Friday, January 23, 2009

Don't be a seller-zilla

Ok, here is the home staging nightmare of the week!

Beautiful, ornate home! Lots of faux paint everywhere, very peach walls! Yikes, it needs a neutral touch added to every room! The seller had made it VERY clear to me that I need to decorate in her style - perhaps this is why this beautiful home has been on the market so long.

As a seller make sure that you step back enough to allow you home to be staged for the market, not just so that you like it! For Pete's sake you are selling, what do you care if you like it, as long as lots of buyers do?

Don't be a seller-zilla and bite the hand that is going to help you get top dollar! Let your home stager - depersonalize and neutralize!

Monday, January 19, 2009

great new staging stuff!

I have just finished a big shopping trip to the California Gift Show and the LA Mart! It is always fun to attend these kinds of shows and get great new tips, trends and staging items. Some things I noticed from the decorating world: sparkling winter-white fabrics, bright oranges and greens for spring seem to be the hot new colors of 2009. For staging we would scale back on the orange and bright green, but it is always good to see what the cutting edge offers, so that we stage close to that edge, but with neutrals that have a broader appeal.

Also from the shows we got some great new table settings to make your dining area pop. We saw lots of great ideas for table arrangements and some new trends in furniture. I am looking forward to 2009 being a great year for the real estate market to take a turn for the better and I expect staging and home preparation to continue to play a big role in the saleability of your home.

Happy Selling!

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

New stuff headed our way!

I am off to the LA Gift Show to pick up new goodies for home staging! I will be back next week with new toys for decorating the homes of the central coast! I look forward to sharing with all of you great new gadgets and tricks for making your home look its best when you are selling!