Staging Your Home


Secrets of Home Staging

Highlight your home's strengths, downplay its weaknesses.

Appeal to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers with these home-staging tips.

Bye- Bye Clutter

The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. Make a house rule that for every new item that comes in, an old one has to leave. One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. When professional stagers descend on a home being prepped for market, they often whisk away as much as half the owner's furnishings, and the house looks much bigger for it. You don't have to whittle that drastically, but take a hard look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without.

Make Your Home Look Like a Million Bucks

Want a rich look in your home? These tips from stylists, designers and bloggers are proof that you can get posh style without a steep price tag.

Keep It Clean

"I am up and about for more than 12-14 hours a day, sometime in heels that should be illegal. So the one thing I look forward to is calling it a night in a bed with freshly laundered sheets. There's something magical about being able to indulge in a personal, clean and soft bed that I find priceless.

Create a Balanced Space

To make a room appear bigger, paint it the same color as the adjacent room. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space. Tip: If you want to give the illusion of more space, paint the walls the same color as your draperies. It will provide a seamless and sophisticated look.

Best Colors to Paint a Kitchen

Choosing paint colors can be a time-consuming and frustrating process when there are so many shades to choose from. The good news is that are certain colors that work best in specific rooms.

When it comes to kitchens, white, gray, blue, red, yellow, and green really shine. Each of these shades can do something different for the room, but they all help create a warm and welcoming space.

Warmer colors such as red are believed to stimulate the appetite and are an excellent option for kitchens. Red is incredibly versatile and there are multiple shades that would really pop in a kitchen, either on the cabinets or the walls.

Most people start their days in their kitchens, and white can really energize a room. It feels fresh and clean, and an all-white kitchen will really wake you up the minute you step in it. You can also have more fun with your countertops and backsplash in an all-white kitchen and choose brighter colors or designs for those.

Gray is a neutral that's been taking center stage lately in many homes. It often gets categorized as being too cold, but with the right shade, it can work wonders in a kitchen. Best of all, it pairs beautifully with a wide array of other colors and is the perfect base to build upon in a kitchen. It also works well as a countertop or cabinet color.

Most people start their days in their kitchens, and white can really energize a room. It feels fresh and clean, and an all-white kitchen will really wake you up the minute you step in it. You can also have more fun with your countertops and backsplash in an all-white kitchen and choose brighter colors or designs for those.

Gray is a neutral that's been taking center stage lately in many homes. It often gets categorized as being too cold, but with the right shade, it can work wonders in a kitchen. Best of all, it pairs beautifully with a wide array of other colors and is the perfect base to build upon in a kitchen. It also works well as a countertop or cabinet color.

Tile for Small Kitchens

Boost your small kitchen with statement-making and easy-to-clean tile, and find out how small tile can make a major design impact on the backsplash, countertops and floors. Tile for small kitchens can help even a cramped space to feel like it's "living large." Covering your kitchen countertops, floors and backsplash in tile will help catch not only spills but also visual attention.

Small Kitchen Design Ideas and Inspiration

In a small kitchen, many of the extras are eliminated, allowing for decorative, yet hardworking tile to take center stage. Instead of being a one-size-fits-all addition, tile comes in a host of materials, shapes and sizes; choose one that complements the dimensions and style of your kitchen. Popular materials, from ceramic and terra cotta to porcelain, are typically found in square and rectangular shapes. These vary in size from small mosaic-ready tiles to large slabs. Because of this variety, tile is a great vehicle for introducing texture, pattern and color into your kitchen.

For starters, you can make a major design statement with a tile backsplash. Though created out of necessity- and generally installed above the stove and from the base of the countertop to the base of the cabinetry- the kitchen backsplash has risen to the role of focal point in many kitchens, depending on the elaborate nature of the designs. Because the backsplash in a small kitchen is a petite canvas, go ahead and bring in some pattern or color drama through tile. Ideas include uniform classics, like subway tile or a geometric herringbone pattern, as well as bold, colorful mosaics or custom-painted murals on tile. If lots of expensive tiles aren't realistic for your budget, then look at integrating a few of them into your design as accent tiles.

Next, create a connection between the tile backsplash and the rest of the kitchen by installing tile countertops. Given the small square footage of your kitchen, costs for this addition should remain lower than for an average-sized kitchen. In fact, tiling countertops is a budget-friendly alternative to solid granite or a marble slab. If you choose to add tile to your small kitchen counters, then be mindful of selecting a tile size that balances the scale of your small space. Ironically, when large format tiles are used on a horizontal line, they can make your countertops appear longer.

Another place to lay tile is the floor. Not only are stone, ceramic and glazed porcelain tile easy surfaces to clean- they're also extremely durable for a high-traffic kitchen. Consider too the amount of pesky grout lines there are to clean on your tile floors or other surfaces. To this end, the larger the tile, the fewer grout lines there are to contend with.

Tips for Selecting Luxurious Bedding

We spend almost a third of our lives sleeping, which is why the bedroom is one of the most important spaces in any home. Quality bedding that promotes a good night's sleep is a must.

Go Bold in the Bedroom

Optimistic colour and modernist design are part of the company's fun and deluxe bedding collection. Bedding is "the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see when you go to bed. It should make you happy and calm- choose colours and textures that you love. Our bedding brings our favourite colors, groovy fabrics and the luxury of cotton percale to your bed, making you well rested when you wake."

Bathroom Linen Cabinets

Explore your options for bathroom linen cabinets, and get ready to install an efficient and attractive storage option in your bath space.

Bathroom linen cabinets can provide an efficient and attractive storage option for your bath space, as well as offering a natural space for guest accessories and amenities.

Your style options for bathroom linen cabinets are just about unlimited, so when choosing the design that's right for you, you'll want to consider whether you want to match your bathroom design, or use the linen cabinet as a way to express a more eclectic flair. If so, consider an unfinished cabinet you can finish or paint in a bold, striking style or color. The cabinet is a utilitarian, efficient piece, but it can still be a fun way to express your personal style.

Conversely, if you want to ensure the cabinet matches the bathroom style, materials are likely to be one of the main considerations. For more traditional bathroom, wooden linen cabinets are more common, whereas contemporary or modern bathrooms may be more likely to feature sleek, modern laminate or even metal cabinets.

A linen cabinet will do wonders to keep your towels and other bath accessories close at hand, but consider devoting a shelf or two to extra accessories for guests to use. They'll be extremely pleased to learn that anything they accidentally left at home (or had to begrudgingly toss in the airport security bin) is courteously waiting

Create a Balanced Space

To make a room appear bigger, paint it the same color as the adjacent room. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space.

Tip: If you want to give the illusion of more space, paint the walls the same color as your draperies. It will provide a seamless and sophisticated look.

 

 

 


Seller Services for Dartmouth Home Sellers


Ready to sell? Wondering what your home is worth? I would be happy to help you in whatever way I can. The articles and resources on this page are complimentary and part of the many services I offer. 

If you would like to request a free home evaluation, I will be glad to help you. All information you provide is secure and will be kept strictly confidential. I will provide a detailed Comparative Market Analysis to you and would be more than happy to assess your property in person.

Mary Nash

902.476.8485

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Become An Informed Seller


Planning to sell? If you are like most home owners, you’re struggling with a few questions. After all, you’re about to sell the single biggest asset you’ve ever bought.

You might have questions such as: What’s my home worth? Should I use an agent or go it alone? What can I do to make my home as attractive as possible?

And of course, the big one:  How do I get the most for my home?

The best way to start answering those questions is to be informed. If I’ve done my job right then this guide should…

A. give you answers to many of those questions

B. make you feel a lot more confident about the whole process.

And if you still need more information? My job is to make things easier so just ask. That’s what I’m here for. You can learn more about me and my services at the end of the guide.

Welcome Aboard,

 

 


Choosing the Best Agent for the Job


Most sellers use a real estate agent. You certainly don’t have to, but there are good reasons why most people still do:

1. Pricing is a real art. The biggest factor in determining how quickly your home sells is the price, and deciding that price is trickier than it seems. It takes experience and even 1% more for your home can mean thousands to your bottom line.

2. Negotiating is hard. Not just hard to do, but it can feel uncomfortable. If you want someone to negotiate fearlessly on your behalf, you need an agent.

3. Marketing is more than MLS. To get the most for your home, you need as many buyers interested as possible. According to REALTOR.com, 82% of real estate sales are the result of agent contacts.

4. Showings and paperwork are a pain. There’s more to the legal side of a home sale than you might think, and showing your own home is not only awkward, it can really complicate your schedule.

An agent takes away the burden of all these things, and works to get your home sold for the best price in the fastest time. After all- you’ve got a life to live.

 

 

 


Price Right to Profit More


Setting the price for your home is challenging. Too low, and you leave money on the table. Too high, and you scare away buyers to other properties. To complicate all this, your home is an emotional asset- it’s hard to see it objectively.

To find the OPTIMAL price- one that maximizes the sale price and minimizes the time it takes to sell- requires strategic thinking.

Pricing is something agents spend their careers refining and mastering. They combine intimate local and national market knowledge, an exhaustive study of similar homes for sale, and an analysis of past sales to come up with the optimal list price. And then they combine that with your unique needs to pick a price that fits YOU!

It’s no easy task, but it’s a critical one. Pricing your home right the first time results in more exposure, more showings, more offers, and ultimately, the highest price for your home. 

If you want to get as much for your home as possible within a reasonable time frame, you need to get the price right.

First, it is important to understand that only the market can determine the ultimate value of your home.  That said, choosing the optimal list price is essential to maximizing your home’s value.

If you price too low, you risk not getting as much as you can for your property, but price too high and you risk losing potential buyers who may think your property is out of their price range and you help your competition sell faster.