MHM Professional Staging, LLC is lead by Megan Morris, CEO and founder. MHM Professional Staging is your one-stop source for all your real estate staging, home staging and design needs. Here you will find effective home staging ideas.
The kitchen is referred to as the heart of the home. It’s where you prepare the meals for your family and where everyone often ends up during a party. It’s also one of the most important rooms in your home when it comes time to resell.
Looking to renovate your kitchen but aren’t sure what to do? We’ve gathered some of our favorite celebrity kitchens to give you some ideas and inspiration in a variety of styles.
In a large space with an open concept, the arrangement of each area can be tricky. When done wrong, the whole space can feel cold, awkward, and unappealing. The key is to clearly define each space while creating a harmonious flow between them.
But how exactly do you define a space without walls? It’s a lot easier than you may think. Here are some simple, effective ways to define a space without walls and even create some privacy when necessary.
Tips on Defining a Space Without WallsArea rugs
An area rug is the quickest, easiest way to define a space. The right one will pull the space together and make it feel warmer, cozier, and more inviting. It’s also a great way to give the space more character. A natural fiber rug, for example, could bring in a rustic, coastal vibe, while a faux fur could elevate the glamour. In a large space where there are multiple area rugs, just make sure they complement each other.
The way furniture is arranged has a big impact on the overall flow of a home. In a large, open floor plan, creating boundaries with the furniture is helpful in defining each space. For example, positioning a sofa in a living room so that the back faces the adjacent dining room. This clearly defines each space and creates conversation areas. Just be careful not to block doorways, sightlines or traffic flow with furniture.
Color is one of the most powerful elements in decorating. It can even be used to give each area in an open space its own identity. The colors should all coordinate but be different enough that visually, each space has a clear and defined boundary. This can be done with small, subtle accents such as artwork and pillows or more dramatic ones like an accent wall or large, colorful pieces of furniture.
Room dividers are great for offering privacy and definition to smaller areas of one large, open space. They are especially useful in studio apartments. A room divider can provide privacy to a bedroom area or home office, for example, to keep them separate from the public areas. Pieces that work well as room dividers are screens, bookcases, and curtains.
Selling a home has its ups and downs. It’s exciting to move forward and start fresh in a new place, but leaving behind what you’ve known can bring up a lot of emotions. To sell your home, it’s necessary to make some changes to get it ready for the market. This can be difficult for some sellers who have trouble detaching from the memories when they have to pack things up and de-personalize the décor.
If you are experiencing some trouble getting over this emotional burden, here are some tips to help you move forward with a positive outlook and do what you need to do to get the most money for your property.
Emotionally Detaching from Your Home to Sell ItThink of your home as a product
Selling a home is the same as selling any other product. It needs to be appealing to the target market otherwise, buyers will move on to a competitor that does appeal to them. Making changes such as neutralizing the color palette and decluttering shelves and surfaces is not a personal commentary on your decorating. It’s simply a marketing strategy to broaden the home’s appeal. When you start looking at your home as a product that needs to attract the widest number of buyers possible, it becomes a lot easier to make decisions like taking down family photos and removing personalized décor.
Keep in mind all that you have to gain
Staging your home helps you sell it faster and for more money. The faster you sell your home, the sooner you can move on to the next chapter in your life and get past the inconvenience of having your home on the market. And of course, who doesn’t want to get top dollar for it? When the emotions start to creep in about making changes and packing things away, remind yourself what you have to gain by doing so. Think about moving into your new home and all the money you’ll have in the bank.
Remember that your home and belongings are just objects
Your home and the items and décor that are in it are not you or your family – they’re just objects. It’s natural to become attached to them and project sentimental memories onto them, but at the end of the day, they aren’t what’s important. What is important is moving you and your family into the next chapter of your lives.
Take plenty of photos
Before you start decluttering and doing any kind of staging, take plenty of photos (and maybe even some video) of your home as you’ve been living in it. Once you do start making changes and eventually move, you’ll have the photos and videos to look back on with fondness.
Home staging is one of the most powerful and effective marketing strategies to sell your home fast and for top dollar. Once you’ve decided to invest in staging your home, it all starts with a consultation. But what exactly does that mean?
Here’s a breakdown of what to expect from a home staging consultation so you can be prepared.
Home Staging Consultation StepsA walkthrough of the home
A home staging consultation starts with a walkthrough of the home. The staging expert will take their time going through each room in the home, taking notes along the way. This is our chance to take a walk in the buyer’s shoes to see what kind of first impression the home would give them and observe what changes need to be made to make it more appealing to a critical buyer. We may also ask the seller questions along the way.
Discussion about the home’s target market
Home staging is the same concept as packaging a product. To know how to package it in a way that will attract the consumer, it’s crucial to know your target market. Home stagers work directly with real estate agents and spend time learning and studying the trends so we can “package” (or stage) each home as effectively as possible. Not only do we know the trends in the market as a whole, but we also know how to appeal to specific demographics, such as families versus singles.
A review of the home’s curb appeal
The first impression starts at the driveway. Some buyers won’t even bother going inside if they don’t like what they see when they drive up. A home stager will give your home’s curb appeal a review from the curb to the front door, pointing out any repairs and changes that need to be made. We’ll suggest things such as landscaping ideas and even paint color suggestions to make the strongest impression possible.
A review of each room
Each room will get a detailed assessment of what should be done to make it more appealing to the target market. This can include things such as:
Some rooms may only require a little bit of redesign while others require more extensive staging and changes to be ready to impress buyers.
What to do next
Once everything has been reviewed, your home stager will be able to carry out most of the recommended changes (like decluttering, redesign, and staging) and refer you to a reputable vendor for the rest (such as cleaning and painting). They will walk you through the process to make sure everything is done right. Some stagers (such as MHM Professional Staging) even provide a photographer to take beautiful MLS photos once everything is completed. Then, you just have to wait for the offers to start rolling in!
It may seem like wanting to sell your home fast is a no-brainer, but some sellers find themselves sitting on a property for a while when it doesn’t end up going quickly. They adopt the mindset that the right buyer will come along at the right time and stick by their price and the “as-is” condition of their home.
Ultimately, this approach is detrimental to their bottom-line. They are unlikely to get the price they want and, in most cases, end up having to drop the price considerably to get people interested in the home again after already wasting lots of time and money in the process.
The biggest benefit to selling your home fast is that you have a better chance of selling your home for top dollar.
Downsides of Letting Your Home Sit on the MarketThe longer it’s on the market, the more negotiating power buyers hold
When buyers view a home online, the amount of time it has been on the market is included in the listing’s details. Real estate agents also pay attention to this and will inform their clients (buyers) of how long it has been for sale because if it’s been a while, that gives the buyers negotiating power. The initial pool of buyers passed on it, meaning it was listed too high for the market or the condition didn’t meet the expectations of buyers for that price point. Once it’s been on the market for longer than thirty days, people lose interest unless they can negotiate the price down.
Household payments add up
While your home is on the market, you remain responsible for all the expenses including the mortgage, utilities, association fees, and maintenance of the property. If you’ve already bought your next home, you’ll be stuck paying double on everything until it sells.
Your life is interrupted until it sells
Your life is basically on hold from moving on to the next chapter until you’re able to close on your current home, especially if you’re waiting to buy your next place until it sells. Living in a home that’s on the market is uncomfortable, especially the longer it goes. You have to keep the home in pristine condition at all times and be ready to vacate the property whenever a buyer wants to view it.
Your home loses desirability
The longer a home is on the market, the less appealing it is to buyers. They start to wonder what it is about the home that has made no one else interested in it to sell it faster or what problems might have come up if someone did try to buy it and the deal fell through. Were there issues with the inspection? Are the sellers being difficult? These are things that commonly run through a buyer’s mind when they see a house that’s been sitting on the market for an extended period of time.
The market changes on a dime
The real estate market is always changing, meaning that it could go from a seller’s market to a buyer’s market in the time yours is still sitting there. Interest rates go up, supply and demand fluctuate, and a lot of variables can swing in and out of your favor. The quicker you sell your home, the more control you have in taking advantage of the market in its current state.