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Project Decor is running a sweepstakes for the next few weeks.  The winner will receive all the home decor items in the bag they select.

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Since Christmas is fast approaching, many home owners are planning their Holiday festivities.  In my house, we always decorate for Christmas as a family and enjoy using both “old” and “new” decorations to complete the look.

Wreaths have always been a favorite Holiday decoration for us because they are so versatile and can be used for many different occasions.  A wreath can vary in size from 10-12 inches to up to 30 inches and can be decorated with anything from pine-cones to silk ribbons.  Smaller wreathes can be used on Holiday tables as centerpieces or even hung on a window for some added festiveness.

Here are some great uses for Holiday wreathes:

 

Love the apples on this wreath. {Bing Image}

Another great use for a wreath.{Zeospot.com}

 

I just want to sip hot chocolate in this room.     {Houzz}

Great holiday decor. {TheInspiredRoom.net}

Where are you planning to place your Holiday wreaths this season?

Kate – Owner/Designer – Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign located in Orange County, New York.

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Picking the right paint color for your walls is never an easy choice.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I paint my home’s walls once every five to ten years.  So, before I start painting a room there are a few simple steps I like to go through first:

1.)  Evaluate all the natural light sources that are available in a room.  Sunlight can change the look of the color scheme selection used on your walls.  For example, a lighter colored paint will reflect more sunlight than a darken one.

2.)  Evaluate all of the homes architectural features.  For example, in a living room you would want to pay close attention to a fireplace with a mantle, windows with custom molding, hardwood flooring, and heating system.  These are the features of the home that you cannot change easily and will most likely be working around.

3.)  Take into account the overall size of the room.  To make a small room appear larger, you would want to paint the walls a lighter color.  A lighter paint color will make the walls appear to recede.  Of course, you would do the opposite in an extremely large room.  You could paint a huge bedroom, a dark blue paint color with crisp white molding on the ceiling and the floor.

4.)  Evaluate the furnishing and accent pieces in the room.  Since we are staging this home to sell, any extra furniture (that do not serve a purpose) should be removed from the home.  A chair’s fabric can be used to help determine a color scheme for your room’s walls. 

I would even recommend taking a piece of fabric with you to the paint store to help in your paint selection process.  I am drawn toward warmer paint colors and like to recommend sage greens and tans to my clients.  These colors are “safer” choices for a home that is going to be placed on the market. All window moldings should be painted a high gloss white to draw your eye to them.  All ceilings over 9 feet tall should have some sort of crown molding painted a high gloss white paint as well. Of course, the paint color scheme of one room of your home needs to compliment the rest of your home.  For example, your living room should not be a warm terracota paint color and run into your kitchen that is a bright violet shade of purple.

Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign offer color consultations as a service.  If you are having a difficult time picking out your wall colors, we can help.  We will bring our Benjamin Moore Color Kits to your home and help you decide on the correct wall color choices.

– Kate

Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign servers the Rockland County and Orange County areas of New York and Passaic County and Bergen County areas of New Jersey, please visit http://www.kateshomestaging.com or call 845-538-3623 for more information.  We also offer home staging, home decorating, interior design, redesign, custom wood signs, window coverings, virtual shows, and home designs.

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Homes for sale that have 20 or more pictures on the Internet get the most traffic from potential buyers. Virtual shows are also very attractive to potential buyers. The Internet is how we attract the buyers into your home in today’s technology driven market. 

It is extremely important the you prepare your home before you take your MLS pictures that will get posted on the Internet for everyone to see.  The home with the best Internet pictures will most likely get the most buyer traffic to its’ front door.

Here is a quick list of what you should do:

1.   Clean each room. Get rid of any clutter and make sure all the counters sparkle and look fanstastic.

2.   Bathroom.  Please close the toilet lids and put in fresh towels.  Put your personal items and toothbrushes away please. Absolutely no medications on the sink.

3.   Outside your home.  Pick up all your yard debris and remove the cars from your driveway, this will make the picture look even better.

4.    Bring in some fresh flowers for your tables.  I always love fresh flowers, besides the smell they also look great in pictures.

5.   Garbage cans.  Please remove them from the room prior to taking your picture, a potential buyer does not want to see your over-flowing kitchen garbage can or your bathroom garbage.

6.   Lighting.  Take pictures with your lights turned on and off and with your blinds opened and closed.  This way you can post the pictures that look the best online.

 

Preparing your home before you take your MLS pictures is very important since over 85% of potential home buyers are starting their home searches on the Internet.  We cannot ignore the importance of technology when marketing your homes today!

Also, do not forget to crop those digital pictures after you take them.  If the picture is very dark, please use the photo light adjustment feature and lighten those photos up. You can also try the “auto-adjust” feature to see if this helps your pictures. If a potential buyer cannot see what the picture actually is, they may more on the the next online listing that has clear, bright pictures.

If you need help with this process please contact a local Realtor or home stager for help.  Remember, if a potential buyer does not like how your pictures look on the Internet chances are they will not come to your house to look at it. 

Remember, if you are planning on selling your home also make sure you leave your light on during the evening hours and that your house number is clearly marked.  A potential buyer may try to drive buy your home after work to take a look at your external curb appeal!  This is why it is important to keep those yards clean and neat.

Which bedroom do you think looks better?

Bedroom Before Staging.

Bedroom Before Staging.

                                                                                        

Bedroom After Staging, Painting, & Cleaning.

Bedroom After Staging, Painting, & Cleaning.

 

 What a difference some simple preparation can make!  Which room do you think a potential buyer will want to visit?

 

 

 

 

 

Good luck with your Home Sale.

-Kate

 

Contact Kate today to see how a home staging consultation can help sell your home, for more information please visit http://www.kateshomestaging.com or call 845-538-3623.

Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign serves the Rockland County and Orange County area of New York, Bergen County and Passaic County of New Jersey. Kate is an affiliate member of the Passaic County of Realtors.  Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign is now offering Full Digital Styling Services to sell your home quickly. In other words, we will bring in the accessories, we will stage your home, we will re-take all the digital pictures, and then we will load these pictures into a virtual show to help sell your home.  The virtual show is being offered to all our clients FREE of CHARGE to help SELL your home. 

 

 

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This is a question most Realtors and home sellers constantly ask themselves. In this market, I guess we cannot blame them for wanting to save there money.  A professional home stager is trained to look at your home objectively, address traffic flow issues, address maintenance issues, ensure there are no odor issues, make sure there is enough natural or artificial light in each room, depersonalize the entire home, create emotional connection points for potential buyers, and bring the buyer’s attention to focal points and your home’s architectural details.  Home stagers are also trained to create great curb appeal and which home improvements will give a home seller the best return on your investment.  After all, no one wants to spend thousands on a home you are planning on leaving.

According to a 2007 Home Gain Survey of 0ver 2000 Realtors, Home Staging has a 343% return on investment.  The typical cost for a half day of hands-on staging in the New York area is $45o dollars.  This includes moving furniture around, eliminating clutter, light cleaning, and addressing lighting and design issues.  A staged home typically sells for up to 10% more than an unstaged home and in less time. 

By creating emotional connection points, a home stager will help a potential buyer to connect to your home and picture themselves living in it.  This is a ‘Feel Home” philosophy that is so important in the selling process.  Just take a look at before and after pictures and you will see the difference.  In order to get a home sold today, your rooms need to be professionally staged and them your stager will take digital pictures for you.  These pictures need to be placed online because over 85% of home buyers are starting their search for a new home by using the Internet.  Your online photos must be clear, well lite, and staged.  The next thing a potential buyer may do is drive by your home, so please make sure you have great external curb appeal — clean lawn (no toys, debris on lawn), house number with light on it, trees trimmed. 

A professional home stager should be able to stage your home and be able to provide you with great digital pictures to be given to your realtor to be posted online.  This is a big part of your home selling process. Home stagers can also provide you with a virtual show of your home to be posted online as well.

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