Home Sales Improve With Staging

Home Sales Improve With Staging

Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale.  The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money.  Staging techniques focus on improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a welcoming, attractive product that anyone might want.

Staging a home for resale is, in many ways, the opposite of interior decorating.  With staging we want to de-personalize the home, while the interior decorating we use the client’s personal items, hobbies and interests to make an interesting and comfortable decor.  If it very difficult for a homeowner to see past their possessions to the heart and bones of the home.  This is the stager’s job  to simplify the home so that the prospective purchaser can visualize their possessions there.  By staging your home you can expect it to sell two to three times faster and for at least seven to fifteen percent more money than an un-staged home taken from a recent study by Coldwell Banker).

An empty home is more difficult to sell as it is hard for people to judge sizes without some furniture o show them how theirs will fit.  A cluttered space will look much smaller than it actually is.  It is important to simplify the home, as people will focus on personal items such as photos and trophies, and therefore losing concentration on the home itself.  We don’t want anything to distract to prospective purchaser.

A stager will go through a home with a checklist of over 30 items.  Hard to believe, but true!d  Some of these items are so simple, such as improving the lighting by upping the wattage on your light bulbs to give a brighter and warmer appearance.

No longer are realtors emphasizing location, location, location, but rather staging, staging, staging!  Now is the time to get a jump on the competition by staging your home.  You have only one chance to make a great first impression!

by Wendy Reeves Seifert

 

Wendy Reeves Siefert is a local decorator and interior designer in the Creston Valley and East Shore region of British Columbia.   You can find her web site at :  Over The Valley   For more information on staging or with any design questions, contact Wendy at overthevalley@telus.net.

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How Can You Make Gift Giving Even More Exciting?

The big day is almost here. You’ve figured out how to make it a special, memorable event. You’ve chosen an amazing gift. And now you’re ready for it all to come together. But what if there’s something missing? You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know there’s something else you could have done to stretch out the fun.

 

And that something extra is spicing up how you give your gift. Forget about just wrapping it up and leaving all the presents in a pile. No, we’re talking about making your gift giving a truly exciting moment, that they’ll never forget.

 

So, how do you do this? Here’s a few ideas to get you started. If you’ve got any other ideas, don’t forget to leave them in the comment section below!

 

Turn it into a treasure hunt

 

If you’re going to this amount of effort, it’s likely that you know this person very well. So, make a list of all the places in your area that mean something to you both. Maybe it’s parks you used to play in as children, or cafes where you had your first few dates. Either way, pick a couple of venues and start writing clues to lead your person to each of them. Then, in each venue either leave another clue (if they’re unlikely to get lost or moved), or give them the next clue on arrival. Remember to pick places based on transport and location – if it’s easy for you to drive around, you can pick ones slightly further afield. But if you’re hosting a lot of people, it’ll be better to have them within walking distance. Spusht has some fab ideas here, on how you can make it an awesome experience.

 

Make each gift stand out

 

If you’ve got gifts that your person needed rather than wanted – you know, the practical items that everyone asks for every year – then why not add a special touch on top? Yes, they want that gorgeously bound notebook and a nice new pen, but if you can add their name, initials or business name, you’ve just elevated the value a hundredfold. Sites like Giftsin24 have plenty of personalisation options to explore. Likewise, you could even experiment when it comes to wrapping the gifts up. BuzzFeed’s post here is full of inspirational ways to give gift cards – you’re probably not gifting these, but many of the ideas could be used for your presents.

 

Create your own game show

 

Remember all those TV shows you used to watch when you were younger? There would always be some incredible prizes up for grabs, and the contestants would have to battle it out to win the best loot. Well, why not try to recreate this yourself? You could it on a small scale or a huge one, depending on your budget. Either set up like a quiz show, and create questions based on the person’s life, or try to do your own obstacle course! There are some fun, easy obstacle courses in this article from SimpleKids. You could even try a ‘Mr & Mrs’ style game, where everyone at the party has to answer questions on behalf of our special person, and vice versa. There are some good question ideas here.

 

If you come up with any more fab ways of giving your gifts, let us know below!  

 

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The Perfect Gift: Accessories Every Man Should Have

What is considered to be acceptable in men’s fashion has changed a lot over the past couple of generations alone and, while a lot of the staple diet remains the same, a few extra bits have been added. A man’s accessories are what separates him from the rest of mankind, which is why this is a great place to start when considering what gift you should buy the man in your life.

Of course, the range of what’s available is growing at the smart clip, which is where we come in. Below we have highlighted some must-have items that every man would love to have in his wardrobe. You can’t go wrong with any of these, that is a promise.

Watch Out
Every man is different. Some are bolder than others, some are more traditional, some are more contemporary, and other’s don’t put much of an emphasis on fashion. That is where a watch comes in; it is a must-have accessory that every single man can agree on. That is because a timepiece is more than just a statement, it is a tool. The wrong watch can really let down a man. So consider your options, consider the man in question and go from there.

Money Talks
Men tend to get seriously attached to their wallets for the simple fact that they know where everything is. They like their wallet to have a lot of card holders, or to have a zip instead of a button, or to have a window for photos that they can slip their family into. So, if you know your man needs to have a new wallet, we recommend you inspect his current one, make some notes and try and get one that ticks the same boxes.

Just Jewelry
Yes, jewelry has crept into the must-have section of men’s accessories. This was once reserved to a signet ring, but now earrings for men are a huge thing, as are necklaces and bracelets. The great thing about going down this route in terms of gifts is the variety. There is something for everyone, whether they are out there in terms of fashion or relatively conservative in how they dress. So, as a little word of advice, go with your gut on this one. Always go with your gut, but don’t be scared either.

Bag It Up
There was once a time where a man’s staple carry case was a briefcase, but unless the man you are buying for is Harvey from Suits this has somewhat gone out of fashion. Then, on the other end of the scale, you have backpacks, but this should not really be considered. Which leaves you with a messenger bag. This is a real sign of elegance in today’s fashion. The winning point when it comes to a man’s messenger bag, though, is this: it can be worn with anything, from Sunday morning casual to business meeting suit. What’s more, you have a pick of styles, colors, and sizes to choose from, so no limitations on that front.

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