My new favorite window treatment is the solar roller shade. It’s simple, clean, and there are many fabric choices ( from very sheer to opaque, and even black out). And they are economical. For the ultimate luxury, they are also available motorized and programable so can be controlled with your smart phone!
Obviously, I’m a big believer in staging because I have this business. But in case you are still not convinced…
1.-In a survey of over 3500 homes, professionally staged homes sold for 6% more than their un-staged neighbors. You will get top dollar for your home.
2.- In a recent Real Estate Staging Association Survey, professionally staged homes spent 72% less time on the market. Your house will sell faster.
3.- In a National Association of Realty Survey, over 81% of buyers said it was easier to visualize the property as their next home.
4. -According to NAR, over 95% of buyers look online before they call an agent to schedule a viewing. On-line photos of staged homes look better.
There you go!
- Defining your style and everyday needs
- Finding an ideal color palette & selecting paint colors
- Improving furniture layout & room function
- Establishing a consistent tone from room to room
- Art & accessories placement
- Lighting solutions
- Choosing new materials/finishes such as fabrics, window coverings, rugs etc.
Just as important, a designer will come up with a timeline for the order of what needs to be done to accomplish your end goal. Last, I will help you budget your money wisely…more bang for the buck!
- Clear driveway, sidewalks and steps of ice and snow.
- Install driveway/front yard lighting.
- Upgrade the front entrance. Fresh paint or new front door, fresh wreath. Make sure entrance is well-lit.
- Add a fresh welcome mat.
- Upgrade your street numbers.
- Upgrade empty flower pots or boxes with hearty winter greens.
- Have a timer set for indoor and outdoor lights if you won’t be home before it starts to get dark.
- Hire a professional window cleaner for indoor and outdoor cleaning. Shiny clear windows sparkle even in the winter months.
As wonderful as open concept is, it can be challenging to figure out how to place the furniture. In large, open rooms, it frequently makes sense to establish zones for different activities: TV watching, eating, work area, reading nook, cozy fireplace seating, are some examples. It also ensures that every part of the space is fully utilized.