Category Archives: Home Improvement

A Mudroom Makeover!

I know the kitchen is the most important room in the house but the mudroom and laundry room get so much traffic and use that most people don’t want them to be dingy.

Renovating these rooms may not be on the top of a homeowner’s list but I have to say that it can not only make you happy as a homeowner but make a potential buyer do a little happy dance!

I have been working with these homeowner’s for quite a while, first assisting them with the sale of their home and then room by room in renovating their dream home. You can check out a previous blog post to see the first phases in “A Dream Home in the Country Comes True”.

This next phase may not have felt as glamorous but let me say that it turned out that way. I am going to share the before and after photos of the mudroom and then you will need to wait until my next post to see the laundry room. But, I will say ‘Hold On To Your Hats Folks!’

This mudroom was not only dated but extremely small. It was tight quarters and dark, not to mention containing some very outdated wallpaper. With four doors coming into this mudroom it also saw a lot of traffic.

 

 

 

 

The first phase was to rip out the existing closet that had doors banging into each other. You may wonder why you would ever want to lose a closet but in this instance the garage right outside will be holding locker systems so no storage was harmed in the transforming of this room. Well…it was harmed but not lost. LOL

 

 

 

Once the closet was removed a larger French door to the outside deck and gazebo area was added which really opened up the space and brought some much needed light. Then the pretty stuff started. Shiplap walls and ceiling painted white, luxury vinyl tile with a wood plank look put on the floors, and barn doors built by the homeowner. I’m going to add that he forged his own barn door hardware but DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. 🙂

Okay I can’t wait any longer…..here is the big reveal!!! Yes it is the same room…..the photos are in order and same angle as the before photos above. Yes it is the same room, or did I mention that already?

 

 

 

I just happened upon the steel bench when I was looking for accessories for the space and it worked perfectly with the mirror they had already found.

A couple cool metal signs and a some throw pillows in a vintage style fabric and it’s done. It probably didn’t seem quite that quick to the homeowners doing almost all the work themselves but it seemed pretty quick and flawless to me.

 

 

 

Although this remodel and update was done to enjoy…..which one do you think will bring more money and a faster sale when they go to sell? Take a look at some of the spaces in your home and determine if perhaps it makes sense to do some improvements now to enjoy yourself and then reap the rewards come selling time.

If you need assistance in making decision on which rooms to renovate or making selections for the best return on your investment, always call a professional Home Stager that also does Design work.

You won’t want to miss the next post when you see the reveal of the laundry room. You caught a little glimpse of it in these photos but just wait……..

How Do You Feel About a Little Bling?

Most of the clients that I have worked with have heard that question from me. Many get a puzzled look on their face and some get downright scared. Especially the men!

I usually throw out that question when I am talking to them about their lighting. Lighting is a key factor whether you are staging your home for sale or updating it for enjoyment. Lighting will always give a room lighting; but I think it should also give a room character!

Lighting should make a statement and leave an impression.This couldn’t be more important than when you are selling your home. Have the buyer remember your home as the one with the amazing light fixtures.

A great way to do that is by adding a little bling. You know….something that sparkles.

Crystals, dangles, bobbles and just plain glam. The Master Bedroom and Bath are a perfect place for that.

 

 

It doesn’t mean it’s feminine but it may be romantic. It doesn’t mean it’s tacky as it should always be classy.

 

 

Light fixtures with bling are not FOR every room and they should not be IN every room. The sayings….”a little goes a long way” or “less is more” apply to bling in your light fixtures.

 

My favorite rooms to add some bling are in the Dining Room and Master Bedroom.

 

 

I understand this may be out of your comfort zone. If you are selling you won’t be living with it long term and it’s all about the buyer and capturing their attention in a good way.

If it’s for updating your home it’s okay to start slow….maybe a light fixture with just a little bling or perhaps just in one room. What do you have to loose? It’s only a light fixture and you may really love it.

 

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.