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By Annalisa Weller,Realtor® | Agent in Saint Petersburg, FL
  • 10 Ways To Make An Outdoor Space That Your Friends Will Envy

    Posted Under: Going Green in Saint Petersburg, Design & Decor in Saint Petersburg, How To... in Saint Petersburg  |  June 11, 2014 12:49 PM  |  263 views  |  1 comment

    In the warm months, there’s nothing better than coming home and immediately kicking off your shoes, grabbing an ice-cold drink and heading right outside.

    Sitting outdoors in the fresh air is a great way to loosen up, unwind and let go. Summer may still seem far off, but now is actually a great time to begin planning ways to make your outdoor space more comfortable — see if one of these 10 ideas will work for your porch, patio or yard.

    deck3

    Houzz

    1. Poolside lounge. If you have a pool (lucky you!) why not steer away from the usual plastic deck furniture in favor of something sleeker and more chic? A sea grass daybed, linen-backed deck chairs and a Moroccan tea table create a light, airy feel in this poolside space. Unwind under the shade of an oversize umbrella with a tall glass of something on ice and your favorite trashy novel. No pool? This look would work equally well on a backyard deck— I would surround
    the seating area with big pots of fragrant plants, like lavender.

    eclectic porch

    Houzz/Sarah Natsumi Moore

    2. Patio hangout. Who says only kids get to have fun on swings? Juice up your patio with a colorful indoor-outdoor hanging chair and a few big potted plants with interesting foliage, and swing your worries away.

    traditional deck

    Houzz/Hunter Design

    3. Secret reading nook. If what you love most is to escape with a good book, a tucked-away reading nook is what you need. In a corner of this garden, a cushioned bench gets extra privacy from hanging vintage shutters and vines trailing down from overhead.

    farmhouse porch

    Houzz/Moontower Design Build

    4. Napworthy porch. A covered porch is the perfect place for napping — the fresh air and gentle breeze soothe, but the roof is there to protect you if a sudden shower springs up while you snooze. Any daybed makes a fine napping spot, but I think the rocking motion of a hanging bed is especially restful.

    eclectic deck

    Houzz/Vuong Interior Design

    5. Backyard hideaway. Make a simple pergola in the backyard feel like an exotic getaway by stringing up white curtains all around and placing a cushy outdoor sofa or daybed underneath. The curtains not only create privacy but can also be adjusted to block the sun on a hot day.

    contemporary landscape

    B. Jane Gardens

    6. Classic hammock. If you have nice, big trees in your backyard, why not put them to good use? String up a hammock and let the relaxation commence. Come home from work, kick off your shoes, grab something to drink and make a beeline to the backyard. No trees? You can also find hammocks that come with their own stands.

    mediterranean patio

    Houzz/Esther Hershcovich

    7. Private dining area. Whether you want to dine al fresco or just bring a glass of wine outdoors on a pleasant weekend, having a welcoming table for two is essential. Find a place blocked from the wind — a corner of the garden would be ideal — and make it feel even more private by surrounding it in lush plantings. Keep a stash of fresh tablecloths indoors and carry one out with you when you want to hang out at your table — it’s the quickest and easiest way to keep your table looking fresh.

    tropical porch

    Houzz/Ashley Camper Photography

    8. Tropical retreat. Deep, dark tropical and reclaimed wood furniture, moody lighting and a hammock converge on this porch to make an irresistible hideaway. Whether your idea of R&R involves pouring cocktails and playing cards with friends, or enjoying a little peace and quiet solo, a setup like this will have you covered. On a deck that gets a lot of sun, curtains or blinds can make the space much more comfortable. For a tropical look, try hanging simple (and inexpensive) bamboo blinds.

    modern deck1

    Houzz/Churreria Photography
    9. Rooftop refuge.
     A chill-out zone like this one is essential for city dwellers. Even if your space is small (and the budget is limited), you can pull together a cute retreat with a café table for sitting and a blanket-covered futon and burlap pillows for lounging.

    modern landscape

    Houzz/EPT DESIGN

    10. Simplicity. Sometimes all you need is a place to get away. Tuck a pair of chairs (butterfly chairs are always stylish) and a small table into a hidden area of your garden — perhaps even in a side yard. Surround the seating area with native grasses that will rustle in the breeze, and hang a wind chime for gentle sounds that help release stress.

    This article originally appeared at Houzz. Copyright 2014. Follow Houzz on Twitter.

  • 5 Awesomely Easy Landscape Projects

    Posted Under: Curb Appeal in Saint Petersburg, Design & Decor in Saint Petersburg, How To... in Saint Petersburg  |  May 8, 2014 7:30 AM  |  385 views  |  1 comment

    Metal edging around grass in yard

    Metal edging around grass in yard
    Rigid metal edging creates a crisp barrier between grass and flower beds. Image: Jonica Designs

    Ramp up your curb appeal with cool landscaping projects you can easily pull off in a weekend.

    Project #1: Install Rigid Flower Bed Edging

    The setup: A crisp edge where the lawn meets the flower beds looks great and eases mowing. Opt for rigid edging — the flexible plastic stuff looks amateurish from day one.

    Use a charged garden hose to lay out a smooth curve.

    Tip: A “charged” garden hose full of water makes for a smoother, kink-free curve; charge up by turning on the spigot but leaving the sprayer off.

    With the hose as your guide, use a lawn edger or spade to cut away excess sod and make an incision for the edging. Tap in the edging with a rubber mallet and add the stakes. Trim the edging with a hacksaw, using a speed square to mark for cuts.

    Specs and cost: Steel — $1.25 per lineal foot; aluminum — $2.25 plf; rigid plastic or fiberglass — $1.65 plf.

    Tools: Garden hose, flour or powdered chalk, lawn edger or spade, shovel, speed square, hacksaw, rubber mallet, hammer.

    Time: 1 day to edge a typical yard.

    Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/landscaping-gardening/easy-landscaping-projects/#ixzz318NAe2jY
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  • Kitchen Remodeling Decisions You’ll Never Regret

    Posted Under: Design & Decor in Saint Petersburg, How To... in Saint Petersburg, Home Ownership in Saint Petersburg  |  July 23, 2013 4:15 PM  |  1,064 views  |  1 comment
    What an informative article!! Please take the time to read this wonderfully written article if you think that you might remodel your kitchen in the next few years.

    By: John Riha  from Houselogic.com
    Afraid your kitchen remodeling choices will look so 2013-ish in a few years?  Relax, we know how to make your kitchen timelessly gorgeous and functional.

    Fiesta ware displayed on open shelves in kitchenA white kitchen is the perfect backdrop for showcasing Fiesta ware on open  shelves. Image: Kim Woodward/NewlyWoodwards.com

    We see lots of kitchen trends at HouseLogic, so we know it’s easy to get  swept along with what’s in vogue, only to get bummed out by your faddish design  choices a few years later. Thank you — and damn you — Pinterest.

    But chances are you’re only going to remodel your current kitchen once. After  all, the annual Cost vs.  Value Report from Remodeling magazine pegs the average price of a  major kitchen remodel at about $54,000. With that much on the line, you want to  make all the right moves. If you do, you could recoup nearly 70% of your  investment if you sell.
    So we’re here to future-proof you from angst by  naming the seven definitive kitchen features that will retain  their beauty, marketability, and value — all while giving you lasting enjoyment.
    #1: White is the Dominant Color
    Bottom line:  White is the most marketable color. You’ll always find it atop the National  Kitchen and Bath Association’s annual survey of most popular kitchen colors. It  simply doesn’t go out of style.
    White’s mojo:

    • Throughout history, it’s been associated with happiness, purity (think Snow  White), and new beginnings.
    • It’s a bright color that reflects light and makes even small  kitchens feel larger.
    • It’s a neatnik’s dream — dirt has no place to hide.

    Even better, it’s uber-tolerant of both your budget and taste: A standard  color for any manufacturer, you’ll find white cabinets, tile, counters, faucets,  sinks, and appliances at any price point.

    Vintage stove

    Credit: Ken Clark, Realtor

    Related:

    • White:  The Savvy and Chic Kitchen Color Choice
    • Before  and After Pictures of White Kitchens

    And with a white backdrop, you can be as conservative or expressive as you  want. After all, it’s about your enjoyment, not just dollars and cents. For  example:

    • Add your personal touch with colored glass knobs and pulls.

    Glass knobs

    Credit: Allessia of Little Lessy

    • Show off antique Fiesta ware on open shelves or in upper cabinets with glass  fronts.
    • Paint walls the color du jour — even off-white!

    Paint walls

    Credit: Lisa Damrosch

    Heck, with a white palette, you can change your mind about paint color on a  whim. Those all-white basics will make any hue you choose look fresh and  contemporary.

    Related: Using  Color to Personalize Your Kitchen and Home
    #2: Hardwood for  Flooring

    Wood floor

    Credit: RJK Construction, Inc.

    It’s been our foot fetish for years. That’s especially true ever since  hardwood flooring was mass-produced during the Industrial Revolution, making  beautiful flooring readily available at a reasonable cost.
    Today, more  than half of home buyers who purchased a home without hardwood floors say they  would have paid an extra $2,080 for them, according to the 2013 Home Features  Survey from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. And among buyers of any age,  upwards of 80% say hardwood floors are “somewhat” or “very  important.”
    “It’s the one feature men and women agree on,” says Debe  Robinson, NKBA treasurer and owner of Kitchen Expressions Inc. in Sheffield,  Ala., who’s also worked in the flooring industry.
    Why? The love of wood  is in our genes. Our nesting instincts know that hardwood has warmth,  personality, and makes our homes cozy and inviting. That’s why this clever  chameleon pairs well with any kitchen style — from casual cottage and sleek  contemporary to the most chi-chi Park Avenue traditional.
    More reasons  why wood flooring is the goof-proof option:

    • Perfect for open floor plans. It flows beautifully from the  kitchen into adjoining rooms.
    • It’s tough. Hardwoods such as oak, ash, and maple will  shrug off your kitchen’s high-traffic punishment for years. Solid hardwood  flooring can be refinished 10 to 12 times during it’s typical 100-year  lifespan.
    • It’s eco-friendly. Hardwood is considered a green building  material when it’s certified  by the Forest Stewardship Council and comes from sustainably managed  forests.

    Related: The  Best Choices for Kitchen Flooring

    #3: Shaker Style for Cabinets

    Shaker cabinets

    Credit: Stacey Collins Design

    Thank heaven for the Shakers. While they were busy reducing life to its  essentials, they made cabinets with clean, simple lines that will  forever be in style.
    Shaker cabinets are an enduring legacy of American  style and, like wood flooring, have the knack for looking good in any setting.  Their simple frame-and-panel design helps reduce the amount of busyness in a  kitchen, making it a soothing, friendly place to be.
    “In a kitchen with a  timeless look, you want the cabinets to be part of the backdrop,” says Alan  Zielinski, a former president of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. “You  don’t want to be overpowered. You’re looking for plain, simple, clean  lines.”
    Those plain, simple, clean lines are a perfect fit for  transitional style — a beautiful combo of traditional and contemporary styles.  In fact, the National Kitchen and Bath Association says that after creeping up  on traditional for years, transitional is now the most popular kitchen  style.

    As our families grow more diverse, transitional style will only get more  popular. It lets us personalize and blend cultural influences — Latin, Asian,  Mideastern — into our homes; it’s the perfect balance of old and new, just like  Shaker-style cabinets.

    Related: How  to Choose Kitchen Cabinets for the Best Value
    #4: Carrara  Marble for Countertops

    Carrara marble

    Credit: Jennifer Thompson

    Carrara marble is a timeless classic that’s been used in homes for thousands  of years. (Michelangelo’s “David” was carved from Carrara.) It’ll look as good  in the next millennium as it does now.
    Here’s why:

    • Carrara’s lacy graining and subtle white colors look terrific in a white  kitchen (or any kitchen, for that matter).
    • It has a whiteness you won’t find in other natural stones.
    • It’s readily available, making it less expensive than other high-end  choices, such as quartz.
    • It’ll last for generations.

    If you Google it, you’ll find a lot of debate about it (and marble in  general) because it stains easily. But if you want something truly timeless,  Carrara is the answer. And with today’s sealants, the problem of staining is  almost moot if you reseal once or twice a year.

    Related: How  to Get the Look of Marble Without the Cost
    Still not sold? Or don’t  have the budget? Laminate  countertops are relatively inexpensive and can be upgraded to stone when you  do have the budget.
    #5: Subway Tile for the  Backsplash

    Subway tile

    Credit: A Lo and Behold Life

    Subway tile goes back to the early 1900s, when it was used to line New York’s  first subway tunnels. Classic subway tiles are white, 3-by-6-inch rectangles — a  look that became popular in American kitchens and baths, and has stuck around  ever since. Now it’s an iconic part of the American design vernacular, destined  never to go out of style.
    In the kitchen, ceramic tile excels as a  backsplash, where it guards against moisture, is a snap to clean, lasts forever,  and always looks classy.
    Sure, a backsplash can be an opportunity for a  blast of color and pattern, but neutrals will always be current and blend with  any look. Plus, a subway tile backsplash and a marble countertop make a dashing  couple that will stand the test of time.
    To make it even more enduring,  keep it achromatic and camouflage dirt with gray or beige grout.

    Related: Classic  Backsplashes for Any Budget
    #6: Ergonomic  Design
    Adaptability and universal  design features mean easy living at any age. A recent survey on kitchens  from the American Institute of Architects points to the growing popularity of  smart ergonomic design, a sign that kitchen adaptability will stay in vogue.
    Smart ergonomics simply mean convenience — for young or old, party  people or homebodies — a key factor when remodeling  a kitchen that will function well, retain its value, and always feel  right.
    No matter you or your buyer’s current or future needs, everyone  wins with these approaches:

    • Create different countertop heights. Standard height is 36  inches, but you can raise or lower sections of cabinets by altering the height  of the base. Add color-match shim strips to the bases of countertops that don’t  include sinks or appliances. You (or a new owner) can easily remove them or add  to them to adjust the height.
    • Swap a standard range for a wall oven and a cooktop. Ranges  have fixed heights. There’s no getting around the fact you have to bend to  access the oven. But a wall  oven conveniently installs about waist-high.
    • Add pull-out shelves to base cabinets. Lower cabinets with  doors mean having to twist like a pretzel to see what’s inside. Pull-out shelves  put everything at your fingertips.

    Smart storage

    Credit: Autumn Clemons of MyDesignDump.blogspot.com

    • Keep wide clearances. Kitchens attract people, and with  open floor plans, you’re apt to have folks hunting for snacks, helping you cook,  or just hanging out while you prep meals. Keep traffic flowing with a minimum of  42 inches between counters and islands.

    Related: Find  Out How Stylish Ergonomic Design Can Be

    #7: Smart Storage
    Today’s families store about 47% of  their kitchen stuff outside the kitchen — in laundry  rooms, basements, even sheds — according to data released at the 2013  Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.
    We blame it on the fact that kitchens  have evolved from a tucked-away place at the back of the house into a  multiple-chef, multi-tasking space that’s the hub of family life. Plus, our love  of open kitchens and stocking up at warehouse stores means less wall space and  more stuff, kitchen design expert Robinson says.
    The solution: smart  storage. Cabinet manufacturers have you covered with nearly unlimited storage  options — shelves and compartments that unfold, turn, extend, and  slide.
    But it’s not just about having storage, it’s about designing it  smartly. Follow these guidelines to make your storage  timeless:
    Create a primary storage zone. This is an area  30 to 60 inches high and within two feet on either side of your body. Store your  most-used items here — your favorite work knives, measuring cups, salt and  pepper for cooking, your trusty pots and pans. With one easy motion, you can  grab what you use all the time.
    Plan for the unknown. A  truly timeless kitchen anticipates and adapts to future needs, such as:

    • A space that can easily convert to an office, wine  storage, or a closet.
    • Lower cabinet spaces that can accommodate a wine cooler, under-counter  refrigerator, a second  dishwasher, or new must-have kitchen appliances on the horizon. (Remember  when microwaves didn’t exist?)
    • An open space that fits a freestanding desk or favorite antique that can  personalize the kitchen — no matter who owns the home.

    See Storage Options  that Pack More Space in Your Kitchen

    Related: Smart  Kitchen Remodeling Strategies to Get You Started
    We feel strongly  about these kitchen features, but we love your strong opinions, too. So tell us  what you think! 

    John_Riha   John Rihahas written seven books on home improvement and hundreds of articles on  home-related topics. He’s been a residential builder, the editorial director of  the Black & Decker Home Improvement Library, and the executive editor of  Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

  • Guide to Residential Styles

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Saint Petersburg, Home Selling in Saint Petersburg, Design & Decor in Saint Petersburg  |  February 19, 2013 10:36 AM  |  558 views  |  No comments

    This is fun to check out. It shows some of the different homes styles that have been built over the years. It sometimes helps my first time buyers decide what style they do or more importantly don't like when home buying. Actually, it has helped some of my sellers when remodeling or adding onto their home too.

    Every house has a style. Sometimes it has two or more; because of renovations and new, eclectic mixes, fitting a home into one specific category can be daunting or even impossible. Thankfully, there’s no need to memorize complicated architectural terminology. REALTOR® Magazine has compiled a convenient compendium of common styles. Delve in and learn to highlight the details that give a home character, history, and romance.

  • 9 Steps for Showcasing a Listing During the Holidays

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Saint Petersburg, Design & Decor in Saint Petersburg  |  December 13, 2012 8:07 AM  |  528 views  |  2 comments

    I think that this article is well written and has a lot of good advice. Happy Holidays!! Annalisa
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    Whether it’s wreaths or menorahs, your sellers shouldn’t overdo it around the holidays. Here’s how to stage a listing properly during “the most wonderful time of the year.”
    December 2012 | By Barbara Ballinger


    Gone are the days when houses were best listed come spring when flowers bloomed or in late summer before the beginning of the school calendar. Now, any time of year is good for selling if the property is priced correctly, clean, and in good condition.But with Thanksgiving past and Christmas, Hanukkah, and the New Year fast approaching, many sellers wonder if December bodes well, given how busy people’s lives get and because so many home owners like to decorate their houses. Holiday decorations can distract buyers and make it hard to focus on a home’s important architectural features when, for instance, rows of stockings camouflage a beautiful period fireplace mantel or a toy train set takes up the entire living room floor.Help your sellers understand how to attract buyers and showcase their house to maximum advantage at this time of year, yet not forgo their favorite seasonal traditions and merriment. And don’t forget to remind sellers that if they’re located in a cold, snowy region, it’s paramount they make their homes safe to enter by clearing all walks, steps, and the driveway and putting down some salt.Here are answers to nine frequently asked sellers’ questions from real estate salespeople and brokers coast to coast:

    1. Should we take our house off the market if it’s listed or not list it until the holidays are past?

    Absolutely keep it in play, say most real estate pros. Those who brave the weather in colder climates and during this busy time of year often are the most serious about buying, says Randy Bell, sales practitioner with HomeSmart Realty Group in Denver. “November and December tend to be two of our best months, since we get folks who are willing to bundle up and head outdoors in cold temperatures; they’re not just tire kickers,” he says. Susan Stynes, GRI, with Long and Foster in Midlothian, Va., agrees, “While sales may go down at this time of year, the buyers looking definitely are among the most serious.” Some buyers also like the idea of purchasing before the end of the year for tax reasons, says broker Jennifer Darby with ERA Justin Realty Co. in Rutherford, N.J. And this year buyers may house-hunt during the holidays for two more reasons, according to Mark Fitzpatrick, broker and CEO of Fitzpatrick + Prince Real Estate Group in Irvine, Calif. “Inventory is going down in California, and rates are still low,” he says.

    2. What kinds of outdoor decorations are appropriate?

    Simple, classy, and classic are the three operative words, according to experts. What that means are trees and bushes with some lights, and potted plants and a wreath at the front door. Too many lights during the daytime can turn wires into an eyesore, says Stynes. The bottom line is to create a festive, warm holiday mood without anything becoming gaudy, says Maike Scherer, CEO of Capital Home Management in the Washington, D.C., area. What crosses the line into tackiness are huge, inflatable Santas on roofs and lawns, oversized Nutcracker soldiers, and human-sized candy canes, as well as so many lights that you think you’ve stepped into Santa’s workshop. The light colors should be kept to white or to discrete pairings of the season, such as red and green or silver and gold.

    3. How about inside? What’s best and what’s to be avoided?

    Again, real estate experts suggest erring on the minimalist side rather than going overboard. “Avoid clutter, and try to stay neutral,” says Gillian Luce, marketing manager of Homes.com, which offers an idea gallery online to inspire home owners how to display their personality subtly throughout the year. Good ideas from her include one tree with a few ornaments and wrapped presents, one wreath, a few stockings along a mantle, some candles and a holiday inspired runner on a dining room table or buffet, and maybe a simple garland up a staircase. But displaying all holiday cards, yards and yards of tinsel, and every single ornament you’ve always owned can become too personal and messy. “The goal is to get buyers to imagine themselves sharing the holidays with their family in the house, and if the rooms are so crowded with your stuff, they can’t,” says Bell. “Use common sense,” he adds, “and stage your house and rooms in the same way you would at other times.”

    4. And religious decorations — OK or not?

    OK, but the key again is not to have too many on display — lots of nativity scenes or menorahs, for instance. “If these objects are very meaningful for home owners, you don’t want to ask them to change their traditions, but it’s better if the house remains more neutral,” says Stynes. It also may depend in part on location. In Denver, Bell describes his area as a melting pot where various religious traditions are respected, welcomed, and celebrated.

    5. What about music?

    Soft music is fine; experts disagree about Christmas music, however, which some buyers may be tired of hearing in elevators and stores and on car radios at this time of year. Most agree that religious music should be avoided to appeal to the widest buyer segment.

    6. And those sugar and gingerbread cookies and cinnamon spiced candle smells? Do they entice buyers or are they perceived as a bit kitschy?

    Baked goods and nice fragrant candles always bring a warm, welcome smell. “They help introduce a nice emotional touch that lets buyers make a connection with the property,” says Luce. But the caveat is to avoid smells that might prove overwhelming.

    7. Can sellers say no to appointments if they’ve got family visiting or are having holiday parties, or does that make them seem too Scrooge-ish?

    Of course, they can say “no.” But if they’re going to say no repeatedly, it might be better for them to wait and list in January, says Darby. If they have a party or two to host, experts advise they do a thorough cleaning right away.

    8. When should decorations come down?

    Sometime in the week after New Year’s Day. “Nobody wants to see a house decorated for Christmas on Super Bowl Sunday,” Bell says.

    9. And photos or videos with Christmas images used in online listings?

    Those, too, should be changed fast, says Fitzpatrick. Darby agrees. “If you’ve got pictures with holiday wreaths and lights at the end of February, it will quickly date that the house was on before the holidays,” she says. Better to use only nonseasonal photos if you’re not going to have two sets.

    And remember to wish all buyers and real estate pros who come to look at a listing to have a happy, healthy holiday and new year. Seasonal good cheer is always in style.

  • I am Island Exotic.What are you?

    Posted Under: Design & Decor in Saint Petersburg  |  November 5, 2012 7:15 AM  |  456 views  |  2 comments

    I took this quiz from Coastal Living magazine and found out that my style is Island Exotic. If you know me, you would not be surprised by this at all. It is only 9 questions long inquiring about your favorite books. flowers in your vases, favorite drink, and which vacation you are mostly to take. Hmmmm, is it near the water? Then I am there! Kind of fun for 3 minute break from work.

    What's Your Beach House Style?

    Take Our Quiz

    What's Your Beach House Style?

    Do you love a modern, glamorous space, or laid-back surf shack? Discover your seaside personality and get decorating tips to suit your style.

    Here is my result from the quiz. Let me know what your style is.

    Your Beach Style is:

    Island Exotic

    Decorating is easy when you use things you love. Meeting new people and visiting exciting locales is inspirational, and it is only natural to fill a home with the treasures you unearth.

    Add a touch of refinement to your space with carved wood and mirror pendant light. The Mango wood feels exotic, while the mirrored interior offers a little sparkle.

  • 10 REASONS NOT TO STAGE YOUR HOME

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Saint Petersburg, Design & Decor in Saint Petersburg  |  February 7, 2012 9:40 AM  |  1,223 views  |  No comments

    Wow, this is great! I hear some of these same things from sellers & potential sellers all the time. My most recent sellers had it listed with another Realtor for 6 months with little to no response. They listened to my advice, contacted the stager & acted immediately-within the first 2 days, we have had 2 showings. It now looks fantastic.


    before view from living room towards dining area & kitchenView from living room towards dining & kitchen after
    View from living room towards dining & kitchen after

    Blog from Janet Jones, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii Home Staging/Interior Redesign (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC):

    1. We want to test the market for 90 days. And on the 91st day? Price reduction--and 90 days worth of potential buyers who have already eliminated your property.

    2. It costs too much money. I have never seen a home where the staging costs would have exceeded the first price reduction. And that doesn't even factor in the monthly carrying cost of the home.

    3. We can't stage the house, we're living in it. One common misconception is that staging is only for vacant homes. Every home/condo can be staged, and you can actually live in it after staging.

    4. We didn't have to stage any of the other properties we sold over the years. Yes, once upon a time you could generate three offers by 5 p.m. on the same day your Realtor put the For Sale sign in your yard. Not now. Buyers are picky and they have a lot of homes to choose from.

    5. Everyone loves our house so buyers will love it, too. What you, your friends and relatives love about your house may not be what today's buyer wants. Sellers are often baffled by the feedback they get after showings--amazed that buyers have found things they don't like about the property.

    6. We can clean the carpets and declutter without someone telling us how. Yes, you can (and should) do this, but it is a tiny piece of staging. Do you know what separates "clutter" from "asset"? And what about all the other things that staging encompasses, like traffic flows, highlighting architectural features, updating, and appealing to your target market?

    7. We have no desire to remove/change our _______________ (wallpaper/mirrored tile/gold faucets/paneling/dated light fixtures . . .). And neither do buyers. Better to keep your home or be ready to sell at a deep discount.

    8. The view alone will sell this place. Then why many months later are these great view homes/condos still on the market? Could it be that buyers want something to go with the view--like a comfortable, move-in ready home?

    9. We would rather let the buyers makes their own paint/flooring choices. And that equals a price reduction. If buyers do make an offer on your home they will double or triple the cost of these items and reflect that in their discounted offer price--which includes a deduction for the inconvenience.

    10. Our home is professionally decorated. A professionally decorated home is tailored to the owner's particular needs. Does it work for the new buyer's needs? You could see #1 above . . . .

    These are all great reasons--

    • for price reductions
    • for extended time on the market
    • for buyers not coming to look at your home
    • for buyers not coming back for a second look

    There are dozens of reasons not to stage, but only one good reason to stage--getting your home sold faster for the highest possible price. Staging is preparing your home for sale and creating a home that buyers want to buy. If you want to be in the best competitive position in this market today, consult with a professional home stager before listing your property for sale

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