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.

Can I Have A Christmas Tree When My House Is For Sale?

Absolutely!! I just got this question the other day and yes you can put up your Christmas tree when your house is on the market. It can actually make your home warm and cozy during a hectic season, pulling a buyer into imaging a Christmas in their new home.

Just a couple things I would caution. Don’t get a tree that is so large that it takes up a large portion of your room or hides the architectural features of the home with your other furniture. You still want the buyer to see how the room will work for them day to day.

Living Room with Christmas tree

Perhaps this year the tree goes in a different room. Although your favorite place for the tree is in the family room right by the fireplace, this year it may need to be in a more spacious living room.

One other note of caution is on Christmas decorations in general. Yes go ahead and decorate your home for Christmas but if you are one that loves to go all out….this one year you should tone it down to just accents here and there.

My other advice is to not have MLS photos taken while your Christmas decorations are up. If your  home does sit on the market for a while the photos will date those photos and show the buyer immediately how long it has been on the market.

Merry Christmas to you and your family. May you have a blessed Christmas season.

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Yummy Salad for Thanksgiving!

Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad with Citrus-Maple Vinaigrette, doesn’t the name alone make you think of Fall? This recipe was published in Country Living Magazine and the Citrus-Maple dressing fits in so well for a great Thanksgiving Day starter.

Here’s what you  need to know:

Working Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Makes: 6 servings

 

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Ingredients:
For the Vinaigrette:
1/3 c. fresh orange juice (from about 2 oranges)
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 c. olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the Salad:
1/2 c. canola oil
1 lb. small Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved (quartered if large)
Kosher salt
8 to 10 ounces mixed baby lettuces
1 tart-sweet apple (such as Honeycrisp or Pink Lady), quartered and thinly sliced
1/3 c. sliced or slivered almonds, toasted
2 to 3 ounces Asiago cheese, shaved
1 tbsp. chopped fresh chives
Directions

1. Make vinaigrette: Place orange juice, vinegar, lemon juice, maple syrup, and mustard in a blender. Blend until well combined, 10 to 15 seconds. With blender running, gradually add oil until emulsified, 45 to 60 seconds. Season with salt and pepper. Store in a jar in refrigerator up to 1 week.

2. Make salad: Line a plate with paper towels. Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until very hot but not smoking, 1 minute. Carefully add Brussels sprouts, cut sides down, and cook, without turning, until crisp-tender and golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate with a slotted spoon. Season with salt.

3. Toss together lettuces, apple, Brussels sprouts, and 1/4 cup vinaigrette in a serving bowl. Top with almonds, cheese, and chives. Serve immediately with remaining vinaigrette alongside.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Clean Your House Like It’s Sale Depends On It

It really is true….the sale of your home could depend on how clean it is. Many people will overlook outdated items in a house if the house is clean.   Clean bucket

I always say, when you sell  your car you detail clean it. You use a toothbrush to get down in the cracks, the running boards, you wipe every surface. That is what you need to do when selling your home. Detail clean it.

What does that entail? It is far more than dusting the top of your furniture.

 

clean baseboardsWipe down the walls.

Wash the baseboards.

Clean all light fixtures inside and out.

Clean the inside of the oven, refrigerator and microwave.

Scrub all sinks and tubs with a strong cleaning solution.

Scrub grout with a grout brush and strong grout cleaner.  Clean Grout

Vacuum corners, stair risers, closets.

Wash windows inside and out including screens and window sills.

 

No one wants to see their own dirt and they really don’t want to see yours. A buyer just may walk out if a house is dirty. They get a feeling they don’t like and sometimes they don’t even know what it is.

When a house isn’t clean it feels older. The buyer thinks that if you couldn’t clean then you probably didn’t service your furnace, do regular maintenance throughout the house which will cause things to breakdown sooner.

A clean home reflects a well loved and well maintained home. A clean home could make a difference in the offer presented to you. If a buyer isn’t sure if something needs cleaning or replacing, they are going to assume replacing and lower the price accordingly.Sparkles

I know time is tight, especially when selling your home. So if needed,  hire a reputable cleaning agency or person who specializes in move-out cleaning. Provide them with exact details of what you want cleaned.

 

 

CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN. MAKE IT SPARKLE AS IF THE SALE OF YOUR HOME DEPENDS ON IT!