How to Stage your Home for a Quicker Sale!

Home staging isn’t a new concept; but it is new to many home sellers. If you’re not familiar with staging, it is the art of highlighting the strengths of your home through strategic design. It can make an enormous impact. In fact, a national survey indicated that staged homes sold on average in 13.8 days, while non-staged homes sold in 30.9 days.

Staging involves furnishing, decorating, outdoor cleanups and ultimately the arrangement of a home in such a way to Staging Colorsattract increased buyer interest. It could be as simple as rearranging your current furniture, photographs, and other accessories or a more involved project where new pieces are brought in to accent what is already in your home.

The goal behind home staging is to make your home look as appealing as possible to buyers and maximize curb appeal for a quick sale at top dollar.

Please take a moment to watch the latest Better Homes and Gardens®Real Estate video and see why staging is so important to the sale of your home. You can also access more educational videos at

I look forward to showing you the benefits of working with a licensed real estate professional who understands the power behind home staging! And together, we will come up with a staging plan that is right for you.

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Why you should retire to Raleigh

This comes as no surprise. Raleigh has been ranking pretty high in most lists the past decade. 

Money magazine names Raleigh as one of the five best retirement destinations in the U.S.retirement

The cities are all small or “second” cities that the magazine says have the perks of an urban area without the big-city drawbacks.

“This state capital’s thriving economy and proximity to top universities have long made it a prime relocation destination,” says Money. “It’s not hard to see the draw: Raleigh provides a big-city feel with a low cost of living; mild, four-season weather; and, thanks to all those medical schools, world-class health care.”

Other cities that made the top-five list are Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Lexington, Kentucky; St. Petersburg, Florida and Boise, Idaho.

Way to go Raleigh!! 

 Managing Editor-Triangle Business Journal


So you ask “What’s the square footage of the home?”

“What’s the square footage of the home?” This is usually the second question asked by buyers. Here’s the deal with the Square Footage of a property.

MLSs use it. Insurance companies use it. Appraisers use it. Wake and Johnston County Tax Assessors office use it. When it comes to real estate, there’s no avoiding square footage as a measure of any home’s value.

But how much is square footage worth to you as a homebuyer? Knowing the square footage can be helpful, but it shouldn’t be the main tool to determine your offer price.

Square footage measurements aren’t exact, nor are they taken the same way by every person. For example, your local tax assessor or appraiser may determine square footage by measuring the outside of the house. A real estate professional, on the other hand, typically counts only indoor living space to determine square footage.

Real estate listings for single-family homes do not include square footage for covered “outdoor” spaces, including porches, verandas, balconies and porte-cocheres. Yet, in high-rise buildings, square footage quotes often include balconies.

Further, some elements such as stairways and closet spaces are also open to interpretation. If you’re buying a home with a two-story foyer, is that foyer space also counted on the second floor?

Another measure that’s subjective is the price per square foot, which is determined by the number of square feet divided into the price of the home.

High-end homes with expensive materials such as granite countertops and finishes such as hardwood floors tend to have a much higher price per square foot than more affordable homes. But what if those high-end features are 20 years old, and you’re comparing them to other similar homes in the area that are brand new?

Hallways, landings and stairs can add hundreds of square feet to any home, but is that space really livable? An open floor plan may have smaller square footage, but be much more pleasant to live than a larger home with too much space allocated to getting from one room to another.

All this means that valuations based on square footage are and should be somewhat subjective.

If you’re confused about what you are paying per square foot for your next home, ask your real estate professional how the home was measured for the listing and compare it to local tax roll data you can find. If there is a bank appraisal, you can ask the appraiser how the square footage was determined.


What I learned from owning my first home

#TBT February 2008

The pride in home-ownership paid off! So much delicate work went into transforming that house with the Rose colored carpet, vinyl and shutters that I hated, into a home to be proud of. I learned that you don’t always have to have the best, newest or most fancy right out the box. Treat that house like a canvas and with a little effort…You will have something magnificently crafted by you! And that’s an glorious feeling!!

Call Tanya to begin creating your memories.

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7 Major Signs a Home is Staged Wrong


When staging is done right, it can make a world of difference when it comes to closing a deal quickly and with a great price. But just because you have taken the time to stage a home, doesn’t mean that the staging helps to highlight a home. After all, the only thing worse than not staging at all is staging that’s done terribly wrong.

After you have “staged” the soon-to-be-listed property, take a look around and keep an eye out for these seven clear signs that your work isn’t done—or done right. Seeing some eyesores? Make these last minute changes that will get you to the staging finish line and snag a great deal in a flash.

1. You’ve Blocked the Flow

The fundamentals of staging start with flow. If you want to really sell, make sure you open the way for buyers to fall in love with the home. That means making sure big furniture and other obstacles don’t block a prospective buyers walk through the home. Remember! For many buyers, open floor plans are a big bonus. Show off how great the flow through the home really is.

2. It’s Artfully Off-Kilter

Neutral art is a great way to give a home that “finished” feel. However, if your hanging eye is off, it can make a home feel like a complete mess. To avoid these art disasters follow these smart hanging tips:

  • Don’t Suffocate the Photo—Pictures on the same wall need 2-4 inches of room in between. When hanging pictures or painting near furniture, you need to leave around six inches of space.
  • 60 Up—Best practice dictates hanging art at eye level. Leave about 60 inches from the floor to the center of the piece.
  • Furnish First—Before you hang, furnish the space. Remember that art should accent—not drive—the design.

3. The Wrong Rug

Rugs are another great staging tool that you can use to change a room’s perspective. When used correctly, a rug can create modular visual organization and help show the home at it’s best. But when used wrong, you’ll end up with a big mess.

Here are three areas that need rug-help and how to roll out the carpet right:

  • Colossal Canyon—Rugs are great for big open spaces that need organization. To use them right in these room, use the “front on” rule. The rug should be large enough that the front legs of all of the pieces in the seating arrangement—chairs and sofas— are placed on the rug. This helps to unify a space without sacrificing the openness of a room.
  • Tiny Territory—To make a room feel larger than it actually is, invest in an area rug small enough to fit in a room with all of the “feet” of the major furniture off the rug. This creates visual space and will help buyers see opportunity for organizing the space.
  • Lost Luxury—To add a more luxurious visual experience to a room, add a rug that can “house” the major furniture while leaving 16 inches of clearance on each of the four sides of the room.

4. Out of Focus Areas

Another common problem plagues too many staged rooms is the lack of a focal point—or competing focal points. The huge fireplace across from the 60” TV is a serious mistake. In each room, define a focal point and stage to it. This might make the home a little less livable, but can create a more appealing look for photos and showings.

5. Your Numbers Are Off

Repeating items is a great tactic for tying rooms together, but make sure you count odd when you do. If you’re using candles and other knick-knacks for tables and mantles, repeat them in a series of three or five for the best effect.

6. Matchy-Matching

Too much of anything is a bad idea. That goes for accent pieces, colors, and anything else you have the urge to repeat in decor. The best-designed and staged homes create a different experience in each room or space, but maintain common threads to ensure that it doesn’t look like one big hot mess. Make sure every room has time to shine by subtly varying colors, layout, and accents.

7. It Looks Like Every Other Home

The final, and one of the most fundamental staging sins, is the “run of the mill syndrome.” Remember! Staging is about standing out. If after you’ve “staged” your listing looks like every other house in the neighborhood, you’re not done yet. Start your staging process by identifying the home’s hottest features. Then, build your staging plan around those features. This will help you to make sure every visit isn’t “just another showing,” but has the wow effect that will move a home off the market.

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