Thursday, May 8, 2008

8 Tips for Low Cost Staging

8 Tips for Low Cost Staging

In a tough sales market, staging can help move a property. Barb Schwarz, who claims to have invented home staging in the early 1970s, estimates that about one in four homes nationwide are now staged.

Julie Dana and Marcia Layton Turn state in their book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Staging Your Home to Sell, that a seller stands to gain as much as $9,000 on a $200,000 house if it's staged.

Shelly Wagner, a Detroit-based stager, estimates that the cost per room for staging is $100 – small potatoes if it really helps a home sell.

Here are some ideas from Wagner for effective, low-cost staging:
  • Remove scatter rugs and knickknacks from every room.
  • Get rid of everything on the kitchen counters, including appliances, except for the coffee maker.
  • Remove as much as you can from closets.
  • Hire a cleaning service if necessary to make the house spotless. Scrub floors, walls, and windows. Pay special attention to the microwave, oven, and refrigerator.
  • Focus on the feature rooms, the living, dining, and master bedrooms. Additional bedrooms are best left empty or minimally furnished.
  • Arrange the furniture to show off each room’s best features.
  • Set the dining-room table with napkins, plates, and flatware.
  • When showing the house, turn on soft instrumental “buying” music, preferably classical or jazz.

Friday, May 2, 2008

It is Mother’s Day again, are you ready?

Happy Mother's Day
Stafford Family Realtors
This Mother’s Day we have teamed up with Gatherings at Excelsior Florist this year to offer you a way to celebrate the special ladies in your life. If you mention this ad you can receive $5 off your purchase of $25 or more. Gatherings at Excelsior Florist’s beautiful flower arrangements will surprise and delight!

Keep checking back here for more great offers in the future.
We hope to offer a great new deal every month.