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.

Decorating on a Budget

Decorating on a Budget

 

With over 40 years of experience in interior design, I have found many of my clients to be working on a restricted budget.  For these projects I have suggested that the majority of the budget be spent on the permanent items in the home, such as flooring, cabinets and light fixtures.

Lighting

Using neutral tones in furniture, you can add colour in your less expensive accessories such as colourful ready made drapery panels,(approximately 0 each).  For a custom look, buy an extra panel and make toss cushions.  Can’t sew?  Use iron-on seaming tape.  Simply fold the fabric like an envelope, use a costume jewelry broach to pin it together and add bling.

One of the least expensive ways of changing and updating your decor is with colour, specifically paint.  Change your wall colour to a nice warm tone to chase away the winter blues.  Almost anything can be painted – cabinets, hardware, furniture and even counter tops.  I am quite passionate about reusing and re-purposing items, as it is so much better for the environment.  As a culture we tend to waste a great deal that can be recycled.

Before and After

A change in wall colour will alter the whole feel of a room; whether you want a warm and cozy feel or a cool and serene, this can be achieved with colour at a minimal expense.  The following are some colour schemes, although there are many variations.  One colour should always dominate in any scheme.

Monochromatic:  Shade and hues of one colour, light to dark.  Use a neutral to balance the palette.

Contrasting: using opposites on the colour wheel, such as blue and red or green and yellow, always a warm with a cool colour.  One olour should always dominate.

Analogous: uses colours next to each other on the colour wheel, such as blue and green or yellow and orange.  This creates a serene and comfortable design.

The psychology of colour and how it affects our lives is quite fascinating.  A simple change in your deor can affect your mood and outlook.  There are a lot of ways of achieving this on a budget.

by Wendy Reeves Siefert

 

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

 

Updating My Overhead Fan

I was looking at my overhead fan the other day, it was in need of serious dusting.Old fashioned Dust Bunnies

The one in the master bedroom had to be replace last year.  Oh my goodness, what a song and dance that was.  All those wires in a “itty bitty living space” to quote Genie from Aladdin.  I wanted to replace this with a newer modern The Beforeone as well.  This particular fan is located over the stairs leading to the basement so struggling to tuck all those wires, unless absolutely necessary, was just not going to happen.

As I said, I was contemplating the dust and dragged out the ladder to have a closer look.  The fan casing is gold and the paddles are a brown, with a cream woven part in the center.  Very old style.  However the casing and the part that held the paddles were in good shape.  There did not appear to be scratches or flaking on it.  The only thing that looked really dated were the paddles.

Why not paint them?  I have some of our high gloss white left from the trim and thought this would be perfect.  We were a little nervous of upsetting the balance of the whole thing so I did one at a time, which took longer but in the end it looks greatLove the white Brushes I tried

I gave each one two coats, top and bottom.  Even though these were older, the paddles were still smooth and shiny and need to be gently sanded and wiped clean.  I tried using different paint brushes but in the end a small roller was the very best and left a great finish.  I’m loving the new look.Finished

The Patio Spot

With all the renos happening inside and out, we are having to be inventive in some of our plans.  Re-using, Re-purposing becomes very real in how you can have something without have to fork over more money.  Don’t get me wrong, I would love to have a landscapers come in and plan my yard and put down a new patio.  HowevOriginal Patioer, the reality is, there is more sweat equity available than dollars.

New Driveway
When we purchased this home there was a patio at the end of the car port.  There was a fence like structure dividing the carport and the patio on one side, another fence and an overgrown tree on the other.  Side to side was the wall of the house and a fence with the grape vines.  All in all it was a bit like a stockade.  There were pros and cons to keeping this patio.  One major consideration was that is it was already there and another it was close to the kitchen for BBQs. [Read more…]

Renovations – Will this ever end?

How many of you have said, “Will this ever end?” when it comes to renovations?  I feel like we have started so many different projects and they are all half done.

Remember the basement bathroom?  All except thFuture Patioe electricity and the door done, fairly important parts of the job.  We wait on our electrician, who is very busy now that Spring has arrived in the Valley.  The door needs to be put on by my own handyman, who is in the middle of roofing the new garage.  While he was waiting for the garage to get to that point, he was digging up the side yard to put in a patio.  I don’t even want to talk about the painting, both inside and outside, that I have to finish now that the new windows are in.
However, Spring is here!  Who wants to work inside?  There will be time in abundance when the heat rolls up over 35 degrees, or hotter.  So I sit in my chair pretending the patio is in and plan my herb garden.

Taping and Mudding Drywall

Taping and Mudding Drywall or How a Mother became a Mudder!  With the basement bathroom well on it’s way to being finished, it was my turn to be the troll in the basement today.   [Read more…]

Plumber is coming!

This is good news!  We are to the final stages of getting that basement bathroom installed.  My sweet handyman is putting the final touch on so the plumber can come an install the shower, vanity, and toilet tomorrow.  It is so exciting.  Of course, now we need the electrician in to get lights in there 😀

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Basement Storage

Part of the renovations we began in the basement were because of water damage.  Somewhere, some time in the recent history of this house there had been a flood.  Not a flood like we had in Alberta in 2013, but still there was issues that need to be addressed.  Most of these were hidden gems.  Like this one.  water damage

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Renos – Tearing Down to Building Up

One of the exciting things about renovations is when you finally finish with the tearing down and start on the building up.

That is where we are in the basement.  Remember back to this?  We had a sewer back up and in the cleaning up discovered that there was more to clean than we had bargained for.  Isn’t that often the way of renovations?

The bathroom as it was before, had a raised floor and water (and let’s not even think what else) had gone underneath.   Another item found in discovery was the sump pump hose had been pulled out and was draining out onto the cement and surrounding walls.  There was enough water to rot one of the bottom plates of the bathroom wall.  This is not good!

Wait, there was more.  Next door to the bathroom was an insulated room that I think was meant to be a cold storage.  In fact, I even put some fresh picked apricots in there to ripen but when I looked three days later they were completely rotten and soaked through.  That was a mess let me tell you.  So the cold room actually turned out to be more of a sauna. Learning curves.  basement bath1

Once the entire area had been torn down and sanitized my Handy Man painted the floor and the walls.  The walls he painted with a WaterTiteLX.  It is a mould and mildew-proof waterproofing paint, claiming to resist 20 PSI of water pressure.  Now, that may not have been particularly necessary, but we decided that one more precaution was worth it.  Besides, it brightened up the walls.  The floor was painted with regular cement paint.

DIY is all very well and good, but some things we just felt we had to call in the professionals.  A plumber will be arriving to put in the shower, sink and toilet.  He was already by to move the hot water tank and re position the hose from the sump pump.  In doing this, left us with a better opening for a new wall.  It is all very exciting to see it coming together.

The old “not so cold” room is going to be a bedroom.   It will be getting a new window so we can have a safe egress for anyone sleeping downstairs.

DIY – Chalk Paint Curtains

Chalk Paint came into my radar before we moved last year.  Probably just about this time of year too.  I need to update my kitchen cupboards and decided it was my best bet.

They turned out fantastic and I was so pleased with the results I decided to do my coffee table as well.  It was looking pretty good, then my son used it for a platform to move things in the storage shed when we were packing up.  Now it has great big footprints!  Boys.  I do plan to redo it.

The next project was window treatment for my studio in the new home. [Read more…]

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