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Home Staging 101: Resources, Tips, & Tricks

To anyone getting ready to sell their home, the idea of staging can be an intimidating thought that conjures ideas about feng shui or concepts of interior design. But this need not be a complicated task, and when done correctly staging the home can help give it a much-needed advantage in a difficult marketplace.

The idea of staging is to clean and arrange the home in a way that makes it most attractive to buyers. While there are countless websites or books that can help with this topic, at its heart it is simple—turning the home into a blank slate of sorts, a place potential buyers can imagine their own details. The first step is to take a thorough examination of the home, looking in every room and try to see it as a buyer would. If it helps, bring in a friend or family member to give you a fresh perspective, someone who wouldn’t be afraid to make difficult suggestions to you.

Home Staging ChicagoWhen it comes time to start the staging, address the basics first. The house needs to be clean and free of clutter. Potential buyers want to be able to imagine themselves living in the home, but if all they see are the dirty dishes in the sink and piles of laundry, they might not even finish the visit. Eliminating the mess also makes the house seem larger, more open.

Once you have cleaned, it is time to get rid of all the clutter as well. For those who have lived in a home for a long time, this can mean addressing years or even decades of accumulated things that are no longer used and this alone can be stressful. So keep it simple and don’t try to get rid of everything at once. Take a room-by-room look at clothing or boxes, and use the general rule that de-clutter experts suggest—if you haven’t used it or worn it in the past year, get rid of it. Separate things into piles for the garbage, for donation and the last for a garage sale. Don’t think you can just throw everything into a box and shove it in a closet, because potential buyers will want to see what kind of storage space your house has as well. If you have a spare room or other space that is being used as a storage space for all this clutter, move it out and give the room a new purpose like a sitting room or library for your extra books. If it helps keep you motivated, think of the move ahead and how much easier it would be without having to move all the junk you don’t use anyway.

Now that it’s time to stage the house, keep in mind that you want it as a blank slate for the buyer to fill in with details. Remove bulk furniture, big pictures and the other things that might be taking up space. If you have unused space, try to fill it creatively with plants or bookshelves—if you can use something from another, more cluttered room, that’s an even bigger bonus. Some people think that placing all the furniture against the wall will showcase the size of a room, but staging experts say that placing them together in small groupings makes the space seem friendlier to users. Finally, be sure everything is clean, freshly vacuumed and neatly arranged.

Try to keep the rooms simple as well. If your choices of paint color are too bold or personalized, change to a neutral paint. Take a careful look at lighting as well, replacing light bulbs with tints that seem most attractive or adding new blinds that let in more natural light.

Megan Gates is an active blogger who provides written work to the blogosphere pertaining to Nassau Rental Properties, Hamptons Real Estate, home improvement and the latest architecture, design and fashion. Follow her on twitter @MEGatesDesign.

West Loop Bathroom Remodel… post #3

Here are a couple of pictures after the demo work was completed. Next on the agenda… put the bathroom back together!!

Vanity wall- during construction

View into shower- during construction

Stay tuned for the reveal of the new bathroom!

West Loop Bathroom Remodel- Post #1

One of my current projects is working on a bathroom remodel for a previous client. He started the kitchen remodel without me, and then hired me to pull everything together and finalize the finishes. The previous owner of his condo sold the unit with no kitchen appliances or cabinetry, so that was first priority. Now we have moved onto the rest of the condo. I love working with this client, because his style is very similar to mine. He lives in a modern loft-style condo and loves contrast and clean lines. When this bathroom is done…. it will be hard to leave!

Here are a few before pictures:

View looking at the shower

View looking from the hallway

View looking at the closet

Notice the “pinkish” porcelain tile and cheap white vanity that I am Oh so excited to get rid of!

We have big plans for this space, I will fill you in on my next post! Demolition started last week, and tile work has officially begun.

 

 

Rogers Park, Chicago Fireplace Makeover… Before and Afters!

I am so very excited to post these pictures today. These Rogers Park condo owners have been way to much fun to work with! My job is so much easier when I am working for great people. It is always bitter sweet when a job is finished. It is such a feeling of accomplishment, but you get to know so many great people (and some not so great 🙂 ) and I am not a fan of goodbyes. That is another part of my job that I love- there is never really a true goodbye- as home renovations are never truly finished!

Before I came into this space, these condo owners were very unhappy. They have been living in the condo longer than they anticipated- and were ready for change. The first thing we did was update light fixtures. It is amazing what the correct lighting can do for a space. Secondly, we repainted the master bedroom and the main living space. I have found that painting is the easiest way to transform a space completely while on a budget! The color before was bright red- which was very unsettling. Especially when you are talking about a 2 bedroom condo- the living area is the center of your home and should be a relaxing space.

My favorite part of this condo update was tackling the fireplace. We transformed the previous fireplace that was falling apart into a built in media storage area. Not only did this add the WOW factor that the condo needed- it also opened up a ton of floor space. You condo-owners out there know how valuable that floor space is when in a 2 bedroom unit! Enough talking…. here are the pics

Fireplace: Before

Rogers Park Fireplace: Before

Fireplace: After

We turned this entire corner into a custom media storage area. We added the cubbies for electronics storage and the new mantle piece and side columns to make the fireplace feel more built in. To finish off the space- we added 5/8″ glass and stone mosaic tile to really make a statement.

Fireplace: After

Fireplace: After- close up

There is a misconception out there that if you are on a tight budget, you cannot afford an interior designer. However, my specialty is knowing the correct places to put your money into to transform your home. The way I see it… you can’t afford to not have me around 😉

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Until later,
Erica

Chicago Bathroom Remodel… fixtures (post #3)

Hello everyone, sorry it has been awhile. Justin and I just got back from a trip to Los Cabos with our great friends. We had an awesome trip! Keep posted for trip pics and the design inspiration that came from our travels.

I will be making a job site visit tomorrow to see how the bathroom is coming along and drop off pendant fixtures. I will try and snap a couple of progress photos so that you can all see how the space is coming together. Today I wanted to show you the fixtures we picked out for this bathroom.

Here is the double vanity we are using from Pottery Barn:

Who would have thought you could find such a great piece at Pottery Barn?! This vanity fit our size requirements and we loved the open airy concept. The carrera top and chrome accents fit perfectly into the design of this room.

Here are the Price Pfister faucets in chrome:

Price Pfister is a great plumbing fixture brand to go with if you are looking for quality at a great price. Their fixtures are well designed for a fraction of the cost of the leading designer fixtures. You don’t always have to sacrifice great design when working with a budget! These are not your grandma’s traditional faucets…

We are having two James R Moder clear crystal pendant fixtures above the vanity area:

Wait until you see how these sparkle! I just finished trimming these mini crystal chandeliers tonight. These will definitely be a focal point in the space.

This job is scheduled to be complete by the end of this week. Hopefully I will have “after” pics up for you next week. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and if you would like more design inspiration, check out my interior design portfolio.

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