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Tips on Christmas Decor Home Staging

Tips on Christmas Decor Home Staging
Tips on Christmas Decor Home Staging By Merri Cvetan, guest contributor If you’re staging your home during this time of the year, adding a bit of holiday cheer to your decor can make a big impression on potential buyers. Use these tips to create a simple, polished look that puts your home in its best light this holiday season. Choose the Right Christmas Tree When showing your home, include holiday decor that allows potential buyers to picture themselves in the space. For example, choose a tree that allows other aspects of your home to shine. Your living room or entryway will look bigger if yo...
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Smarten Up Your Showings With Smart Home Technology

Smarten Up Your Showings With Smart Home Technology
Smarten Up Your Showings With Smart Home Technology By Christy Matte, guest contributor Smart homes with security and automation features are becoming a hot trend, and they can be an exciting way to dazzle prospective home buyers (and up your staging efforts to a high-tech level at the same time). But if buyers have never experienced an automated home environment, rattling off a list of features could be meaningless at best, and confusing at worst. Here are some fun ways to show a home with smart features, so the buyers will be wowed and you can clinch the sale. Know What It Is and How It Wor...
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View the Possibilities With Virtual Staging

View the Possibilities With Virtual Staging
View the Possibilities With Virtual Staging By Brian Balduf, VHT Studios Appealing to home buyers is all about making that emotional connection. Smart marketers know emotions trump other factors, especially when you hear buyers say the listing “just feels right.” They may be searching for a new house, but they’re envisioning their next home. Buyers’ emotional experience while home shopping is heightened even more by stunning real estate photography that is the attention-grabber in the age of Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Houzz. Breathtaking photographs and video stir buyers’ emo...
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4 Home Staging Horror Stories to Haunt You This Halloween

4 Home Staging Horror Stories to Haunt You This Halloween
4 Home Staging Horror Stories to Haunt You This Halloween By Jessica Santina, guest contributor from MoneyGeek.com As little ghosts and ghouls appear on every corner, how about settling in for a few scary stories of home staging horrors? The following tales of botched staging jobs, homeowners from hell, and nightmarish décor will likely give you some real-life shivers. The Scary Screamer Lori Matzke, owner of CenterStageHome.com, is a home staging expert in the Minneapolis area. As a new stager in 1999, she encountered a horrifying homeowner. “Unfortunately, at that time, staging had a reall...
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How to Choose the Right Stain for Hardwood Floors

How to Choose the Right Stain for Hardwood Floors
How to Choose the Right Stain for Hardwood Floors By Glenn Griffin, guest contributor One of the most commonly asked questions people have when restoring their hardwood floors is: “Should I stain my floor?” That question is closely followed by: “What color stain should I choose?” Photo by Delaware Valley Hardwoods Staining your floors is a major decision for three reasons: 1) Your choice will have a substantial impact on the overall look of your home, 2) You will be living with your color choice for a very long time and 3) Once the stain is applied, it’s expensive and time consuming to redo i...
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7 Secrets for Adding a Finishing Touch to Your Staging

7 Secrets for Adding a Finishing Touch to Your Staging
7 Secrets for Adding a Finishing Touch to Your Staging Photo credit: Blinds.com By Katie Laird, guest contributor When staging a home for an open house, you can transform a space from an unimpressive, run-of-the-mill property to one with a “wow” factor. But without a little extra attention to detail, even the most professionally staged homes can leave something to be desired. Don’t let staging efforts go to waste—advise your clients to put the finishing touches on their staged homes, and boost their chances of selling. Here is a list of seven often overlooked finishing touches that can make a...
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What to Do if Your Home Doesn’t Sell

What to Do if Your Home Doesn’t Sell
What to Do if Your Home Doesn’t Sell By Patti Stern, PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating Has your property been on the market for months with little buyer interest? With a competitive fall market ahead, it may help to reassess the condition of your home, make necessary updates, then re-list a new and improved staged property to generate new buzz and buyer interest. Here are some questions sellers should ask themselves to get their home on top of the list and ahead of the competition. Family Room Staging by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating Does it Make the Best Fir...
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The Chocolate Chip Cookie Effect: Home Staging Tips to Spark Love at First Sight

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Effect: Home Staging Tips to Spark Love at First Sight
The Chocolate Chip Cookie Effect: Home Staging Tips to Spark Love at First Sight By Phil Karp, guest contributor Photo provided by Phil Karp It’s no secret that a properly staged home can sell faster than an empty one. But how far do you need to go to inspire the “chocolate chip cookie effect,” where a buyer walks in the front door and immediately feels right at home? Sellers often look to their agent for home staging advice, which can be based on initial impressions and feedback from early showings. Here are five tips for effectively staging a home before the next potential...
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7 Surprising Household Items You Can Use for DIY

7 Surprising Household Items You Can Use for DIY
7 Surprising Household Items You Can Use for DIY By Jeffrey Ill, guest contributor The “Property Brothers” Drew and Jonathan Scott have teamed up with Esurance to create “DIY Ditties,” a series of humorous videos that offer tricks to fixing common household items. Whether it’s a clogged shower drain, crayon-graffiti walls, or rusted chrome on your beloved ride, keeping up with maintenance can seem never-ending — not to mention, require a wide assortment of (sometimes pricey) products to remedy each mishap. But what you might not know is that in many cases a solut...
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Top Entryway Decor Ideas for 2017

Top Entryway Decor Ideas for 2017
Top Entryway Decor Ideas for 2017 By Katherine Medlin, guest contributor  The entryway is a significant space within a home — it’s the first thing a potential buyer sees, and it sets the stage for the whole vibe of the home. Buyers can form opinions on a home within seconds of opening that front door. Your clients can make a few simple changes to their entryways to make that important first impression. Here are some hot trends for 2017. Make the front door a focal point. The door is the first thing visitors focus on at any home’s entryway, so make it impactful. Whether you advise your clients...
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