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The Top 3 Staging Items to Purchase

Most people associate Home Staging with the dreaded ‘D’ word. Declutter! They think that a Home Stager will come in and tell them what they need to take out and remove.

That is part of it but most of my home staging consultations also include tips for the homeowner of items to purchase to make the home shine a little brighter. There are three top items I seem to always be recommending. These three things are not updates to the house or upgrades. They are items that you can take with you when the home sells.

1. New Towels

New towels are the best way to freshen up a bathroom. You know when you  buy them and they are all soft and fluffy before you wash them a few times? That’s what you want hanging on your towel bars.

 

 

They will become your ‘pretend’ towels that will only be hung for photos and for showings. Don’t wash them and don’t use them until your house sells. Then pack them up and take them to your new house because who can’t use new towels!

 

2. Lamps

No one likes a dark house. Even if your home has a ton of natural light or many recessed lights, table lamps on end tables and nightstands warm up the space and makes it feel more cozy.

 

 

Be sure to turn on all your lights whenever possible when you have showings, even if it is a bright sunny day. And again….you get to take them with you when you move!

 

3. Throw Pillows

Most sofas are a neutral color like brown or tan. These aren’t colors that photograph into a great statement for your MLS photos. By adding throw pillows you add color, pattern and texture to a room. It’s also a perfect way to make a tired looking sofa look more alive!

 

 

This applies to beds as well. A bed shouldn’t be just a comforter or bedspread with bed pillows. It too needs some interest and throw pillows are an inexpensive way to do so. This is most important in the Master Bedroom. A queen size bed should have three pillows (two matching and one accent in front) and a King bed may need as many as five but it does depend on the size of the pillows used.

 

 

Take a look around your home and see if these three things may help to make your home show better to both the camera and the buyers walking in your door. A professional Home Stager will be able to give you specific guidance as to color, lamp size and the number needed.

And remember……these items are not a sunk cost as you get to take them with you to use in your new house!

As I Sit in a Parade of Homes Model…….

I’m sitting in a Parade of Homes model, not as an agent to try sell it but just hanging out as my photographer takes photos of my staging work. As I sit here I have time to actually look around and take in things that I normally wouldn’t see as I am flying around putting beds together and staging the home.    IMG_1662

 

I got to thinking that people coming to view the Parade models are in the same way, not that they are staging and working but there is just so much to see! The beautiful decor, the exquisite architectural features, and at the same time trying to not make eye contact with the builder or agent so that they give you a sales pitch, ha.

But I must say look around…..really look around. If you are there for ideas to renovate your home, or update your decor, or perhaps to build a home, really pay attention.

 

What are the paint colors? Light? Dark? Is every room painted a different color or is everything basically the same?

 

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What about the floors? Where are there hardwoods? Carpet? LVT or Tile? What is the stain color of the hardwoods.

 

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I do think light fixtures are so important in a home and can make such a difference whether selling or dwelling. Take a close look at them, their size, style, and finish.

 

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If you want to drill in to the nuances of the decor now is the perfect time!! How did they make a space look so homey and cozy yet perhaps elegant at the same time.

 

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You may ask why do I care? Well I am a believer that no matter how old your home is, it can look like a model home when you go to sell it. Things can be current, in good repair, light and bright and enticing to all who enter in.

The Parade of Homes in Minneapolis runs through Sept 29, 2019 and you can check this particular home out in Plymouth at Parade #251.

 

 

 

How High Should I Hang A Dining Room Light Fixture?

Many times when I am in a client’s home I notice a few things about the dining room. One of those things is the height that their light fixture is hung above the table. Most of the time it is too high.  In the photo to the right I feel the light is too high but it also is too large for the table.dining-room light too high

I think many times what happens is when people are moving in or out they clip the light fixture up so they won’t hit their heads when the table is gone and then it never gets lowered again. Or people just don’t know how to hang it so I’m here to help!

A general rule of thumb is that the bottom of the light should be about 30-34 inches above the table. Most table heights are 30″ so you are looking at approximately 62″ off the floor if your table isn’t in the room yet.

The dining room light fixture is normally the primary architectural feature of the room besides being the main source of light. So function as well as overall room decor is key.

The general rule I listed above is for an 8 foot ceiling. For every additional foot of ceiling height your light fixture may need to be raised 3 inches. The key word in that sentence is “may”. A lot is determined by the overall size of your light fixture, the size of your table and the size of your room. If you have an overly large chandelier you may need to raise it slightly higher.

In the photo below I feel the light is not only too small for the room it is too small for the table.

 

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The size of your fixture should be a half to two-thirds the width of the table; or one foot smaller than the table width is another way people determine the size. You just don’t want a fixture that is overpowering the table or the room. Likewise you don’t want it to look dwarfed in the space.

I am going to use my own dining room as an example:

My ceiling height is 9 feet, the diameter of the light fixture is 22″ and my table is 44″ wide and 78″ long. It is an open concept home so the height also needs to be adjusted with the overall scope of the area. But although my ceilings are a foot taller than the general rule of 8 feet, I did not adjust my light upwards. I just didn’t feel that was necessary with this pendant light.

 

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My light is 33″above the table. This height provides light down on the table where it is needed and really draws focus on the dining area itself. If this fixture was higher ……it would totally lose the intimate feeling you want in the dining room and feel like a hallway or foyer light.

 

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My recommendation is to use these general rules but then to hold up the light fixture and eye ball it as well. If necessary bring in a trained professional to assist you as once that wire is cut and the light is installed…..you can’t take it back!