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It’s picture perfect, it’s picture perfect…

That’s the key to a good property listing these days…it needs to be picture perfect before it goes on MLS.  That’s where over 90% of buyers are starting their search so you want those photos to be outstanding to draw attention and get viewers in, getting a faster offer and at a better price than if it sits on the market any length of time.

Decluttering, depersonalizing, and cleaning are the top three things you need to do to get your home ready for a sale.  It can take some time and effort but it will all pay off in the long run.  Don’t leave anything to the buyer’s imagination.  They are more likely to pass by your listing than to try to stop to figure out what lies under all that mess.

Contact me when you first start to think of selling and I’ll make sure your MLS pics don’t look like these.

Little things can make a huge difference.

Clear bathroom counters of toiletries and replace all light bulbs.

Hide or remove all signs of pets…including the pets themselves.

Get rid of all novelty or fuzzy toilet seat covers and mats.

Eliminate everything from the fridge door.

Don’t settle for a frumpy looking bedroom.

Even the garage and/or storage unit needs to be decluttered, organized, and neat.

Take away that gallery of family photos.

Neutral colours will be more attractive to buyers than bright ones.

Some agents are recommending or providing professional photos to their clients.  Professional photos can make your home look like something out of a magazine.  However, a professional real estate photographer cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.  If your home is not properly prepared and staged, a great photo is only going to enhance the negative effect even more.  That’s where an experienced home stager comes in.  I can look at your home objectively, address the issues, and apply all the principles of home staging to make your photos look picture perfect. Don’t wait until your home has sat on the market for months and gone stale…make it flawless right from the start.  It just Makes $en$e.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

There’ll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There’ll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of the
Christmases long, long ago
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
There’ll be much mistletoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It’s the most wonderful time of the year

 

It truly is a special time of year.  Everyone is hustling and bustling to get ready for the big day.  We all have our own special Christmas traditions and festivities that bring us joy and make memories to share for years to come.

For me, the decorating is one of the things that gives me the greatest pleasure.  I did a slideshow to show you some of the decor items found in my home this year.  I hope it brings a smile as you watch it.  https://youtu.be/UBXAplXW_w0

I want to wish each and every one of you a wonderful Christmas season filled with peace, love, laughter, friendship, and joy.  May this be the hap-happiest season of all.

Merry Christmas and all the best for 2017.

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Lonely days, lonely nights…

“The longer a home stands empty, the lonelier it gets.”

This quote is so true.  There is nothing appealing to most people about a vacant home.  It has no character, interest, or coziness factor which only seems to get worse the longer it lingers on the market.

Recently I furnished, accessorized, and showcased an empty home that had been for sale for a good portion of 2 years and it sold in 6 weeks.  The online photos made it look warm and inviting, ramping up buyers’ interest and bringing in several viewers, finally leading to that much awaited offer and sale.

If your home is sitting empty, you will want to invest in my professional home staging services, and certainly if it’s still occupied, get it staged to increase your chances of selling before it becomes vacant and lonely.

Lonely days, lonely nights.
Where would I be without my stager!

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Pump Pump Pump…Pump It Up

Is your home “vanilla” looking? Whether you are staging to sell or simply want to make your home more enjoyable while you live there, I can help. Look at these photos that show you how I can give it that pizazz you are looking for.

Occupied Home Staging

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Vacant Home Staging

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Curb Appeal

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Decluttering/Organizing

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Decorating

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Design/Renovations/Updates

 
   

Colour Consults

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Bright and bold... Added colour using accessories.

So remember, whether it be home staging, designing, decluttering, organizing, decorating, planning room layouts, renovating/updating, colour consulting, or even home decor shopping, Makes Sense Home Staging and Redesign is here to serve all your home decor needs in the Annapolis Valley.  We can take your home from ho-hum to va-voom, drab to fab, boring to beautiful…well, you get the picture.  🙂

Book any service by end of day Nov 4, and get a screaming, spooktacular deal of 20% off, so don’t delay.

 

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I see your true colors shining through

I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow

As much as I love colors and rainbows, when you are selling your home, I’m afraid I’d have to advise you against letting your true colors show.  Buyers do not want to have to paint once they have purchased a property and are busy moving in and getting settled.  If they see colors they don’t like when they are browsing online, they are more likely to skip over your listing and move on to the next, especially if it’s more than one room.  Isn’t it worth your while to buy that can of neutral paint and make them stop and take notice?  Even if it’s a color they don’t like, at least they can live with it until they get around to making the change.

Bright and bold...

Bright and bold…

Added colour using accessories.

A relaxing, inviting retreat…

Definitely a girl’s room…

More relaxing and appealing.

Girl, boy, guest…very versatile.

Busy...

Busy…

Less distracting.

Less distracting.

If you are planning on letting your true colors shine through, give a second thought to how your listing would be viewed if all three of these rooms had been left as they were.  Remember that how you live and how you sell your home are two totally different scenarios.

Contact me for your consultation before you list to get the maximum interest from your listing photos.

 

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Everyone’s A Winner Baby

Home Staging is a WIN WIN WIN situation for everyone

  • Maximum value for sellers
  • Quality property for buyers
  • Faster transaction cycle for realtors

Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money. Staging techniques focus on improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a welcoming, attractive product that anyone might want.

For the seller, home staging will give the MLS listing photos the extra boost to make a home stand out above and beyond the competition, creating more interest, getting more viewings, which will lead to a faster sale, at a better price.

By doing necessary repairs and upgrades prior to listing, buyers will gain from a better prepared home.  They will be able to walk in and fall in love with the home, instead of creating that “list” of things to be done.  This can save them valuable time when settling into their new home.

Real estate agents will benefit by faster transactions, higher commissions, increased sales volume, better reputation, and valuable time savings.

How can you lose?  As a home staging professional, I can have you all singing “Everyone’s a winner baby.”

I’m located in the Kingston/Greenwood area, but I’m willing to serve all Annapolis Valley residents.  Contact me right away to get more info and prices.

frumpy

frumpy

fantastic

fantastic

dated and dreary

dated and dreary

dreamy

dreamy

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You’ve got the right stuff baby…

Do you think that hiring a home stager means that you need to rent a lot of high end furniture?  Well, that’s just not so.  I do my best to work with what my client already owns, and, if necessary, enhance the home with accessories that I rent out for a MINIMAL fee.  It’s all about creating as inviting a space as possible with what I have to work with.  Only once have I asked a client to rent furniture and that was because she had beautiful antiques that just weren’t going to create the atmosphere that potential buyers would be looking for in her home.  Let me show you how I can transform your home to appeal to more, get increased showings, leading to a quicker sale at a better price.  A few hundred dollars now will save you thousands in the long run.  The spring market is heating up so don’t delay contacting me.

Here’s a good example of what an amazing transformation I can make…same house, same furniture…you decide which one you’d rather have on MLS to attract potential home buyers to your home.

 

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Canforce Mortgage Inc. – by Canforce Mortgage Inc.

If you are military and looking to buy a home here in the area, who better to turn for financing help than a “Military Mortgage Specialist“?  Jennifer Gaudet at Canforce Mortgage Inc. is your gal.  Take a look at what she has to offer.

http://www.militarymortgage.ca/

 

 

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Whether it’s brand new or many years old, an empty house is cold and uninviting, difficult to imagine how to place furnishings, appears smaller, and the imperfections of the home will be heightened.

Are you trying to sell a vacant home?  This can be a very stressful time.  Even though no one is living in the property, the utilities, taxes, and mortgage still need to be paid.  In many cases the sellers have moved to a different location and quite often have bought another home.  Buyers tend to assume that they can get a deal on vacant homes because they know the owners may be more desperate and motivated to sell.  It is especially important to furnish vacant homes to capitalize on their potential and enhance the perception of their worth.

cold?

No character.

cozy

Cozy and inviting.

Is there room for a living room and dining room?

Is there room for a living room and dining room?

lots of space

Lots of space here.

Purchasing a home is a huge step for most people.  It involves a lot of money and it has to feel like “the right fit.”  A home needs to tap into the buyer’s emotions and motivate them to make an offer.  A vacant home just won’t do that.

Decent kitchen.

Decent kitchen…

Amazing kitchen!!

Amazing kitchen!!

ho hum...

ho hum…

visually pleasing

Nice bathroom.

Don’t let your home sit empty any longer.  Let me help you make arrangements to rent quality furniture and accessories to make your home come alive in photos for your online listing.  Act now and get it sold so you can move on with your life.  The short term investment in home staging is less than a price reduction and will be a great return on investment for you the seller.

Is this the Master bedroom?

Is this the Master bedroom?

Spacious Master bedroom.

Spacious Master bedroom.

dull and boring

Dull and boring.

lively and inviting

Lively and appealing.

If you are a property developer, you will understand that a home sitting on the market for an extended time will severely impact your bottom line.  Let us stage your property and help you get top dollar from your investment.  Buyers are not looking for a house; they are looking for a home.  It just makes sense to use furnishings and accessories to provide them with that vision and get that emotional response when they walk in the door.

Hmmm, would a queen size bed fit in here?

Hmmm, would a queen size bed fit in here?

Wow, queen size bed with room to spare.

Wow, queen size bed with room to spare.

Very uninteresting.

Very uninteresting.

Visually pleasing.

Visually pleasing.

The home does not have to be completely furnished but we recommend that the main areas (at least) look “lived in”.  Staging can create that emotional connection and make potential home buyers fall in love.  And don’t forget the curb appeal.  If they aren’t attracted to the outside, you will have a much harder time selling the inside.

Lacking curb appeal.

Lacking curb appeal.

"I love the outside and can't wait to see the inside."

“I love the outside and can’t wait to see the inside.”

Don’t leave your potential buyers COLD.  Be sure you’re making the best first impression…you most likely won’t get a second chance!  Staging with Makes Sense Home Staging and Redesign is the way to go from the start.  Don’t wait until your house sits on the market for months.  Contact me now to get the most out of your sale and move on with your life.

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Oh, oh, oh…It’s magic, you know

Never believe it’s not so.

I’m a believer…in Marie Kondo’s “the life-changing magic of tidying up.”  As a follow up to my blog from a few weeks ago, I’ve been delving into de-cluttering and organizing my own home following the KonMari method outlined in this book.

Tidying has to be done in an order (by category) and you must discard completely from each before beginning to put things away.  The criterion for deciding what to keep is that you should feel a thrill of joy when you touch it.  And so it all begins with “clothing” – further broken down into subcategories which I won’t elaborate on.  You are supposed to put everything on the floor (but I put mine on the bed) and go through them one by one, touching each and every item.

Where did all these clothes come from?

Where did all these clothes come from?

For me, some things were a breeze to let go and others more difficult.  Anything that wrinkled easily was discarded without a second thought because the only thing that would bring me less joy than wrinkles is ironing.  🙁  If I had owned something for a long time, I got rid of it.  If I hadn’t worn it in a long time, away it went.

I started with a full closet (1 long rod and a shorter one), a 7 drawer dresser, plus a cabinet in my closet full of summer clothes and was able to comfortably fit everything in the closet and the dresser with room to spare.  I would guess I have about 1/3 of the clothes that I originally started with.  Even some things that had initially made the cut have since been removed.

full closet

full closet

pared down

pared down

bottom rack is mine

bottom rack is mine

top rod belongs to hubby and wasn't touched

top rod belongs to hubby and wasn’t touched

my summer clothes cabinet

my summer clothes cabinet

poof poof...it's almost empty

abra cadabra…it’s almost empty

Once you have discarded, the folding and organizing begins.  Instead of piling clothes in drawers, she tells you how to fold them compactly and stand them up so that they take up less space and every piece is more visible and accessible.

My old way.

My old way.

KonMari method.

KonMari method…folded or rolled.

Clothes piled in drawer.

Neatly folded and stood on edge. :)

Neatly folded and stood on edge. 🙂

After clothing comes books.  This was a bit of a challenge for me since I’ve been saving all my home decor magazines for years.  Even though I have hardly ever gone back to look at them again, it still hurts to throw them out so I’m trying to find a home for them to go to.  Marie Kondo tells you to keep only those books that fall into your personal “Hall of Fame.”

“Kimono” is the next category.  This would be all the miscellaneous items such as CDs, DVDs, makeup, accessories, household equipment, appliances, and other various items too numerous to mention.

“Papers” are the next chore.  Her rule of thumb: discard everything.  I cleaned out my filing cabinet and jammed the shredder so many times that I had a large bag of papers taken to the neighbour’s burn barrel to get rid of.  I was inspired to get rid of my recipe collection.  I went from two large 2″ binders, plus a recipe box, and several recipe books, to just a 1.5″ binder.

Recipes, recipes, recipes!!!

Recipes, recipes, recipes!!!  So overwhelming.

Much more manageable now.

Much more manageable now.

She recommends that you do all your tidying all at once but I was unable to do it in that manner, so it’s been a couple weeks of random jobs and I’m still plugging away at it.  I really like the new look of my closets, cabinets, and drawers so far and I can feel the weight being lifted off as I proceed.  I still have to tackle the sentimental items and photos, which are the most difficult task, but I’m determined to carry on.  So far this is what I’ve collected to get rid of, minus the papers that went to the burn barrel and some garbage that went out in the last pick up.

For garbage, donations, sale, etc.

For garbage, donations, sale, etc.

I probably have less “things” than the average person might have, so imagine what this pile could be.  I’m going to extend my January special until the 14th of February.  The deal is: book me for 4 hours and get the 5th hour free, plus I will give you one of Marie Kondo’s books.  It really is life-changing so contact me soonest to help get your home and life in order.

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