Just Staged: Rivera Street Inner Parkside San Francisco Home

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Just Staged: Rivera Street Inner Parkside San Francisco Home

We just staged this property couple days ago and it's now on the market! This was a great example of a home getting some TLC and what fresh paint can add to a home that may appeared to the buyers as in need of a lot of updates. 

Here is an example of the Master Bedroom before we staged it:

before home staging by staged4more

before home staging by staged4more

And here is the after:

Master Bedroom after home staging by staged4more

Master Bedroom after home staging by staged4more

Project scope: Vacant Home Staging

Detached Inner Parkside home conveniently located close to Taraval Street shops & restaurants, West Portal Village, Hoover Middle School, West Portal Elementary, Lincoln High School, MUNI lines, and buses. Top floor offers 3 bedrooms & full bath with the large master bedroom that opens to the front balcony with views. Street level features spacious living room with fireplace, formal dining room, half bath, and kitchen in the back opening to the backyard. Beautifully landscaped front yard with maple trees and a very good-size backyard with large deck and a huge matured pine tree - perfect for building a tree house! One car garage plus storage. Newly refinished hardwood floors & new interior paint. This is a very unique home for the area!

Price $795,000

Beds 3

Baths 1.5 

1,600 Sq. Ft.

$497 / Sq. Ft.

Built: 1936 

Lot Size: 2,382 Sq. Ft.

Property Type Single-Family Home

Community Inner Parkside

MLS#420705

Information courtesy of Redfin.com

If you’d like more information about our vacant home staging, San Francisco home staging, Sunset Home Staging, Richmond home staging, investor home staging or model home staging services, please contact us at 650-383-SOLD (7653) or email us at hello@staged4more.com to request an in-home estimate.

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Moving with Pets

It’s easy to overlook things when moving into a new home. Sometimes it’s a small, fairly unimportant thing like hanging a painting that tackily clashes with the room color; other instances you forget something much bigger, such as helping your pets adjust to a new house. Moving is an equally tiresome and, in cases, traumatic experience for animals and humans alike. Household pets thrive on stable familiarity, and once that is uprooted, they can become confused and anxious. Here are a few ways to help your furry friends adjust to this sudden change.

Moving Out

Skittish dogs and cats aren’t big fans of change or new, strange environments and people. It’s best to keep them in a familiar, secluded room that you plan to pack up last. When packing things into the moving truck, try to keep your pets in a familiar room with the door closed, or at a friend’s—especially if you’re using a moving or junk-removal company. This will stop them from getting scared and trying to bolt away at the earliest chance. 

If your new home is more than a few hours away, familiarizing your pets with their cages or crates is important. Cats are especially notorious for disliking car rides, and if left out of their cages might try to slip out an open window or crawl into a confined area, like under the brakes. The trouble is most pets are not used to being confined to cages, and might dislike that experience just as much as the car ride itself. But by gradually letting your pet get used to recognizing their cage as a comforting place, the process will be less of a headache for both of you. 

The ASPCA recommends placing your pet’s food inside an open crate, and eventually having them eat their meals in the crate with the door shut. After they’re used to that, carrying your pets around the house or taking a short drive with them in the crate will help adjust them to the sensation of being confined while the world moves around them. Lastly, by associating playtime and treats after being stuck in the crate, your pets will develop that experience to be a positive association.  

As a reminder, make sure not to leave your pets unattended during the car ride, and ensure they have access to plenty of clean water. 

Moving In

One of the biggest mistakes when adjusting a cat or dog to their new home is letting them explore it all at once, which can cause sensory overload. Instead, place all their familiar objects (toys, bedding, and water and food bowls) in one room, and then place them inside it while you’re there. Spend an hour in the room with your pet so that they can explore only that room with your comforting presence. After that, let them explore the entire house, one section at a time, and if they get overwhelmed they’ll head back to the familiar area you just established with them. 

If you plan on letting your pets go outside, in a confined yard or otherwise, make sure you’re out there with them at first. Avoid letting cats go outside for the first week to two weeks, so they’re intimately familiar with their new surroundings. Make sure any dogs you let outside are in a spacious, but confined yard. 

Finally, if you’ve moved to a different town, make sure to find a new veterinarian for your pet, and make sure you know of any nearby animal hospitals.

Today's guest post is written by Jason Clinton. 

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How Smells Can Help Sell a Home Faster

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How Smells Can Help Sell a Home Faster

If you are selling your home, then you will inevitably have people coming to your house during viewings to decide what they think of the property. It is important that your home looks neat and tidy and is attractive in every way to any potential buyers. This includes the smell.

Research conducted by Eric Spangenberg, dean of the college of business at Washington State University, found that some of the more common scents estate agents may turn to when prepping a home can actually put home buyers off.

Many people would assume that scents such as fresh bread or incense would be attractive to home buyers, but actually these complex smells can be a real distraction to people viewing properties, as they end up subconsciously paying attention to the scents instead of the property itself.

There are also certain smells that work well if congruent with the home, for example if you are selling a beach house, then the smell of the sea would work very well, but it wouldn't fit in a town house. If you live in the countryside, the smell of hay bales would be a lovely addition, but for a city centre flat this would seem out of place.

Hunters Wetherby suggest 3 main things to remember when creating the perfect scent for your home:

Make it Simple

The study from Spangenberg found that simple smells sell.

A simple smell means that your brain is not likely to be overwhelmed and will therefore still be able to focus on the property that is being viewed. A home buyer should be focussing solely on whether they like the house they are looking round, not what the smell in the house is.

Whichever scent you use, make sure you limit it – less is more in this case.

Make Sure it's Pleasant

These is nothing worse than being hit by an unpleasant smell, if you have ever walked through the perfume aisle of a department store, you will know that a strong and intense smell will instantly make you cringe and want to walk in the opposite direction.

Scents should be pleasant but faint, so they don't take over your brain, but give a positive association to the house. If a scent is nice but not overpowering, the brain doesn't need to go into overdrive trying to pinpoint exactly what it is.

Make it Consistent

Once you have decided on the scent you want to represent your house with, you need to keep it consistent. Evaluate your home surroundings, the time of the year and the buyers you are looking to attract, then keep to the same scent in every room.

The scent needs to fit with the house and it's surrounding areas, while also complimenting the time of year (e.g. Don't use cinnamon in summer or fresh flowers in winter) and match the potential buyer – you don't want a feminine scent covering the property if you are trying to sell it to a group of guys.

The affects of aromas have always helped to subconsciously dictate the mind, so making sure you property smells right is really important.  Don't get sucked into the “baked cookie” theory of real estate scents, it may just put potential buyers off. If you don't know where to begin, try heading down the lemon and pine routes, these are always satisfying without becoming too overwhelming.

 

This is a guest post written by Cormac Reynolds

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Effective Solutions for Common Household Cleaning Problems

*This is a guest post by Christopher Wayne

If you are one of the many people that believe a general wipe down and occasional dusting is the best and easiest way to clean your home, you are sadly mistaken. There are so many germs and bacteria floating through your home, on what you would consider the most uncommon places.

You have dirty dishes around, grease splashes from cooking, the juice from raw meats that may have splashed, and other food items that have dropped around your home. This is a major problem in most homes, because it is the root of your family being sick. It is quite simple to effectively clean your home though using these following tips. You can also view more tips at Freshupcleaning.co.uk.

How to Clean Your Kitchen Sink Properly You would think your kitchen sink is the most well cleaned areas of your home, especially since you wash dishes in the sink daily. However, this is where food particles lay and bacteria grow from those food items left behind. You actually do not need abrasive cleaners, which may damage stainless steel and marble. Also, if you use bleach, it could get on other dishes you come in contact with. An easy way to disinfect and get up grime is using a paste made of baking soda and vinegar.

Start out with an empty sink and sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda all over, including your faucet. Then, soak a sponge or cleaning towel in vinegar and clean away. You may want to use a toothbrush to scrub around the edges of the sink and faucet. Do not forget to clean the sink drain and garbage disposal flaps. Rinse everything away with clean water and wipe dry with a clean towel to dry.

Removing Pet Hair If you have pets, letting them get their way around the home seems natural. However, they easily get their hair over your bedding and couches. You can keep your home virtually hair free with your rubber cleaning gloves. Place a glove on and run water over the glove. Then, just wipe the furniture and the hair will stick to the glove. Discard the hair, wet the glove, and repeat until it is hair free.

Remove Stubborn Microwave Stains Cleaning the microwave is a difficult chore. If not kept up with, the food stains can dry and settle on the walls of your microwave and are almost impossible to clean. The easy method is to take a bowl of water and heat in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Allow it to sit in there for 5 minutes to steam up the microwave and loosen the food. You should be able to easily wipe away excess food and dirt.

Wipe Away Countertop Stains Spilling glasses of grape juice or Kool-Aid can leave ugly rings on your countertop. The most effective solution for this is rubbing alcohol. Gather a few paper towels and soak with the alcohol. Place it over the stain and allow to sit for 5 minutes. The stain will break down and wipe gently away.

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How to Attractively Stage your Home for Sale

*This is a guest post by Christopher Wayne There are two main types of home staging, occupied and vacant. In each, the idea is to place furniture and accent items strategically to make small spaces look larger and other areas of the home look functional. When you are staging a home, you want potential buyers to be able to see themselves living in the space and what any awkward rooms can be used for. Below are a few tips to help you with this process to sell your home faster. In today’s market, homes are sitting for sale for longer periods of time. Proper staging can help a home appear more attractive to potential buyers to help yours get sold faster.

Occupied Home Staging When you are still living in your home and it has been placed for sale, it is a tough balance. It is ideal to obtain a storage unit and put any items that add clutter to the home into it. The idea is to only keep what is absolutely necessary for your everyday living within the home. The home must also be kept absolutely clean and decluttered at all times. That being said, it’s also time to organize cupboards and closets. Potential buyers are going to look in every drawer, cupboard and closet to see what fits where best.

Remove Personal Items Every family has items of importance; this includes photos, heirlooms and/or special pieces that have sentimental value. While they are a part of your family’s history it acts as a deterrent for potential buyers. Completely removing the photos from the home is not necessary though. Consider getting an ottoman or cedar chest as an item of décor for the home. Simply put personal items into those. Buyers are likely to leave those alone and not snoop. As soon as the showing is over, you can put them back up. Bedrooms should also be designed impersonally, meaning that themes should be put away and solid colors or simple patterns should be used. If you have children and they have themed rooms in colors such as pink or blue, or a distinctly painted theme, it is best to repaint.

Clear Clutter Put clutter away. Everything in the home has to have its own place. If you have far many more items than your family really needs, consider a yard sale. This will help to give you a little money for landscaping or other minor improvements to help the home show better. You should organize closet spaces and put excess items into storage with other items in your home.

Paint The rule of thumb used to be to paint every room in the home a neutral color. Times have changed a bit. Buyers are not afraid of color anymore and are happy to repaint if they don’t like your choices. It is ideal to make the home look warm and inviting without using bright colors on the walls. You can add pops of color elsewhere. This does not mean that you have to repaint every room in the home, just freshen up dull walls in rooms that are a common color and repaint rooms that may be unappealing to potential buyers.

Vacant Home Staging When you have already moved out of your home, empty spaces are unattractive. If you are unable to leave some of the furnishings in the empty home for staging purposes, you have four options. You can use a rental service to furnish complete rooms or use a staging company. Another option is to purchase items from thrift stores or yard sales to use for staging purposes. Of course, you could leave the home empty if you really have no other options but it will be hard for potential buyers to imagine their items in a home sometimes.

Hire a Staging Service The concept of staging is to place furniture and accessories in rooms so that they look open and inviting. If you are unsure as to how to properly arrange furniture in a space, hire a staging company. These professionals are well aware of the tricks of the trade to make small spaces look bigger and how to properly place furniture so a room looks open, inviting and comfortable. Sometimes they may offer to bring in items to help the overall look of the home if your items are not sufficient. When it comes to sitting furniture, it should look clean and new, not old and worn. The staging company may suggest that slip covers be put over some of the furniture if it looks dated or overused in any way. It is their job to properly showcase each room in the home so that potential buyers can see what a good arrangement for furniture is and can replace your items with theirs in their minds.

Hire a Cleaning Service Hiring a cleaning service is a good idea. If you have already moved out of the home, it will still need to be cleaned once per week. Even with heating and cooling systems turned off and all of the windows closed, dust can still settle on surfaces. A home can also get a “closed up” smell that can be a turn off. If you need more extensive cleaning such as duct cleaning, carpet cleaning or other items that a general maid service cannot provide, you can view a good option (click here) to ensure that the home’s interior systems and main components are as clean as possible.

Staging a home can be a hard thing to do. If you live there, you don’t want to be without your favorite things. If you’ve already moved out, you don’t want to leave things behind. It is best to discuss the best solution for your situation with your realtor. Realtors often have items available that they can bring in to help stage the home also. Keep in mind that the exterior of a home must also look clean and presentable, this includes keeping the grass cut, flower beds maintained and touch up paint as best as you can.

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One-Day Upgrades with a Minimal Investment to Improve Your Flooring

You're busy enough as it is trying to sell your home, so you don't have a lot of time on your hands for improvements. But upgrading the flooring of a house can do a lot to boost its resale value. Here are some projects you can complete in just one day that will save you time and money as you attempt to floor your prospective buyers.

Cork flooring  
The best cure for a hard and cold floor is a comfy cork upgrade. Cork gives your floor a much softer feel while remaining durable. With panels that snap together, it's much easier and faster to install than wood flooring and 100 percent renewable. It also has a great sound-deadening quality. Cork flooring comes in both tiles and planks. Until recently, the tiles had to be glued to the subfloor, but there is now an option to buy floating tiles that connect like planks.

Engineered wood planks 
 Nothing beats the warm feel and sleek look of wood floors, but it can be expensive and time-consuming to lay down the real thing. Instead, look into putting down engineered wood planks. They are either snapped or glued together rather than being nailed down, allowing you to put them down quickly over almost any type of surface. Another plus is that they are prefinished so you don't have to do any sanding.

Laminate flooring 
 Like engineered wood planks, laminate planks use tongues and grooves to snap together. They look like wood but are actually plastic and there are a multitude of wood-grain patterns to choose from. You can also get laminate squares, which are similar to ceramic tiles. Laminate flooring is much more resistant to scratches, fading and stains than wood.

Floating vinyl  
Floating vinyl sheets can be installed quickly and give you a wide variety of options when it comes to color and style. They are quite resilient, making for a great upgrade to laundry rooms and bathrooms and don't have to be stuck directly to the subfloor. The vinyl sheets come in 12-foot rolls or you can get 12-inch square tiles for even easier installation.

Ceramic tiles  
Like vinyl tiles, these are perfect for rooms where the floor needs to be water resistant and allow you to customize the style.

Paint a checkerboard pattern  
If you don't have the money to refinish your floor, you can paint a checkered pattern with colors that give the room warmth and a fresh feel. Checkered patterns also make the room seem larger and more dynamic. Make sure you sand and clean the floor before applying coats of durable floor paint, and let each coat completely dry before adding the next one.

Carpet squares  
You'll want to leave installing wall-to-wall carpeting to the professionals, but carpet squares can be easily and quickly put in on your own. They are about 20 square inches and come in a variety of colors and styles. You simply attach them to each other using adhesive dots on the bottom corners of each square with the sticky side facing up. This connects the carpet squares together without having them connect directly to the floor, allowing them to be easily taken up. This comes in handy if you get an irremovable stain since you don't have to replace the entire carpet, just the affected square.

Rugs  
Adding a rug or two can go a long way in giving your floor space new life if you don't have the ability to do a complete floor overhaul.

Don't forget about your stairs  
An easy and quick installation to get someone looking at your home to stop and stare at your stairs is to put in a carpeted stair runner. It can add character to an otherwise bland staircase. You just need some double-sided carpet tape and a staple gun to lay the carpet runner down. It can be a bit trickier if you're dealing with winding stairs, but still doable for a novice.

Do you have any other ideas for one-day floor improvements?

Today's Home Staging Tip Guest Post is by Chris Long: Since 2000, Chris Long has been an on-the-floor store associate at a Home Depot in the Chicago suburbs. Chris contributes DIY advice on hardwood floors and tile for the Home Depot website. He also provides tips on carpeting and rugs for the website.

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New Year, New Logo, WOOHOO!

When we first started...

then...

and then...

2014!

It's been quite a journey this past (almost) 8 years. We are happy to ring in the new year with a brand new logo! As our company evolves, we hope to continue to provide great design and visual for our clients and community.

Cheers!

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Updating the Art in Your Home

When you are trying to update the art in your home it is important that you consider a great many elements that might come into play to craft the look that you were going for. Art can help anyone to make a unique statement and there are special pieces out there that can help you to deliver any sort of message right from your walls using your own personal style. However, once you begin to explore all of the different art choices that are out there, you will see that it can get a bit overwhelming if you do not have some clear ideas in mind.

The term art can represent a lot of things. While most people think that it applies merely to drawings and paintings, it can cover everything from photography to sculpture. Even some practical items such as furniture can be regarded as art and so, when you decide to build or reinvent the interior of a room, it is important that you look at every element as a special piece that can bring something to liven up the presence of the entire room.

One thing that you do need to think about when you are deciding on art to put in any room is what kind of work that you will use to tie all of the other elements together. This is crucial because it will take a very special and unique sort of piece in order to do this. You will want to have an idea that brings all of the elements of traditional style art, photography, and typography together. This is why you should consider using framed letter art in order to accomplish this end.

The idea of framed letter art is a simple one. Built in a beautiful frame will be a specialized mat with individual pictures inside; each one encompassing a letter to form a word or phrase. The kicker is that each of these letters will be comprised of a photo that creates the look of that letter through something abstracted either from nature or human hands. The crook of a tree branch could look like a V for example or an embellishment on a gate might look like an S or an M. By taking all of these abstract letters and putting them together in order to form a word, you will wind up with a very special piece of unique art for the wall.

There are even companies out there that will allow you to customize the word or phrase that you want to say. In this way, you will never feel like you have to be stuck with a group of already picked out words and phrases. You can simply type in what you want and have the opportunity to create your art to look exactly the way that you were hoping it would.

To help you further customize your new wall art, you can even customize the pictures used for each letter. There will be several choices for every letter in the alphabet each one being represented by a different item. This way, if you want a word spelled out to look a particular way, it will be easy for you to accomplish this.

Purchasing this type of art will allow you to spend a lot less than you would if you were buying an original painting, drawing, or sculpture. Despite this, it will be a lot more meaningful because you will have been the one that picked out not just the words themselves, but the components that went into creating each letter. You will find few artistic concepts out there that can offer a touch quite this personal.

This type of artwork can even make a spectacular gift for someone special. Whether you hope to offer something nice for a birthday, Christmas or Hanukah, Valentine’s Day, a wedding, graduation, or anniversary, you can bet that your love and thoughtfulness will come across in a gift like this. If there is a word that reminds you of a particular person, either because they say it often or because of their deeds, then you will have everything that you need to provide a thoughtful and lasting present.

Why letter art? Well, it is a unique way to personalize your home to your style. It let’s your guests know you take pride in your home. It is a proactive way to customize your home in a modern style, which can bring more creative ideas to your home. Perhaps it will inspire you to create your own letter art.

At the end of the day, it takes a special piece of art to make a room feel complete and a house feel like home. Framed letter art can help you or a loved one easily achieve this. Any home bearing pieces of art such as this will surely shine brighter.

Today's post is a guest post written by Brooke Brown.

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Contemporary-What? Your Guide to Making Sense of Design Styles



If you’ve ever shopped for furniture online, especially for a couch or rug, you've probably seen the familiar list of categories to narrow in on, like the one below for Macy's rug page. At this point, you probably pause and think something along the lines of, “Wait… is it modern I’m looking for or contemporary? What is the difference anyway?” Screen_Shot_2013-12-25_at_1_13_10_PM

If this dilemma sounds all too familiar, then you’re not alone. There are a lot of terms that get thrown around with interior design; some of them are so similar that they’re practically indistinguishable, while others are actually subgroups of bigger design styles.

Get this tangle of terms straightened out! Read on for a quick run-down of the major design styles (pictures included!) and how they influence today’s trends.

Traditional

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According to Design Shuffle, the traditional style uses the antique furnishings, rich colors and symmetrical room layouts first created in 17th-19th century European and American designs. Formal in feel, traditional rooms are very balanced and often use pairs of chairs, lamps, or tables. Another characteristic element of the style is the use of detailed ornamentation; nail head trim, crown molding, button tufting, and other finishing touches are used lavishly. These details are often used in original and innovative contexts in the other design styles. Designers to Know: John Fowler, Michael S. Smith, Mark Hampton

Modern

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The Modern Style took the first step away from the ornateness and formality of the styles that came before it. It technically encompasses a lot of smaller movements, including art deco and art modern. After mid-century modern exploded on the scene, clean lines and industrial materials became the face of the modern style. Open space, bare windows, and white-walled rooms are dotted with molded plastic, leather, chrome, and glass furniture to create the bare, serene feel of modernity. Designers to Know: Mies Van Der Rohe, Karim Rashid

Mid-Century Modern

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According to Design Shuffle, Mid-Century Modern is characterized by simple, clean lines and organic forms and textures, and is the most popular manifestation of the Modern Style. Especially associated with American and Scandinavian design, the style features a lot of walnut, teak, chrome, and stainless steel. Many famous pieces of furniture emerged from the period, including the Saarinen Tulip Table and the Eames Lounge Chair, and they’re still wildly popular today. Designers to Know: Charles and Ray Eames, Harry Bertoia, Eileen Gray

Contemporary

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Contemporary Style is sometimes confused with modern style, but, according to Relish Interiors, contemporary is defined as design that’s of-the-moment, whereas modern refers to 20th century designs. Anything that is innovative falls under this catch-all label, but there are certain trends that can be identified; contemporary styling often uses unexpected materials like cardboard, resins, or reclaimed wood. They often continue along the same lines as modernism by using lots of space and making simple, bold arrangements. However, contemporary designs sometimes borrow the organic lines, details, and materials of past styles as well. Designers to Know: Sir Terence Conran, Philippe Starck, Michael Graves

Transitional

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According to Interior Design Pro, Transitional Style blends contemporary and traditional designs into a harmonious look. Classic furniture shapes and styles are often mixed with current materials and finishes; for example, an antique Louis chair might be reupholstered in a graphic print. Occasionally this formula is reversed, and contemporary furnishings are given a traditional fabric treatment. Another popular variation on the style is mixing traditional furniture with bold, modern art. Designers to Know: Billy Baldwin, David Hicks, Nate Berkus

Eclectic

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Eclectic Style is very similar to transitional style, except that it borrows from any and all styles to achieve a diverse mélange of other looks. For example, an eclectic living room might feature antique portraiture, French country side chairs, a modern rug, and Chinoiserie cabinets. The style is prevented from being too chaotic by using similar colors, shapes, or textures throughout. Designers to Know: Sheila Bridges, Kelly Wearstler

After the long supremacy of the still-popular Modern style, many designers have rejected the cold and impersonal feel that a completely modern design has been known to create. So while it certainly still has its place in the interior design world, it’s Eclectic and Transitional styles that are really in their heyday. Designers are incorporating elements of history in their work, but in fresh new ways that mingle with innovative concepts, materials, and construction. This adds a lot visual interest that couldn’t be achieved with a “pure” style from times past. By combining the ergonomic science of modern design with the softness of traditional materials, designers are creating livable homes that are as functional as they are interesting and beautiful.

All photos via Shutterstock

Today's post was a guest blog by Alyssa Ennis.

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Fresh Paint Can Help You Stage Your Home for Sale

Years ago, the word staging was a theatrical term rarely heard outside of Broadway. But today, with the real estate market in the doldrums, “staging” has come to Main Street, where it is often a key ingredient in selling a home.

Staging is realtor shorthand for the “theatre” needed to put the best possible face on your home. It means de-cluttering, keeping things well-maintained, and often, doing some painting.

If you’re about to put your home on the market, consider where you might paint to create a better first impression of your home. In doing so, pay particular attention to the first things potential buyers will see.

The starting point for your staging should be the front door. Everyone who checks out your home will come face to face with the door and will likely be standing there for a minute or two while your realtor fumbles with the key.

Does your door bespeak a home that’s well-maintained? If not, you should repaint it pronto. The project can be completed in just a few hours, and it will greatly enhance the first impression of your home.

What about your foyer? Don’t have one? Then evaluate the condition of the first room prospective buyers will see when they walk in. Whether it’s an entrance hall or some other room, the initial glimpse of the interior is critically important when showing a home, so the space should be inviting, not off-putting.

If these rooms are painted in an unconventional color, if they have loud or grimy wallpaper, or even if they’re just in need of freshening up, it will be well worth the effort to paint these areas. Choose a neutral-colored paint that would appeal to virtually anyone, an off-white or light taupe, for example. The idea is to show off the rooms and allow would-be buyers to imagine their own furnishings in the space.

Speaking of space, white or light-colored paint can work magic by creating the illusion that your home is bigger than its physical dimensions. This is true for your walls, and for ceilings, too. Small rooms and low ceilings “open up” visually when painted white or another very light color. And nearly everyone wants as much space as possible.

Although semi-gloss and gloss paints have a lot going for them, it’s best to avoid reflective finishes when painting walls and ceilings just prior to sale. A flat finish will do a better job of concealing imperfections in these surfaces. (Read: Less fix-up required.)

Assuming that your house is one of the special ones that feature interesting architectural elements, you can use contrasting paint color to showcase these details so that no one misses them. Let’s say the walls of your den are painted dark green – you could show off a stylish fireplace surround by painting it white. You could likewise highlight built-in cabinets, bookshelves, or elaborate crown molding.

If you’re about to put your home on the market, you’ll need every edge you can muster in order to get the “Sold” sign placed on your front lawn, rather than your neighbor’s. One of the best ways to do that is with a fresh coat of paint!

About The Author: Debbie Zimmer is editor-in-chief of the Paint Quality Institute blog. She's a widely cited authority on color, use of paints in interior and exterior design, and decorative painting techniques. She can be found on Twitter as @PaintQualityIns.

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