February 21, 2017

Styled, Staged & Sold

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Comment on 5 Staging Props You Need to Stop Using … Now! by Linda

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 13:50

And here I thought the article was going to be on towels tied together with silk ribbon or raffia and artificial wreaths on the front door regardless of season…

Let’s face it. Certain markets can and will tolerate certain design styles. Cabin in the mountain? I don’t imagine a seller will be turned off by fur–on or off an animal. Kid’s room? Motivational or word art is certainly appropriate and usually gender neutral. Wine on a bar? Come on, it’s a BAR, it’s not like someone is going to use it for a Smoothie Station. Personally, I try to minimize the alcohol in the same way I try to minimize or remove religious artifacts. You want to appeal to a broad base and lessen anything potentially offensive. Air mattresses? Not wonderful, but as many others have said, not everyone has the budget for anything else. Checking on them from time to time and using flattened boxes on top and with thick bedding can help to disguise the hollows. I’m also an author, so I get that the writer of the article needs content to write about, but I don’t think you can use such a broad brush when it comes to staging.

Comment on View the Same Property Staged 3 Different Ways by Batman

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:46

I would love to see a designer re-create a neutral room three different ways based on the preferences of three couples

Comment on 5 Staging Props You Need to Stop Using … Now! by Christine Elsasser

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 10:17

While I agree with some of your comments (mostly the part about you get what you pay for) I think you’re way to easily “offended”. Staging sets a tone in a house. The comfy faux fur pillows, throws, and maybe rugs are to exude the feeling of comfort and coziness. I would never use dead animal parts (as you suggested), nor have I ever seen dead animal parts in my 20 years of staging. The wine thing? That’s ridiculous. There are way more important things to worry about when selling a home.

Comment on The Value of Window Treatments: How to Choose Which Ones Work Best in a Home by Fifty Shades And Blinds Inc

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 00:02

Thanks for the useful information. This will be very helpful. These window treatments helps in many ways : to provide protection from UV rays and also protect it from outside dirt and it gives privacy as well.

Comment on The Number One Design Style for 2017 Is … by Melissa Tracey

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:46

Hi Cara – That photo is from Houzz.com. They have so many examples of beautiful farmhouse kitchens, along with links to where you can get the products pictured too!

The kitchen pendants are from Uttermost Lighting. Here is a link:

I just submitted a question to the designer, Gardener Homes, about the chandelier — I’ll let you know when I find out! Thanks for reading!

Comment on The Number One Design Style for 2017 Is … by Cara

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:33

Do you know where the pendants and chandelier are from? Love them!

Comment on 5 Staging Props You Need to Stop Using … Now! by Lee

Sat, 01/28/2017 - 21:22

Well, I always tell my clients that have animals mounted and displayed in their homes to make sure that they are dead first. Seriously, it really depends on the area and type of home that you are marketing (and if it has acreage on which to hunt). The “dead animals thing” is an over generalization. I often use photos in my marketing and it works.

Comment on 5 Staging Props You Need to Stop Using … Now! by Dave

Sat, 01/28/2017 - 20:58

Well, that was a waste of time…..dead animal parts. Really, come on man!

Comment on 5 Staging Props You Need to Stop Using … Now! by Susan

Sat, 01/28/2017 - 14:43

I respectfully disagree. If people are so offended by a bottle of wine that it will turn them off to a house, they may be living in the wrong place. I may not put out a bottle of wine in my home state of Texas, where there are lots of Southern Baptists, but I certainly will in the state where I now reside, where folks seem to *really* love their wine. I agree that wine in the bathroom is just tacky unless you are specifically going for that feel (no pun intended!).

Dead animal parts. I agree that animal heads, skulls and stuffed animals are never appropriate. Most fur is faux, and it is often very hard to distinguish real from fake. Fake animal fur is almost perpetually in style and can lend a warm and cosy feel that few other materials can match. In a mostly monochromatic room it adds a wonderful bit of texture as well.

As far as the word art, that is a very popular way to decorate now and really speaks to the under 40 crowd in particular. It fits right in with hardwood floors and grey or greige color schemes. As an agent, I keep a few on hand for homes I am selling to add a nice warmth and to send a subtle message. A couple of my favorites say, “Home Sweet Home” and “Home Is Wherever I Am with You.” I love to study how our brains work, and such things as word art really can have an impact on our subconscious. I put motivational signs in my kids’ bathroom in hopes that they will read and internalize it as they are brushing their teeth, or yes, even going to the bathroom. They certainly won’t do affirmations on their own (again, very powerful!) but reading them is almost as good.

With the tipis, it really depends on your market. Here where Native Americans make up 0.1% of the population or less, it probably wouldn’t be an issue. In New Mexico or Arizona I would definitely reconsider. Though personally I think it shrinks the space. If the corner needed anything (doubtful, and certainly not in the article’s picture), a child-sized reading chair would be more visually pleasing.

I guess it all boils down to knowing your market. But to be honest, I feel that most of the things you mentioned are either neutral or positively perceived in many markets.

Comment on 5 Staging Props You Need to Stop Using … Now! by Jacqueline Balcells

Sat, 01/28/2017 - 13:49

Relax… take a breath…. don’t be offended by everything you see or you’ll give yourself a heart attack!

Comment on How to Use a Sectional Sofa to Solve a Staging Dilemma on a Limited Budget by Sunil Saharan

Sat, 01/28/2017 - 06:10

Sectional sofas offer the perfect solution for your living room and these type of sofas sets are never go out of style. Even look amazing at your house and comes in various designs and layouts. Some sectional sofa sets are divided into sections and used separately.

Comment on How to Reinvent a Room to Attract Buyers by Karen Hernandez

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 14:52

I loved your articles with so much ideas. My home is small and I love been able to use your ideas. My recent purchase is in East Los Angeles with a great realtor Gabriel Reyes http://GabrielReyes.com

Comment on How to Choose the Right Paint Color by Karen Hernandez

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 15:26

Enjoyed the article and getting ideas to use on my home that I recently purchased with Gabriel Reyes in East Los Angeles. http://www.GabrielReyes.com

Comment on 5 Staging Props You Need to Stop Using … Now! by Rachel

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 14:15

Let’s be honest, all stagers would love to use high end furnishings and accessories, however the client’s budget doesn’t allow for this in many cases. That being said, using an air mattress is a great alternative and keeps the client within their allowed budget. In my experience, I have NEVER had a client complain about the use of an air mattress.

One other point, I don’t think the word art is going to be the reason for not buying the pink bathroom home…

Comment on The Number One Design Style for 2017 Is … by Diane

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 20:04

So glad to get away from Black.

Comment on 5 Staging Props You Need to Stop Using … Now! by Carla

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 16:18

This seems more like personal opinions and not based on facts. The entire tone of this blog screams bad attitude; my opinion. A sheepskin, empty bottle of wine, a child’s teepee and word art are hardly “offensive”…just because these items – clearly – get on one person’s nerves, doesn’t mean they’re offensive. Could mean someone is overly sensitive, though.

Comment on 5 Signs Your Listing May Have Once Been a Meth Lab by Sad K

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 06:41

I am the mother of a 15+ year Meth Addict.
So, if all of this happens to the HOUSE………. what happens to the HUMAN ?
Seriously……….. he is still alive after OVER 15 years of it. I am sad and surprised.
He lives in a Motor Home and owns a CAT. (likely to cover the reason for the smell in his place ?) His lab died a few years back at the age of 9. I think he was very much exposed to the fumes and it did him in.
Like the sweet man/grandfather Robb R. states above.
” She’s not even herself anymore”
I GET THAT ! No way is he anywhere near what he was as a young person.
He lettered in Varsity Football and went to State in Track.
What is going on with these ‘well – raised’ children of ours ?
Sad K

Comment on 5 Staging Props You Need to Stop Using … Now! by Beverly Carlson

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 23:25

I have never seen a stager put a dead animal on the wall; those are the seller’s trophies! As far as the teepee, I don’t stage with much children’s items, but a teepee is much cuter than toys, books, posters, and other hanging things everywhere.
If you are going to gripe about a blowup bed, I suggest you look at mine. They are propped up yes, but seriously, the house was empty before; no one should be messing with the beds. True story, I went to pick up a bed in a pickup thinking I had put a real bed in the house and then when I got there it was a blowup and I could have just put the whole bed in my trunk. So blowup beds depend on the stager. Not every house sells in 2 weeks and silk green plants are so much better than nothing green. Remember the house was empty before! I use fresh flowers for the first open house, but flowers are expensive in Texas!

Comment on Best of CES 2017 for the Home by Karen Hernandez

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 14:29

Great article just finish doing business with Gabriel Reyes he helped me purchase my home in East Los Angeles. Cant wait to my next trip to Best Buys. http://www.gabrielreyes.com