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.

Home Staging Statistics You Will Love!

Here are some Home Staging Statistics you will love, just in time for Valentines Day!

Home staging statistics you will love!

In the most recent study of  634 homes (both vacant and occupied), done by the Real Estate Staging Association, they found that:

  • Un-staged homes spent an average of 107 days on the market.
  • After staging, these homes sold on average in 25 days.
  • Homeowners had their home on the market an average of 132 days before calling a Home Stager.
  • Homes that were staged prior to going on the market sold on average in 18 days.
  • Homes that were staged first, spent 86% less time on market.
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       Let’s do some math on the difference of having your home on the market 132 days versus 18 days.

In this example let’s assume you have a house payment of $2500 including real estate taxes and insurance, and your utilities are $300 per month. Take the total of $2800 and divide it by 30 days in a month. ($93.33 per day carrying costs).

Multiple that by the 114 less days on the market (132 – 18) when your home is staged.

And what do you come up with as savings??? (114 days x $93.33 per day).

$10,640

That is only considering the basic of carrying costs. Not maintenance, yard care, security systems, etc.   The moral of this story is STAGE YOUR HOME BEFORE YOU PUT IT ON THE MARKET. DON’T WAIT!

Window Treatments When Selling Your Home – Home Staging Minneapolis

Window treatments are always a topic of conversation in a Home Staging Consultation when I meet with Homeowners that are putting their house on the market.

 

1) If you have heavy drapery or valances take them down. This isn’t the look that buyers want right now plus they over power the room and hide the windows.    heavy drapes

 

Even drapery panels that cover the window in anyway should be taken down.  At the very minimum, extend the rod out past the trim so the entire drapery panel hangs outside the windows themselves.

 

In the picture below my recommendation would be to take the panels down as they have the duet shades underneath for privacy. The shades should be all the way up to the top for MLS photos and showings. Hanging halfway down like this causes the eye to go right to those shades versus the room and architectural features of the house.

 

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You want to show off what the buyer is actually buying which is the windows, the trim work and perhaps the view. The crown molding is now seen versus the curtain rod being the prominent feature.

 

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If drapes provide your only means of privacy and that is an issue, then again hang them on the outsides of the windows as discussed above, but always take the valance down. Even if they are cute. 🙂 Valances visually reduce the height of the ceiling besides chopping off a portion of the window.

 

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If you love the drapes and valances that’s great, take them with you to your new home!

 

2) Two inch wood blinds should remain on the windows and many buyers will find these an asset. For MLS photos and showings have them all the way down but with the slats turned flat so all the natural light comes through and the view is not obstructed.      Wood Blinds

 

3) Mini-blinds is a room by room call. If they are in a main living area take them down if you can live with the lack of privacy for the short term. Usually it is best if mini-blinds are pulled all the up for photos and showings to let in the light but if they hang crocked when opened then leave them down but again the slats flat.

Every detail matters when selling your home. The MLS photos are a  buyer’s first impression and drapes can alter how the buyer sees your home.

Bring in a trained and certified Home Staging Professional to assist you with every detail to get your home in top selling condition!

 

 

 

 

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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