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  • Can You Swallow a Senseless $75,000 Loss on the Sale of Your Home?

    Can you swallow a senseless $75,000 loss on your home sale? If you have a sound mind, I am guessing the answer is an unequivocal NO! But sadly, I come across many home sellers who don’t listen to the professional advice of their home stagers and/or realtors and sabotage the sale of their home. Read on and perhaps you will learn a thing or two that may help if you decide to sell your home at some point in the future.

    Last year, I was asked by a dear client of ours to see his upcoming listing. It was a luxury condo in downtown with amazing views of the Space Needle, downtown, Lake Union, and the Cascade Mountains. Three iconic views of the Greater Seattle Area in one setting. How amazing is that!  I am not exaggerating when I say it truly took my breath away.Read more

  • Five Home Staging Strategies Prepared this Phinney Ridge Home for the Market

    As Seattle Home stagers, we get to view many homes throughout the Greater Seattle area. This stunning Phinney Ridge Craftsman home simply took our breath away. We used the following five home staging strategies to prepare this home for the market.

     

    Step 1: Transitional home staging design

    • The traditional architecture of this Phinney Ridge Craftsman home merged with the beautiful modern finishes created the prefect platform for us to create a Transitionalhome staging design. In addition, Transitional neutral colors worked well with the rich wall colors. By adding soft blue accessories and throw pillows, we brought this room together and it was ready to wow the buyers.

    Staged Phinney Ridge house

    Step 2: Bringing in the family

    • One of the unique features of this home was the number of bedrooms on the upper floor.  In this neighborhood, is very rare to find homes that have four bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The owners of this house were a couple and many of the rooms had been designed for different purposes, such as arts and crafts. Since the targeted buyers of this house were going to be families, we defined and staged a child’s room. It is always about the targeted buyers. The generous size of the rooms allowed us to bring in two twin beds which not only showcased the size of the room but also the image of it as a family home.  

    staging kids room in seattle

    Step 3 – Creating the right lifestyle in the right scale

    • As I always tell my home staging clients, when you are selling home, it is not about you anymore. When selling homes, the buyer becomes the focus. The way we live in our home and the way we show our home are two different approaches. The home sellers of this beautiful Phinney Ridge home had smaller scale furniture, because there were only two of them living in this large home. For the formal dining room, we brought in a larger dining table with eight chairs to fill this space nicely and to emphasis large gatherings and entertaining. It is all about creating the right lifestyle for each home.

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    This dining large dining table created more seating which was a must for this large Phinney Ridge house’s dining room.

    Phinney Ridge Family easting nook staged

    Before, the homeowners had a small square dining table with four chairs. Even though we added the same number of chairs to in order to keep the floor open, this table is bigger and it has an extension option. This clearly suggests larger gatherings in this family eating nook if it is desired. Home staging is all about these subtle suggestions.

    Step 4: Keeping it open & simple

    • I have seen large homes staged with open floor plans such as this Phinney Ridge home filled to the rim with furniture. When it comes to successfully staging homes, one has to remember that it is about square footage and not just furniture. It is absolutely important to stage homes with the right furniture pieces, and our approach to staging is to allow the buyers to see the home for themselves. After all, home staging is about selling homes and not furniture. For example, in the family room pictured below, we could have added a chair like the homeowners had when they lived in the home. However, by instead choosing to add a narrow bench to bring attention to the large windows, we were able to define this space, while keeping it open and simple.

    BEfore and after staging family room

    Step 5: NO forgotten corners 

    • When staging homes, there should be no FORGOTTEN spaces and this includes corners and those not-so-big, unusual spaces in the rooms. Adding function and interest to these spaces helped to define them in a stronger way and this adds value to the home. 

    Staging Seattle homes on Phinney Ridge

    A relaxing reading area defines and fills this corner nicely. Home Staging is the art of showing potential buyers how they can use and live in different spaces in a home.

    Staging Phinney Ridge living room

    I like to add servers to the living rooms that have a corner like this one. This can suggest a bar which again adds to creating a lifestyle for the homes. 

    These five home staging strategies transformed this beautiful Seattle Phinney Ridge house into a beautiful product – ready for the home buyers and the market. 

  • Staging A Seattle Charming Home On Woodlawn Ave

    Green Lake is one of Seattle’s most popular neighborhoods. Many visit the lake and enjoy all the amenities that it offers. This charming Green Lake home was no exception. 

    Woodlawn Ave  is only two blocks from the Green Lake and sitting on the hill, many of the homes there have wonderful views of the beautiful lake.

    This charming Green lake house had gone through a series of sophisticated remodeling processes and for its staging, we wanted to emphasis this. By bringing in neutral colors, we were able to allow the beautiful windows, the views, and the beautiful lines to stand out.  We knew that the most significant thing we could do for this Green Lake house was to let it to speak for itself.  Neutral colors against the beautiful gray walls created a soft setting, and therefore, a tranquil home.

     Green Lake Staged home on Woodlawn Ave

    We brought and placed the furniture in the middle of the living room since this room was large and one of the focal points was in the middle of the room. This created a spacious entertaining space for this Green lake Home while emphasizing the views of the lake and showcasing the large beautiful fireplace.

    This tranquil and peaceful Green Lake home on Woodlawn Ave North was staged and turned into a complete product, ready for sale. The home was sold in just days with multiple offers for much more than the asking price. 

     

  • What Women are Looking for When Buying a Home

    It seems that builders should pay MORE attention to what WOMEN want in their homes! 

    According to study done by Coldwell Banker in March of 2012, “both men and women rely on how they feel and how their life style fits into a home when they are shopping for a place to live in.”  This is why at Seattle Staged To Sell, we have been emphasizing through our designs and blogs, the importance of creating a unique life style for each home.

     

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    In addition, studies show that both men and women are looking for different features in their future homes, but women are the primary decision makers when it comes to purchasing homes. 

    Therefore, it is essential for builders to pay attention to what women are looking for when shopping for their ideal home:

    • Spa like bathrooms – even if a bathroom is small in size,  up-to-date fixtures will help to create a spa feel. Don’t underestimate the visual power.  A master bath with double sinks (hers and his) is priceless. 
    • A kitchen is the heart of a home and an important room in a house. It should be open, updated, well lit, and organized. Color is very important for a kitchen. Make it inviting, warm and fun. An open floor kitchen plan is the most popular. And let’s not forget about the importance of under cabinet lighting. This is very essential. 
    • Entertainment spaces are a priority for most women. They want to know how well they will be able to entertain their friends and families. Open floor plans are very popular among women home buyers.
    • Storage is queen for women. When it comes to storage, more is BETTER! Built-ins, cabinets, and large closets are a good thing. There is never enough storage. Turn every dead space into a storage space if possible. 
    • Laundry rooms that are conveniently placed and are bright; when possible, a laundry room with a window is priceless.
    • Mud rooms off of garage areas are also another popular spaces for women home buyers since these offer a place to store coats, shoes, rain gear, dog leashes, mail etc.  All the things that become scattered throughout the home can be contained in one practical and handy area. 

    So a friendly reminder to our builder partners, when you are building the next house, make sure you put lots of emphasis on what WOMEN want to see in a home. 

     
  • Rosemont Co-op – One Of Seattle’s Sweethearts

    When it comes to condominiums and co-ops, Rosemont is one of the Seattle sweethearts. With all the old charm and details nestled in the heart of Capitol Hill, this coop condominium demands attention. 

    This darling unit took my breath away the minute I walked in. All the amazing details, like the molding, windows, and floors make this condo stand out. Every corner has a story to tell and this is the charm of this home. This historical condo might be small on square footage, but it sure has a big personality and FEELS super SPACIOUS! 

    Rosemont take 2

    Mark Linvill from CBBain, the listing agent, described this unit as follows:

    “Welcome to the Historic Rosemont Co-op! Bright, Charming and your oasis. Western light fills this top floor NW corner home rich in period craftsman details: Neo-Egyptian door frames and moldings, ebony stained hardwood floors, period brick fireplace, and wainscoting. Love the glass mullioned pocket doors to the spacious kitchen. A walk-in office with shelving is nicely tucked off the living & dining area. Spacious bedroom with French doors to your private balcony takes in the city view – and is perfect for herbs and flowers. The updated bathroom with period style hexagonal black & white tile and a crisp white fully tiled tub surround. Large walk-in hall closet. Views of the Space Needle and snowcapped Olympic Mountains from the Living Room.

    The Rosemont is on a pretty tree lined street on Capitol Hill. Blocks to the 15th Ave N commercial hub and the Broadway Ave Farmer’s Market. Spend a peaceful afternoon with a walk to Volunteer Park, curl up by the fireplace or on the sunny balcony. A walk-score of 97 and a transit score of 71 place this home in the center of Seattle and in one of Seattle’s most sought after neighborhoods. You will never need a car! The basement has a storage unit, bike storage, laundry room and out back is a community garden. There is a potential for a washer/dryer in the unit with board approval. HOA dues include taxes, water, sewer, garbage, hot water and internet.”

    Is this home for you? We are sure that this home will fly off the shelf fast. 

  • A Large & Stunning Townhouse in a Capitol Hill Neighborhood of Seattle

    staging seattle townhousesfter seven years of staging Seattle homes, Seattle real estate still surprises me and this always adds the element of fun for us. 

    This Capitol Hill townhouse was one of these surprises. I have staged many townhouses in Capitol Hill, some even just across the street from this one. But for none of those did I have to use a KING size bed to showcase the generous size of the bedroom.

    This townhouse not only had a large master bedroom, but two other additional bedrooms that were also generous in size with big windows and a gourmet kitchen. 

    Capitol Hill townhouse staged by Seattle Staged To Sell

    Capitol Hill is one of the happening neighborhoods in Seattle, with lots of exciting events always taking place. If nothing special is occurring in Capitol Hill, this area is hip enough, that there are many restaurants and trendy shops that attract all kinds of people.  

    A wonderful townhouse in a wonderful neighborhood.

     

  • Our 2012 Seattle Home Staging Statistics & Fun Facts

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    A Happy New Year to all of you and welcome to 2013!

    As usual, THANKS to an outstanding and dedicated team as well as YOU, our clients, we had an amazing 2012. It is always exciting for us to look back at this time of the year and see how we have grown as a company and as people. I’d like to take this opportunity to share some of our 2012 successes with you.Read more

  • Staging For Green Canopy Homes

    We love staging Green Canopy Homes. These homes are green, modern and totally COOL! The latest home that we staged for them was Teresa in The hip Fremont neighborhood.

    Seattle Staged To Sell partnered with Green Canopy Homes two years ago and our partnership has been a successful one. Green Canopy Homes are built environmentally green and for me, all the reclaimed materials that they use in their homes, like wood, adds character and interest. The simple and clean designs are what set Green Canopy Homes apart from other builders.

    Teresa, the latest Green Canopy Home that we staged in the Fremont neighborhood, was one of our favorite ones yet. We loved the sunken living room, the inset large windows, and staggered vertical subway tiles in the bathrooms with dark grey grout.

    Staged Green Canopy Homes - Teresa
    Sunken family room off master bedroom created a “bedroom suite” feel.

    The sunken family room off the master bedroom also created a sophisticated feel of a “master bedroom suite” and for us, this was the best feature of the house.

    Staged family room by Seattle Staged To Sell
    We really wanted to play up the feel of “sophistication” and used the tucked away space and created a library.

    Another feature of this house was the metal ladder leading up to this fun loft, which can appeal to both kids and adults for different reasons.  Creating creative designs is something that Green Canopy Homes are so good at. Teresa really showcased this important feature of Green Canopy Homes. 

    We carried the colors blue, grey, and orange throughout the house to create a flow.  Green Canopy  choose inset large windows For Teresa and these became art pieces of the home and this demanded that we keep the walls simple and let the windows shine on their own.  

     

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    Since our targeted buyers were young professional couples, we staged the smallest bedroom as a home office with a daybed. Can you find the orange color in this room?

     

    Staged Kid's room for Green Canopy HomesA fun kid’s room was a must for Teresa. We wanted this room to appeal to our youngest visitors too. A bay window for a kid’s room is a wonderful feature and we wanted to emphasize it by adding our colorful lanterns.  

    This is what the listing agent wrote about the house:

    Modern loft living in an artfully renovated historic home. Located four blocks to Woodland Park and Fremont restaurants and services. Light and bright open floor plan with soaring lofted ceilings and generous Southern oriented natural light. Open living area is an urban entertainer’s dream. Top level 3 beds & 2 baths including a private master suite. All new systems and sleek modern finishes. Certified BuiltGreen & ultra energy efficient. Built and warranted by Green Canopy Homes.

    This home was sold for more than asking price in one day with multiple offers.

     

  • Seattle Home Staging – Preparing a Magnolia Home for Sale

    Recently we were asked to stage a unique and updated traditional home in Magnolia, one of Seattle’s charming neighborhoods. For us at Seattle Staged To Sell, staging homes in Magnolia is just a blast. 

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    A beautifully staged Magnolia house was ready to welcome home buyers

    After our initial visit, we identified both the challenges and the highlights. This is how we addressed them all: 

    Challenges: 

    • This Magnolia home had one bedroom on each floor – this meant that this home would appeal to a professional person/couple with no kids or an older kid. Families with young children prefer homes where the kids bedrooms are closer to the master bedroom. And this scenario was not true for this house.
    • The floor plan made the house feel choppy and without a real flow.
    • In addition, this Magnolia house had only a small court yard as an exterior space.
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    We prepared and kept the staging of this Magnolia house simple and elegant in order to create a sophisticated feel.
    Highlights:
    • A wonderful master bedroom with territorial views that were just delightful
    • The floor plan was perfect for a family without kids, yet who might have many out of town guests or have extended family living with them.
    • A very low maintenance garden/court yard

    We staged and prepared this Magnolia house by selecting neutral furniture pieces and added red and orange colors and carried these colors throughout the house to create a flow. Home staging defined every space of this home for our targeted buyers. This house was SOLD in 18 days and the clients are just delighted. 

     

  • Holiday Decorating Tips for Homes for Sale

    Holidays are about families, getting together, buying presents, and expressing our sense of style and merriment with our holiday decorating. Most importantly, we want to be having fun while doing all these things. However, such activities can be somewhat challenging, and perhaps even unpleasant, if trying to sell one’s home during the holidays.

    It’s true that the process of selling your home includes removing your personal touches and purging the clutter to create open and inviting spaces for the home buyers. However, by following these simple tips, you’ll be able to create a balance between preparing your home for the holidays and keeping it show ready for the buyers.

    Holiday decorating tips for homes for sale
    A monochromatic holiday decor with a tall and narrow Christmas tree creates an open and festive mood for your home. Picture Source: Southern Living

    Simple holiday decorating tips for homes that are for sale:

    • Less is ALWAYS better than more when it comes to selling your home, especially during the holiday season. Be selective and don’t overcrowd your home with lots of decorations. Put out the items that you really love and forgo the giant Santa and elf figurines in your garden. Keep in mind that home buyers are purchasing your home and not your Christmas decorations. 
    • Selling homesChoose a monochromatic color palate like silver, white or gold. These are festive colors and also echo winter colors.
    • Be mindful that although people celebrate holidays in different ways, everyone relates to the winter season. Create focal points and focus by bringing the outside in. Evergreen branches, ivy, and red berry branches are beautiful and seasonal. Nature is a universal language.
    • Instead of poinsettias and colored candles, consider using white potted hydrangea and ivory candles. 
    • Tips for holiday decorating when homes are on the market for saleNature is a universal language and everyone relates to it.
    • If you’re celebrating Christmas, choose a slender (tall and narrow) tree with ONLY a few nicely wrapped presents underneath. Remember, you are selling floor space and this choice will add height to your home without taking up too much square footage.
    • Consider removing one or two furniture pieces to make room for the Christmas tree. 
    • White Christmas lights are best suited for homes for sale, especially if you like to add additional ones around your windows. Remember that lights with white wires are more elegant than multicolored lights with traditional green wires. 
    • Add a 2-hour Duraflame log to the fireplace for all of your open houses. 
    • The potential buyers and the agents always appreciate festive cookies and this gives the buyers another sweet memory of your home.