furnishings.

The newel post is very important. Not only does the post serve an important structural function, but it also adds a nice decorative touch to the staircase. The newel post can be functional, whimsical, or decorative depending upon your preferences and the decor of the house.

A carved newel post can create a sense of old world charm in a home adorned with antiques, while a metal post can blend in very well with modern furnishings. In fact, it may be difficult to settle on just one type of newel post.

If your post is wood, you will also need to decide on a stain or paint color. The newel post color should either be the same as the rest of the wood on the stair case or it should be a contrasting color.

For example, if your home is decorated with blue and yellow colors, you may want to paint the accents on the stair case blue while the staircase itself may be yellow. Colors like brown, beige and even white, can be neutral colors which will go well with just about any type of decor.

If you like to change decor frequently, this may be your best bet.

Keep in mind that the newel post is the largest post in the staircase. Because of this, people will notice the newel post first. The newel posts can be at the bottom and at the top of the staircase. In a winding staircase, the newel post may also be at the center of the staircase in order to provide stability to the structure.

Remember that with just a little bit of creativity and some time, you can transform your ordinary staircase into a work of art!