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Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign has spent the better part of this year growing their inventory colleciton to be able to stage each and every vacant home that we are asked about.   Vacant homes do not show well and up to 90% of potential home buyers cannot visualize the actual size of a room when it is empty.  In order to stage a vacant home, large furniture is needed but it is the accessories that really make a home.

Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign has an extensive accessory collection that allows us to stage all vacant homes from the very small to the multi-million dollar home.  Here is a brief list of all the accessories, we have at our finger tips to loan out to our clients:
    –  framed paintings and unframed paintings
    –  decorative vases of all sizes and materials
    –  silk pillows
    –  metal wall art
    –  silk floral arrangements
    –  fake palm trees (over 5 feet tall)
    –  more tables than I care to list
    –  glass bowls of all sizes
    –  metal and wood staging trays
    –  full tea sets
    –  chenille throws
    –  clocks
    –  table lamps and wall standing lamps
    –  books
    –  laptops

And of course we have towels to match any bathroom decor, we have so many silk plants and varieties for every type of home and room.

And the list just goes on and on.  Being able to offer Vacant Home Staging accessory rental to my clients is very important to me and to my business.  I have partnered with American Furniture Rental (AFR) and CORT Furniture to be able to offer furniture rentals to my clients when necessary.  Being an HSR Certified Home Stager has allowed my to form these multiple vendor partnerships, which gives my vacant home staging further choices when it comes to furniture selection. 

According to the Real Estate Staging Association, in 2007 an unstaged vacant home would sit on the market 131 days versus a staged home would sell in 42 days.  Vacant homes take more than double the time to sell which is more cost to the home sellers (mortgage, taxes, upkeep).

 If you are interested in learning more about my vacant staging services or my extensive accessory collection, please visit http://www.kateshomestaging.com or call 845-538-3623.   

– Kate

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 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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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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Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign is now offering digital styling services which is home staging extreme.  After we stage your rooms, we take high definition digital pictures, then we post these digital pictures into virtual tours and flyers to help you sell your home.  These services are great for homeowners who are trying to sell their home on their own using the “For Sale By Owner” route.  For a limited time, Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign is offering this service FREE to all their staging clients to help them sell their homes more quickly. 

Home staging is tax deductible and has a 343% return on your investment when compared with other home improvement projects.  If you are currently trying to sell your home, it is time to consult with the professional staging experts at Kate’s Home Staging and Redesign.  Our Home Staging Consultations start at $199 and include a free virtual tour.

Contact us at 845-538-3623 or visit our website to learn more www.kateshomestaging.com.

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Well, I figured I would post my journey as a start up Home Staging Company online for other to enjoy.  I completed an online Home Staging Certification course and then took a second hands on course to ensure my skillset was ready for any potential clients.  I really enjoyed taking both of these courses and design has always been one of my passions.  I am a home based business, so networking with other businesses and clients is my main goal for my business during its first year.

I created a great portfolio for my clients to look through which consists mostly of friends and neighbor’s homes.  Everyone was thrilled with the free design help and I am sure I could still be giving my services away for free.  I have even spent a substantial amount of time working on a vacant staging project for a Realtor.   It was a great learning experience and forced me to grow my accessory inventory to a much larger selection.

All my marketing materials have been ready since June.  My web site has been up and running since early June and I also created business cards, brochures, and postcards.  I joined every local staging society I could find, but apparently there aren’t any local staging groups interested in meeting and exchanging ideas. This was disheartening to say the least.

The local Association of Realtors newletter seems to be endorsing staging as a must do for anyone selling a home but in my limited experience I have not found any realtors willing to pay for this service out of their commission.  I did find one realtor office interested in my services, I only had to pay $1,500 to join their team for one year.  I did consider their offer, but as a small business startup I felt this money could go to a better purpose this year.

In desperation for face-to-face networking opportunities, I just joined the Orange County Chamber of Commerce.  I think I found what I was looking for.  They seem to have a networking event every other week.  I have even joined a committee in my first 2 weeks as a member.  Last Friday, I drove up to the Chamber offices and met all the staff.  Cheryl was absolutely great, she signed me up for the Chamber and spent over an hour with me just going over different networking activities I may like.  I signed up for their Casino Night in New Windor on September 25th, and the third place prize is a Kate’s Home Staging Redesign Consultation.  Free Publicity for the event from the Chamber and a night of gambling and networking, this is what I have been looking for.

As the summer winds down and I am approaching the half way mark of myHome Staging and Interior Redesign business, I am hopeful to grow my connections and client base.  I will keep you posted on how my new networking endeavours work out.

-Kate (www.kateshomestaging.com)  Making every home better through redesign.

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