Home Staging – Tips For Decorating a Small Apartment

You might have gotten a small apartment because you could only afford a tiny place, or because it was the most conveniently located, or for some other reason. Now you are faced with decorating it. You don’t have to think small, though. Here are some fun tips you can use to decorate your small space and love it.

1. You don’t have to sacrifice looks for features. When you are dealing with a small space you should definitely make sure that you are buying things that will be useful, but you can still make sure they are fun and match your style.

2. To create the appearance of multiple rooms in a studio apartment, you can buy a screen or set up an open set of shelving between the areas. Between the kitchen and the dining area, you can roll in a rolling island or buffet. The item you choose will not block off the view of the rest of the room, but it does present a mental barricade so you feel that they are unique rooms with distinct purposes. Plus, the divider means you can take advantage of a practical item to increase storage space. You may even find that your productivity improves thanks to separate “rooms”.

3. Multipurpose furniture can help, too. Ottomans that are hollow inside allow you to store things. Tables with leaves allow you to expand the dining area when guests come over, but fold down to give you space the rest of the time. Even a window sill can double as a shelf when you need it. You can also tuck storage into blank areas on the wall or try a corner unit that won’t intrude into the room but still give you that extra space you really need in a small apartment. This also lets you go up with your space when you can’t go out into the room.

4. Think about using a Murphy bed. These fun beds fold up into the wall and out of the way during the day. Your apartment can shift from home office to peaceful respite in a jiffy. And, unlike cartoons of yore, you can’t actually get folded up into it spontaneously.

5. Curvy furniture is great for small spaces, too, because it allows the eye to travel along and break up the cube space of the small apartment. They can lead to three-dimensional layers that add size when there isn’t any. Things like shadow boxes and plush throw rugs over wood floors create a lot of depth.

6. Light colors are bright and make a small space feel bigger. Using mirrors reflects light back into the room and it also allows for the space to feel bigger thanks to the images repeating in the mirrors. Bright colors can still be used, but save them for the furniture or accessories so they don’t end up looking like they completely took over the space.

7. Because of the small size, it is very important to keep clutter to a minimum. It doesn’t have as many places to live and so it is much more prevalent. Take the time every few months to clear out the clutter.
There you have it! Several fun ways to decorate your small apartment and have it look great – and remember these are just launching points. The sky is the limit!

How STAGING Helps Homes Sell

Have you ever considered why two, somewhat similar houses, are listed on the market at the same time, for a similar price, and while one sells quickly, the other continues to be available? Once we’ve eliminated reasons such as the condition of the house and grounds/ property, real estate taxes, upgrades, etc, this disparity is often due to how potential buyers view, and perceive each property. Factors such as curb appeal, first impressions, etc, may be major factors and considerations, which explain what’s going on. After more than a decade as a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, in the State of New York, I feel strongly, that there are times, when having a house professionally staged, may make all the difference! Let’s review some of the reasons, STAGING helps homes sell, and do so, with the aid of mnemonics.

1. Strengths; system; solutions: It is often quite challenging for a homeowner to be able to look at his house objectively, because of both the emotional attachment, and because he’s personally involved! While some homeowners might be capable, and some agents might also, it is often wise to seek the assistance, services and recommendations of a professional stager, to seek the best solutions, to better showing off the strengths of a house. These people usually have a tried – and – proven system, and I have witnessed fabulous results. An agent should make recommendations of stagers in the area, who have successfully staged similar properties, in your area.

2. Trends: Stagers know and understand what the present – day buyers might be seeking, and taking advantage of the trends. They will therefore, focus on paying particular focus, in those areas, of need.

3. Appearance; attention; appeal: How might the appearance of a house be enhanced/ improved? From curb appeal, to first impressions, it’s often wise to listen to a professional expert. They know what to pay the most attention to, as well as the best way to draw prospective buyers’ attention, in a positive way. The goal of staging, obviously, is to improve the appeal!

4. Generate: Staging has the ability to generate a higher level of excitement, and interest in a particular property, because it will accentuate the positive!

5. Improve; interest: Don’t you want your home to be shown off, to its best possibilities? Listen to how stagers might improve the overall perception! The greater buyers’ interest, the better the chance of selling a house!

6. Nuances; niche: Often, a stager may identify the specific niche, which this house should appeal to, and, thus be marketed at! They will use that, to place certain nuances into their overall staging plan.

7. Greater; good: Enhance the good points of a home, and reduce attention to the weaker aspects. Like a quality artist, a professional stager, knows how to make something greater, and more appealing!

Don’t behave in a penny – wise, pound – foolish, manner! There may be a cost to STAGING, but if it will get your home sold, quicker and at a better price, doesn’t it make sense?

Organization Is the Backbone – Staging a House for Sale

A good organization system is invaluable in any household – but you can live without it in your day to day life if you choose to. However, when your house is listed for sale you absolutely must organize every space in the home. If you skip this step in staging your house for sale it could cost you money at closing with a lower offer or cause buyers to pass on your house altogether.

Organization can be elusive. People have the best intentions of getting and staying organized. They go out and buy boxes and baskets and promise themselves they are going to use them from here on out. And sometimes they do – but more often than not – it doesn’t work out that way. Most commonly these people end up with boxes and baskets full of stuff – and more stuff everywhere else. This is fine for everyday life, but when the house is listed for sale it just won’t do.

One of many reasons it is so difficult to live in a house while it is listed for sale: All areas of your home simply must be well organized while the house is listed. Why? Because buyers are curious (nosy) and rightfully so.

When a potential buyer decides to visit your house in person there are so many obstacles to overcome to even get them through the door. Do the online photos look great? Is the house priced right? Is the curb appeal great? Does anything smell funky from the front walk?

When you actually get them into the house you are solidly in the game. You have overcome all the initial obstacles to selling your house to these particular people. These just might be your buyers so don’t blow it with “behind the scenes” chaos.

Behind the scenes chaos occurs when a house looks good on the surface, but underneath the clean windows, great furniture arrangement, and strategically placed lighting there is disorganized space. Cabinets, drawers, built-ins, and closets have a huge impact on the buying decision. If buyers cannot easily see how their things will work in the space they will emotionally disconnect from the house. You do not want this disconnect to happen. It is the buyer’s emotional connection to a house that brings the best offer. Chaos disconnect causes them to want to leave the house – not buy a home.

Buyers are a nosy bunch – and rightfully so. They want to inspect every space they are considering for purchase. Wouldn’t you? Buying a home is most often the largest purchase people make in their life time. They need to feel confident in making an offer. They need to feel connected to a home to be willing to pay for it.

They need to see every single inch of space the house has to offer. This includes every built in drawer, cabinet, and closet in the house. Every. One. Of. Them. It is reasonable to think buyers will not be opening drawers and cabinets in furniture pieces that will not be included in the sale of a house – but don’t count on it. No realtor can be in every room at every time. Drawers will be opened, inspected, and judged. Keep this in mind.

Even the most beautiful staging in every room of a house is blown by closets or cabinets crammed full of disaster. If you have stuff just thrown about in any space, large or small, it tells a buyer there is not enough storage space in this house to live in peace. Buyers don’t necessarily hear the chaos clearly or in those words, but they will strongly feel the discord in the space. They will “feel” a reason to pass on the property or to make a low offer because they don’t feel there is enough storage space. They may move on to the next house because they believe their things will never fit in this one.

Your de-cluttering process should have helped you pare down to only those things that bring you joy or that you really need. The next step is to organize the things that stay in the best way possible so that it brings you and, more importantly, your buyers a sense of peace.

Buyers are willing to pay for spaces that they can envision living calm and peaceful lives in. They want to think that if they lived in your beautiful organized house they would have the calm and peaceful life they aspire to. They believe they will be able to find their car keys, sunglasses, and cell phone at all times.

Organized spaces are the “bones” that hold up the quality seen in a staged home. Without organization even the best staged room doesn’t hold up to a buyer’s inspection.

When staging your house to sell make sure you organize every space as part of your process because you know buyers are going to look everywhere! You will be glad you took the time on closing day with cash in the bank!