Home Staging Tips and Advice

Cardboard furniture. Are you kidding?
De-clutter without despairing
De-decorate!
Don’t let fear get in the way of marketing your home staging business
Exterior home staging for instant curb appeal!
Home staging strategies for selling your home
How to hide the fact that you've moved furniture
How to market your home staging services to real estate agents
How to stage an empty house
How to use NextStage Furniture
Old oil painting techniques can add value to your DIY painting techniques
Out of the closet
Real estate staging tips to enhance spring curb appeal
Secret color formula for perfect decorating results
Seven Best Home Staging Ideas
Six reasons a home stager should use Twitter
Staging an empty house
Start a home staging portfolio before starting your staging business
Stash the trash bins and improve curb appeal
The pros and cons of furniture rental
Use cost-effective custom art AND market your business
Who's the boss? Your relationship with real estate agents and homeowners when staging a home for sale
Why learning how to market a home staging business is important
Winter curb appeal's important, too


Cardboard furniture. Are you kidding?
When you were a kid, you probably found a million uses for cardboard. You might have even made furniture out of it. But that's probably as far as it went. But cardboard furniture has a distinguished history. In addition to being a venerable workhorse of set designers in the theatre and movie business, cardboard furniture has also graced some of the world's nicest homes... more

De-clutter without despairing
We all know that de-cluttering or de-personalizing your home when you are selling it is an essential part of home staging. But this can also pose a challenge when you are living in it and require certain things daily. Here's a way to cope. In your bedroom, for example, place your personal items that you require daily such as, slippers, nightwear, books,creams etc in a long wicker basket and tuck under your bed - out of sight but easily accessible when needed... more

De-decorate!
One of the easiest things you can do to quickly change a room's décor is to "de-decorate" it. While being careful not to criticize the existing home owner's taste in décor, remove idiosyncratic items, accessories and artwork. Pack up the knickknacks. Take down family photos... more

Don’t let fear get in the way of marketing your home staging business
It’s amazing how it happens. When you were starting your home staging business you worried that you’d never get any clients. And now that you’ve built a great reputation and your business is growing rapidly you want to stop marketing because you don’t think you can take on any more clients... more

Exterior home staging for instant curb appeal!
Trying to sell your home or merely updating your exisitng home? Do you want to add to the beauty and enjoyment of your home for many years to come? Then let's look at the steps to a successful "Exterior Home Staging." With the recent bust of the real estate market, there is much talk about what actually sells a home... more

Home staging strategies for selling your home
Who are you preparing your home to sell to? You, as a home seller, have two initial choices. 1. Sell your home as a bargain to investors or bargain shoppers with limited income, or 2. Sell your home for top dollar to your target market. To prepare your home to sell to investors and bargain shoppers, all you need to do is look for a real estate agent who advertises bargain houses... more

How to hide the fact that you've moved furniture
If you're moving furniture around to better stage a room, and the room has a carpet, you end up with those annoying indentations where the old furniture sat. Here's a quick way to get rid of them. Drop an icecube in the indentation, and leave it there for about five minutes... more

How to market your home staging services to real estate agents
Providing real estating staging services to agencies is your best bet or reaping numerous home staging jobs from one source. The key factor is getting in the door. A cold call is not always your best bet. Everyone is busy, and you can imagine how many products and services the real estate agents and brokers face every day... more

How to stage an empty house
Some home stagers stage only furnished homes, because staging an empty home requires furniture, accessories and a lot of physical effort. But staging an empty house gives you a truly blank slate, and I personally find it a satisfying challenge. Use these tips to stage empty homes for a quick sale... more

How to use NextStage Furniture
Until you see it in action, it's hard to fathom how easy it is to use NextStage Furniture, but to give you a sense, here's how I use this remarkable cardboard furniture on my staging jobs. (One of the first houses we staged with NextStage Furniture had been empty and on the market for four months when we were called in... more

Old oil painting techniques can add value to your DIY painting techniques
In traditional oil painting, color layering used to be the method to make colors glow and shine. In the lifetime of Vermeer and Rembrandt, strong colors were very expensive and hard to get. And the colors that were available cheap, were earth colors: browns, earthy greens, yellowish brown... more

Out of the closet
When preparing your house for sale, remember you are "selling space not stuff". People tend to forget or neglect to clear their closets, drawers and cupboards. Potential buyers will most always look in a closet to determine its size; a closet or cupboard will look much more spacious when you take the time to purge what you no longer need or want... more

Real estate staging tips to enhance spring curb appeal
When preparing your home for sale don't forget the first thing a buyer sees is the outside of your home. Spring is coming, so make sure your yard is ready, too. • Don't forget to take down the Christmas lights! • Rake up the leaves you missed from fall. • Rake rocks off the lawn... more

Secret color formula for perfect decorating results
Use this formula to create balance and interest. Each room in the house should have: 60 percent – main base color 30 percent – second base color 10 percent – accent color The accent color can be paint or paper, but can also include pillows, lampshades or wall hangings... more

Seven Best Home Staging Ideas
Staging your home can be a fun, inexpensive experience that will significantly affect the amount of leverage you have when negotiating the sale of your home but first you need to know where to start. Haphazardly staging your home without a plan or guide to what you are doing will result in a staged home that lacks a cohesive flow and missed opportunities... more

Six reasons a home stager should use Twitter
The popular social networking site, Twitter, has taken the world by storm. Millions of people around the world use Twitter to communicate with others in short, 140 character sentences or status updates. You can think of Twitter as your own micro blog with each status update being its own mini blog post... more

Staging an empty house
This means that the property is going up for sale and does not have anyone living in them. The current owners might have already moved or the sale may be the result of a death in the family. Empty homes stay on the market longer, so staging an empty home can make a big difference in encouraging a faster sale... more

Start a home staging portfolio before starting your staging business
If you are in any way interested in becoming a home stager or interior redesigner, there’s a good possibility that you’re constantly redecorating your home and/or working on a new home improvement project. When you have a natural talent for decorating, the urge to decorate is always there... more

Stash the trash bins and improve curb appeal
It's one of my pet peeves, but I'm sure others share it. When you're cleaning and tidying the front yard to stage for great curb appeal, don't forget the trash bins. Take garbage cans, recycling bins, and other functional containers and hide them away out back.

The pros and cons of furniture rental
If you only stage furnished homes, it's a no-brainer. You don't need furniture – just a few accents and accessories you can use (or rent to sellers) as part of your staging. But most of us do both furnished and vacant home stagings. And those vacant homes need furniture... more

Use cost-effective custom art AND market your business
Pictures and artwork are indispensible to home stagers. With help from the graphic designer who does my brochures and business cards, I've come up with a fantastic way of providing custom art and colours while promoting my business. She gave me a number of images, with Chips and Kerry Home Staging printed at the bottom, and we had these printed on lightweight foam... more

Who's the boss? Your relationship with real estate agents and homeowners when staging a home for sale
One way to determine who the boss is would be to ask who's paying you? The real estate agent might pay for all or part of the real estate staging services and then present this service as free to the homeowners. The agent may simply pay for the initial consultation or not pay for anything, but simply recommend the home stager's services to her client, in which case it's up to the homeowner to decide whether or not to hire you... more

Why learning how to market a home staging business is important
Home staging is the process of making a house appealing to potential buyers. Also known as real estate enhancement, home staging is considered as a hot business. But like any other business, there is always the good news and the bad news. The good news is that you have chosen to be a part of the number 1 career and with this venture the opportunities are limitless... more

Winter curb appeal's important, too
While it might be cold outside (and here in Halifax, it is cold and snowy), pay attention to the little details. Even if buyers are hurrying in to get warm, those dead and withered boxed plants on the porch don't send the right signal. A little "sprucing" up can make even a winter flower box appealing... more

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