By Barb Schwarz, Stagedhomes.com
This time a year I am often asked by real estate professionals and stagers whether they should stage their client’s homes for sale in a special way for the holidays.
My answer? Yes.
It’s absolutely essential that we stage according to the season we are in. Here are some suggestions to consider:
The front door of a home can be an attention-getting feature on the home’s exterior, beckoning potential buyers inside.
“Like a necktie, which is the focal point of an outfit, the front door is the focal point of the home,” says Debbie Zimmer, color expert at the Paint Quality Institute. “The color there sends a strong message.”
So what message could the color on the front door of your listings be conveying? Color psychologists suggest that the color of the front door can make a powerful statement about the home or the owner. Here’s what they say the different front door hues can mean, according to the Paint Quality Institute: Continue reading »
By Melissa Kandel
Not many people get excited about dead animal smells, mold growing in bathrooms, or leaky attics, but for employees at the Building Performance Institute Inc., it’s all in a day’s work. The company uses building science, house-as-a-system, and home performance analytics to determine if a home is safe, comfortable and livable for buyers and sellers alike.
Their research was outlined in Saturday’s lecture, “Behind the Walls: Housing Secrets Revealed,” during the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando. The company’s research is aimed at helping REALTORS® present properties that won’t need repair just a few years down the newly cobblestoned road.
“These houses look great on the outside but what we don’t see is what can happen,” said John Jones, national technical director at BPI. Hidden construction issues like insufficient fresh air, disconnected ducts, poor insulation levels, and carbon monoxide leaks not only chip away at ceilings and walls of a home, they also chip away at the credibility of the REALTORS® who sell them.
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Just the sound of “home makeover” is enough to make some people cringe. The idea of spending lots of time and money painting the house, shopping for new furniture, and replacing the carpet is not something many people want to do during their free time.
But not every home makeover has to be so exhausting. In fact, there are many small alterations and additions you can make to your home that have big results for very little money and effort. If your home is in need of a new look, but you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg to do it, then try these six simple ways to give your home a makeover for cheap.
1. Paint the furniture.
An easy way to shake up a room is to paint your furniture. Go bold with a red accent piece or lighten up the room with a white finish. You can also skip the paint altogether and opt for a simple stain. The color options are endless and the cost for this project is fairly cheap.
2. Add indoor plants.
It’s amazing how much a simple plant or two can dress up a room and add an unexpected pop of color. Not only do real indoor plants purify the air inside your house, but they also bring a remarkable amount of life to any room. Aim for low maintenance plants that have a variety of colors and textures and can be displayed in unique ways, like inside a non-working fireplace. Continue reading »