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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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Hot Home Trend: Bamboo Everything!

Hot Home Trend: Bamboo Everything!
Hot Home Trend: Bamboo Everything! By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Bamboo is making its way into more home interiors. From flooring, window treatments to wall accents, furnishings and more, this sustainable material is popping up everywhere. Some designers are making bamboo their go-to material, which RISMedia recently highlighted in the article “4 Reasons Why Bamboo Is Taking Home Décor by Storm.” Bamboo is widely available and more affordable than many other wood products. Bamboo is traditionally considered a type of wood flooring, but it’s actually not a wood at all, but a gr...
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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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Hot Home Trend: The Statement Shower

Hot Home Trend: The Statement Shower
Hot Home Trend: The Statement Shower By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The shower in the master bathroom is getting a lot more attention. In fact, it’s one of the main splurges among renovating homeowners, according to the 2017 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study. These “statement showers,” as Houzz dubs them in its report, include high-tech features, like rainfall showerheads, dual showers, curbless showers, and body sprays. Photo by Alex Maguire Photography – Browse bathroom photos   Upgrading the master shower was the most popular renovation project, according to the s...
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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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Use Plants to Showcase a Healthier Home

Use Plants to Showcase a Healthier Home
Use Plants to Showcase a Healthier Home By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine You can clean the air with plants. And in an age when “healthy home” is what so many buyers are saying they crave, you may find this a cheaper alternative to improving the air quality in a home by just being smarter about the plants you choose to stage with. The Center for REALTOR(R) Technology has been studying how plants can improve indoor air quality, and has written a book on the topic, “A Pocket Guide to Cleaner Air.” The book focuses on which plants can improve air quality in commercial settings. The...
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Styled, Staged & Sold Earns Some Props

Styled, Staged & Sold Earns Some Props
Styled, Staged & Sold Earns Some Props Thank you to our loyal readers and top-industry contributors for helping to make Styled, Staged & Sold the top ranked “home staging blog on the planet!” Feedspot, a news RSS reader, ranked Styled, Staged & Sold number-one out of 100 staging blogs.   Feedspot used the following criteria to rank the blogs: Google reputation and Google search ranking; Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites; Quality and consistency of posts; and Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review Check out the full rankings. &nb...
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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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