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  Kristi DeFazio wrote this insightful post about how buyers perceive homes for sale. I think she was right on. If you are a home seller, make sure your house is #5!   I have been a buyer's agent in Colorado Springs for awhile now and each time I take a buyer into a home, they usually make a comm...
 I love Project Runway. I love watching the fashion. I love mentor Tim Gunn. And I love his mantra: "Make it work." That got me thinking about the many ways Project Runway and home staging are similar. If you're not familiar with the show, they start with 16 fashion designers. Each week they get ...
It seems like I've been seeing a lot of wallpaper borders lately. Sometimes they are part of a wallpaper decorating scheme and other times they are flying solo near the ceiling or at chair rail height. I have yet to see one that I think enhances a space. It's a trend from a past decade and it dat...
You've decided to put your house on the market and you're planning to do so in a month or two. Now you must decide how to prepare your home for sale. To make that task easier, here are six ways to begin the home staging process now. 1. Decide what needs to go Check each room and remove furniture ...
It's January. Perhaps you're trying to turn over a new leaf and reduce clutter. It's also Get Organized month, according to the National Association of Professional Organizers. So, here's one simple thing you can do to reduce clutter. It's actually pretty painless, too.   Just say "no."   Before ...
As a home stager, I'm always concerned about budget. The first time I walked into a thrift store was when my husband and I rehabbed a home a few years ago and I was looking for window treatments. Over the years, I have continued the search for treasures and I now consider myself a thrift store af...
The bathroom is one of the most overlooked rooms in the home. Really. And as a home stager, I see a lot of wasted bathrooms in homes on the market. First things first: bathrooms have to be clean. Sparkling, dirt-free and stain-free clean. Strangers are looking at a seller's bathroom, wondering i...
  When I looked up “neutralize” in the dictionary, I found “counterbalance.” What a great concept!  It suggests that neutralizing is just resetting the scale, balancing the weight between what the seller has and what the buyer wants. Balancing that weight goes beyond choosing beige or cream paint...
  Homeowners today must feel really vulnerable when they decide to put their homes on the market. There’s a lot of competition and their house may be worth less than it was three years ago. Perhaps they even tried selling their home last year and pulled it off the market when they didn’t get the ...

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