The Benefits of Staging a Home For Sale

As real estate brokers with home staging certifications, we see firsthand the effect a well-staged home can have on the mind of a home buyer. If you are thinking about selling your home, we offer complimentary home staging services that might just make you fall in love with your home all over again!

Home Sellers Are Biased
• Staging one’s own home is like asking them to be objective about their children. Unless you have truly hated your home since you bought it, it will be difficult for you to let go of your own decorating style and the emotions that have been cultivated since living there.

You Will Learn!
• Have you ever looked at a home magazine or watched the DIY Network only to fantasize about being able to decorate the way they do? Now you can learn! Stagers work with you to properly display items in your home to bring out the best features possible. It might give you the chance to learn how you want to decorate your next space!

First Impressions Must Be the Best
• Buyers will only get one first impression of your home- make it the best! You get a good feeling when you walk into a home that has been properly staged. It isn’t fake, it isn’t dirty, and it allows potential buyers to develop their own sense of comfort and connection to the home.

Look Better than Other Homes
• When a home isn’t properly staged, buyers are only driven further from your listing and closer to your competition. Keep your buyers connected with your property!

Appears Move-In Ready
• Proper, neutral home décor allows buyers to visualize living there. They will imagine their own possessions in each room, and how their family will fit into the space. It will also lessen the impact of any maintenance issues that may arise during inspection, as they are already pleased with the home’s overall aesthetics.

Looks Well-Maintained
• Again, issues have the potential to arise in almost any inspection, and a home that appears to be well-maintained from the outside will help the buyer feel more comfortable with any “internal” work that may need to be done, rather than focusing on changing things like countertops or radical paint jobs.

Looks Better in Photos
• These days, homes are typically first viewed on the internet. Well-done staging allows for better quality photos and allows a potential buyer to fall in love with the home before viewing it in person.

It’s Free!
• We offer free staging services from a certified professional to all who sign with us. Our staging professional is experienced in making a home comfortable for anyone who views it.

For more helpful staging tips or information on selling your home, reach out to us today and be sure to check out our page that explains the staging process.

Five Tips for Luxury on a Budget

Everyone loves the look of high-end furniture and custom designed room decor. Unfortunately, not everyone has the budget it can take to get these items. With these five tips, you can give your house a luxurious look without the expense.

A stencil is a great way to add a different design to your walls.

1. Paint your walls: An easy way to give a room a fresh look is changing the color of the walls. With all the different types of paint, finding one that suits you is as simple as going to the hardware store and picking out of few samples. A look that is sophisticated but also personalized is to use a neutral color and add an accent wall for extra emphasis.
2. Add Curtains: Another great option for making a room feel more expensive is the use of curtains. Curtains are very easy to make which can help cut down the cost. By hanging them higher than your window, you will give the illusion that your room is taller than it actually is.
3. Update old hardware: This is an easy way to update your space to give it more of a high end appearance. Crystal knobs or silver colored knobs will take your room to a look of luxury home.  This is often the most important upgrade you can do when putting your home on the market to sell.

Baskets are a great way to hide clutter!

4. Remove knick-knacks and clutter: The cheapest of all my tips is as simple as organizing your home. Matching containers such as baskets are a great way to hide items while giving a uniform look.

5. Define a focal point: When designing a room it is easy to get carried away with different elements and furniture. If you are on a budget, just focus on one focal point in the main room. This could be a couch or even a piece of artwork. Finding something you love and designing around it will give you inspiration and take the stress off of buying other expensive items.

Find your home today with Anacortes Living!

These are great tips not only for decorating a home but for staging a home to sell too! For more helpful staging tips visit my page on furniture and preparing your home for selling.

Luxury and waterfront home sales in Anacortes, La Conner and throughout the San Juan Islands are on the rise!  If you own a waterfront or water home in Skagit or San Juan County, this spring could be the best time to sell.  If you want to sell your home this spring, please contact us now.  There are things you can be doing now to insure  your home sells for top dollar!

Jean Groesbeck  (360) 941-3734

Gracious Living Interior Design

Save the date:  March 12, 2011 for the Anacortes EXPO.  Come for one speaker or all, and visit our exhibitors who are also your neighbors. 

Are you looking for something to brighten up your home?  Sick of drab decor?  Contact Gracious Living Interior Design!  “Whether it’s making a single room more livable, renovating a dated interior, or managing the creation of a totally new home, we help guide you through the steps necessary to create rooms that greet you with a smile and warm you with an engaging sense of delight.”  The talent behind Gracious Living, Molly McIntosh, is an experienced award-winning interior designer known for her skill of making your home the center of your life.  Visit their web page at or contact them at (360)-299-8949