“Ask the Home Staging Expert®” – Should We Update Our Fireplace Before Selling?

 

Dear Home Staging Expert,

My girlfriend and I were planning to put our townhouse on the market next week, but now she is insisting we update the fireplace with stone veneer.  This is something that will likely set us back a couple of weeks at least since I am not very handy and we would need to line up a contractor to install it. 

We’ve already done a lot of upgrades including new wood flooring throughout, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a new deck we added earlier this summer.  We just signed with an agent and she says our house will be listed on the higher-end for this neighborhood already due to the upgrades and additional 200 square feet.

Personally, I don’t think we need to do any more.  I haven’t seen any other nearby or recently sold listings with a stone surround.  I don’t think it’s something we need to do now or even have the time to do now.  We are planning to make a contingent offer on another house, so time really is of the essence.  What do you think?  

We Don’t Have the Time in Virginia

Dear WDHTT in Virginia,

Thank you for your question.  I’m going to agree with you on this one.  If your goal is to get your townhouse on the market as soon as possible and you have another house in mind, I would get it on the market immediately, if not sooner.

It sounds like you’ve already made a lot of updates, have done your homework, checked out your competition, and know where you stand in the marketplace.  If this were a case of ‘keeping up with the Jones’, my advice might be different.  But it’s not.  And if it’s not an update other listings already have and you’re trying to stay competitive, potential buyers won’t miss it.

Hope this helps and wishing you the best!

If you have a question for “ASK THE HOME STAGING EXPERT®”, please contact lori@homestagingexpert.com.

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Our Upcoming August 2020 Workshop Calendar with Continuing Ed Credits for Realtors!

 

In case you were wondering…NO!  All Home Staging training IS NOT alike!

We teach you everything you need to know based on experience!  From signing more listings, to assessing a home quickly and efficiently, to effectively working with your client to get a home staged fast, and how to place a monetary value on your services.

Learn guidelines to help you with every listing, turn reluctant homeowners into active participants, stage a vacant listing without breaking the bank, and more!

The lifetime techniques you will learn in our workshop can even help you turn a dungy old basement into an inviting lower level.  (See above before and after as proof.)

But don’t just take my word for it.  Register today and see for yourself.

Click on the dates below for more info!

August 19, 2020 – Atlanta, Georgia – 7 CE Credits

August 20 – Holland, Michigan – 8 CE Credits

August 21 & 28 – Colorado & Wyoming Virtual Workshop – 14 CE Credits

August 26 – Hernando, Mississippi – 7 CE Credits

August 27 & 28 – Denver Metro, Colorado – 14 CE Credits 

 

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Find Some Great Deals on Sofas for Staging!

Need to get a vacant house staged?  Thinking of adding to your home staging furniture stash?  Wayfair.com has got some great deals going on right now.  Check the ‘under $500’ box and look at all the great finds!  Free shipping, too!  You really can’t beat these deals.

Pictured above is the Northway Sofa by Brayden Studio® – Perfect size, perfect color, and the perfect price at $339.99.  And did I mention shipping is free?

I’m not big on pushing products, but if you’re a professional Realtor offering staging or stager who gets a lot of vacant listings, you really need to know about this.

Not sure how long the sale will last…I just stumbled across it last night…but they certainly do seem to have a lot of awesome sofas at equally awesome prices.

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1-Day Home Staging Workshop – Georgia Realtors® Earn 7 Continuing Ed Credits

Heads-up, Georgia!

Our 1-Day Home Staging Expert® Workshop is coming to Atlanta, Georgia on August 19, 2020.  This is your opportunity to get certified by Home Staging Expert®, gain a hands-on working knowledge of home staging, and earn 7 Continuing Education Credits in the process!

We offer our training in a realistic setting to build your confidence!  Our workshops are guaranteed to improve your skills to sign more listings, assure those listings appeal to more potential buyers, and ultimately, sell more houses at the best possible price.

Come and learn home staging with our Certified HSE® Trainer, Rachel Armstrong.  Her years of staging expertise will enlighten and you are guaranteed to learn a much better way in a day!  We limit our workshops to 12 students for individual benefit.  Click here to register!

 Certified HSE® Trainer, Rachel Armstrong

What you receive…

»  Lifetime Home Staging Skills

»  Hands-On Staging Experience

»  10-Step Business & Marketing Program

»  Occupied & Vacant Home Staging Options 

»  Final Project & Certification

»  Full Use of the HSE® Logo

»  Your Profile Listed on www.homestagingexpert.com

»  7 CE Credits for Realtors®

»  No Annual Renewal Fee

 

 

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Earn 7 Continuing Ed Credits and Your Home Staging Expert® Designation in Mississippi

If you’re a Realtor® in Mississippi, would like to sign more listings and sell more houses for the best possible price, want to gain a marketable advantage over your competition, and earn 7 Elective Continuing Education Credits to boot, then our 1-Day Hands-On Home Staging Workshop is for you!

Join our Certified Home Staging Expert® Trainer, Krista Golightly, on August 26, 2020 in Hernando, Mississippi for a fun-filled day of instruction, insight, and experience!

You will learn how to sign more listings using your staging skills, how to get reluctant clients on-board with preparing their home for market, how to create visual square footage in your listings, how to show off the best features of a house, furniture arrangements that work in every home, what it takes to appeal to the most potential buyers, clever updates that sell, how to take better photos for the MLS, AND SO MUCH MORE…

Space is limited to just 12 students for individual benefit, so sign up now for one day of training resulting in a lifetime of successful sales and profits.  Our workshop is guaranteed to build your home staging confidence and expertise!  You will never look at your listings the same again.

 

 

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BEFORE AND AFTER: THIS is why you need to stage your home to SELL!

When Realtor® and Home Staging Expert®, Linda Sanfilippo of Foxfire Realty of The Villages, Florida signed this listing, she knew exactly what to do.  A small home filled with too much furniture, too many knick-knacks, and too many pictures, she also noted there were just too many different paint colors going on.

“The first thing I did was hire a painter.  There were four different paint colors in the great room alone!”  Freshening everything up with a soft beige foundation and painting the trim to match created a brighter space and added continuity throughout while helping to blend in the not-so-white ceilings.

Because the sofa was blocking the entry point into the room, Linda implemented a much more buyer-friendly layout.

Combined with some much-needed editing, the space now feels at least twice the size, so light and airy, and very inviting!

While Florida might invoke images of the ocean and deep blue waters…

…it’s also known as the Sunshine State!  And crisp, uncluttered, light-filled rooms are always very appealing to potential buyers, no matter where you live.

Don’t believe me?  Just ask Linda, who received three offers for this home and sold it for $20K over the list price after just 2 days on the market!  And that is exactly why you need to stage your home to sell.

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