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.

Do I Need to Stage My House in a Hot Market?

“Do I need to stage my house in a hot market?” That is a very good question. Houses are selling in record time so it makes sense to ask. Just how much work do you need to put into getting your home in top selling condition and ‘staging’ your home?  hot-market

The word ‘staging’ can mean so many things to different people. Many think that staging means taking all of your furnishings out and bringing in all new. That may be the case for people moving out of state or into their new home before listing their current home, but most of the time that is not what staging is.

Home Staging really is about ALL the things that go into getting your home ready such as cleaning, repairs, painting, updates, upgrades and on down to the smallest details of what to leave on a bedside table. The MLS photos are so important and are what first gets a buyer’s attention to get them in your door. A Home Staging consultation will get your home ready for it’s glamour shots.  House Pull

But again, it’s a hot market so is that important? It depends on if getting top dollar on one of  your largest assets is important to you. That really is what it comes down to. Will your home sell without staging, yes. Will it sell quicker, for more money or maybe even over asking price if it is staged? Very likely right now.

bidding_war_1279585977-1080×627  In the homes that Rooms With Style have worked on recently, many have sold in a couple days (50 showings in a weekend means those MLS photos were amazing) and many with multiple offers (some over asking price). One $50,000 over asking and another $200,000 over asking!!

Staging your home does not guarantee you will receive more than your asking price or even a full price offer as so many other factors come in to play. Location, fair asking price to begin with etc. But are you potentially leaving money on the table if you don’t stage your home?  dollar sign

A Home Staging Consultation is always the best place to start. Get your ‘to do’ list and take it from there. An experienced home staging professional can walk through your home with you and give you a list of the best things to do to receive the best return on your investment.

If your  home is going to be vacant, I highly recommend staging the key rooms with furniture and accessories. Otherwise on the MLS photos it is just empty room after empty room. So underwhelming for the buyer scrolling through a lot of homes. The furnishings will not only enhance the space on the photos, it will define the space and look larger with furniture in the rooms when they enter. Empty rooms actually look smaller believe or not. With a staged room versus an empty room they will not need to wonder if their sofa will fit or where the TV goes.

So the potential is great in a hot market for getting the most for your home, in a short period of time, if you spend some money up front to get it staged. Nothing in life is a guarantee but the cost of staging is almost always less than the rewards received from it.

 

Making Your Outdoor Space Valuable

Your outside space is so valuable, especially if you live in the northern regions, as our time outdoors is so limited. Whether you are selling or dwelling, that space is valuable. It’s valuable to you for your enjoyment whether it is a small quiet place to curl up with a book or a large space to gather with friends and family.

It is valuable if you are selling as buyers can see how the house extends outward. It isn’t technically square footage but you better bet a nice outdoor space brings value to a buyer emotionally. This applies to decks, patios, and front porches.

My number one advice: TREAT THE OUTDOOR SPACE LIKE YOU DO YOUR INDOOR SPACE

  • KEEP IT CLEAN: Pressure wash or do a good scrub down in the Spring. Paint or stain any chipped areas. Brush off any cobwebs and leaves regularly.

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  • USE AN OUTDOOR RUG: Rugs add a sense of warmth just like in your living room. It also defines a conversation area and can add color and pattern. Make sure it is an outdoor rug that will resist fading and dry quickly after a rain shower.

 

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  • BEING OUTSIDE DOESN’T PRECLUDE USING TEXTURE: There are so many fun outdoor fabrics that are water and sun damage resistant. Add in throw pillows and even an outdoor poof so you can put your feet up!

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  • DON’T FORGET TO ACCESSORIZE: Just like any other room in your home, accessories add the style and pizzazz to a space. Weather safe candles, lanterns, and even lamps. Yes I have a weather safe table lamp and floor lamp on my patio that I never bring in until winter hits! It feels so much like a true living room.

 

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Your outdoor space is valuable for so many reasons. Take the time to make it stylish! It’s nature so mix an abundance of color, pattern and texture. Have fun and enjoy your outdoor space!

 

Patterned Tile – Is It For You?

Are you looking for a way to add some life to a room? To bring some fun to a otherwise dull space? Then bring on the pattern! With so many choices, there is bound to be a patterned tile that will fit your personality.

One of the best places to add a little flair to an otherwise task oriented room, is the laundry room. Let’s face it, laundry rooms are no longer pushed to the farthest darkest corners of a home but rather placed in the heart of the home. If your’s is down in that corner, then even more reason to add a splash of pattern!

Make this space fun to be in!

 

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photo credit @13thirtydesigns

 

Another place to consider using a patterned tile is in a back entrance or maybe even the front foyer if it is small and a bit of excitement is needed to highlight the space.  Small areas are a perfect place for pattern.

 

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photo credit @marcelledesignllc

 

The key to using patterned tile is to use it sparingly. I would not consider putting a patterned tile in a large shower, it would become overwhelming and potentially date itself very quickly. I would even caution using it on backsplashes if you have a lot of it.

 

A small backsplash area or a small section to highlight an area is totally cool in my book.

 

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photo credit @a_v_interiors

 

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photo credit @total360interiors

 

And don’t forget the fireplace! It’s the perfect place to add some pattern. I just finished my lower level and chose a patterned tile to highlight the main focal point of the room.

 

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So what do you think? Can you handle a little pattern in your life? My advice: use it sparingly, wisely and keep it classic. And have some fun!