Choosing the Right Finishes

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Hardware  – available in many finishes

Choosing the right finishes for your home does not need to be complicated. Here are a few tips to help you with your selection.

Determine what finishes fit your style. Tip #1 – If you aren’t clearly drawn to certain finishes – and there are a lot out there to choose from – you may want to do some research to discover what your “finish style” is.

One of the simplest ways to refresh the look of your home is to upgrade your hardware. This would include cabinet pulls, door knobs, light fixtures, even hinges! According to Schlage.com, whether you want to mix the finishes you currently have to create a unique look or want to tie the whole look of your home together, you need to understand which finish would fit your personal style best.

Visit, https://www.schlage.com/en/home/style/style-selector.html to take a simple style selector “quiz” and discover which is right for you.

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Kitchens – classic to contemporary, what do you like?

Can I mix the metal finishes? Tip #2 – Do not be afraid to mix finishes. There are varying views on this topic, but if you want to combine different metal finishes – only do so if it adds visual interest or depth to the space.

Many people, for example, use satin nickel finishes in their kitchen – faucets and cabinet hardware – but then have matte black door hardware on exterior kitchen doors. These compliment each other and bring visual interest. There are at least eleven (11) finishes available for hardware, along with several styles (from simple and classic to sleek and contemporary). A good rule of thumb is to, ideally, only use two different finishes in a given place. Use one as a prominent tone and the other as an accent.

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Don’t be afraid to mix metals for added interest.

Consider the color palette of your home before selecting the metal tones. Tip #3 – Another important thing to remember is paint color. Typically, warm metals (such as gold, brass or copper) are paired with warm hues of color (like red, brown and yellow). Cool metals (such as chrome or silver) would look great with cool hues (like blue, green and violet). If you have a neutral décor, metallic accents can bring in added warmth, texture and color.

Think of choosing the right finish like selecting “jewelry” for your home. It is a matter of personal style and does not need to be complicated. If you would like more assistance in choosing the right finishes, please contact us through our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram channels or through the contact form on our website.

Until next time, Happy Staging!

Jacquie and Team

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4 Easy Do’s and Don’ts of Home Staging

Once you decide to sell your home, you need to find the right balance between personal and impersonal décor. Staging your home for the real estate market can be difficult sometimes. There is so much information on the internet on what to do and what not to do. Here are a few simple suggestions on how you should stage your home to sell.

#1 – Don’t make it too personal!                                                getty_rf_photo_of_child_drawings_on_refrigerator

A potential buyer should see themselves in your home – they should picture their furniture and personal items. We know that you love the collage of family photos in the hallway and the display of your children’s artwork on the refrigerator, but it may be a better idea to pack some of those personal mementos away. You can bring them back out when you move to your new home.

#2 –   No “theme” rooms!

Do you have a room in your home that you have themed from your favorite movie or Star Wars imagessports team? While it was fun to decorate and spend time in, when you are selling your home … it may be the only room that a potential buyer will remember. And just like Fixer Upper and Chip’s fond names for the houses that they show, your home will become the “Star Wars” bathroom home. The focus should be on the positive features of your space such as the beautiful cabinets in the kitchen, the natural hardwood floors or the gigantic walk-in shower. That is what you want potential homebuyers to think of.

#3 –  Paint color fiasco!

Choosing the wrong paint color can also determine what your potential buyer will remember about your home. You want to make sure that anyone who views your home will feel like the home is move-in ready! NOT … oh no, I will need to re-paint that living room or it will clash with our furniture! By using a neutral palette when you paint, you can appeal to more buyers AND you can still add the color you want through artwork or accessories.

#4 – Do not forget the clutter!

Most people who are selling their home, live in the home until it is sold. It is quite easy to overlook things that clutter up your living space. There will be potential buyers who do not have kids, and your home needs to appeal to them, too! Decluttering your child’s bedroom, removing toysmessy-bedroom from the living room – as well as making sure that your storage areas are organized – will definitely benefit you in the long run. When a buyer walks through your home, you do not want them distracted with all the items in the home, but instead focused on all the features of the space.

If you will not be living in your home while trying to sell it and it is going to be vacant, you should consider staging the home. A vacant home can be the hardest house to sell. By using furnishings and accessories that reflect the asking price of the home, Professional Home Staging and Design New Jersey can showcase your property to its fullest potential. We will dramatically change the feel of the home by creating a warm, welcoming feeling to the prospective buyer from our warehouse of furniture.

Until next time, Happy Staging!

Jacquie and Team

 

Why Home Staging is in Your Best Interest

What does home staging and William Shakespeare have in common?

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When Shakespeare declared that “all the world is a stage” little did he realize that the world of real estate and home staging would grab his metaphor and make it their own.

Home staging, by definition, is the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace.  The goal of staging is to make the home appeal to the highest number of potential buyers – selling a property more swiftly and for more money.

Your home is your home, until you decide to sell it! Then it becomes a marketable product … features, benefits, pluses, minuses and competition … your home needs to look better than any other home in that price range.

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Back in 1985, Barb Schwarz pioneered the staging concept and stated that “your investment in home staging will always be less than your first price reduction” – if done appropriately and priced correctly. Her vision of home staging has resulted in staged homes spending 80% less time on the market than non-staged homes.

“Home staging is no longer optional in this real estate market. It’s what will make the difference in whether your home sells or not”, states entrepreneur Barbara Corcoran. “Today, it’s a necessity in selling a house.”

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Professional Home Staging NJ would like to help you with selling your home. We offer vacant home staging consultations, “on the house”.  Please contact us and see how home staging is in your best interest.

Until next time, Happy Staging!

Jacquie and Team

Calling All Realtors! Exciting New Co-Branding Opportunity

Each month, I have the pleasure of meeting realtors from all over the Garden State to discuss their needs, challenges, and opportunities from season to season. While most of our returning clients often request stagings for vacant homes, we’ve been receiving more inquiries for furnished stagings. These situations occur when there’s a desire to incorporate the homeowner’s existing furnishings into the design. For those consultations, I typically meet both the realtor and the homeowner on-site and we walk through the entire property, room by room, to evaluate each area’s potential. I then share a detailed report of recommendations where everything that’s in good shape is clearly delineated from the suggestions on what to fix or improve before it goes on the market.

Report Recs (sample)

But as I was getting more feedback from realtors about this process, they were wondering how to address those properties where the homeowners know they need staging support, but don’t necessarily require a formal consultation beforehand. That’s when we decided to come up with our new “Home Selling Checklist” flyer which clearly lists how to spruce up each area of the home right before our staging crew arrives on the scene. But rather than only marketing our staging services, I thought it would be beneficial if we co-brand the flyer with realtors in every community.

Here’s a sample of the “Curb Appeal” section:

Curb Appeal (sample)

If you’re interested in learning more about co-branding with us to target your town’s market with this full-service home selling resource, please call us today so we can discuss further. Our goal is to have each corner of the state represented by partnering with realtors representing every region. Each time we get homeowner requests in those towns, we can directly refer them to the local realtor we’ve partnered with for this promotion. It’s truly a win-win situation to sell as many homes as quickly as possible for the highest return on investment!

Happy Staging,

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All Stagers Are Not Created Equal

I get asked this a lot when I’m at networking events as well as from folks who are new to staging: “What sets you apart from other stagers?” Of course I could proudly show our portfolio and talk about the high quality of the furnishings, but there’s so much more to it than that:

on the house logo (with PHSD)

1. Most stagers charge a fee for the initial vacant home consultation. I choose not to as I understand that every dollar counts when factoring in renovation and carrying costs. You could say that my vacant tours of your properties are “on the house”! But that’s not where the extra fees end for other stagers. Many also charge several other fees that we don’t, such as accessory rental fees in addition to the main furniture itself, as well as numerous delivery surcharges. One upfront fee with everything included is our preference.


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2. We take great care to ensure that each space we stage is warm and inviting. Some stagers believe that just one or two pieces of furniture is all that’s needed to help fill an empty space. You’ll sometimes see “stagings” where a living room only has a sofa and maybe an accent chair with literally nothing else in the room. It’s not surprising when those properties stay on the market longer than properties we worked on.


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3. Did you know that we own all of our furnishings and accessories? Most stagers can’t say that. They typically rent from other companies and then charge their clients not only the rental fee they’re fronting, but design fees on top of that. With our stagings, there’s no fear of your property being staged with items in poor condition. You also don’t have to worry about the items being tagged for use at another property if you need a rental extension. We can be more flexible and provide a more diverse array of options without charging anything extra for the higher quality.


Our team also continues to research how to best streamline our procedures so that you spend less time worrying about paperwork and more time focused on selling your home. In the past year, we’ve converted to e-signing for contracts as well as providing more online payment options. We’re always testing out new features to make sure you’re getting the most professional service possible.

So as you can see, there are a lot of ways that choosing Professional Home Staging and Design truly maximizes your staging potential. Choosing us above the rest is a choice for higher quality at more affordable rates with service that’s second to none. I look forward to our next project together. Until then, Happy Staging!

Jacquie

Sharing the Love

Over the years, we’ve received so many thoughtful and heartfelt testimonials from our clients. In honor of “sharing the love” today, here are just a few that we treasure greatly:

They LOVE Our Look

“Jacquie’s sense of style and use of space are exceptional. When people see pics of how Jacquie designed each room, they are floored. My home looks like a fresh and modern home straight out of an HGTV home makeover. My family and I couldn’t be any happier.” –Mari

They LOVE Our Value

“The first buyer through the door made a full price offer. Awesome! The place looks great. Worth every penny.” –Larry

They LOVE Our Flexibility

“Jacquie and her team did a great job. She fit me into a tight schedule, on budget, and staged a difficult space very well. I will definitely call again for my next property.”  –Mike

They LOVE All the Offers

“I’ve been in real estate for 25 years and never staged anything before. Thanks to you, we got 5 offers in 3 days! The staging was AMAZING. So helpful. I’m totally sold on the concept of professional staging. It’s a pleasure doing business with you.” –Steven

 


We LOVE Staging! If you want to share some love with us, don’t forget to Like our Facebook page or Follow our Twitter feed. Better yet, send us your own testimonial.

Happy Staging,


Resolutions and Renovations

Happy 2017! While the new year brings with it the expectation to commit to new business goals and personal resolutions, this time of year doesn’t often make us think of renovation projects for our homes. With winter being a historically slow time for the real estate market, you might be faced with one or two properties that aren’t quite taking off as expected. Before you call us to stage those awkward spaces into elegant showrooms, consider these tips for starting the new year off on the right foot for all of the homes in your inventory:

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Kitchen: A little paint goes a long way
Have you been getting comments that the kitchen’s floor plan is great but something just isn’t quite working? Consider upgrading your cabinets in the most cost-effective way by adding a fresh coat of paint. Don’t forget to add new knobs and hardware to modernize the entire look. If you’re unsure which color palette to start with, reach out to us for a paint consultation.

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Bathroom: Clean it with caulking
Make sure the caulking around each bathtub and shower is smooth and even. If not, chip away at the old caulking and add a fresh lining. Not only does this help prevent future leaks, it will give each bathroom a polished new look.

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Bedrooms: Sample some storage solutions
As spacious and inviting a master suite can be, we often hear how much closet space plays a factor when homeowners are weighing all of their options. Consider installing drawers and cabinet organizers inside the bedroom closets. Even adding some simple shelving into other spare corners throughout the home will do wonders for encouraging buyers they can easily fit all of their possessions in without cluttering up their new home.

When all is said and done, the best thing you can do to get your home sold quickly in any season is by staging it. We look forward to another prosperous year working with you to make each and every home look its best!

-Jacquie

Home (Staging) for the Holidays

In the past, we’ve staged holiday events around this time of year and it’s one of my favorite annual activities. There’s nothing like using the colors of the season in any environment to brighten even the grouchiest Scrooge. Whether decorating your office or your home this season, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

shinyKeep It Shiny
We love using metallic and glittery accessories in our stagings. They add just the right hint of contrast and texture that many rooms lack. Oftentimes, we only sprinkle them in as accents to complete a room, but why not let them be the main attraction for this time of year? Like in the picture above, they get the star treatment while natural materials switch to a supporting role for contrast.

personalKeep It Personal
While it is important to acknowledge that this time of year means different things to different neighbors, our homes should be a reflection of what we hold dear. Using lights and candles as a central design theme binds together all traditions, but it’s okay to mix & match if your family represents a blend of cultures. That’s the true celebration: everyone under the same roof, friends and family alike, surrounded by sentimental items that showcase their unique heritage.

festiveKeep It Festive
Our standard staging rule of thumb that “less is more” simply doesn’t apply for the month of December. If there’s one time of year when it’s okay to break the “rules” and be granted full permission to be a child again, this is the time! Sometimes having a theme like favorite Christmas movies or favorite holiday desserts keeps every area of the house feeling fun and included. So remember: it’s not “go big OR go home” but rather, “go big IN your home” for the holidays!

Thank you again for an incredible year of staging every corner of New Jersey! We look forward to helping sell your homes faster and for more money in 2017.

Happy Staging & Happy New Year!

Jacquie

What Are You Thankful For?

It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 years since our first staging. During our first full year of operation, we staged 25 homes. Thanks to all of you and your continued faith in me, we doubled that number the next year and keep growing to the point where we’ve now staged over 300 homes throughout the state!

When we all sit down with our families (hopefully in a comfortable yet elegant dining area!) to enjoy our Thanksgiving meals, I won’t just be thankful for the friends & family around the table. I’m thankful for:

  • every realtor who persuaded the reticent homeowner to give staging a try
  • every investor who never staged before but heard it’s worth a shot
  • every client who doesn’t hesitate to stage and notifies us long before renovation is complete
  • every referral that’s generated from the incredible word-of-mouth on our behalf
  • every back-breaking lift of our steadfast crew members who tirelessly position each sectional, stool, and table setting into reality

thank-youYet I’m also reminded that the growth we’re experiencing is not universal, and as I gaze upon my increasing warehouse inventory, I’m reminded of those who don’t have a home to call their own, let alone a bed or accent chair.

I encourage you to find the nearest homeless shelter in your neighborhood and see what they need. On those stressful days when paperwork and delays keep mounting, it helps to remember that everyone in our community deserves a home, or at the very least, a warm place to sleep tonight.

Any of our lives could have turned out differently than what we hoped or planned. I’m looking forward to another year of success and living our dreams.

Happy Staging & Happy Thanksgiving!

-Jacquie

Don’t Be Afraid of These Rooms

Sometimes behind innocent looking front doors lurks a terrifyingly awkward space that keeps us up at night. These stagings could have been scary, but don’t fear! We turned each potential nightmare into a happy ending…

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The windows would normally be welcome, but how do you make it work with the small wall and stairs so close nearby?
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Wow! The perfect living room/entry area was hiding in plain sight.
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Oh no! What to do with the traffic flow between these 2 rooms?
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Incredible! Was really on the edge of the…chaise on that one.
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What to do with this corner and the space in-between the windows? How can we turn this area into more than just a hallway?
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Whew! Didn’t see that coming. What was once a challenging space is now the perfectly-staged area.

So the moral of the story is, don’t be afraid! No matter how awkward, difficult, or challenging a room might be, we’re here to make it shine and give your real estate story the happy ending it deserves.

Until next time, Happy Staging!

-Jacquie and Team