The CHS team has been helping home sellers in the Western Chicago suburbs package their homes for the quickest and more profitable sale since 2005. We have established a track record of success having staged over $850 million in sold Real Estate.
The homeowners of this gorgeously renovated modern traditional style brick home built in the 1980’s spared no expense. This home is completely renovated from top to bottom with a twist — upgrading materials to suite the latest trends and spark home buyer interest. However, despite the property’s clean lines, glass partition, barn doors and trendy lighting the home lacked definition when it came to showcasing a home buyer’s lifestyle.
How would you arrange the living room furniture?
Can the dining table fit?
Where can I put my home office?
These are all valid questions that circle the mind of a home buyer creating confusion and doubt — that’s why it’s so important to stage a vacant property. Only 10-percent of home buyers can visualize the potential of a property, so how do you bring the 90-percent around to see your newly renovated vision? You hire a home stager. Chicagoland Home Staging was excited to tackle this property that sits on hole 17 of the prestigious White Eagle golf course.
By adding a few key furnishings, our team can answer those buyers questions that could hinder a sale. With strategically placed furniture, they now know how to set up the living room. And the home office is just beyond the glass door. We chose updated materials like an acrylic floor lamp, black mirrored with gold legged tables and of course a pop of green to enhance the materials used in this renovation.
Our team loved working with this neutral palette and the modern globed chandelier directed the design of this space. We wanted to highlight this dining room’s square footage while still showing off the picture perfect windows.
We decided to go with darker wood furnishings to ground the room and bring out the brown in the flooring. Our team then mixed and matched beiges and grays to create a luxe feel. By using neutral hues we were able to keep the attention on the windows. We used six dining chairs at the table, however the set up allows home buyers to easily entertain dinner for eight. The dining room look was completed by using three circle mirrors that mimicked the lighting and reflected the windows.
This home also had a wet-bar showcasing a highly desired trend, mixing Carrera marble with hints of gold. Notice the two-toned cabinetry using natural wood and white cabinetry. Our team add a few key accessories to display on the shelves and highlighted the materials used in this space by adding geometric artwork.
The master suite was light, bright and spacious everything a homebuyer could want. The details in this room from the ceiling, to the chandelier, windows and barn door were important to highlight when it came time to stage.
Our team used a large tufted headboard to balance out the closet wall, but kept the color neutral so it wouldn’t compete with the room’s features. Overall the room’s furnishing enhanced the layout, but blend in with the color scheme to let the renovated details speak for themselves.
Of course the updated look of this home continued into the master bathroom — with more marble, rich-dark detailed cabinetry and a gold drum chandelier. Our team used spa-like accessories to complete the look to help create cozy features at every corner.
Need help staging your Naperville home, contact us today to learn more about our staging services. We can’t wait to hear from you!
We’re quickly approaching the home buying and selling season, so if you’re planning on putting your house on the market this spring, it’s time to prep it for sale! Here are a few ways to start the home staging process to help win over buyers when it comes time to sell.
Home Improvements = Bigger ROI
Consider hiring a handyman to repair items that make your property look rundown. Patch and paint holes or dings in the walls, fix leaking faucets, paint rooms a neutral color and replace missing or broken screens just to name a few minor repairs that could make a bigger return on your investment.
Early Start to Spring Cleaning
Now’s the time to get organized. Declutter every room on the property, removing items you no longer want or need while the property is on the market. From the ceiling to the floor and everything inbetween make sure the property is clean. Clear cobwebs, wipe-down surfaces, plus wash fabric, upholstery and rugs. Don’t forget to organize those items behind closet doors or stuck in drawers, buyers will open those up too to see how much storage the property provides.
Reduce Personal Personality
We want the home buyer to visually see themselves living in the property, so the best thing to do to maximize a home’s selling potential is to remove as many personal items from shelves, walls and displays as possible, including family photos that are headshots. Less distractions for the home buyer while touring the property will more likely lead to a quicker sale.
Pay Attention to First impressions
At Chicagoland Home Staging our priority is to pay attention to a property’s first impressions both inside and out. It’s important that your exterior looks manicured and clean to lure home buyers to the front door as they drive by. While inside we want to have light, bright, spacious rooms that are multi-functional and showcase the a potential buyer’s lifestyle.
Hire a Professional
Before listing the property, hire Chicagoland Home Staging to help tailor a plan that works with your property to maximize home buyer appeal. We’ll provide ideas on what needs to be improved, supply home furnishings and create the ultimate furniture arrangement to get your home sold in days — so you’ll reduce carrying costs and get your property off the market quickly for the most amount of money.
Want more information about our home staging services? Contact us today to see how we can help you sell your property in this highly competitive spring season.
When staging a bathroom Chicagoland Home Staging wants the space to be light, bright, spacious and clutter-free. We often suggest mimicking your favorite luxury hotel or spa to make this room the most attractive to potential home buyers, especially when it comes to the bathroom in the master suite.
Just like a kitchen, the bathroom is always a priority for home buyers since a considerable amount of time is spent there getting ready. Follow these tips when staging a bathroom to make it look and feel like a spa:
Clear off surfaces
Start by removing all your personal items on countertop surfaces, in your shower and toilet. Keep toiletries, hair products, magazines, scales, plungers, and toilet brushes out of sight. If buyers see these belongings they’ll naturally be distracted and potentially feel like they’re intruding on your personal space.
Keep the Bathroom Clean
Buyers will pay a premium for new clean spaces, so take the time to clean your bathroom to make it feel like new. If your bathrooms are immaculate, it gives buyers the impression that your home has been well maintained and cared for.
Consider Minor Upgrades
Once you’ve decluttered and cleaned the bathroom, you’ll be able to notice if minor repairs are needed. If so, consider making cost-effective changes like replacing shower glass door, leaking faucet or showerhead. Update towel bars, broken tiles and replace rusty mirrors. You can also frame old, worn-out mirrors.
Lighting is Key
Have you ever noticed spas have the perfect ambient light? This helps set the tone for a relaxing atmosphere. A home buyer would want the option to relax in this space, but also have bright lighting to get ready. That’s why you should install light dimmers in this room and highlight this during showings.
Play Up Color
To replicate a spa paint the bathroom calming colors including neutral hues, soft blues, and greens to achieve a serene space. Green symbolizes the meaning of peace, calmness, and relaxation while blue can slow the heart rate, encourage concentration, and reflection. Use these colors on the wall, in artworks or linens.
Set the Mood
A spa will enhance the five senses of sight, taste, touch, hearing, and smell. Consider using essential oils like like lavender and eucalyptus to relieve stress, relax the body, and promote better sleep. Or try playing slow tempo music during the open house to release stress.
Consider using organic materials in your bathroom. Wood tones can create warmth in this space that is usually portrayed as cold because of the tile work. Plants like orchids, aloe vera, lavender, and succulents can also make a manmade room feel more natural. Air plants can be a great choice for the bathroom because they’re low maintenance and don’t require soil or pots.
Don’t skimp on the luxury bath accessories that can remind home buyers of a retreat. Use apothecary jars to store organic sea sponges, bath salts and soaps. Display an exfoliating brush and don’t forget to splurge on soft luxury linens that include: towels, a bath mat, and cozy robe.
Staging a home can be a crucial selling point when it comes to marketing a property. But, it’s more than just a pretty photo representing the home that makes it marketable. In fact, home staging is NOT about the “pretty photo” at all, it’s a combination of art, science, creativity, and psychology that connects the home buyer to the property emotionally, then prompting the sale.
And you thought all we did was fluff pillows all day.
Once you make the decision to list your property for sale, it’s important to change your mindset to begin to view your home as a product that must be merchandised and marketed properly. Just like cars, groceries or clothes, there is a method of getting the consumer to buy in.
Psychology Of Home Staging
So, how do we get them to buy in? We begin by profiling who will most likely purchase your Naperville home. How will they live in the home? What lifestyle do they want to lead? Once we know the home buyers demographics and psychographics we then strategically set up the space making the property feel bright and spacious. We also manipulate the eye to focus on the positive features of the property and minimize the negatives.
Science Behind the Placement
Before placing furniture in a room, Chicagoland Home Staging comes up with a plan to highlight each room’s focal point. A focal point is the center of interest or activity in that particular space. Look at any of our staged properties and you’ll notice well-positioned placement near a room’s best attributes. Our home stagers will also use a positioning trick angling the furniture for better traffic flow, or to highlight an existing focal point. We use a series of interior design principles in our home staging, like the “rule of three” which involves grouping items in odd numbers, which forces the eye to move around the space.
Forget Bland and Boring
In the early years of home staging, the idea was to neutralize the home with sterile colors and reduce the number of accessories used to remove its personality. At Chicagoland Home Staging we spruce up neutral by using pops of color, playing with texture and mixing metals to create a cohesive look. Our company will install the right amount of furniture and accessories to create a lived-in look that appeals to home buyers. We use our creativity to properly place pieces that will appear flawless together.
Your Home is Our Canvas
Our home stagers have the ability, skill, and talent to use our imagination to create and solve your home’s dilemmas. We are increasingly tackling all-out transformations that aim to present compelling contemporary design. Home buyers these days want move-in ready properties, and it’s our job to create a cleaner, simpler lifestyle for the potential home buyers that showcase more flair and fun — than their current lifestyle making them want to move.
One chance is all you have to make a first impression on a buyer. Contact us today to learn more about how we can showcase your property for sale.
This Tudor style home in Hinsdale needed a light and bright upgrade that only Chicagoland Home Staging could provide. This property had some amazing Tudor features to highlight: fireplaces, dark wood ceiling beams and paneling mimicking that “English manor look.”
But, what happens when a Tudor home meets a home staging company looking to lure in a buyer, admiring the touch of traditional, but wants modern amenities? You get a home buyer!
Chicagoland Home Staging recently staged this property that then sold in 10 days for nearly 2-million dollars. Some of the rooms inside this house went through a drastic change.
Heart of the Home
The kitchen inside this property had a mixture of light and dark cabinetry, as well as dark marble countertops and a lack-luster backsplash that needed a modern upgrade. Here is an image of the kitchen prior to staging.
As you can see the changes made a significant difference in this room. By painting the cabinetry white, upgrading the countertop and backsplash in a neutral hue the kitchen is now unified, light, bright and spacious. We also replaced the pendant lighting. This eat-in kitchen is now clearly defined — buyers can sit on the island or in the breakfast nook.
A Bold Family Room
Adjacent to the kitchen is this family room painted in a bold red hue. This color made the large room feel small, dark and taste specific. Chicagoland Home Staging wanted to highlight the woodwork in this room, so we again decided to use a pure neutral hue on the walls.
By changing the wall color you can admire the craftsmanship this property has to offer. Our team brought in a sectional for ample seating to snuggle up around the fireplace. We played up tone and textures to make the room feel more contemporary.
Highlight a Focal Point
This room had great bones before staging including an amazing fireplace, lots of windows and walnut-finished hardwood.
Our team decided to highlight the fireplace, by using modern art and painting the mantle white. The furniture arrangement has a symmetrical set-up to showcase the fireplace and create an intimate conversation area in this formal setting. We also used mixed metals of silver and gold to make this room worthy of its price tag.
Master Suite Retreat
Like many of the other rooms in this property, we painted the master bedroom a lighter color to extend the walls into the ceiling. The current greige hue cut the room short of its true potential.
We did, however, use a gray velvet headboard to define the master bed. The mirrored nightstands help reflect light throughout the room. The unique nook also provides a place to lounge in the room to unwind after a hard day’s work.
If you’re looking to sell your Hinsdale property feel free to contact us today for a quote and to learn more about our services.
Have you ever felt disorganized, unaccomplished or even stressed about life and not sure why you feel this way? It could be the clutter building up around you at home. Take a look around you, are you feeling cramped at home?
We collect things for a number of reasons–maybe you think you’ll need to use it later, it has sentimental value, or you have to keep the item because it’s expensive. We all know we have to declutter, but we’re allowing ourselves for items to build-up, take up space and cause anxiety.
Decluttering is one of the biggest returns on investment you can do to showcase your property and make the space more appealing for home buyers while on the real estate market. If you’re planning on selling your property and still aren’t sure it’s time to declutter, see if these signs apply to you:
Stressed Coming Home
If you feel anxious coming home every day chances are, the clutter you consciously continue to ignore at home is subconscious messing with your head — making your mind feel cluttered too! By handling this problem at home you will ultimately feel more relaxed in other areas of your life as well. Not to mention relief the stress buyers may feel as they enter your home.
Behind Closed Doors
Maybe you’re a closet clutterer? This is where you have an overflow of items behind closed doors, cabinets, and drawers. Out of sight out of mind, right? Wrong. If the doors holding storage space in your home are not closing properly then it may be time to declutter. Even in these spaces, you should have an organizing process to keep items stored neatly, while also having enough room to get to the item without a struggle. You should go through these areas of your home at least twice a year and ask yourself if you’ve used the item in the past six months, if not then it’s time to part ways.
Hiding In Plain Sight
What if your clutter was right in front of you, would you notice it? As home stagers, we do this exercise often with home sellers, where we ask them to go through their home as a home buyer would critiquing everything in plain sight. Often times, home sellers have gotten so used to their surroundings that they essentially have blinders on — not being able to see anything negative in the home anymore, including clutter. If this sounds like you, ask a home stager, real estate agent or judgmental friend for some honest feedback.
Trouble Finding Things
Are you constantly misplacing items in your home, spending more time than you have hunting for the item you may need? This is a definite sign it’s time to declutter! Rather than rummage through drawers, closets and countertop surfaces daily start finding permanent homes for the items you have. Start by taking one area of the property and rummage through what you have following the rules below.
Now, that you recognize you have a clutter problem here are four ways to stop clutter in its tracks:
Start With One Area
Organizing your home is an evolving process that changes with the homeowner’s needs. If you’re feeling overwhelmed then you want to start small. Choose one room, one closet or one corner. The important thing is to start somewhere, but make it count, tackle the first cluttered area a home buyer would see as they walk into the home.
Make a Schedule
Are you a homeowner who has been using time constraints as an excuse to not declutter? If so, schedule blocks of time (2-4 hours) or even just 15 minutes a day depending on what needs to be organized to make your goal (of getting your home organized) a reality.
Everything Has a Home
Create a place for each item in your home is a crucial part of the home organizing process. Here you want to group like items together and store items that correlate with one another together. For example, store coats in the front closet next to the door or place dinnerware near the sink or dishware for easy convenience. Of course, keeping the space in order only happens when you return an item back to it’s home after use.
Adopt “Good Habits”
By always returning an item home, you’re building in a maintenance system in your organizing process. Another good habit to adopt is to take 5-10 minutes every night and put items away. This way when you wake up in the morning, the house is ready to show off.
Need help staging a home? Contact us today! We’d be more than happy to assist you with your home staging needs.
Here in the Chicago area winter can be brutal, especially when it comes to buying and selling real estate. While this is considered the slow season for the market, it can be a crucial time for a home seller to sell quickly. According to an article from Realtor.com, “in the winter, there are fewer homes for sale. That competition over low inventory can make winter an ideal time to sell your home.”
So, even though the law of supply and demand may be in your favor, is your home properly prepared for sale? Here are five tips on how to prepare your home for sale by utilizing home staging:
Curb the Snow
With all the snow build up throughout the season, it’s important to stay on top of any snow forecasts. It’s important to make sure all driveways and walkways on the property are shoveled and de-iced so it’s easy for buyers to access the front door. Of course to create a welcoming entrance use a few potted plants with a variety of evergreens, spruces or winterberries to bring life to the property. Another way to highlight an entrance is to use a cheerful paint color on the door and a decorative winter wreath.
Corralling Winter at the Door
To refrain from having the outside elements dragged through the property, think about what the home buyer should do with their coats and shoes during showings. Have a few hooks or extra space in the front closet for those who want to take off their jackets while touring the property. Also, create a designated place for people to sit and remove their shoes in the entryway. A simple way to do this is to use a long bench with boot trays underneath or have them wear shoe cover booties while walking through the home.
Raise the Heat
No one likes hanging out in a cold house, so make sure you raise the temperature to 70 degrees or higher in the property to allow buyers to forget about the cold and focus on the home’s amazing features. The warmer temperatures could also keep buyers lingering in the home longer providing enough time for them to fall in love with the space.
Since winter days are shorter you’ll need to increase the light sources available on the property. Keep windows clean, drapes and shades open. Use light colored, but textured curtains, like off-white velvet. Also, make sure all the lights are turned on regardless of day or night so each room feels light, bright and airy.
This season has everyone thinking of snuggling up indoors, so emotionally enhance relax mode. Turn on the fireplace, drape a throw or two and place some furry pillows on the sofa. Why not get inspired by the season using white on white accessories mixed in with seasonal branches to create the “wow-factor.”
Thinking about selling a home this winter? Contact us today to learn what services our award-winning home staging team can provide.
Flipping a property can be a gamble, not only do you have to find a good deal, but you have to complete the rehab in a timely manner, relist the property and find the perfect buyer. Having a good team, behind your flipping business is an understatement — you’ll need a contract, real estate agent, lender, attorney and of course a home stager. At Chicagoland Home Staging we will help secure a buyer quickly, by strategically planning the property’s aesthetics. We showcase the property by bringing in on-trend furniture and accessories that will help buyers visualize living in the property.
Prior to the renovation, this 6-bedroom, 6-bath home on 5th Street in Hinsdale needed some TLC. The exterior of the home was painted white and gray to mask the old red brick, while inside the traditional dark finishes and yellow color pallet went neutral to appeal to neighborhood buyers. The home’s demographic will likely be a buyer that’s looking for a modern twist on traditional design.
Make a Stellar First Impression
This is the living room (pictured below) before we brought in luxurious modern furniture with a transitional flair. Our team wanted to keep the color palette light and airy so we went with neutral tones throughout the furniture and decor to highlight this room’s main features: the fireplace and large bay window.
In the home staging transformation, our team played with symmetry inside this room to add balance to the design, notice the mantle, throw pillows and side tables. When elements are the same on both sides of an axis, the design feels more harmonious. We also used glass tables verse wood ones to reflect the natural light around the room and keep the space light and open, we didn’t want them to compete with the gorgeous dark wood flooring.
Accentuate an Open Layout
Connected to this updated modern living room was a space for dining, before following through to the kitchen. Rather than close off the two rooms with the sofa, positioned with its back towards the dining room, we used club chairs to define the two seating areas. The living room, dining room, and kitchen all need to create one cohesive look and feel.
The chic dining space was in dire need of definition. Our team started with a designer chandelier, then continued the symmetrical style and neutral tones from the living room into this space. We decided against head chairs at the dining table to enhance the traffic flow from the living room to the gourmet kitchen with breakfast bar.
A Place for Family
This property also had a family room that had some amazing features a stone fireplace, shiplap paneling, sliding french doors, and a dramatic ceiling. However, despite all these positive features, this room was still showing small for a family to relax in.
That is until our team brought in the right furniture and accessories. We anchored the room with a furry white rug and used neutral tones with a pop of navy to create a comfy setting for spending quality time with loved ones. Again, we chose reflective surfaces and symmetry to define this space. We even added playful, patterned throw pillows to make this room feel less formal.
Many rehabbers may feel home renovations alone should sell a home, but as you can see home staging brings out the best features in those home renovations to present a premium product on the market that buyers are willing to pay more for.
If you’re an investor and want to learn more about our staging services feel free to contact us today for a quote.
Often times preparing a home for sale takes a back seat to the holiday season. It’s already a stressful time with all the holiday decorating, gift-giving and entertaining. Why have the added stress of selling a home during the jolliest of seasons, when it’s a slow-time for the real estate market to begin with. Yes, there are fewer real estate transactions this time of year, but there are more motivated participants, both buyers and sellers, looking for the perfect offer.
Selling a home during the holidays shouldn’t feel like a frantic black Friday sale, rather look at is an opportunity to start the new year right. Here are a few important reasons to consider hiring Chicagoland Home Staging to get your property prepared for sale.
People looking for homes during the holiday season are serious buyers who are willing to alter their holiday plans and bad weather to find their next home. While this type of buyer often overlooks the small details and minor repairs, a savvy seller knows staging a property will “wow” a buyer to make an offer. In most cases, a motivated buyer is on a tight deadline to move, so they’re willing to spend more money to not be inconvenienced.
Play Up Holiday Emotions
In order to create that “wow factor” Chicagoland Home Staging strategically places furniture and accessories throughout the property to emotionally connect with the home buyer. Usually, a buyer is more emotional during the holidays, so they’re more likely to pay a higher price. Our team decorates using tasteful decor to spruce up the house and add some holiday spirit without overkill. Here are few tips on how to decorate for the holidays.
Competition Is Scarce
Since the real estate market slows down this time of year, there will be less competition on the market for home buyers to choose from. A home seller with very few comparable properties can often stick strongly to the price they’re looking for, leaving the seller in a unique position of power because of the scarcity of homes available.
Power Equals Control
In a slower real estate market, a seller has the power to set the ground rules and boundaries that can benefit them. Set specific times for showings, create black out dates and give yourself enough time to properly prepare the home for sale — this way you can still enjoy the holidays with family and friends.
Thinking about selling a home this holiday season? Contact us today to learn what services our award-winning home staging team can provide. Happy Holidays!
When it comes time to sell a property, it’s important to plan ahead and take the time you need to make smart decisions that will leave you feeling less stressed on the market. A major part of that decision making is “what items will stay and what items will go in the home” to create a streamlined look throughout the property. Here at Chicagoland Home Staging, our home stagers are trained to highlight the positive features of a space and pay close attention to details to help connect homebuyer’s emotionally in order to make a sale.
In order to create a look homebuyers fall in love with, our team selects furniture and accessories that feature a design style that will maximize square footage. We opt for effective pieces that are efficient for the targeted lifestyle — highlighting smooth transitions and clean lines. Here are a few tips to consider when streamlining your property for sale.
Homebuyers are hesitant about the cleanliness of a property when surfaces are littered with various items. So, it’s important before a showing to clear countertops and table surfaces by finding a permanent home for the items to be stored while on the market. Take a look at this Hinsdale kitchen we staged above, the surfaces are cleared, except for a few strategically placed accessories to soften the building materials used in the room.
Begin by going through each area of your house and getting rid of anything that you won’t need while on the market. This includes removing or packing up items from drawers, closets and shelving units. Pre-packing allows you to start the moving process early and gives the homebuyer an opportunity to see your home’s true potential beyond “your stuff.”
The living or family room is the place where most people congregate inside a property – which means clutter can accumulate easily. An easy way to keep toys, electronics, and magazines out of sight for showings is to have multi-functional furniture, like sofas and ottomans that have compartments or hidden storage to remove the items quickly. Another trick is to use shelving and accent tables that have storage with doors you can shut the clutter on.
Play Up Textures + Objects
One way to subliminally streamline a property is to work with different shaped objects and textures. Take a look at the image above. There’s a mixture of circles, squares, and rectangles playing off one another. The circle art is balanced with the circle table lamp, while the circle bar cart sits on the adjacent side. This helps the eye look at the entire space verse focus on just one area.
Focus on a few accent colors to play up throughout the property. Whether a neutral or bold hue, you want to sprinkle the color throughout the room using the 60-30-10 rule. This means 60% should be your main color, preferably neutral. 30% is a secondary color that can be lighter or darker. 10% is the accent color that should play on an emotion. There are times when one accent color is not enough, so go ahead and choose two.
In many cases, our team will use symmetry to create a streamlined look in a space. In this image above, pretend there is a vertical line straight down the middle. Do you notice how everything is balanced out on either side, mostly with identical pieces. For example, two pieces of art, two trees, two tables, two table lamps, two couches, etc. all match one another. Where the items are not identical they still look similar because of the color or height of the object.
Space to Rest
One of the most important tips to remember when streamlining a house is to provide a place in each room for the eye to rest. You can achieve this by purposefully leaving something empty. You can use the empty space around an object to draw attention to certain features. Whitespace makes information easier for the eye to digest, and it lets the eye zero-in on important pieces of information.
If you need help to streamline a property for sale feel free to contact us today for a quote and to learn more about our services.