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The Staged Homes Program is a dynamic program that has been developed to assist property owners in presenting their homes for sale in the best possible way, by employing the unique skills of an Accredited Staging Professional
The Accredited Staging Professional (ASP) Course is coming to LUBBOCK TEXAS April 3-4 for Realtors and April 3-5 for Professional Home Stagers! Taught by the WORLD LEADER in Staging Education – Stagedhomes.com!
Real Estate Agents, earn your ASP designation by simply attending one of our 2 Full Day ASP Course in your area.
Take your career to the next level! No other designation makes more money for you AND your client. In fact, ASP Home Staging is the most proven and time-tested method to help you market and sell your client’s home faster and for the most amount of money in ANY market. Every time.
Successful Real Estate Agents know that in order to get top dollar for their clients (and top commissions for themselves) they need to know how Staging works and communicate the benefits of Home Staging to their clients. Savvy home sellers and Real Estate Agents understand that in order to get offers and top dollar for their listings in the least amount of time, they need to professionally prepare homes with an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP), which starts with our STAGE® Training Course.
Start a successful Home Staging Business or ADD to your existing business with credentials and confidence!
This three day intensive Accredited Home Staging Training course developed by Barb Schwarz, the Creator of Home Staging® and written by Stagedhomes.com Leadership Team headed by Jennie Norris, President & CEO of Stagedomes.com is for home-based professionals who want to start, build and run a profitable Staging business or for professionals interested in adding the ASP® designation and Staging services as part of their current real estate, home redecorating or design business.
You will receive expert instruction from a curriculum based on proven Staging methodology and techniques refined by her over decades of time tested research. Your class will be led by a StagedHomes.com® Certified ASP® Course Trainer. You will learn state-of- the-art Staging techniques from the pros, and then have the opportunity to put it into practice by Staging a “real” house as a group project (day two). Then you will invest a full days instruction on how to successfully start, build, run, and operate your own Staging business (day three).
Learn Where You Live! We are coming to a city near you to teach the Accredited Staging Professional (ASP)
Course from Stagedhomes.com – The WORLD LEADER in Staging Education!
Learn from the company that started it all and has graduated more successful, professional Home Stagers than anyone else! Go to www.Stagedhomes.com to see the course schedule and ask about our GRANT PROGRAM that will help you save $$! The course is fun, fast-paced, informative, and provides you with the foundation you need to succeed long term in Staging. The course information is timely and on trend for what is happening in today’s market! Our course is the only one that Accredits YOU – the student! Credentials do matter in this industry, so gain credibility and clout with your prospective clients and learn from the start how to achieve success as a professional Home Stager!
All graduates receive a full year membership in The International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP.com) (a $150 value) and receive access to key vendors and services to help your business grow!
For information call 800-392-7161 or email Christa@stagedhomes.com.
Coming to a City Near You – Stagedhomes.com – the World Leader in Staging Education – 3 Day ASP Home Stager Courses for those who want to start a successful Home Staging Business! Accredited Staging Professional Stagers worldwide own and operate some of the largest and most profitable Home Staging Businesses! The foundation of professionalism, pricing and production learned in class set them up for great success long term – and it can do the same for you! We have LIVE classes and also a monthly LIVE WEBINAR you can take from the comfort of your home! All graduates receive a full year membership in The International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP) ($150 value).
If you are a REALTOR and want to add Staging as a key listing and marketing tool, attend our 2 Day ASP Real Estate Agent Course!
Go to www.Stagedhomes.com to learn more. Ask about our GRANT PROGRAM to help you save $$ off your tuition. Call 800-392-7161 or email Christa@stagedhomes.com for more information!
When the weather outside is cold, one of your highest priorities becomes keeping you and your family nice and toasty. The question, then, becomes what the best method is for heating your home. After all, though you want to be totally comfortable, you don’t want to have to pay more than you have to, so any efficiency you can gain would be a welcome addition. Here are a few great ways to keep your house warm.
The most common way to heat homes is, of course, a furnace. Heated air is forced through ducts throughout the home, thus raising the temperature of the air in each room. Furnaces provide great whole-home heat that’s quick and easy. The key is getting a furnace that is as efficient as possible, so that even when you’re heating unoccupied rooms, it doesn’t waste a lot of energy. These efficiencies are expressed in percentages—as in the percentage of gas that is successfully used to create heat. An HVAC company like Morey Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. can take a look at your home to determine which system would suit you best and take care of any maintenance items on your current furnace.
Radiant Floor Heating
Radiant floor heating is great if you have tile or hardwood floors, but can be used under just about any type of flooring material. These systems typically utilize a series of pipes laid under the surface of the floor which have hot water circulated through them. This keeps your floor at an even, warm temperature, helping to keep your feet quite comfortable. Additionally, since heat rises, the heat created at the floor level can help keep the rest of your home warm, as well.
If you live in a more moderate climate, a heat pump can offer all the heating capacity you need for a fraction of the cost. Heat pumps pull warm air from areas of lesser concentration to areas of greater concentration. This means that in the winter, it pulls air from the colder outside into your warmer house. Since it’s not actually changing the temperature of the air, a heat pump uses much less energy than more traditional heating methods. Plus, it can be used to keep your house cool during the warmer months, as well.
The sun delivers an incredible amount of energy to the earth’s surface every day. To help make use of this energy for your home’s heating needs, solar heating may be employed. Solar heating uses solar panels to collect energy from the sun that is used to heat either a liquid or air that is then released to the home through a more conventional method. Beyond the upfront cost, this system essentially has no cost to operate, since you are using the free energy from the sun.
Mix It Up
For some homes, more than one type of heating may make the most sense. If you combine radiant floor heating and a furnace, for example, you can keep your floors warm using the radiant heating, only using the furnace on especially cold days when the radiant heating isn’t enough to keep the air warm. Utilizing more than one type of heating ensures you always have the heat you need, no matter what the weather’s like outside.
One of the major perks of being a home-owner is the chance to put all your ideas to the test and design individual rooms, making sure they fit your personality and there is no room more challenging and inspiring to design than the bathroom.
A seriously underrated area of the house by some, the bathroom is a place where you will spend a good chunk of your time so better make sure it’s nice and comfortable.
You wouldn’t want your morning routine to be disrupted by annoyances, such as not having enough room for all your toiletries or not being able to turn around just because you decided to go with that amazing, yet cumbersome bath of your dreams.
No matter the size of your bathroom, the following 11 ideas for the bathroom of your dreams and a little customization will do the magic, and you’ll be feeling like royalty in no time. Here goes:
1. Reflect Your Style: Make Yourself at Home
Choosing a theme or style when designing a bathroom is important because it will determine how you feel when you’re there later.
A water themed bathroom will have water accents and help you feel relaxed, making you feel like you’re on a beach somewhere; while a more modern black-and-white combo will give off a more professional vibe.
Combine solid colors with accents: choose a feeling and create the design around it.
2. The Right Color Palette: No Odd Mixes
Choose a color palette and stick to it: avoid having contrasts in your solid pieces, so that the room feels warm and inviting. Too much contrast could mean feeling like there’re two rooms instead of one, and that’s something we’d like to avoid.
3. Bath vs. Shower: Have the Best of Both Worlds
Make the right decision for you. Many people install tubs just because they feel like they should. If you’re not likely to use the bath more than once a year, maybe a shower is a better fit for you.
But, if you would still like to enjoy the benefits of both, go with a combo and let your current mood decide whether you’d like a bath or a shower.
4. The Right Tiles: Never Slip Again
If you decide to go with a shower instead of the combo, choose textured tiles for the flooring – it will be just as easy to clean and you’ll never have to worry about slipping again.
How many times have you stepped out of the bath and onto the cold floor tiles and got rewarded with goose bumps?
In an ideal world and a dream bathroom, this never has to happen again – use the remodeling to add floor heating to your bathroom and never be tempted to stay in the shower forever, just to avoid the cold floor, again.
6. Add 2-Inch Plumbing: Make Drainage Easy
If you’re doing a full remodel, take advantage of it and replace the standard 1.5-Inch plumbing pipes with 2-Inch ones. This will improve the water damage and help prevent clogging, so it’s a sound investment.
7. Add a Hidden-Tank Toilet: A Modern Alternative to Plumbing
Choosing a toilet with a hidden tank will free up space above your toilet, and will give off a more modern vibe. If you choose to go with one of the low-flow models as well, you’ll be saving water with every flush: it’s a very eco-friendly and practical option.
8. Save Space with a Recessed Medicine Cabinet
The toilet tank doesn’t have to be the only hidden thing in your bathroom: go the route of a recessed medicine cabinet and never have to worry about bulky cupboards sticking out of the wall, making for an unseemly sight.
9. The Right Vanity for the Room
When it comes to vanities you have three options: free standing, wall mounted and corner vanities. Both free standing and wall mounted have a double-sink option, while the corner one was designed to save space and has only one sink.
If you’re looking to save some additional space, go for the wall mounted version and open up the room some more. It will make your bathroom seem bigger and it makes for easier cleaning. Win-win.
10. The Lighting Makes the Room
Typically bathrooms have very little natural light, so be sure to add a window if that’s possible. The window will also help air things out and avoid mold accumulation. Even with no mirrors, the right lighting choices can make your bathroom stand out. Invest in ceiling lighting and watch them work their magic.
11. Use Accents to Pull the Look Together
Easily overlooked, accents are the best way to make your bathroom fancy and comfortable. Feel free to use contrasting colors, add a vase of flowers and some candles, and the room really comes to life.
The right bathroom design will maximize the space and the functionality of your bathroom, show off your style and make you feel comfortable.
With these 11 ideas you’ll be able to create the right design for you and improve the efficiency of your bathroom space usage.
The ASP Masters Course is coming to the northeast region – April 30-May 4!
Want to have a top earning business that thrives long term?
Come to the ASPM Course being held in
Plymouth MA outside of Boston!!
Take your business to new heights of professionalism, success, standards and
learn to scale your business for long term success!
ASP Master Stagers have some of the largest businesses in the industry,
and have a firm foundation for longevity.
Your registration includes meals, and an intensive 5 days of breaking down key aspects of
your business to help you grow and succeed.
SPACE IS LIMITED! Ask about our Grant Program to help you save $$ off your tuition!
You must have attended the 3 Day ASP Stager Course in order to attend the 5 Day ASP Master Course.
I will never be able to thank you enough for an amazing week of learning, overcoming challenges, fears, improving communication skills, pricing our services, value our services and so much more….What they taught us in one week has given me the “ Quantum leap” in my career. This is one time life experience that I never thought would change my life and business forever.
Your guidance and support has given me the confidence I needed to move forward. – Nini Torres, ASPM®
I had the most 5 important days of my educational career as Professional Home Stager. This is a must have course for anyone who wants to provide top notch quality Staging services to their clients. Even if you think you are too new to the industry or that you are in it for many years.
If you are new to the industry, I say that ASP Master® will give you a solid and strong foundation to your business – such as best marketing practices, building price, building up a support team, effective communication, presentation, indispensable materials to either leverage your business or start with the right foot. Don’t get intimidated with you have just started or are about to. Yes, you meet with very experienced and successful Home Stager at the ASP Master®, and it will be a wonderful experience learning from them as well. And so much more…
If you are already in the industry, for 2, 3, 5 or even more years, ASP Master® is also for you. It is a great opportunity to review your marketing material, get to know what others successful Stagers are doing, increase your network, learn best practices, get updated, learn about all network of vendors that StagedHomes.com specially partners for ASP’s, motivation…I could spend the whole day writing about all the positives and advantages of taking 5 days ASP Master® course. – Ana Paula Kohut, ASPM®
Want to attend by need to split the payment?
We offer a 50-50 payment plan for you!!
Call 800-392-7161 or email Christa@stagedhomes.com to get registered now!
Home Office Versus Extra Bedroom – How to Stage a Home to Appeal to Certain Buyers
As real estate agents, staging an unused bedroom to accommodate the local market feels like painting on a blank canvas. When there’s an extra room with multiple possibilities, how do you furnish it? The direction you choose serves as an invaluable visual aid to homebuyers—and subsequently helps sell the home.
Maximizing square footage in today’s market matters more than ever, especially when homes are a median size of 2,491 square feet. Home sizes continue to increase, so how will you show off the extra space? Turn it in a spare bedroom? A home office?
Let’s look at the two most common options for making the most out of an additional room:
Stage it as a bedroom
According to the 2016 New Housing survey, 45.5 percent of newly completed single-family homes were built with four bedrooms or more. That makes sense, given the increased demand for larger-sized homes. Even small families tend to gravitate toward three- or four-bedroom properties. Having guest accommodations is almost always seen as a plus.
On paper, it sounds like an extra bedroom sells itself. Still, it requires a bit of finesse and interior design knowledge to create a practical staged space, especially if the last room is a bit smaller. Here are some bedroom decor suggestions that will help wow homebuyers:
Swap out a king-sized mattress for a queen or even a full to make the space appear larger
Incorporate as much natural light as possible
Keep items inside any closet space at a minimum
Make a small bedroom seem bigger by painting the walls and trim the same light, neutral color
Stage it as an office
Ten years ago, home offices might have been perceived as a luxury home feature (or just an added bonus). But now that 56 percent of the U.S workforce have careers that are compatible with telecommuting, things are starting to change. More and more people are looking toward having an office desk setup in the comfort and convenience of their own home.
If the property already has three or four bedrooms, it might be a good idea to show off the home’s versatility by staging an extra room as a work space.
Some office staging tips to consider:
Keep only the essentials: desk, chair, bookshelf, and potentially an area rug
Remove any paperwork and unnecessary knick knacks—office spaces typically need decluttering, so show this staged room at optimal neatness
Hang an art piece on the wall behind the desk
Paint the walls calming colors like green or beige
Purchase useful, stylish organizers to show off in the space
When in doubt, incorporate office elements into the bedroom space. That is, if the room is large enough. A bedroom/office hybrid is a great way to highlight a dynamic space. Just keep the furniture at a minimum, with only a few carefully placed art and decor pieces to liven up the place. You want to avoid making the room seem busy.
Whether you decide on featuring the space as a spare bedroom or home office, remember that the key to successful staging lies within your ability to sell a story to the homebuyer.
A 25-year real estate veteran, Phil Karp knows that buyers are looking for different spaces when shopping for a new home. He loves sharing staging tips with sellers as head of Brokerage Services for Owners.com, an online resource that provides an easy and affordable way to buy or sell a home. Phil lives in the Atlanta area with his wife and their rescue dog, Dakota.
A heavy snowfall and temperature fluctuations can do immediate and long-term damage to your home. As a homeowner, you need to do some winter weather preparation before the season arrives. It’s also essential that you be observant of specific areas of your home during and after a snowfall. You’ll need to take immediate action to have snow-related damage repaired so that the problem doesn’t escalate and cause further damage.
The roof is an area of your home that you should inspect regularly to see that it’s in good condition. Snow on the roof can make existing problems worse than they are thereby causing leaks to occur. The flashing, shingles and gutters should be inspected prior to winter and repaired if necessary. Without proper insulation, the warm air in your home can rise and cause the snow on your roof to melt and drip to the edges of the roof where they refreeze as icicles. This can cause leaks and damage to the gutters.
Typically, as a house settles, small cracks may appear in the foundation. Initially, those small cracks are not a cause for concern. However, they can become a problem once the winter weather arrives and snow, ice and freezing temperatures cause the cracks to expand. During the winter, the most you can do to protect your foundation is to clear the snow away from the foundation. In spring, when the weather warms up, don’t forget about those cracks, contact a professional and have the cracks sealed.
Walkways and Steps
It’s important to clear the snow from your steps and walkways so that you or someone else doesn’t slip and fall. Hospitals always see an increase in physical injuries during and immediately after a snowfall or ice storm. There are deicers you can apply before the snow to help melt the snow as it falls. These products contain chemicals so you’ll need to read the labels carefully to decide if this is a product you want to use. Ice melt products can be harmful to the environment and poisonous to pets. A snow blower can be helpful if the snow is powdery. A shovel and physical labor may be your best snow removal option. Sand and kitty litter are often used to improve traction of steps and walkways when it snows but neither of these will melt the snow or ice.
Window wells should be installed to prevent leaks from damaging your basement and foundation. Having window well liners and possibly covers installed prior to the winter season is a beneficial preventative measure any homeowner with a basement should take. You should also waterproof your basement through a company like Seagate Roofing & Waterproofing Co in case too much snow melts and floods it.
Intensive shoveling and the use of snow removal products such as salt and ice melt can cause damage to your driveway. Using a shovel with a plastic-blade is less damaging to your driveway. Having the driveway sealed is the best way to protect your driveway throughout the year.
Being pro-active is the best way to prevent snow-related damage to your home. If a problem does occur, taking immediate action, rather than procrastinating, is the best way to prevent a small problem from becoming a major issue and expensive.
Did you know you can make a VIDEO or SLIDE SHOW for your Facebook Group or Page Cover Photo?
If you have a group or page on Facebook, you can now change the cover photo to a video or slide show that plays when people go to your page or group. This is a great interactive visual feature that captures the attention of the viewer. Have fun and select up to 5 photos that will appear as a slide show. Or upload a video you have created and it will play when people come to your page or group. You can reposition the photos and/or video on your page as needed.
NEXT . . . Why Use Your Personal Facebook Cover Photo in a Lead Capture Campaign?
One frustration for businesses on Facebook is that they invest lots of time and resources into building a fan base, and then the algorithm takes over. According to a Locowise study from October 2017, less than 9% of fans actually see what pages post organically.
And with the Facebook Zero announcement that friends and family content will be favored over public (page) posts, businesses will likely see even less organic reach now, particularly those with content that doesn’t spark engagement. Pages will need to turn to paid ads for visibility in the feed.
But what if there was another way to get more value from your existing Facebook fan base? Your cover photo can help you capture your fans’ email addresses so you have an additional platform with more control over to communicate with them. Here’s how.
#1: Design a Cover Image to Promote Your Offer or Company Services
Your cover photo is “clickable,” as is the photo in your library. So in the photo’s description, you can add copy to direct users to your freebie (via your data capture tool). In funnel marketing terms, that freebie is known as a lead magnet.
When you decide what tooffer, be as generous, intriguing, and creative as you can. Make it a free offer that users simply cannot refuse to sign up for. Then create an image that shares your offer. Be sure to add a call to action (CTA) to encourage users to click the image.
In the description for the cover image, describe your offer and link to the landing page for the offer. This is what users will see when they click the cover image.
Remember that when you change the cover photo on your Facebook page, it generates a post update in the news feed. The text that appears in the post is the text you added to the photo description. If you want more exposure, you can boost the post for a few dollars.
How to Size Your Cover Image
When sizing your cover image, I recommend that you use a 16:9 aspect ratio (the same size as HD video), which equates to 1920 x 1080 pixels. That’s a much higher resolution than Facebook recommends, but it ensures your photo will be nice and crisp when viewed on Retina displays and future-proofs it for improved resolution devices.
Tip: Consider using the 1920 x 1080 size for pages, groups, profiles, and event cover photos. Facebook has changed their recommendation for group sizes recently to a bizarre 1.91:1 aspect ratio. The 1920 x 1080 size is a one-size-fits-all approach, allowing you to keep things simple and consistent across placements.
Be aware that Facebook will crop the picture a little at the top and bottom on desktop at this size. When you upload the photo, you can drag it up or down to designate where the crop occurs on desktop.
If you’re creating the cover image yourself and don’t have access to a tool such as Photoshop, check out Canva or Shutterstock’s excellent photo editor. Shutterstock doesn’t require you to use Shutterstock photos and provides lots of options for annotation.
If you use pre-formatted Facebook cover templates, be aware that they could be using an outdated size. You may be better off simply creating your own custom-sized images.
#2: Set Up Your Landing Page
After you design your cover image, you need to add a data capture form to the landing page you direct users to.
#3: Match Your Facebook CTA Button to Your Cover Image Messaging
If you use a CTA button on your Facebook page, it appears immediately below the cover photo. You may find that some users click that button rather than the cover photo.
If this happens, no problem. Just ensure you link the CTA button to the correct landing page and use a suitable CTA message.
Promote Your Business With Your Facebook Cover Photo
Your Facebook page is one of the first places people look when researching your business. Your cover photo is crucial because it’s your first opportunity to tell your business’s story.
In addition to using it to promote an offer (as outlined above), you can use it to describe what your business does and for whom your products and services are designed. You might even provide social proof by highlighting awards or testimonials.
Keeping a house clean can be dreadfully complicated. No matter how much work you put into preventing a mess, stains still seem inevitable. And once you get something stained, more work will be required to remove it.
The thing is they really don’t have to be that complicated. All you need to know are some quick cleaning hacks to make sure every surface in your home looks spick-and-span with minimal effort.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to keep mud from getting into the house. If you have kids or if it’s pouring down outside, you are more likely to be facing the problem of having mud staining your carpets.
Although your common sense might be screaming at you to deal with the mud immediately, it’s actually a much better idea not to. Of course, make sure no one is at risk of making a bigger mess of it. Then, just leave it alone to dry.
Dried mud makes for far easier removal than wet mud. Once it’s dry, you can just vacuum the worst of it away. Next, you’ll need to mix one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with two cups of warm water. Use the mixture to rub the mud stain until it’s gone. Lastly, just dab some cold water where the stain used to be and dry the area.
Most surfaces in the kitchen can easily be wiped down with a cloth to prevent any permanently obvious stains. However, it’s still possible for oil or grease to end up where it’s noticeable, like the tablecloth for your dining table. If that happens, don’t worry. It’s quite easy to deal with.
The best thing to do once an accident with oil or grease happens is to blot out as much of it with a paper towel as possible.
Next, all you need is some oil solvent to remove the worst of any staining. You can wash the stained fabric normally afterward. If a stain remains, rub some baking soda on the front and back of the stain and wash it again.
Let’s face it: accidents happen. This is especially true for those of us who are clumsy. As such, it’s not rare to get a small injury and end up bleeding and staining something. Luckily, getting rid of blood stains is fairly easy, whether it’s wet or dry
For fresh blood, do your best to rinse it out immediately. This should work on any fabric or surface.
If there’s a stain in spite of your efforts, you can use hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, or an enzyme stain remover to help deal with the problem.
Unfortunately, ink can be a very pesky issue especially with children running around. It can be very frustrating if a pen leaks on your carpet or other furniture or if your children got a hold of markers and left some artwork on the wall.
A good way to remove ink is by using hot water to try and scrub out the stain first. Use a sponge to apply liquid laundry detergent onto the stain and leave it for about five minutes. Then, washing with hot water should do the trick.
Do note that stains caused by permanent ink from markers are actually nearly impossible to remove. However, you can still try to use bleach, as long as the stained item is light-colored.
If you enjoy eating away from the dinner table, getting condiment stains on other things in your house might be a huge problem.
Thankfully, this is something that is very easy to deal with. Use a spoon first to scrape away most of the condiment. Then, put the fabric through some running water. Use a little Lestoil on the stained surface before scrubbing with a toothbrush. Simply rinse and repeat
Lipstick, powder, blush, foundation – all of these cosmetics that you meant for your face might just end up where you don’t want it to
It’s great to have a stain remover on hand to scrub with. You could also use regular liquid laundry detergent for this. All you have to do after that is to just wash or rinse with water.
Your home is your sanctuary, the place where you can kick back and relax. It’s no surprise that you’d want to keep it as clean as possible, especially after painstakingly filling your home with your favorite furniture. Keep these tips and tricks handy, and it will help you deal with common household stains easily.