Great Snack for the Superbowl! Or Anytime Appetizer.

If you are like me, you are always looking for a tasty but super easy item to serve or bring to a party. This one won’t disappoint!

It’s a twist on the classic Caprese Salad on a stick. You know, the one with a grape tomato, piece of basil, and a piece of mozzarella?caprese

 

 

This recipe adds a couple more ingredients (you will need medium length skewers), plus a 1/4 cup of seasoning, so it not only looks more impressive it is so much more flavorful.

 

Easy Antipasto Skewers

Serves about 8-10

Ingredients

1 can medium or large  black olives
1 cup grape tomatoes
1 cup  of small fresh mozzarella balls
¼ pound salami, thinly sliced
¼ cup fresh basil leaves
9 oz package of cheese tortellini
1/4  cup Italian dressing
skewers

Directions

  1. Cook tortellini according to package instructions, then rinse in cold water and drain.
  2. Arrange first 6 ingredients on skewers until skewer is full.  Place in a shallow baking dish; drizzle with Italian Dressing. Cover and chill a couple  hours or overnight.
  3. Need to make these vegetarian? Leave off the salami and add on extras of the other ingredients

 

I served this as an appetizer before a dinner party and it was a hit.

 

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Traffic Flow When Selling Your Home

I know it may sound a bit crazy to consider traffic when you are selling your home….like you need a traffic cop to assist you, but in a way you do. I guess I am that traffic cop! 🙂   policeman-23796__340

 

When you are putting your home on the market you really need to consider that you may have 5 to 6 people all together walking through your home. Potentially the Realtor, husband, wife and 2-3 kids. That is a lot of people getting through a space and yes, most tend to walk together through the house, at least at first.

large chair  I entered a home this week to do a home staging consultation and 4 feet inside the door was an extremely large easy chair that also blocked over half the hallway straight ahead into the rest of the home. Yes it was a great placement for watching TV but it was not a great placement for selling. Some short term inconveniences may need to be made.

 

You need to leave all hallways, walkways, stairways and landings completely open. In addition, any major traffic pattern through a room should have 4 feet of clearance. If it is a not a key walkway, then a 3 foot space is sufficient. In some cases 2 feet is fine, like the back side of a dining room table.

 

You don’t need to walk through your home with a tape measure but if it helps than by all means! When I do a Home Staging Consultation I literally stand at the front door and determine which way the buyer is going to walk through a home. A well trained Home Stager can even direct the traffic flow in a direction you may want them to go in order to highlight a key feature of the  home.

 

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In addition, traffic flow through a living room for example is best if it isn’t cutting through the middle of a furniture grouping. There are times in can not be helped but many times re-arranging of furniture can create a much better flow. In the picture above not only is there a direct line to the stunning and cozy sun porch, the buyer is not walking through the living room sitting area. That was grouped up towards the fireplace with ample space behind it.

 

So when  you are getting your home ready for sale…stand back, look at the traffic flow and walkways in your home and determine where adjustments may need to be made. Or call your Certified Home Stager for assistance!

 

 

Seeing Your Home Through the Eye of a Camera

   You may never have thought of this but when you go to sell your home you should. This is the first way a potential buyer will see your home…..through the eye of a camera lens.

That MLS photo is small yet it is capturing an entire room. What will the buyer see in that photo?

Will they see your things? Their eyes going to the tops of cabinets where they don’t need to be.

 

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Or will the buyer’s eyes focus in on your beautiful granite?

 

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Will their eyes bounce from nick-knack to nick-knack…..wondering what that thing in the corner is? Or wonder how they could possibly seat enough people in the room?

 

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These are not photos where all new beautiful furnishings were brought in. These photos are using what you have but making it look better by editing your items and using them differently.

Other things to ask yourself:

1. Are they going to get done looking at the photos online and have no idea what the architectural features even are?

2. Will they see a formal dining room that can hold their family for Thanksgiving or a small table with 4 chairs around it because that’s all you need to seat at the table?

building-plan-354233_640     On a MLS photos they don’t grasp the size of a room. And many don’t take the time to look at the dimensions of the room but for many it wouldn’t really matter anyway. A 12 x 13 room may not mean much more to them than a 15 x 17 room and they aren’t taking the time to map it out at this point.

So photos do matter! When in doubt,  snap a photo of your rooms with your phone and look at it. What do you see? Where do your eyes land first? Hopefully they land on the best feature of the room.

 

And by the way…..photos snapped with a phone or Ipad shouldn’t be the photos on MLS. Professional Real Estate photos only please. Yes….again it matters!     blonde-1503202_640

 

If you need assistance in getting your home in top selling condition for those professional photos, hire a trained and certified Home Stager.