Tag Archives: Interior Decorating Tips

Should we paint before selling our Raleigh Home?

 Should we paint this room?  What color do you recommend? 
 

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For a light and comfortable feel, choose a palette of three or four hues (warm colors) and select a hue value on the lighter end of the paint deck. You can now paint those colors anywhere in your house and they will blend together creating a more open and cohesive feel.
For a dramatic look, try painting the rooms all the same hue, perhaps a soft warm gray, and then add explosions of color throughout with artwork or accessories A big modern art piece on the living room
 wall or bright pillows on the sofa. 
 
As long as you have enough light in the room, both natural and artificial, you can have a darker hue on the walls and still create a warm comfortable feeling. If you have very limited natural light, try a light creamy beige with a hint of yellow on your walls to add a little sunshine.

Checkout a great website with suggestions for colors:MyPerfectColor.com

 
or contact us at www.RaleighStager.com  for a color consultation
 
Happy Painting! 
 

Free Home Staging to Sell Seminar at Printer’s Alley

Hosted by Printer’s Alley in Raleigh, NC and given by Michele Kurelich and Janine Varney of Triangle Staging & Design, a free seminar on Home Staging to sell and Staging to Live.

Free Seminar – Staging to Sell, Editing to Live  

 PRINTER’S ALLEY ~ Raleigh, NC

Saturday, February 21 – 9:30am 5910-111 Duraleigh Road
*spaces limited, please call your local store by
Friday, February 13 to register
Raleigh
Presented by Michele Kurelich & Janine Varney of TSD
http://www.printers-alley.com/StoreEvents.cfm

Triangle Staging & Design was created by Michele Kurelich of Lasting Impressions and Janine Vareny of Well Dressed homes to create a superior Staging and Desgin team in the Triangle area.

Raleigh’s Professional Home Staging Team, Triangle Staging & Design can assist you will all your home staging, re-design or design needs.   Specializing in new construction, vacant or occupied, we have the experience, expertise and resources to showcase your Raleigh home.   Visit our website at http://www.TriangleStagingandDesign.com

Decluttering is only the first Step to Staging your Home

If you are trying to sell your home,  you have probably already heard about home staging.   Many believe that home staging is the process of de-cluttering and cleaning.   Truthfully, cleaning & de-cluttering is only the first step to staging your home right.  You can easily de-clutter your own home, but you have to know when enough is enough.  It is very common for Homeowners to go to far when neutralizing the decor.  It is very important to strike a balance in every room.  See some tips from our earlier post Get Ready, Get Set, Get Sold

Professional Home Stagers are fast & efficient when it comes to de-cluttering,  but once that is done then the REAL fun (work) begins.  We look at the house as a whole and each room should have a defined purpose.  An experienced Professional Home Stager considers furniture placement, scale, balance, color schemes, light, views and traffic flow while enhancing selling features of the home, while making it picture perfect.  A good Home Stager will be creative, working with what you already have to create optimal appeal for home buyers. 

For example, take a look at the two rooms below: 

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We were able to open up the rooms and make them appear larger.  Before, it was difficult to distinquish the living room from the family room.   We were able to clearly define the rooms using what the homeowner already had.  By moving the sofas around we were able to make the formal living room appear twice as large.  Now when you enter and the family room you can see the view out to the pool, which was previously hidden by the sofa.

In the next example, the room was over crowded blocking the flow through the room.  A rug from the bonus room lightened the space and was a better scale for the room.

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To sell your home faster and get Top Dollar Home Staging can make the difference, but don’t stop at de-cluttering,  that is really where the true work and creativity begins.  Buyers are savvy and first impressions are everything, so make sure you get it right before the first buyer comes knocking. We are creative in using the homeowners existing furnishings and accessories, or with the help of our accessory and furniture rental program we artfully achieve a designer look. Visit www.RaleighStager.com  or www.TriangleStaging.com for more details.

Which Home Improvements offer the best return for your money?

August is a time of planning.  Kids are back to school and summer is winding down.  Many Homeowners start thinking about projects to do around the house.  Whether you are planning to sell your home this fall or just want to make improvements for you to enjoy it’s a good idea to pick those projects that will get you the best return on the money you spend. Deciding where to focus your time can be difficult and it’s best to consider your options:

1. Exterior:  Fall is the best time of the year to focus on your landscape plan.  Now is the time to focus on Curb Appeal.  Are your trees and shrubs so over grown that you can not see you home?  Foundation plantings frame the home.  If they are so mature and overgrown, trimming them down or thinning them out and adding some smaller plantings is a good idea.  Define your foundation with mulch beds, which also help frame your house and be sure to add color when planting this Fall.

2. Interior:  The cold days of winter are around the corner and you will be spending a lot of time inside.  Walk through your home objectively and ask yourself “Could my home use some updating”.  It is easy when we live in a home to not pay attention to the floral wall paper that went out of style 5 years ago.  Consider Painting to add a modern, but yet cozy feel to your home.  A new paint color it the most inexpensive way to update a room.  Which room to update?  Always start with the Kitchen and Baths and work out from there.  Even changing your kitchen hardware can make a huge difference.  If it’s not in the budget to change a lighting fixture, a can of spray paint can do the trick.

If you don’t know where to start and would like additional ideas, we would be happy to provide you a plan of how to update your entire home with simple inexpensive ideas that you can do yourself.  Visit us at www.RaleighStager.com for a consultation

In Home Gain’s Prepare-to-Sell study, real estate agents said that it is the small improvements that pay the biggest dividends when a home is sold. The following is a summary of the results of Home Gain’s 2007 national survey, based on the ten areas of home improvement identified by real estate agents in Home Gain’s original survey in 2003.

Project

Typical Cost

Price Increase

Return on
Investment*

% of Agents
Recommending

         

Lighten & brighten

$233 – 370

$1,178 – 1,566

355%

97%

Clean and de-clutter

$190 – 318

$1,505 – 1,937

578%

97%

Landscape front/back yards

$378 – 546

$1,718 – 2,158

319%

97%

Stage home for sale

$403 – 584

$1,938 – 2,431

343%

91%

Repair electrical or plumbing

$436 – 621

$1,205 – 1,590

164%

93%

Repair damaged flooring

$628 – 878

$1,633 – 2,061

145%

94%

Update kitchen & bathrooms

$1,404 – 1,828

$3,216 – 3,934

121%

87%

Replace or shampoo carpeting

$562 – 808

$1,532 – 1,950

154%

98%

Paint exterior walls

$663 – 938

$1,757 – 2,205

147%

88%

Paint interior walls

$651 – 920

$1,741 – 2,179

150%

97%

Home Gain surveyed over 2,000 real estate agents in each of the U.S. regions. All agents might not necessarily agree on the same pre-sale strategy. See”% of agents recommending“column above. Differences of opinions may vary based on the climate of the market, region of the country or condition of the home in question. The percentage of agents that agree on the positive impact of a particular pre-sale activity is summarized here.