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2017 HOME STAGING PROFILE - NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS
Forty-nine percent of buyers’ agents cited that homes staging had an effect on most buyer’s view of the homeSeventy-sevenpercentofbuyers’agentssaidstagingahomemadeiteasierfor a buyer to visualize the property as a future homeStagingthelivingroomforbuyerswasfoundtobemostimportant(55 percent), followed by staging the master bedroom (51 percent), and staging the kitchen (41 percent)About one-third of buyer’s agents said that staging a home increased thedollar value offered between one and five percent compared to other similar homes on the market that are not stagedhttps://www.nar.realtor/sites/default/files/migration_files/reports/2017/2017-profile-of-home-staging-07-06-2017.pdf
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Palm Beaches Home Staging by Palm Beaches Home Staging - 1y ago
Tuesday Tip:  With luxury homes in the higher price points, buyers buy homes totally staged - this includes bedding and more.  The reason is that these buyers want homes for either renting or to be move in ready.
Move in ready is not just for luxury homes, more and more buyers are looking for homes that have not only kept up on maintenance, but need minimal if any upgrades so that they can move in as soon as the home is closed.  
You can help your home sellers by encouraging to understand that move in ready is not just a trend, but a strong incentive to selling a home faster and for top dollar.  Be sure to explain what upgrades (home improvements) can realistically return on investmentin order to appeal to serious buyers today. Items such as crown moulding and appealing landscaping are very popular with home buyers.
Source: Freshome
The rule of thumb is do not worry about the return on investment (ROI) when doing upgrades on a house, unless you plan on selling a house in five years or less.  Trends change and what was wildly popular five years ago may be totally different after five years. So if you want to do upgrades that you plan to live with beyond five years, you don't need to consider ROI.  
Source: Realtor.com
Buyers favor houses that offer the trending popular amenities and houses that appear to need little if any upgrades. 
Focus on keeping the maintenance current on the home and having the move in ready look buyers prefer. 
Eileen Robinson is a home staging authority who enjoys helping sellers and real estate agents acquire the tools to enhance the value of a home using home staging proven techniques. Eileen is a licensed real estate consultant in Florida, with Premiere Realty LLC.
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You are ready to sell your house. Now all you need are tools to begin the staging process. These nine tools will save you time and money. Utilizing the tools to stage your house increases the house's best points. Updating and fixing items affects the house's appeal to buyers.
Houses over five years often need some updating as well. Check the list below to be sure you have these recommended tools. Start your home staging off right by preparing for updating that will help sell your house.
Looking for an incentive to update and get your house ready for sale? The return on investment when home staging can help get you the best price possible for the house. Also, these easy updates helps to sell the house faster.
Buyers are looking for a move-in ready house. When you take the time to make sure the house looks well maintained, buyers can see themselves in the house.
Here are nine tools home stagers use, that may be helpful to you also.
1. Contractor-grade tape measure. For accuracy in measuring large furniture that may need to be re-arranged a good tape measure is a must. For example to have a better flow pattern for people to walk around in a room you may need to move the furniture. Furniture moving is also needed for moving pieces away from the wall. A good tape measure is necessary to do this successfully.  
2. Steam Iron. Over time there are wrinkles in the bedding, curtains, slipcovers and fabric furnishings. A steam iron can remove wrinkles, giving fabrics a fresh new look.
3. Auto-leveling interior line laser / stud sensor. After you paint a wall or walls, you may find yourself wanting to rearrange pictures and mirrors. It is important that pictures and mirrors are levelwhen hanging on a wall. Buyers can find it distracting by the awkward hanging of art and mirrors. Make sure pictures are at eye level. When hanging heavy art work or mirrors a stud sensor is important to be sure the art or mirrors are secure on the wall.
4. Furniture lifter and slides. You may find you are moving out extra pieces of furniture to have a better walking flow in a room. Lifters and sliders make it much it easier to move heavy furniture around a room or out of a house when storing.
5. Furniture Repair Kit. Over time furnishings may need small repairs for dents, touch ups or scratches that. An all-inclusive furniture repair kit will provide the items needed for quick repairs. Because buyers are quick to notice how sellers take care of a home and the furnishings. Buyers can become distracted from a house's positives by furnishings needing repair.
6. Multi-purpose tool for paint removal – the cheapest way to freshen up a home is to paint. When painting, switch plates and other areas may need to have excess paint removed using a multipurpose tool that can do paint removal. The paint removal tool eliminates excess paint giving a room a neater cleaner look.
7. Wire brush for cleaning – toothbrushes are fine for small areas of cleaning. Sometimes you need to have a more powerful tool for heavy duty jobs. Wire brushes are better at removing rust spots and hard water stains.
8.  Plastic Ties – these are ideal for securing wires, fabric and other objects. Unorganized wires can be distracting. Fabric that is hanging too low or unevenly can also be corrected with plastic ties.  Once I even used a plastic tie to temporarily jury rig a piece that kept coming apart from the basket till I could get the part ordered (worked like a charm!)
8. Color Wheel. Magazines and tv programs emphasize the beauty of bold colored walls. Buyers rarely share the same taste as the seller, preferring more neutral colored walls. Buyers can more easily visualize their furnishings with neutral colored walls. Whether you are re-painting a room to make it fresher looking for covering up a bold color wall, a color wheelis a must.
These nine tools are a helpful start when getting your house ready to sell. You may not need all these tools, but having these nine tools on hand can make prepping your house for sale easier. Prepping with these tools starts the home staging off on a positive direction for a quicker sale.
is a home staging authority who enjoys helping sellers and real estate agents acquire the tools to enhance the value of a home using home staging. Eileen is a licensed real estate consultant in Florida, with Premiere Realty LLC.
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Did you know checklists make us not only smarter but more systematic decision makers? They do this by getting the processes out of your head and documented.
A key factor of a great checklist is that it is not overly wordy.  It is concise and highlights critical steps - not long boring details that can overwhelm and defeat the advantage of the best checklist system.
We often find ourselves so busy that we are jotting down information to help us remember daily, weekly and monthly tasks. Whether you are at work, home or juggling social and children’s schedules, there is no doubt a checklist can be handy in keeping you on track.
Even though some tasks are mundane and we repeat them regularly, some days they can become blurry with multiple distractions.  By having a checklist you can ensure the important tasks on the checklist are always completed, not omitted because of an interruption from a busy day filled with distractions.
Save your creativity, by using a checklist.  The checklist will outline and guide you, to ensure things will get done correctly and efficiently.  Because checklists make things predictable and repeatable, standardizing the steps for a successful completion of any task.
One of the great benefits of working with a checklist is how effective it can make you when working on a task.  It keeps you focused and reminds you of items you may forget in a busy moment.
Checklists are fantastic time savers – instead of taxing and wasting your brain on what is next, the checklist quickly provides the information so you can easily move on to other creative tasks. A checklist will reduce errors and re-dos that can take up precious extra time.
When you are planning more complex and larger projects such as a party or wedding, checklists make it easier to delegate responsibilities, you can hand a person the checklist for the areas they are responsible for, saving you extra explanations and time.
There are two kinds of basic checklists, according to Daniel Boorman of Boeing:
Read-Do: you read each step of the task, and then perform them in order, checking them off as you go, like following a recipe.Do-Confirm: you perform steps of the task from memory until you reach a defined “pause point,” when you go through the checklist and confirm that each step has been completed.
It is important to remember if the “pause point” for going through the checklist takes too long, users tend to stop paying attention to the checklist process. Consider no more than ten items for each pause point.  You may find seven items is best, as others agree seven is typically the limit for most people’s short-term memory.
Two of the most popular checklist topics are food/menu related and cleaning the home.  A checklist is like having a family member, friend or neighbor offering advice to help you organize your projects and plans.
Find these efficientCleaning Checklisthighlights for eight areas of the home with seven tasks in each area b going to this link.
Like this cleaning checklist?  Find another great checklist for a Children’s Garden Planting Party here. 
Eileen Robinson is a home staging aficionado who enjoys helping sellers and real estate agents acquire the tools to enhance the value of a home using home staging. Eileen is a licensed real estate consultant in Florida, with Premiere Realty LLC.
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Mid-Century Modern (MCM)comes from the mid-1900s.  The characteristics are refined lines, minimalist silhouettes and natural shapes, using new materials such as molded plastic, aluminum and plywood. Some of the more famous names who designed for this look include Saarinen, Niemeyer, Eams, Noguchi and Jacobsen. 
The beauty of this long lasting design is the way any of the pieces can work with many styles in design. Part of the impact of Mid-Century Modern is the color palette that was used. You will see that these colors are darker neutral tones with strong accent colors.
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was historically influential designers of the simplicity, minimalist, organic forms that so adamantly announce the Mid-Century Modern style.  In 1955 the paint company Martin-Senour sold the Frank Lloyd Wright color palette. 
The Taliesin palette for Martin-Senour Paints
Martin-Senour Company | Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959  Chicago: The Martin-Senour Company (2520 S. Quarry Street), [1950?]  [1] folded sheet ([4] p., [36] paint samples); 24 x 24 x .5 cm. 
Martin Senour was founded in 1878 and was acquired by Sherwin Williams in 1917.  The beautiful palette Martin-Senour developed with Frank Lloyd Rich represented the rich hues in the landscape and environments of Taliesin West.  Taliesin West is a historic house museum and still is a School of Architecture through the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
The original palette was structured with 36 colors.  There are 16 hues on the left side of the card which are referred to as “baked earthen” tones, that include oranges, neutral browns and reds. Twenty additional hues on the right side of the fold of the card which are colors that we see in nature including the blues from the sky, yellow greens of the plants and tree; red, brown, tan and gray from the earth and rocks found in the desert. Wright’s favorite color was a deep vibrant red, which is known as Cherokee Red.
When preparing a room to have the Mid-Century Modern look, choosing colors that are historically affiliated with MCM colors begins the process of authenticity. When choosing colors follow the rule of 60% dominant base color, 30% secondary color and just 10% accent color.  Stay with three colors, or up to four color choices, but no more as you will lose the look and continuity of the MCM style when you distract the eye with too many colors. 
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