Downsizing your Empty Nest

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When it comes time to move from the home you’ve raised your family in, it’s never easy. However, now all those years of memories need to be tucked away. The time has come to take a cold, hard look at your home and try to see it the way new buyer’s will see it. All the little projects that went on the back burner are now staring you in the face. Most people can’t afford to do a remodel and why would you want to. There’s no way of knowing whether the changes you would like will actually help or hurt your chances of selling the home. 

The goal now is to get your home looking as good as possible, while spending the least amount of money. More than likely you will need to clean or replace the carpeting and paint the walls. Finally, you will want to freshen and update the feel of the home. That’s where staging comes in!

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With this home, the family wanted to move closer to their out of state children and grandchildren. So the work began. Their furniture was packed and shipped to their new home. The interior was painted a nice neutral light gray color then we were able to come in and work our magic. We wanted to downplay the dated area’s of the home and accentuate the wonderful qualities the home had, which included a view that went on forever. 

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I can not overstate how important it is to capture the buyer’s interest as soon as they walk into the home. Many buyer’s have told us that they know within the first few seconds of entering the home whether they want to continue viewing it or not. I was one of those picky buyers. I would step inside the home and either like what I saw, or, I would utter a big “Nope”. Now that first impression also includes photos that all potential buyer’s can view online. You want to capture their interest on that first photo.

The next chapter of your life is beginning. Embrace it. Rejoice in knowing that a new family will soon begin to make their own wonderful memories there.

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Appealing to the HGTV Generation

Many of today’s buyer’s are much more sophisticated, not only in technology, but also in what they are looking for in a new home. Most buyer’s view the online photo’s before they ever go out to see the home. They have also seen the shows on HGTV showcasing homes that have not only been updated utilizing current trends, but have been decorated by professionals. This sets the bar pretty high for most normal sellers. That’s where staging can really help.

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This home had a wonderful floor plan and beautiful yards with a pool. So what could be missing you ask??  The home felt a little dated and color palate needed an infusion of color. A color most popular with buyer’s today is blue, which worked beautifully with the tan’s and brown’s currently in the home.

So working in a gorgeous blue color along with restyling the existing furniture and adding in some fun pieces really changed the feel of the home. In fact, the entire energy of the home changed! When the seller’s got to see their newly staged home for the first time, the wife actually cried as she felt her home was now so beautiful. That always a good feeling.

Well not only did the home sell quickly, they had a bidding war and the home ended up selling for $20,000 above asking price. Now that would make even make the HGTV generation stand up and take notice!!

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Staging your home for it’s new family

Many of us have home’s that reflect our personal style and interests. In fact, our homes many times provide a glimpse into our very souls. However, when it comes time to sell your home, those styles and interests can limit the possible buyer’s and even the amount you can sell your home for. So that’s when editing, restyling and/or staging becomes so important.
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This home had an incredibly fun and outgoing family. However, the home was so personalized to their passions that potential buyer’s would have had a hard time seeing themselves living there.

These before photos show the home after the seller’s had moved to their new home. The walls were painted a beautiful color that really showcased the plantation shuttered windows and gorgeous dark hardwood floors. We then brought in a style that played up the beauty of the home without losing the joyful spirit the home had.

Now the home is ready for it’s new family and the many years of happiness it will surely bring to them.

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Modern Farmhouse

This late 1800’s home had once been the carriage home to a Dutch Colonial Craftsman home. With horse and buggies no longer needed, the carriage house was converted to a home in the 1920’s. The last updates done to the home had been in the 1960’s and the home felt disjointed and at odds with itself. When we first saw the home, it looked sorely outdated and any charm it once had was sadly lost to time.

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Palm Springs Style

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This home is Palm Springs wasn’t horrible when the contractor started the remodel, but there was nothing special about it either. It was just the “same old same old”. The contractor updated the home’s style and really designed the home to incorporate the contemporary feel that you find so often in Palm Springs. In my staging I was able to showcase the new contemporary style  and decorate in a fun and flirty style that really shows off the beauty and new “vibe” of the home. Living in Palm Springs really blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living and this home now enjoys both to the fullest.

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Rustic Elegance

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As soon as you drive up to this home you notice it’s mountain like setting. The family selling this home just loved the trees because it reminded them so much of Germany. As with many older homes, the floor plan was a bit challenging. So defining the living areas became my first job. Then I wanted to incorporate the beautiful scenery outside into my design. Many times I decorate for a builder so I only have the house to work with. With this home I got to work with the seller. Many of my design choices were made with her style and personality in mind. She was delightful and I think the home now captures not only the beauty of the home but also the beauty and style of “S”.

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It’s only Rock and Roll, but I like it!

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We are all looking for those great, one of a kind ideas, that help us put our own unique stamp on our home.  I recently encountered a room which had a curved wall, that left little room for furniture. It was also a high traffic area, so it really cut down on my design options. Many considered it a “throw away” wall.

Since the people flipping this home were involved in the music industry, I started looking at design ideas with that in mind.

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