Author Archives: Shar Sitter

About Shar Sitter

Shar is an award winning Designer and Home Stager and the owner of 'Rooms With Style' and the 'Certified Staging and Redesign Acadamy.' She has been in the design industry for over 25 years and her background includes studies in Interior Design as well as Horticulture to assist with your home’s curb appeal. Shar has a talent for taking simple things; placing them in their best light and making them shine.

But Those Valances Were Expensive!

I get that response many times when I recommend to clients that they take down the valances above windows when they are preparing to put their home up for sale.

I understand they may have been expensive but many times that was 20-30 years ago so you have gotten your money’s worth. Even if they were purchased more recently you can take them with you to your  new home or leave them folded in a closet for the homeowner if they want to use them

The reason I make this recommendation is:

1) Valances cut the ceiling height down.

It chops the room off visually part way up the wall and the buyer’s eye tends to stop right there.

2) Valances shrink the window size.

A large portion of a window is cut off because of a valance, sometimes 1/4 of the window on smaller windows. Buyers love large windows and lots of natural light. Valances hinder both of those making the windows look smaller and the room darker.

 

 

3) Valances cover up the view.

Many times homes have beautiful lots, gorgeous back yards with tall trees and you have to look under the valance to see it all. Show off what they are there for and where the value is, the land. The valances will not add value to the house no matter how expensive they were.

 

 

4) Valances are a personal preference

Some buyers like drapes, some like blinds, some like valances, some like bare windows. It is a personal preference and with the valances they see it as a chore to take them down, patch the wall and repaint if they don’t like them. It is always best to reduce as many personal style items as possible for a buyer.

There are many times I recommend drapes come down as well but valances are a must. For these and all recommendations when putting your house on the market, contact a professional Home Stager for a Home Staging Consultation.

Why Should You Go To the Parade of Homes? Minneapolis MN

Many people think the Parade of Homes is just if you are in the market to build a new home; or to see the pretty decorations. Both of these are great reasons to go but there is another couple reasons you may want to go if you plan on selling your home soon.

1.Pay Attention To What Is There

By this I mean take it ALL in.

  • What are the paint colors?
  • How many paint colors are used throughout the house?
  • What do the light fixtures look like?
  • Look at the floors, what is the stain color of the hardwoods? Does the carpet have a pattern?
  • Check out the tile in the bathrooms, the back splash and the granite. Color, style, pattern.
  • Look at the bedding as yes it does matter.

All these things are important because model homes are usually very current on what buyers are looking for. It doesn’t matter if someone is buying new construction or an existing home, they want certain things to be current in the home they are buying.

 

 

That doesn’t mean you have to change everything in your home. What it means is if you need to do updates in your home to get it in selling condition, do them in the style that the buyer is wanting. It is not based on  what you like.

In many parts of the Twin Cities, when you go to sell, you are competing against new construction so it is even more important that the buyer doesn’t see your home as a time warp.

2. Pay Attention To What Is NOT There

There is a reason people love model homes. They feel immediately like it is their home because of the things they do not see. Some of the things they do not see in a model home are:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Dish Drains
  • Kleenex
  • Dirty Laundry
  • Trash Cans
  • Collections (of teddy bears, tea cups, roosters)

It’s what I call ‘real world’ things. All those things that we use daily that are out, but need to be tucked away when you go to sell. Many times we get so used to living with these things we don’t give them a second thought.

 

 

When you go to sell…..you need to live with a ‘pretend’ house while it is for sale. Your goal is to have it looking perfect, have it sell quickly and then go back to life as normal. Yes it is inconvenient but it is something you need to do.

So go visit as many houses as you can during the Parade of Homes and soak in not only what is there, but what is not there.  The Parade of Homes is taking place right now in Minneapolis until March 25, 2018.

For a personal list of what you should or should not have in your home while it is for sale, hire a Professional Home Stager.

 

 

Freddy’s Comes to Lakeville, MN!

I had never heard of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers until last month when we were driving back to Minnesota from Texas and we stopped in Kansas City for fuel. We were also hungry and right next to our gas station was Freddy’s. 

I’m always game to try something new and I was so glad we did. Our steakburgers were fabulous and the custard? Well…..what can I say about the Frozen Custard except superb.

 

I didn’t know much about Freddy’s but I loved the vintage photos of him as a child on the walls of the restaurant. I didn’t give it much thought beyond that as what were my chances of passing through Kansas City and stopping at the same exit to eat there again.

 

Needless to say I was shocked when I was driving to my warehouse and there was a huge sign saying “Coming Soon. Freddy’s Steakburgers!”  Wow! Right on the corner of Pilot Knob Road and County Rd 46 by HyVee in Lakeville. Two miles from my warehouse and only 5 miles from my home. That could be trouble.

I can see myself popping in for some Dirt and Worms and all the other flavors of Frozen Custard as well. 

I did a little research and found out it isn’t the first Freddy’s location in the Minneapolis metro. One already exists in Savage as well as Maple Grove.

If you get a chance check them out. Here’s a link to show all their locations throughout the country.

www.Freddysusa.com