Color Conundrums

When it's time to update a color scheme in your home, where do you turn for inspiration?  Traditionally, I looked for great color combinations at fabric stores.  I'd bring home swatches of the most intriguing ones to see how they worked in the room's lighting.  It's a practical low-tech, low cost way to play with color mixtures and textures. I recently discovered a couple of websites that let you experiment with color.   The first website is ColorPicker.com.  Simply move the cursor around the multicolored square and bar until you see a color you like.  Then click on one of four links to … [Read more...]

Smells That Sell

Right now, some Realtor® is saying “If it smells, it doesn’t sell” to a client because their house needs a scent make-over.  Smells bad, that is.  But what about pleasant odors?  There are several schools of thought about which aromas are the most buyer-friendly. … [Read more...]

Take It Off, Take It Half Off!!!

When your house is on the market, impressing potential buyers is critical.  Among other things, your home needs to feel spacious. Not the empty-and-abandoned kind of spacious, but the "look how my stuff fits nicely with room left over" kind of spacious. You can get that effect by halving certain things, like the ones mentioned below. Bookshelves.  Take half of the books off.  Put 1-3 artsy objects at different spots on the shelves to add visual interest. Closets should be half empty.  Store your out-of-season clothes somewhere else.  Donate excess stuff to charity.  Get rid of extra … [Read more...]

Ten Things We Forget to Clean

A clean house improves the chances of selling faster and at a higher price.  You may have also heard the real estate maxim that "the way we live in our house is not the way it should be staged when up for sale."  Similarly, properly cleaning a house that's on the market differs from routine cleaning.   Sellers too often become oblivious to the details in their familiar surroundings while buyers are on high-alert to spot anything dirty.  So after your thorough cleaning is done, check the list below to see if you should keep scrubbing. Clean all lighting fixtures, both inside and outside.  … [Read more...]

10 Reasons to Put a Lid on It

Everyone has a few pet peeves - things about everyday life we find especially annoying, but that other people wouldn't notice.  Sometimes we know exactly why that thing irritates us.  Other times, we just know that it irritates, and that's all we care to know.  One of my pet peeves is the commode lid left in the "up" position.  I wasn't always that way.  Growing up, no one in my family … [Read more...]

Painting for Profit and Pizazz

Fresh paint offers the highest return on investment for home improvements, but choosing just the right color can be difficult.  Wouldn't it be great if you knew what a professional home stager would recommend?   To assist my real estate clients, I gathered the colors that home-staging professionals use most often.  This list focuses exclusively on Benjamin Moore paint because it was the favorite brand of the surveyed home-stagers.   If you want to see these colors without leaving home, Benjamin Moore's website has a virtual fan deck and other tools for paint selection.  Go to … [Read more...]

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