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Some homes just feel sad when you enter them.  Years of neglect have taken their toll.  In previous real estate markets they would have been listed as "fixer uppers" and buyers looking for a deal, would snatch them up and make them look new and fresh again. Now with so many foreclosures on the ma...
Last fall we provided Market Ready Services by painting, removing some wallpaper, and rented some artwork to a homeowner who was preparing their home for the market.  Their home had an inground swiming pool.  The home was on the market for several months when the owners decided to take it off and...
After an extremely long and hard winter here on the East Coast we are starting to see the early hints of Spring in Southwest and Central Virginia.  The grass is starting to turn green and daffodils are blooming.  Soon the tulips will be popping through up and start to sprinkle their beautiful col...
This past week we staged a beautiful downtown loft style condo that was as close to perfection as you can get.  This condo truly shows like a model.  The owner called us in just to tweak a few things.  As much as she hated to remove the family photos, people were missing some of the many special ...
  I was doing a little research online this morning and came across this great post by Lyn Sims about 10 Ways to Make Home Buyers Hate Your House.  You will find that Wallpaper ranks ahead of a damp basement.   Selling a Home?  Avoid these Common Home Buyer Turnoffs Are you selling your home? Did...
Several months ago I was inspired by a blog post written by Michelle Minch about her first staging experience .  So today when I am trying to decide what to write about, I decided the best place to start was at the beginning o...
As we begin a new year I am renewing my commitment to spend more time playing in the rain with my friends on Activerain.A few years ago when I started my staging business, Activerain was a huge factor in the success of my business.  I relied on my AR friends to help me whenever I had a question,...
It is a known fact...Kitchens sell homes.  As a stager, we try to pay special attention to kitchens and create scenes that sell. Below are a couple of the scenes we recently created. Beautiful granite counter-tops and a scene to create thoughts of baking bread (now if I could just recreate the sm...
Do you know what your home could be telling potential buyers behind your back? Our homes speak to home buyers in many ways. Before I was a home stager, I was a REALTOR for many years.  When I first started selling real estate, long before Buyer Agency was available in our area, we were allowed to...
In April 22, 2010 the EPA's new rule on lead paint practices went into effect.  For some reason I had not heard about this until about a month ago, while in Sherwin Williams, I overheard some of the painters talking about it.  I immediately signed up for the Certification class but was told there...

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