High Point Market in North Carolina is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world. With 11.5 million square feet of showspace and more than 2000 exhibitors, High Point Market hosts more than 75,000 home furnishing buyers, interior designers, architects, and others in the home furnishings industry. Without a doubt, it is the place to be to find new vendors and introduce us to the newest trends.
This was our first time attending High Point Market, and it did not disappoint. While we already had trade-only accounts with several companies, there’s nothing like being able to see and touch the pieces first hand. Going to the showrooms and seeing their new products showcased and gaining insight into what the new trends are and where they’re going is honestly one of the greatest and fun experiences we’ve had since starting this business. It’s almost overwhelming how inspiring just one showroom can be!
Since starting our business this past September, we’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to find some incredible finds by shopping smartly both online and locally. However, as we’ve become busier, the need for higher quality furniture to boost our Home Staging services and more exclusive finds for our design clients led us in the direction of purchasing through “to the trade only” wholesalers that would afford us the means to continue our growth.
From fabrics to furniture to fixtures and fittings, it’s all on display in High Point. This spring continued the trends we’ve been seeing since last year with nods to nature everywhere. Textures like wood, rattan and velvet could be seen on lighting fixtures, accessories, and furniture. We’re also seeing a return to gold metal finishes on everything from light fixtures, to accessories and furniture details to bathroom fixtures throughout most of the showrooms.
In keeping with the nature theme, many furniture companies are showcasing new, lighter finishes for wood items . These washes better play up the wood grain and provide a striking contrast to bold upholstery. A favorite of ours is the new Vintage Salvage Collection from A.R.T Furniture. This collection has the timeless beauty of traditional architectural details that translate effortlessly into a more modern aesthetic.
(Photos courtesy of A.R.T Furniture website)
Other trends for the home we noticed was the use of bold wallpapers, and not just as a statement wall or for a pop of color in a room. A tasteful and lux looking wallpaper can elevate the entire room and bring a cohesive overall design without overdoing it.
Over the past several years neutral color palettes as well as earth tones have been very popular. However, we have seen that color is making a comeback. Shades of greens and blues have become very popular (particularly in furniture upholstery), the same with rust and blush that are now popping up all over the place. These colors, if used appropriately can balance a room and bring a casual elegance as well as a personal touch to the space. More importantly, they still work beautifully with traditional neutrals which means you can easily incorporate these trendier elements to your existing decor and “freshen up” the look without it feeling dated and out of place.
We had so much fun at High Point Market and can’t wait to take all of the ideas and inspiration from our trip and pour them into our next projects! Here are a few more pictures highlighting some of our favorite finds during this trip.
The spring housing market is off to the races! As inventory of homes increases, buyers are coming out in force. The interest rates remain low, which only serves to fuel the interest of buyers and sellers who were unsure of making a move before.
Realtor.com research shows that the first week of April is he best time to list your house for sale! The analysis was based on trends in median listing prices, views per property on realtor.com, home price drops, median days on market, and number of listings on the market over the last three years to determine a ranking for every week of the year.
Another study by Zillow, the online real estate company that keeps a database of nationwide sales, reports that the best time to list your house is the first half of May.
What do these reports have in common? Spring is the best time to list your property, and here’s why.
According to Zillow – Seasonality affects when to sell a house
As trends show, people tend to shop for homes as the weather gets warmer, so prepping your home in the winter months to sell in spring usually makes sense. With tax refunds in their pockets, nicer weather for moving in the forecast, and summer break from the kids’ school coming up, it’s easy to see why spring is typically the most popular time to buy and sell.
According to the report, during spring, “nationwide, homes listed for sale between May 1 and May 15 tended to sell for about 0.7 percent more (or roughly $1,600 on the typical U.S. home) and about six days faster than usual.”
As professional Home Stagers, we have to keep track of these and any other real estate market trends to ensure we can optimize our offerings and work with Real Estate Agents in maximizing the profitability of our customers listings.
Don’t wait until it’s too late before you start to prep your house for sale. You may miss the opportunity to list at the optimum time to get your house sold faster and for more money.
Here’s a quick checklist of what you can do to prepare and not miss the opportunity to list your house while demand is still high:
Start meeting with Real Estate Agents to find out who’s the best fit for you.
Consider hiring a Professional Home Stager and getting a Home Staging Consultation to help you sort through everything that needs to be done to get the house “listing ready”.
In the absence of a home stager – Make a checklist of repairs and upgrades (like fresh paint and adding to your home’s curb appeal) and come up with a budget for any maintenance and repairs needed.
Start decluttering and de-personalizing your home.
Look into a storage unit for personal items so your home is clutter-free when you list it.
Check out our tips for selling your home this spring by clicking here.
If you think that selling your home would be too overwhelming or you don’t know where to start, give us a call at 281-588-0096 or contact us here to schedule your Home Staging Consultation and let us help you give your listing the most exposure to the buyers ready and eager to make a move! Our feedback will put you on the right track for a faster sale and a higher profit!
Slowly but surely, it seems that spring is finally creeping up on us, and as the weather warms up, so does the housing market. If you’re planning to sell your home this spring, now’s the time to get it in shape for buyers.
Spring is the optimum time to sell a home. Regardless of whether it’s a hot, cold or a neutral market, inventory almost always rises in the spring because the largest number of buyers are actively searching for a new home during April, May, and June.
The key to getting your home sold quickly and for more money, however, doesn’t begin with changing your home. It begins with a change of mind. Stop thinking of yourself as a homeowner and start thinking of yourself as a retailer. You need to disassociate yourself from the home and the memories you’ve built in it and start thinking about what you can do to increase its appeal to prospective buyers.
Even in the best of markets, homes that present well, sell for more than similar homes that have one or more negative attributes. Check out these tips on getting your home ready for the Spring selling season, and you’ll be much more likely to get the top dollar you’ve been hoping for.
First things first, the value of great curb appeal cannot be overstated. That all-important first impression can either set the stage for an excited buyer or sour them before they ever get inside.
Here’s what’s most important.
Manicure your lawn – Most of us keep our yards up on a regular basis, however if you’re looking to sell your home take it up to another level with a good manicure. Keep your lawn freshly mowed, trimmed and edged and give it special attention before weekend showings. If you don’t have the time or the inclination to do it yourself, consider hiring a reliable, professional yard service to keep your lawn show ready.
Cut Back Trees and Shrubs – Trees and shrubs should accent and enhance your house, not hide it. With a good eye, the right tools and a little time, basic shrub and tree trimming, and pruning can yield impressive “curb appeal” results.
Planting seasonal flowers that brighten the overall look – Flowering plants are a quick, inexpensive and effective way to make your home look bright, fresh and inviting.
Paint the House – Painting an entire house can be expensive but may be justified if the current paint is in bad shape or the colors are simply dated. If painting the entire house is out of the question, from a curb appeal standpoint, painting only the trim can give your home a fresh, clean, updated appearance for much less than the cost of painting the entire home. Color choice is key (whether painting the entire house or just the trim); a professional color consultant can help you select the color scheme that will likely appeal to the most buyers.
Front Door – Don’t forget about the front door. Before prospective buyers see anything inside of the house, they must come through the front door. While replacing a front door can be costly, a good cleaning and even painting is inexpensive even if you hire it done. Avoid odd colors, remember you’re trying to appeal the most buyers possible.
Once the outside has been assessed and taken care of, it’s time to tackle the inside of the home. The first step should be a thorough walk-thru with an objective eye. Does it have “move-in ready appeal” that will “wow” young, eager buyers? Is there chipped paint on moldings and trim? If you have carpet, is it worn out and dirty and could benefit from a deep cleaning or replacement? Look at your property through the lens of your buyer and determine what needs the most attention so that potential buyer can immediately connect and envision themselves living there with minimal work to do when they move in. The trick to home staging is creating a space that will enact an emotional response in the buyers.
Begin Packing and Organizing Your Belongings
There’s no way to know for sure how long it will take for your home to sell – it could take days or months, and while it may seem crazy to start packing up your stuff before a sale occurs, it’s best to be prepared for any outcome.
Remove Excess and Simplify
Prospective buyers are going to want to step into your home and see a place they can visualize living in and making their own. Tackle one room at a time and decide whether to keep or purge items based on when you last touched or used it. Remove personal items, collectibles and excessive furniture that distract from the room’s key features as well as its perceived size and flow. Then organize the remaining items with efficient storage solutions such as baskets and containers for closets, drawers and cabinets.
Repairs and Improvements
The last thing anyone wants to do before they sell their home is to dump a bunch of money into it for an extensive renovation; however, there are minor repairs and improvements that can be made to make a home look fresher for potential buyers. Here are a few worthwhile improvements that can be made without spending a fortune:
Freshen Up Paint – Applying a coat of paint to walls and trim, or even touching up certain areas, can make a world of difference in the appearance of your home. If painting isn’t an option, you can give the walls and trim a thorough cleaning to improve the overall space.
Let the Light in – Wash windows inside and out and polish all mirrors. Raise shades and opening curtains to let in natural light. If your decorative valances have seen better days, remove them. Buyers want homes to be light and bright, so replace your light bulbs or even add a lamp or two to lighten it up if there are not many windows. Also, when your home is being shown make sure all the lights are on and the blinds are open.
Carpet cleaning and floor polishing if you have hardwoods might seem like overkill, but you should not skip it. The cleaner your home looks and feels the more at ease potential buyers will be. I know it can be annoying to have to keep up with all the cleaning, but it is a smart choice while your home is active on the market.
Focus on Bathrooms and Kitchen – The bathrooms and kitchen tend to be a focal point in the homes, and buyers pay attention to whether they’ve been updated or not. Doing little things like re-grouting the tile on the bathroom floor, or caulking the shower and bathtub, can give a used bathroom a fresher look. Something as simple as a new faucet or light fixture can also give your bathrooms and kitchen an updated look without breaking the bank.
Once you’ve invested in the necessary upgrades to create a more “move-in ready” appeal, buyers still need to emotionally connect by envisioning how their furnishings will look in the space. I know we’ve already mentioned the importance of reducing clutter, but it bears repeating. Let potential home buyers see how much space your home has by removing extra or bulky furniture and removing the clutter. Complete the look with pops of colorful and inviting accents that will make a lasting impression. Furniture and accessory placement can cause the buyers to question whether the home will work for them or not. Home shoppers also like to see rooms furnished with one purpose in mind—no office/bedroom combos, for example.
Staging your home (and living in a staged home) can be stressful. However, if you do it right and if the home is priced right, the offers WILL come, and you will reap the benefits of your hard work and investment. Then you can relax and look forward with excitement to a future full of new adventures and memories to make in your brand-new home!
What has been your experience when getting a home ready to sell?
If you think this would be too overwhelming or you don’t know where to start, give us a call at 281-588-0096 or contact us here to schedule your Home Staging Consultation. We can give you feedback that will put you on the right track for a faster sale and a higher profit!
Since posting a video of these DIY Faux Wood Garage Door to our YouTube account last November, we’ve gotten a multitude of questions and great feedback about it, so I decided to make a quick “How to” post about it.
I have always loved the look of Wooden Garage Doors, however real ones can set you back a few thousand dollars and not everyone is willing to spend that kind of money. A little while back, while browsing through Facebook I came across the video “Fake A Wood Garage Door” at the DIY with Hometalk channel that I thought would be great to follow. While we followed a similar procedure, we did use a bit of a different technique and went darker on our colors to achieve a richer “wooden” look. The final look is one that I absolutely love. While the technique itself is not hard, you do have to be a bit patient with this project since it’s not something you can do in a couple of hours, however it is very rewarding.
Pretty soon you will want to paint all kinds of things to look like this.
Let’s get started, time to gather your materials.
Note: We didn’t use any primer on this project since we used the Chalk Paint® as base, however if you are not using Chalk Paint® as the base, I recommend starting with two coats of an oil based primer of your choice. Follow this with a light brown standard paint, to make your “base color”.
TIP: You can paint over an oil based primer with water based paints and glazes, but not the other way around.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Cocoa – (Check your closest stockist)
Cheesecloth and Sponge (We ended up not using these since we achieved the desired look without them)
Latex or Nitrile Gloves
Once you’ve gathered all of the materials you’re ready to start your project.
The very first thing that needs to be done is to clean the garage door thoroughly. In order for the Chalk Paint® to properly adhere, the surface needs to be free of any dirt and oils. Once this is done and the door has dried, we can move forward to the paint.
Using the 4″ roller, apply the 1st coat of paint as evenly as possible and wait for it to dry before continuing. Door is going to need at least two coats of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®; and don’t worry if it looks a little patchy after the first coat as it will all come together in the end, I promise. I love this paint and use it for most of our furniture restoration projects and even kitchen cabinets. The best part of using this paint is that it dries much quicker than using any latex or oil based paints which will significantly reduce the time you spend on this project.
Once the second coat of the Chalk Paint® has fully dried, you need to seal it in place. If a standard paint or latex paint had been used instead, this step would not be needed. The reason why you need to seal the Chalk Paint® now is because otherwise the gel stain would blend in with the Chalk Paint® and it would give you a completely different look than what we’re going for. The Modern Masters MasterClear Supreme in Satin Finish is an excellent sealer to use for outdoor applications. Roll an even coat on the doors but not too thick as it will give it a milky white look if too much is used. Let it dry for a few hours or overnight before moving on to the next step.
Once it’s dry, the 1st stain can be applied. The Old Masters Gel Stain are oil based, so be careful because they will stain your clothes and everything else and can be very hard to remove. A little goes a long way, so put on your latex or nitrile gloves and get ready to have some fun. The first stain applied was the Spanish Oak which is a dark brown, almost black stain. With the chip brush we applied the stain around the garage door panel recesses to create more dimension and give the illusion of depth. If you apply too much stain, you can wipe it off and blend it in with the cheese cloth so that it goes on smooth. It doesn’t have to look perfect so don’t freak out if it starts to look a bit messy. We also darkened a bit the front of the panel for some more contrast.
Since starting our business, the question of “what is home staging?” or “how long does it take to stage a home?” is one that comes our way often. Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. 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. Now, how long it takes varies depending on the size of the home and the amount of work needed to be done prior to the actual staging. Usually, this is determined during the In-Home Consultation or “Walk and Talk”, which we discussed in a previous blog post here.
THE STAGING PROCESS. WHAT DOES IT REALLY TAKE TO STAGE A HOME?There’re two types of home staging. Vacant Home Staging for when the home is completely or mostly empty, and Occupied Home Staging for when the home is being listed while the owners are still living in it.
Let’s start with the occupied home, since it’s often a bit more complex than vacant staging.
Step 1: The consultation.
Every home is different from one another, even when the home is in the same neighborhood and shares the same floor plan. The reason is because, the people living inside have different needs, different styles/taste and different uses for each room (e.g. a couple without kids vs. a family with kids; pets vs. no pets; smokers vs. non-smokers). Every home has different needs before being “market ready”. With a properly executed consultation, we can assess the situation and come up with an action plan.
After you have contacted our team and answered a few questions about the home, we will schedule you for a consultation or what’s referred in the industry as a Walk and Talk consult. Depending on the size of the home, this usually takes about an hour and a half to two, though it may be shorter or longer based on a variety of factors. During the consultation, our HSR Certified Home Stager will be taking notes as we go through the home in order to create a report specific to your property that will provide you with room by room recommendations to make your home as “market ready” as possible.
Staged using homeowner’s existing furniture and accessories.
The report will contain enough information to allow you to do all the work by yourself, without any further assistance from our team. If, however, you would like to keep us engaged in the process with you, we can provide services for that as well. We will typically provide a list of items and accessories we recommend for the homeowners to purchase to enhance the overall finished product. We can also provide accessory rentals on a case by case which we will quote you for if needed.
So, what’s the cost?
Walk and Talk Staging Consultations start at $199 and go up based on sqft.
Power Staging Package (Up to 4 Hours) is $599,
Ultimate Power Staging Package (Up to 7 hours) is $950
Accessory Rentals Packages – Vary depending on needs
Power Shopping – $75/hr – We’ll create a budget and shop for those accessories that serve as investments in the sale of your home.
Step 2: Staging Day.
On staging day, if you have elected to hire us for our services, we’ll have one of our stagers arrive at your house, with any necessary accessories or furnishings, that were already agreed upon from the consultation and have been quoted and approved by you. Within the agreed upon time frame, the stager will begin working with you (homeowner) on getting the home market ready. We will help de-clutter and rearrange your belongings as needed in a way that maximizes the home appeal. If we ask you to remove any of your belongings from the house, it will be because we believe that possible buyers would pay more or be more interested in the property without certain pieces in it.
The time between consultation and staging day varies based on many factors, which may include, scope of work needing to be done, market timing, calendar availability, etc.
BUT WHAT ABOUT VACANT HOMES?
Depending on the needs of the home we can quote a vacant staging over the phone or we may need to do a consultation. With fully vacant homes, we may need to take at least two days to fully stage but our goal is always to completely stage each project in the shortest amount of time.
Step 1: The Consult
If the home needs some TLC – you can schedule a consultation with us, which usually takes about an hour, where we will go through the home and address any issues we see with paint, carpet cleaning, and any other recommendations on updates or repairs that will maximize return of investment. After that, a formal proposal will be submitted with a Staging Agreement. Once we have a signed agreement, we will add your project to our schedule. Typically, we can stage each property within one to two weeks.
Step 2: The Preview.
If a consult was not done, we will need to preview the property so that we can take measurements and properly plan how much furniture and accessories will be needed for the project. The staging plan involves a thorough research of the neighborhood and the potential buyer demographics that will help us optimize the staging and maximize the appeal to the potential buyers of the home. Whether you prefer the whole home Staged or just key rooms, our beautiful furniture, art, and accessories will get your home SOLD for top dollar!
Step 3: Staging and De-staging
Maison de Campagne schedules the work to take at least two days for full house staging, however for smaller homes or for a smaller scale staging, we will start and finish the staging on the same day. For de-staging, we require a 10-day notice and we typically take the same amount of time for the de-stage as we did for staging.
We charge a Vacant Staging Consultation of $99.00 – If Maison de Campagne is selected to stage the home, we will apply a $99 credit towards your final bill, making the consultation FREE!
The cost of our vacant staging varies depending on the scale of the project. For typical homes listed up to $300,000 our basic vacant home staging packages start at $1600. Our service agreement covers 60 days and includes staging and de-staging fees.
Remember home staging is a necessity when it comes to showcasing your home properly. Stand out among your competition on the market and schedule a home staging consultation with us today.
If you have any questions about any of our processes, what we use, or how we help you market your property, please contact us here or give us a call at 281-794-3669.
Happy 2019! We’re excited to start this new year and looking forward to all the amazing possibilities ahead of us. We hope that everyone enjoyed the winter holidays and are now ready to tackle the new year.
A few weeks back, I was talking to a friend who recently purchased her first home with her husband and will soon begin to decorate their new space. She asked if there was any insight I could share that could save them time or money as well as any must have pieces of furniture to splurge on. This is a common question I think most people will ask after purchasing their first home or moving into a more “grownup” place.
Gone are the days of cramped rental-apartment living—you now have a place to make all your own and enjoy for years to come. Since you just made a large investment securing your new abode, the thought of decorating it can be extremely overwhelming. I totally get it, most of us have been in the same position. Between selecting the best paint for your living room to splurging on a new sofa that will fit your space, there’s a lot to consider before you even set a foot in the house. If you’re starting from scratch or hoping to create a home that feels more grown-up than your previous rentals, here are a few suggestions that will make decorating your home enjoyable and much easier than you think.
First things first, you must figure out what your design style is and how to mesh it with the architecture of the home. One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to home decorating is when the inside of the home does not match the style of the home. I can’t tell you how many beautiful traditional and craftsman style homes I’ve seen that are decorated ultra-modern. It just doesn’t make any sense. If your personal style doesn’t exactly match the style of the home, there are some ways to mesh some styles together. By intentionally incorporating specific design elements, any interior can be transformed into something timeless with style.
Now that you have determined what style to decorate, you need to figure out where to start. The fastest way to get overwhelmed by a new home is by trying to decorate the whole house at once. Prioritize what rooms are most important to you and make a decorating plan, one room at a time. We recommend starting with your bedroom, after all it’s where you’ll be spending most of your time when you’re at home. If you’re on a tight budget, opt for new bedding, but don’t skimp on thread count! Buy as well as you can afford to spend in this area — it makes a huge difference. For sheets, I love these Fieldcrest sets from Target, if you can get them on sale make sure to buy at least two sets, you won’t regret it.
If you’re going to invest, do so in the main pieces for every room. Buying a home is probably the biggest investment you’ve made so far, so the last thing you want to do right away is spend even more money furnishing it. It is important to spend money on the essentials, like sofas, bed and dining tables. These pieces will anchor the rooms they sit in and can easily be accessorized with inexpensive items such as toss pillows, bedding and lighting that will help achieve the overall desired look.
Paint is your best friend: One of the easiest and cheapest ways to transform a blank canvas is by painting it! Repaint each room in a color of your choice. You can paint a wall or a piece of furniture, even change the color of your kitchen cabinets if they’re not to your liking. The best thing about paint, is that it’s easy to change it up if you get bored or don’t like the color.
Remember that it’ll take time to achieve your ideal look. In the excitement of moving into your first home, it is easy to get carried away in the rush to do everything all at once and fill the space immediately. Decorating your new home is a marathon, not a sprint. The longer you live in the home, the better you will get to know it. Once you’re living in the space you may change your mind about how you want the space to look or function. Obviously, you need the basics in place to live there, but by buying one or two pieces at a time, I think you have a better chance of creating a home that works well and reflects your personality. Investing in one thing at a time will also allow you to save up for higher-quality pieces. As mentioned above, start with essential furnishings for where you will sleep, eat and sit; side tables, buffets/hutch and curtains can all come later; so it’s better not to rush to get it all done at once. The following are some of the elements that can be address over time or changed to fit your evolving style:
Flooring (carpets, tile, hardwoods, etc.)
Storage/organization (closets, pantry, etc.)
Textiles like pillows and throws
Decorating a home can be a bit daunting but it’s extremely satisfying. Decide on your style, prioritize your rooms and get started. Your new home will look perfectly put together in no time!
If you need any help coming up with a design plan for your space, we can help you put together the perfect space, whether your budget is big or small. We would love to chat with you about how we can make your design dreams come true!
What has your experience been with decorating your first home? I’d love to hear your stories.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our family to yours! Christmas is such a magical time of year. The excitement and spirit of the holiday season is contagious by all. My fondest childhood memories are centered around the celebration of Christmas with my family. As a young boy, I found such joy watching my Mom decorate our home for the holidays and seeing the look of my siblings and extended family when they arrived to our home and sat in the living room to open all their gifts. Now, as an adult it still brings me joy to be able to decorate our own home and share the holidays with my family in our home.
This year we are hosting family throughout the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays and even though it has been crazy, I wouldn’t change this time together for anything else in the world.
It was important for us that our friends and family feel welcomed and comfortable when staying with us or visiting. We didn’t have time to decorate the exterior of our home, so we kept it simple on our entry porch. A fabulous Holiday Wreath decorated with our theme colors for this year and two 6-foot artificial Christmas trees set in rustic looking urns. The result was simple yet inviting and the lit trees looked great when receiving our guests.
Once inside, the banister is the focal point of our entry. The garland was decked out with poinsettias and holiday ornaments that go with the red and gold color motif. We also incorporated some beautiful gold French horns that I just had to have when I saw them back in September. Added some glittering “fairy lights” to give it that little extra WOW factor.
The rest of the entry and adjoining dining room was simply decorated to go with our red and gold color scheme. A custom holiday arrangement in the art niche across from the front door brought it all together.
And finally, walking into the living room, our Christmas Tree. A massive 15 footer (17 if you count that tree topper) that took what seemed like forever to decorate. This is the biggest tree we have ever decorated and it took a lot of work but it certainly has paid off.
I wanted a classic, yet elegant look to carry throughout the house and couldn’t be happier with the end result. It’s hard to believe that we are coming to a close for 2018, but we know that the new year is full of amazing possibilities and the growth of our little company in this great big home style world…
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
Every time I think of Thanksgiving my mind goes to the table. A table where family and friends gather to enjoy one another’s company and reflect on what each is grateful for. In this blog, I wanted to talk about the center of that activity, the table. So many have moved away from the “formal” dining room these days because of our busy lives and the need to have a more casual setting for a comfortable and enjoyable dinner. Well, let’s pull out all the stops and dress that table for the holiday. I’ve set my table with neutrals for a calming candlelit dinner to elevate the everyday, but not feel so over the top, you won’t feel like you’re sitting at the wrong table in the wrong home.
I have chosen to set the scene with dinnerware I purchased from Sur la Table a few years ago (Don’t worry, I got the sets just after that Thanksgiving for a screaming deal) that are a cream tone with harvest pumpkin embellished rims. Just below the dinnerware, I’ve added an inexpensive galvanized charger to keep that casually elegant look (Kirkland’s). I picked natural fiber linen napkins and a ruffled (French inspired) runner. These elements have a richer feel and texture that will leave your guests feeling like you’ve added that extra touch to their setting. Flatware was selected again from my love of “antiqued” utensils with a stone washed surface. I found these from H&M and bought what may have been a truckload (nice weight and feel to them). Add a Water goblet and wine glass to the setting and you’ve got the start to a wonderful gathering.
Let’s talk about the centerstage now. Pick a centerpiece that you feel pulls the package together. Some want minimal clutter and “things” out of the way during dinner. That’s okay, you can scale back when it comes down to serving or leave as is since it’s the bow on the gift! I used ceramic pumpkins to weave through the centerpiece as well as a few lanterns for the candlelight, placing them to not encroach on everyone’s space, but to set the scene. I added some garland woven through the items and stepped back, adjusted a little, and walked away happy.
I am sure I will adjust things again and possibly start all over, but that’s the beauty in setting your table, it’s like trying on a different outfit until you’ve found the perfect one.
Tell me what you think. What are your go-to’s when you create a tablescape?
Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. 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. People usually use wall art, painting, accessories, lights, greenery, and carpet to stage the home, to give potential buyers a more attractive first impression of the property.
Home staging is one of the most powerful and effective marketing strategies to sell your home fast and for top dollar. Depending on your needs, there are multiple ways for a Certified Home Stager to help you. From completely staging a vacant property to accessorizing and fluffing your existing furnishings to improve the overall look of the rooms. Home staging doesn’t have to be expensive, especially if you just hire a certified home stager to give you detailed advice on what to do on your own. This is what’s known as a Home Staging Consultation. Once you’ve decided to invest in staging your home, it all starts with a consultation. But what exactly does that mean?
Maison de Campagne as an HSR Certified Home Stager and Redesigner offers what is known as the “Walk and Talk” Consultation as well as a variety of additional staging packages to help homeowners maximize the appeal of their home to potential buyers.
It all starts with a phone call or by filling out our contact form to schedule an initial discussion with our certified stager/designer (a.k.a ME!). During this initial phone conversation, I will gather some basic information about the property you’re trying to sell:
Size of the home?
Is there any furniture present?
Has it been listed already and if not how much time before going to market?
Other pertinent information
Once I have all the general information gathered and answer all the potential customer’s questions a date will be set for an in-house visit.
Prior to the in-house visit, I will perform thorough research of the neighborhood where the property is located and make notes on initial impressions of the house and any architectural features that stand out. I also look into the demographics of the area and look at comparable homes and recent sales in the area. This will help me better prepare for the in-house consultation and start developing a plan before I even set a foot on the property.
Upon arrival to the property we’ll go through friendly introductions and afterwards I like doing a quick initial walk-through of the home just to have a better idea of the layout of the house. After that quick walk-through I will sit down with the homeowner to discuss the rest of the process and get a signed release to take photos of the property for incorporation into either a written Staging Report or for inclusion into our portfolio. Once all of that is out of the way, we perform the formal walk-through with the homeowner.
During this walk-through, the owner and I will go 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. I will also ask the seller questions along the way. The whole process should take about 1 ½ to 2-hour during which we address the following:
Curb Appeal – Remember first impressions mean everything and the curb appeal will be the first impressions the buyers have of your home.
Improving the flow and function of all rooms
Eliminating excess clutter and unnecessary furniture pieces
Recommended or Deferred maintenance needed
Paint color recommendations (if needed)
After Consultation and Follow-Up
Once we have completed our walk through, I will verbally review our findings with the homeowner before leaving. Depending on the findings and whether any repairs are needed I can provide a list of trade workers either we or previous customers have used in the past.
A comprehensive Home Staging Report will be issued electronically the following day summarizing everything discussed during the “Walk and Talk”. This report contains photos, recommendations for items needing attention, specific paint colors, best furniture layout for each room, items to remove or “hide” for staging purposes, along with suggestions for items to be purchased. This may include bedding or towels which will, of course, go to your new location once your house is sold. With this report, the homeowner will be able to follow the recommendations provided and stage their home successfully.
If after the “Walk and Talk”, the homeowner decides that they can’t or don’t want to stage the home themselves and need additional staging services; we can prepare a proposal based upon your home’s needs, your budget, and your time constraints. At this time, we may decide to make a more thorough examination of the home and take additional photos that will help with further staging plans. Our additional Occupied Staging package descriptions can be found here.
In addition, we offer accessory rentals to our clients who need to supplement decor items throughout their home. We will create a customized rental package based on your home’s needs with easy rental terms.
Our proposals are broken out by the staging fee or labor costs, the monthly rental accessory fee, which allows you to rent accessories from our company. If additional pieces of furniture are needed to complement or complete the staging, we will include a rental fee for these pieces as well in the proposal.
Remember home staging is a necessity when it comes to showcasing your home properly. Stand out among your competition on the market and schedule a home staging consultation with us today.
Click here to get in touch or give me a call at 281-794-3669.
A crisp chill in the air, the turning of leaves (at least in some parts of the Country) and the scent of pumpkin spice are all trademarks of fall most of us love. There’s no doubt it’s a beautiful season, and if you’re planning on selling your home, Autumn is a great time to do so as there are fewer homes on the market (that means less competition), and the cooler weather offers you the perfect opportunity to market your home as the perfect place to hunker down and cozy up with your loved ones when it’s cold outside.
Here are a few home staging tips for fall that will help you close the deal before the end of the holidays!
Focus on Curb Appeal – When your house is on the market, one of your main priorities should be your home’s curb appeal. Unfortunately, keeping an attractive-looking yard gets tougher in the fall. You’ll want to make sure your yard and beds are kept clean of falling leaves. Keeping up with falling leaves can be a chore, especially when they start falling during peak season. You need to be sure that potential buyers see your yard and home, not an unkempt lawn covered up by three inches of dead leaves. Add flowers that thrive in colder weather for a gorgeous pop of seasonal color. Remember that as your lawn plants, shrubs, and trees start to go dormant for the winter, paint chips and dirty sidings will become even more noticeable, so it might be a good idea to power wash sidings and driveways before the home goes on the market. Another good idea is to clean out gutters from excess leave accumulation and dirt.
Let in the Light – As days start getting shorter and nights longer, the chances that your home will look dark and gloomy increases. Well-lit rooms look larger and more inviting. Before any showing, make sure to turn on ALL your lights (including appliance lights and closets), pull up the blinds, open the shutters, push back the drapes on every window. Add lamps to darker rooms or rooms without many windows.
Don’t overdo it with Holiday Decorations – As with any seasonal decor, it’s important to make sure you don’t overdo your decorating efforts. Remember that you’re staging your home for potential buyers and not for yourself. Put a simple wreath on the door, grab a few potted plants for inside, and leave it at that. Remember, you want your buyers to remember the house, not your great fall or Halloween decorations. It’s always better to keep it simple.
Get Cozy – Think about upping the coziness factor of your home with additional throw pillows and soft, nubby blankets. Make them realize how comfortable they’d be during fall, and the rest of the year. Highlight the coziness of your home, either by stacking firewood in the fireplace so it’s “ready to go” or adding some decorative candles. Anything that will encourage a buyer to feel relaxed and at home, ready to curl up with a good book and a comfy chair will help you to move your home faster. Pay attention to the Master Bedroom, change the bedding if necessary and add details that will make the potential buyers envision themselves in the space.
Fall Foods and Scents – While we don’t recommend strong scents for home staging since often they can be overwhelming but during the fall it might be a good to bring in an appealing fragrance or scent during an Open House. The pleasant and subtle scent of fresh-baked cookies or a warm apple pie spreading through the house can trigger memories of comfort and home. If that’s too complicated, then maybe light some candles scented with apple spice, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, cranberries or ginger spice (always light candles when someone is in the house and never leave unattended). Remember to be subtle and not overpowering as any strong smell can quickly go from pleasant to nightmare.
All these tips will help you set the mood and provoke an emotional connection to the house that is key for potential buyers. You want your prospective buyers to walk in to your home and immediately feel at home and the best way to achieve this is with proper staging.
Have you had success selling your home in the fall season? What are some of the methods you used to prepare your home and dress it up for prospective buyers? Let me know what you think of these staging tips or if you would do anything differently.
If you are in the League City, Galveston or greater Houston area and need a hand staging your home for fall, give us a call at (281) 794-3669 or contact us here to set up a Walk & Talk Consultation.