Why Visit the Parade of Homes Spring 2022?

The Parade of Homes Spring 2022 is upon us! It started last weekend and goes through April 10th. Many people are not even aware when the Parade of Homes is in progress or feel that it doesn’t affect them as they are not building a home. I believe there are so many reasons to attend and here are a few:

If You Are Selling Your House:

1) The Parade models will give you a great example of how your home should look. Not that you have a new construction home to show off but pay attention to what they have and more importantly what they do not have.

2) Look to see how the beds are made, what they have on counter tops? How many accessories are you seeing?























If You Are Renovating Your Home:

1) These homes bring a wealth of information right to your finger tips for you to see live and you don’t have to imagine what it will look like. How are wood tones being mixed? How about metals…do they all match or are they also being mixed?

2) If you are making updates to your home prior to selling pay attention to what are in these new construction homes as they have their ears to the ground of what is not only on trend but what buyers are looking for. Look at the light fixtures if you are replacing yours, look at the color of the wood floors if you are refinishing yours. So much information in this homes!

3) Touch and feel the selections, the tile, the counter tops, see the colors.























If You Are Re-Decorating Your Home:

1) What a perfect place to get decorating ideas! From artwork, nick-knacks all the way to large pieces of furniture.

2) Check out how the furniture is positioned. Many people think all furniture needs to touch the walls but look to see if furniture is being floated in the room, away from walls. How is this working and how does it affect the coziness of the room?













So many take-aways from attending The Parade of Homes but a really good reason to visit the Parade of Homes is to dream and have FUN!! Check out Parade #295, #314, and #316 as we were blessed to be able to stage those homes! Every Thursday – Sunday Noon-6:00 PM through April 10th.




The Impact of Home Staging

It is always interesting to hear about the impacts of Home Staging from our clients, how it has brought more people in to see thier home and many times brought a higher price. It is also interesting to read about the impact of Home Staging through statistics.

One such statistic I recently read was from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) where within a survey they asked many questions of both buyer’s agents and seller’s agents.

This statistic caught my eye: “Only seven percent of respondents said that home staging had NO effect on the buyer’s view of the home.” WOW!! Only 7%!

That is an astounding statistic in my view. So 93% of agents felt home staging had an effect on the buyer’s view of the home they viewed.

Home Staging is not getting rid of everything in the house and bringing in all new furnishings. Home Staging is not doing a total remodel of a home. Home Staging can be as simple as doing a consultation with a client and giving them tips on how to make their  home show better by rearranging furniture, taking items out, doing small repairs and maintenance and cleaning.









Yes, there are times when bringing furnishings into a few rooms in a home are needed and make a huge impact. Talk to your agent and talk with a professional Home Stager and determine the best way to get your home in top selling condition.





Is Selling a ‘Blank Canvas’ a Good Idea?

A blank canvas is different from a neutral canvas. A blank canvas means a home is vacant when it is put on the market. Some sellers believe this is a good thing as a buyer can visualize the home the way they want to with their own furniture in the space, or using the room however they want to.

Unfortunately this isn’t easy for the buyer to do. A high majority of the buyers, as many as 80% cannot visual a room or home when it is vacant. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 82% percent of buyers’ agents said staging a homemade it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home.

Why is this:

  • Rooms Look Smaller When They Are Empty: This makes it tough for a buyer to know if their furniture will fit in a space.


  • Key Rooms in an Open Concept Home Are Difficult to Distinguish: Buyers are not quite sure where one room stops and another starts. They are left wondering what a blank area in between can be used for.


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  • Most Buyers Cannot Visual How Furniture Should Be Arranged: This is one of the toughest things for a homeowner, how should their furniture be arranged? Most people think furniture needs to be against a wall, so a home with a lot of windows may leave them perplexed. Floating furniture in and throughout a room cannot be visualized by many so they don’t know how the home will work for them.




  • Online Photos of a Vacant House Are Cold and Impersonal: There is nothing to captivate the buyer, draw them into the home from their online search. Even beautiful built-ins can look boring and daunting when they are empty.


Sellers don’t expect the entire home to be staged, but NAR’s data shows that 46% of buyers say that staging the living room is very important, while the main bedroom (43%) and kitchen (35%) were close behind.

If you will be selling a vacant home, consider talking with a Home Staging Company to stage the most important rooms.

Rooms With Style received the Gold Medal for “Best of MN” in both the Home Staging and Interior Design categories in 2021. Team Member Kelly Zabel received the ‘Rising Star Award’ in 2021 by her peers throughout the United States and Canada in the Real Estate Staging Association.