How to Stage A Kid’s Bedroom

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One of the most important aspects of home staging is to make a home appeal to the widest range of buyers possible. That also includes your kid’s bedroom. And while some buyers may enjoy your kid’s room decor, others may not. Even if you are targeting a family to purchase your home, they will appreciate well organized and clutter-free kids spaces to fall in love with. Follow these tips for staging your kid’s bedroom and get your home sold!

De-Clutter & Organize

You will often hear Home Stagers and Realtors mention de-cluttering as preparation to list and sell your home. Your kid’ rooms are no exception. This is a good time to pack up and sort through their toys in preparation of moving. Clear out as much as possible allowing the room and closets to look more spacious. Go ahead and take the over-sized barbie dream house and larger-than-life teddy bear to storage. toys.jpg

We realize your kids still need some items to play with during your listing time. Have them choose a few of their favorite items to keep out until you move. Investing in some organization will help keep their space clean and tidy while still allowing them to have toys available.

Paint the Walls

We understand that you child is in love with the bubble gum pink on her walls but most buyers will not be. Most buyers will see work and investment in changing it if they purchase your home. Eliminate that issue for them by painting the room a neutral color that will appeal to many different buyers.

Remove the Kid Decor

boy name decalWith the neutral paint color, this is the perfect time to eliminate and pack up the decorative wall decals and decor. The sports themed wall decals and princess themed wall art need to go making room for a clean slate for new buyers. This also includes the now popular “name displays” and photos of your child. For safety reasons, it is best that strangers don’t know the name and image of your child. It also makes it less personal for buyers viewing your home and enables them to visualize themselves in the space.

Keep it Simple

Last but not least, keep it simple. Center the bed in the best possible viewing position in the room, allowing for walking space to closets. Keep the bedding in a simple pattern and color (avoid cartoon characters). Display the paired down toys and kid related items utilizing storage bins and neatly placed displays. Remember, less is more.

Preparing your home to list and sell takes some planning and homework. Don’t leave out the kid’s bedroom from your list! It will make a big difference in your first impression with buyers and offers on the table.


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Art Gone Wrong

Art Gone Wrong

Art hung the wrong way is like someone wearing a bad wig. It is hard not to notice and for a designer, it is really hard not to take it down and place it correctly.

Common Mistakes.

  1. Eye Level. Art should be hung at eye level. But if you have a really tall husband like I do, you have to specify who’s eye level! Imagine your wall divided vertically into four sections. Counting from the floor, your art should be in the third section.

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  2. Collections. If you are working with a collection, think of the collection as one complete piece.
  3. Too Small. When art is too small for the space it often gets lost and looses its effect.

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  4. Disconnected. We see this a lot. Art that is not hung at the correct height will look like it is disconnected from the furniture. Keep your art “grounded” to the sofa, table, chair rail, etc.

The solutions.

  1. Hang art about 57″ from the floor.
  2. Art should be 6-8″ above the sofa.
  3. Art should be 1/2 to 2/3 the width of the sofa.
  4. In collections, the space between pieces should be 2″ apart.



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8 Steps to Stage Your Closets


Ask any Realtor if potential home buyers open closets doors and you will get a resounding yes! Some of the most common reasons people are buying a new home is for improved space and that often means in the closets and cabinets.

Here are 8 Steps to Stage Your Closets.

  1. White is King. There is no substitute for a can of white paint. Yes, we are suggesting you paint your closet. The fresh bright white paint will reflect light and make it appear bigger and cleaner. This includes painting inside vanities. And if you can’t paint inside the vanities, opt for white shelf liners.
  2. Eliminate. Since everything is already out of the closet anyway since you painted, be very picky on what comes back in. Be realistic with yourself on what you need. Throw away broken and worn items. Donate the rest of what you don’t need. hangers.jpg
  3. Happy Hangers. Invest in some new, matching hangers. Keeping hangers and solid colored organizers matching to eliminate the visual clutter that a closet already tends to have.
  4. Space savers. If you are storing large bulky bedding items like blankets and pillows, you may want to think about space saving bags that will condense these items allowing your closets to have more space.
  5. Nothing on the top shelf or bottom/floor. Keeping the top shelf and floor of a closet free of items will help with the allusion that the space is bigger.
  6. Reflections & Lights. If you have a walk-in closet, try to incorporate a mirror into the space. This will help reflect light and open up the space. Clean your lighting fixtures and replace light bulbs. grocery shelves
  7. Grocery Store Style. When we talk about cabinets (kitchen or bathrooms) again, de-clutter these as much as possible. Then, organize them as you would see in a grocery store space. Straight rows, labels facing out, collect small items inside baskets, containers, etc.
  8. What’s that smell? Smells matter to buyers. Keep your closet dry and freshly scented. Avoid adding strong scents in closets spaces and opt for clean fresh air scents. There are many odor eliminator products that will take away any odors without masking with a strong scent.

Follow these 8 steps when staging your closets and impress buyers with your amazing storage and space!


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The Power of the Complete Package


Would you ever consider trying to sell your listings without a “For Sale” sign? Not likely. So, why are you trying to sell your listings without staging them?

Most Realtors offer their homeowners a benefits package equipped with great deals and perks for listing with them. Have you ever considered adding home staging to that list of benefits? With 95% of ASP staged homes selling on average in 11 days or less and for 17% more than non-staged homes, you should!

Don’t underestimate the power of the complete package. Homeowners who are trying to sell their home are already overwhelmed when they knock on your door. They have nervously made the decision to make this life-altering leap to sell, pack, move and buy a new home. The decision alone was hard enough, now to put it all in action! Offering the services of a home stager as part of your benefits package can make a huge difference in easing the stress of your homeowner.

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But, how does this help you as the Realtor? You are ensuring your listings are as ready for the market as your “For Sale” sign in the front yard. Your listings consistently become fresh, clean and photo-ready. You will have products that you can market and sell easier and faster. Who wouldn’t like that?

Staging doesn’t have to break the bank. Don’t believe all the hype that staging is only for million dollar homes. Most staging services are offered in packages and accommodate both lived-in homes and vacant. Do your research on what you get for the price and the quality of work each staging company offers.

Building it into your benefits package

Keep it simple. Most Realtors pay for the staging upfront, while agreeing to subtract the service fee once the property is sold. The homeowner is more likely to accept the offer and help of staging when it is covered for them. And they will be more than happy to deduct that expense once their property is sold.

If you are looking for something new to add to your marketing plan, staging is the way to go! Building home staging into a package deal is a great marketing tool that will benefit both you and your homeowners.


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Interior Design Measuring Guide



If you have ever built or remodeled a home you learn very quickly that it is all about the numbers. How high do you hang the chandelier, where do you place the toilet, how to layout the kitchen, the list goes on and on. But these are important numbers in creating an efficient home that functions and flows. Below you will find a lot of great links to help you answer all those questions about numbers!bathroom measurements

This site, 64 Important Numbers Every Homeowner Should Know  has a great list of measurements for SEVERAL rooms in the home. They cover how high to hang the towel bar in the bathroom to the distance between the cabinet and the island for a two cook layout


Designing a kitchen to flow and function can be very overwhelming especially if it is starting from scratch. When you remodel you generally know what you don’t like or isn’t working for your family. This site, The Ultimate Layout For The Modern Kitchen  will help in giving you some perspectives on the different kitchen layout options.


When the electrical contractor corners you with a list of lighting questions utilize these tips so you won’t be caught like a deer in the headlights. Practical Lighting



Bathrooms are equally important in getting the right layout since we typically start and end our day in this room. This site, An Awesome Bathroom Layout Guide will offer some ideas and guidelines for utilizing this space.


Now that you have all the hard stuff laid out, now what about decorating it. Utilize these various guides for proper placements for all your furniture!

Furniture Placement Cheat Sheet

25 Need to Know Measurements for Decorating.




Rug size is important and if not done correctly you will find yourself trapped in the Goldilocks storybook. Keep these tips in mind when selecting rugs for your space. How to Choose the Right Size Rug.




Artwork certainly finishes off a room. Selecting the right piece for the right space and then placing it in the right location can often leave homeowners with bare, empty walls. Don’t fall into this category, find out the numbers behind hanging art in the right spot with this guide.

Exactly how high you should hang your artwork.


curtains-2.jpgWe love the way that curtains transform a space. They had softness, personality and dimension to a home. Don’t let the numbers stop you from achieving the finished, beautiful space you covet.

Decorator’s Notebook

Do’s & Don’ts of Hanging Curtains

How to Measure for Curtains

Designing a house is certainly a numbers game. We hope this collection of resources helps to guide you through the process with ease and grace.


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Pretty Houses Equal Winning Results


If staging a house is just about making it look pretty, why can’t anyone do it?

statsIn general, a women has more pull when it comes to buying a house. 85% of all buying decisions are made by women, and she had 95% veto power when it comes down to the final choice.

With these stats in mind, it comes as no surprise that a staged property will appeal to the women’s senses, creating an enticing image of what her life could be for her and her family. These buying decisions are answered when she first walks in the door. A women knows what she wants; therefor 70% of those decisions are made from the foyer. Never has a first impression been so important.

Think about home staging in comparison to preparing for a job interview. The way you dress for a job interview and the first things you say are the most important. The same goes for the first 30 seconds in the front door of a property.Shakertown Kitchen 1

Home staging is not just about making a house look pretty, it is creating a calculated flow throughout the space that appeals to the senses of a potential buyer. It inspires a buyer to come to the conclusion that they are ready to purchase.

Home staging works because it considers the wants and needs of buyers and taps into their emotions when searching for a home.

  • Realtors who work with buyers say most buyers are willing to offer more money for a staged home compared to one that is similar but not staged.
  • 81% of buyers say home staging makes it easier to visualize the property as their future home.
  • 45% of buyers say it will positively impact the value of the home if it is decorated to the buyer’s tastes.
  • Among REALTORS® who typically represent the buyer, 49% report most buyers are affected by home staging.

To sell your home faster, it must stand out from the competition and create a strong first impression.

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  • A survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corp. found that staged homes spend half the time on the market than
    non-staged homes.
  • The National Association of Realtors (NAR) survey found that the longer homes stay on the market, the further their price drops.
  • Once staged, homes spend an average of 73% less time on the market.

Home staging is all about showing your home in its best possible light.

  • Buyers are willing to spend 1% to 5% more of the dollar value on a staged home than a non-staged home.
  • A survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corp. found that staged homes sell for more than 6% above the asking price.

Does your house make the right first impression?




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Where did all the furniture go?

Where Did All The Furniture Go-

As you watch all the home improvement shows these days, do you ever wonder what happens to all the beautiful, properly placed furniture and décor after the show?

Home staging often involves finding and selecting furniture that best suits the space. The concept harkens back to the original furniture stores that set up mock living rooms showing how pieces could be grouped and matched with coffee and end tables, sculptures, and even wall hangings and area rugs. Like those stores, staging companies may furnish a vacant home with attractive pieces that complement the space and show it to its best advantage. Creative ideas can inspire prospective home buyers who may then decide to purchase the display furniture in addition to the property. After all, that furniture was selected to best utilize that space.


Interior decorators understand the dichotomy between furnishings and space. Popular examples include television series Fixer Upper, Property Brothers and the new series, Good Bones. In Fixer Upper, Joanna Gaines’ creative use of new and old materials shows how different textures and colors can coordinate and create an attractive and functional space for new residents. While Gaines also incorporates creative re-purposing of materials for decorative uses to fill shelves, cabinets, and tabletops, the results of her work do not feel cluttered.



shakertown-kitchen-1.jpgEffective home staging involves more than simply plopping down some tables and chairs in an empty room. It requires an understanding of the home’s style and how furniture supports contemporary lifestyles. That old CRT television might work perfectly fine hooked up to an antenna, but its bulk dates the interior and adds clutter. People may dump their mail, hats, gloves, purses, and whatnot on the kitchen table, but such clutter only looks untidy. “Tablescapes” offer clean, functional surfaces upon which select items can be placed to demonstrate practical use and adequate space.

Home staging not only considers the style and size of the furniture, but also its placement. Furniture groupings may impart a sense of spaciousness, as opposed to furniture shoved against the walls. Area rugs offer space definition and also contribute to the perception of a room’s size. Mixing furniture placement, such as moving an armchair from the living room to the master bedroom or a small side table to the entry, may add more punch anchoring or dressing up a space for which its wasn’t originally intended.

DSC_0618.JPGHome stagers accomplish all of this with a warehouse full of transitional furniture and décor pieces suited to a variety of homes. Once a house is sold and the furniture and décor are no longer needed, those items are picked back up and stored in the warehouse awaiting the next staging job. So, now you know the real secret behind “Where did all the furniture go?”

Good staging imparts a designer look that not only offers a lived-in ambiance and shows the functionality of the room, but suggests decorative potential. Ask Amy Staging shows homebuyers how great their new home looks with furniture and décor that fit the space and style of the home.

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The Perfect Paint Job

When preparing to sell your home, spruce up the house with a fresh coat of paint. No one knows more about revitalizing old buildings than the pros from This Old House, which offers valuable tips to help you paint like a professional. They won’t save time, but the results will look terrific.Brushes and paint-roller on a colour guide

  1. Empty the room and protect the floor. Move everything out of the room. Be sure to spread high quality drop cloths over the floor to catch paint splatters.
  2. Repair cracks, dents, and holes. Fix cracks, dents, and holes before opening that first can of paint. Damaged wood requires specialized treatment separate from drywall. Then sand all walls to smooth out chipped paint and surface variations as well as to create a better surface for paint to adhere.
  3. Tape off edges, windows, trim. Take the time to perform this step toprevent paint from spreading onto surfaces where it doesn’t belong. Use a utility knife to cut the skin of paint before removing the tape to ensure a clean edge of separation.
  4. Use primer. Primer establishes a solid, even base for the paint and seal stains that might bleed through the paint. Experts advise priming the entire wall surface, as primed spots will show through the paint against unprimed areas.
  5. Use top quality paint. High quality paint offers better coverage and protection. The Family Handyman recommends mixing multiple gallons of paint in a bucket to avoid color variations between cans. Latex paints work well for interior walls and new trim; however, oil-based paints work best for restoration work and exterior walls and trim. Apply at least two coats for adequate coverage. Sand any rough spots and bumps between coats to ensure a smooth finish. Paint that dries too fast leaves a streaked or spotty finish; therefore be careful not to spread too thin a coat on the walls.
  6. Use the proper equipment. For covering large areas of blank wall, nothing beats a roller. Rollers need not be expensive. Remember that rollers with a deeper nap hold more paint and leave more texture behind. Invest your money in a top quality paint brush. Select brushes with softer, tapered, angled bristles for a smooth and even spread.
  7. Work from the ceiling down. DIY Network advises painting the ceiling first, then the crown molding, then the walls, then the trim around windows and doors, and finally the baseboard. The top-down progression avoids carrying dust and grit from the floor up the walls.

Color Trends

When choosing paint, color comes a close second sherwin williams grays 2to quality. An outdated or unattractive color can be worse than no fresh coat of paint. The “gray craze” so popular on the West Coast has begun to fade, and new palette preferences may take about three years to travel from the coast to Ohio. Ask Amy Staging sees a shift from gray to grayish colors, specifically taupe, which is a combination of tan and gray. Our top picks for paint colors are “Analytical Gray SW7051,” “Amazing Gray 7044,” and “Mindful Gray SW7016.”

poised-taupe-sherwin-williams-2017Sherwin Williams predicts that that the go-to color for 2017 is “Poised Taupe 6039.” This neutral color avoids the blandness of beige and imparts a cozy feeling, aligning with hygge, the Danish buzzword that inspires interior designers these days. Sherwin Williams also predicts that “cornflower hues,” greens and reds inspired by nature, and “vintage pastels” will not only coordinate beautifully with taupe, but also see popularity as this year’s favored colors. For more inspiration, the Sherwin Williams 2017 Colormix offers contemporary options to suit every palette.

Consider these colors when choosing that perfect paint color for your house. It will keep your color scheme updated even as fashionable palettes change.



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6 Tips for Curb Appeal

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Talk to any Realtor®, it’s hard to sell a house that doesn’t look good from the curb. HGTV concurs: “According to the National Association of Realtors, 63 percent of homebuyers will drop by after viewing a home they like online.” Even more important, 88 percent of homebuyers begin the search for a new house online. Therefore, home sellers must not only think like prospective home buyers, but they think like photographers, too. Not only does the house have to present an attractive and welcoming appearance to people pulling up to the curb, but it must also look good in pictures to persuade home buyers to drive out to see the house in person and discover its other great qualities.

Frame your home with your hands, thumbs to forefingers, and look at your house. What do you see? This snapshot is the first thing potential home buyers will see, because they’ll most likely see that picture online. If the first impression from that snapshot is “Ugh,” then your chances of selling plummet. Act like a prospective home buyer and drive slowly past your house from both directions. Walk around the house with a critical eye and write down the defects. Once you’ve done that, you can sort out those problem areas that can be quickly and simply rectified.

Following are the top tips recommended by Ask Amy Staging to improve your home’s first impression. The best thing: none of these tips will break the bank.

  1. Clean the exterior. If you don’t have a pressure washer, you can rent one. Use the blasting power of a pressure washer to remove mold, mildew, and dirt from siding, porches, and decks. Cleaning also involves tidying those flower beds, sweeping debris off that front porch and walkways, and picking up
  2. Fix anything broken. The harsh weather of winter can wear on a house’s exterior. If the roof is missing shingles, the gutter sags, a window screen is torn–whatever it is–fix it. Keeping the exterior in good repair builds confidence in prospective buyers.
  3. Make a statement with a blast of color by painting your front door and/or shutters. Touch up dull or faded paint on trim. Don’t forget to include the mailbox post.
  4. Replace hardware. Has that doorknob seen better days? Are the house numbers faded or missing? What about the outdoor lighting? Does it project the image you want potential homebuyers to see? Replacing outdated and dingy hardware adds style and interest. Experts recommend coordinating hardware finishes for a unified, cohesive look.
  5. Install outdoor lighting. Low voltage lighting to illuminate pathways not only add to the house’s safety and security, but also contribute a positive visual impact.
  6. Add interest with plants. Especially if the exterior of your house is in good shape, but drab, use Mother Nature to add drama and interest with container plants and flower boxes. Group varying sizes and shapes of pots and plants. Vivid colors, wonderful textures, alluring scents, and little or no weeding or mulching all add to the home’s visual appeal with the added benefit that you can container plants all with you.

The primary focus of curb appeal is to make your house look like a place where people want to live, not a place people want to leave. That first impression can make or break the sale. If the first impression your house invites prospective buyers to come on in and make themselves at home, then you’re more likely to make the sale.
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Cleaning Up for Home Sales


Many factors affect home buying decisions. Prospective buyers must not only consider what they want in a new home, but how much inconvenience they’re willing to endure and can afford. Renovations and other tactics that showcase a house’s positive attributes can influence a decision in the seller’s favor. The simplest improvement, says Claire Roscoe writing for RightMove’s Property Blog, is a thorough spring cleaning.

Before beginning with the “big clean,” make a plan. This endeavor takes time to do it right. Ask Amy Staging offers the following tips that will not only help the homeowner to sell the house for the desired price, but also streamline the moving process.

  1. Culling the contents of your closets and drawers not only helps your clothes look better and your closets look roomier, but also reduces the sheer amount of stuff you’ll transport from the old house to the new. In order to painlessly sort through closet content, at the beginning of the season reverse your hangers. Then, when the season ends, those items still hanging from reversed hangers are those that no longer see any use and should be donated, sold, or otherwise discarded.
  2. Kitchen items. Note in writing which small appliances, pots, pans, dishes, and utensils you use and sell or donate the rest. Again, this will declutter your kitchen cabinets and drawers while reducing the quantity of stuff to transport. Check the expiration dates on all food items. Anything past the expiration date should be discarded and anything nearing the expiration date should be consumed. If there’s too much to consume, donate the surplus to your local food pantry.
  3. Hall closets. Clear the hall closets of all those board games, the vacuum cleaner, sports gear, and other stuff crowding that small space. Rededicate the hall closet for coats only and make sure you leave sufficient space to hang guests’ coats.
  4. Restore and brighten fiberglass tubs, showers, and surrounds. Nothing discourages a prospective buyer like a dingy bathroom. Ask Amy Staging recommends using Gel-Gloss products to clean, brighten, and restore well-used fiberglass tubs, showers, and surrounds so they look like new again.
  5. Clean and shine stainless steel. When they’re new, they look fabulous; but, stainless steel surfaces quickly become scratched and dull and look tired. Professional residential cleaner Jan M. Dougherty recommends using Old English lemon oil to clean and polish stainless steel as well as wood furniture.
  6. Clean hard surfaces. For hard surfaces that require something a little more aggressive, Proctor & Gamble’s Magic Eraser® scrubs like fine sandpaper to remove dirt. Use this only on scratch-resistant surfaces; no shine will stand up to this product.
  7. Remove carpet divots. Furniture crushes carpet fibers. Those divots which can thwart efforts to restore the carpet to original, springy state. Ask Amy Staging recommends this simple fix: Place an ice cube in the divot and let it melt. Then use a spoon to lift the carpet fibers.
  8. Clean carpets. Hire a professional for best results. Steam and dry cleaning offer pros and cons; however, dry cleaning—which isn’t truly “dry”—has the advantage of drastically reduced drying time and won’t draw up nasty odors from the pad beneath the carpet.
  9. Clean and shine hardwood floors. People love hardwood floors; however, wood can be surprisingly delicate. Ask Amy Staging recommends Bona products to clean, maintain, and polish hardwood floors to restore their beauty and keep them looking great.

A fresh, clean house should look and smell like an inviting place to live and will command stronger consideration from prospective buyers who won’t be eager to have to clean their new residence before they move in.

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