Category: staging

25 Jul 2016

Is your home ready for the red carpet?

When it comes to selling your home, imagine you’re directing a Broadway play, where setting the stage plays a critical role in the story’s impact. The right scene can make a big difference to potential buyers. Just how much of a difference? According to, home staging increases showings, helps homes sell faster and in some cases, can boost the sale price. Barbara Corcoran – the real estate mogul who regularly appears on ABC’s Shark Tank –recently told the Real Estate Staging Association that staging is no longer an option; it’s essential. “Nine out of ten buyers start their search online and without home staging, they wouldn’t even come to see the house,” said Corcoran. According to the 2015 Profile of Home Staging by...
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20 May 2016

A Coat of Many Colors #FlashbackFriday

If you had only a small amount – say $50 or $100 – to invest in improving your home, how would you spend it? By and large, experts agree that a fresh coat of paint is one of the quickest, easiest and least expensive ways to spruce up a room. In just a day or two, you can transform a space and create a mood simply by painting the walls. Think of paint on walls as a backdrop for your home’s color palate. It’s kind of like an artist’s canvas; it sets the stage for furnishings and accessories that reflect your unique tastes and preferences. Light or white paint adds brightness and makes small rooms and spaces appear larger. Brightly colored paint...
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6 May 2016

Selling a Home When You Have Pets #FlashbackFriday

A common question we receive from sellers is what to do with pets during a showing or open house. It’s a challenging situation. Sellers want to present the home at its best, but they also care about their pets and are anxious about their safety – and the disruption “strangers” in the home can cause their furry family. Here are five tips for keeping your pets happy while getting your house sold: 1) Animal awareness. Make sure your listing agent and anyone else involved in the sale of your home (repair people, inspectors, etc.) are aware you have pets in the home and where they are located. Introduce them to your pets, if practical, to minimize the “stranger danger” instinct in your animals. 2)...
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6 Apr 2016

Why some houses sell while others sit.

If you’ve been following the Carolinas’ real estate market over the past year, you’ve probably noticed some homes selling almost immediately. So if the market is booming, why is that home on the corner still on the market after many months? Let’s take a look at both kinds of properties. Houses that sell In short, the houses in the Carolinas flying off the market before they barely make it on to MLS are: Priced right In a great location and situated attractively Updated, particularly in kitchens and bathrooms In good condition Brimming with curb appeal to draw buyers in for a closer look Houses that sit The houses that are not moving each have a unique set of circumstances, but have things in common as well. Here are some of the...
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17 Feb 2016

Sparkling clean—and sold!

This spring promises to be a great time to list your home. And a super clean house may get you more offers in less time, as well as help you sell for top dollar! So break out the mops and dusters and let’s go! Clear the clutter. According to the Cleaning Institute, a clean, clutter-free house invites potential buyers to look around and linger. Who wants to spend time in a grimy house that requires a powerful imagination to see past all the—stuff? Get real and real tough. Clear the clutter and clean top to bottom. HGTV even recommends cleaning out your closets by reducing the items in them by half then neatly organizing what’s left. Keep your cabinets clean and tidy, too...
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4 Jan 2016

Out with the old and in with the new—neutrals!

After the bright lights of the holidays, are you ready for some calmer, more soothing neutral colors for the New Year?  But what if the old standards—beige, taupe, sand, tan, cream and white—leave you yawning? Just hang on. The new neutrals for 2016 are anything but boring. You may even find them beautiful and downright stunning. On the walls, take tan to the extreme this year, with shades of oyster pink to terra cotta. Not tickled with pinks? No worries. You can choose from soft dove gray to moody blues or calm down with neutral pear or sage tones. Off the walls, set your cream and beige sofa, chairs and rugs against a bronze painted wall. Or add some punch with pops...
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