Tag Archives: Home Staging and Redesign Tips Minneapolis St Paul MN

Making Your Home Office Homey

Many of us are finding ourselves working from home more and more if not full time. I have a feeling this trend is here to stay for a while so why not take the time to love the space you are in for so many hours!

Whether it is a designated room or just a nook you have carved out in the middle of another space, find a way to make it work for you both from an organizational standpoint but also an esthetic one.

 

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The desk is the most important piece. Does yours need to be narrow for traffic flow to get by? Do you need a lot of surface space or just enough for your laptop? Maybe one that you can close and tuck away at night?

 

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I am a big believer that although your chair needs to be comfy, there is no reason it cannot be fun! Think outside the box from your standard office chair. This is a great place to add your personality.

 

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Opening shelving via a ladder system or floating shelves keeps a space looking open and modern.

And don’t forget color! Even if it is a tucked away nook, adding color to the walls or artwork can make the hours in your office space a happier place to be. Again…note the fun chair. 🙂

 

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If you need to start out the new year with a refresh to  you home office, don’t hesitate to give us a call if you need help!

 

 

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.

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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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Should I Paint My Kitchen Cabinets To Help Sell My Home?

Such a good question and one that I get at least once a week during a Home Staging Consultation. It really is something to take a hard look at. Questions to consider:

  1. How old are the cabinets?
  2. What is the price of my home?
  3. What is the current market?
  4. Is there a lot of competition in my area?
  5. What will be the cost to paint the cabinets?

I did a consultation for a starter level home in a suburb of Minneapolis. The cabinets were original and in pretty good shape but in a medium oak stain which is not what the buyers are looking for. Since this home was a starter level home we know that the buyer may not be coming in and gutting a complete kitchen right away.  They want a kitchen they can live with for a while until improvements can be made down the road.

 

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It is a hot market right  now and homes in that price range are going fast but you also want to get top dollar.

I had the homeowner get a bid to have the cabinets painted which came in very reasonable. I recommended the painting be done.

 

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Isn’t the difference amazing!! Because the cabinets were being painted they could also take down the decorative bar across the top of the sink that is very dated and add an updated pendant light. The home got a couple other small updates, was staged and the outcome??? The homeowner received an offer the first day with multiply offers coming in and selling for over the list price! Painting the cabinets paid off with a quick sale, did not leave any money on the table and in fact put a little extra in the homeowner’s pocket.

If you are selling your home be sure to get professional advice from a Certified Home Stager.