Thursday, July 23, 2020

Staging a Semi-Vacant house

Staging a Semi-Vacant Home

Recently I stage what I call a semi-vacant home. What does that mean? Well, it means that the house is indeed vacant, but I was able to use some of the client's furniture. By doing this, it allows me to keep the cost down, which is what every client wants!!

I don't normally do this simply because there usually is no furniture in the house. However, sometimes the homeowner has left some furniture behind. If I feel that I can utilize the furniture, then I will.

The before pictures.

In the living room, I had the client remove the two armchairs. I felt they were a bit outdated. I did use the coffee table, the chest by the front door, and the metal end table, as well as the lamps and area rug.

The kitchen needed a table and chairs which the client had.

In the dining room, I kept the table but switched out the dining chairs. I did use the server.

I even used their wicker furniture for the spare room, which I turned into an office.

Here are the after pictures.

As you can see, just by switching out the armchairs and adding a sofa, it completely changed the look and feel of that space. I added my accessories to finish the look.

In the kitchen, I used her table and benches. I set the table and accessorized her kitchen.

Much more updated look just by changing out the chairs. The server was a good fit.

Here is the office. I eliminated all those stuffed animals, utilized her furniture, and used my accessories instead.

As you can see, adding some furniture updated the space. This will entice the buyers to schedule a visit to the home. That is what you want to attract buyers!!


Thursday, July 9, 2020

How did life get so crazy??

How did life get so crazy??

We juggle work, family, downtime, and most times, we just don't have enough time in a day to get it all done. And if you run your own business, well, that's more time needed when you factor in social networking, social media, and blogging to help bring in more business!! Then there is family. You are taking the kids to practices, games, and whatever activities they're doing. Holidays come around, family parties that you must attend, spouses that are feeling neglected, friends that haven't seen you in a while. Can we PLEASE get some downtown?!!! How did life get so crazy??

Especially now during this COVID 19 pandemic. Things have gotten out of hand!!

So what can we do about it?? A long time ago, I was a real estate agent. I had to take a continuing education course. I can't remember the course, but I got the best advice anyone has ever given me. The instructor gave us some advice on how to juggle all our commitments. This is what he said. Write down every obligation you must do every week on your calendar, Monday through Sunday. These are you must-haves. If your kids have practice every Thursday, write it down. Meeting on Tuesday morning, write it down. Are you getting the picture? Then whatever slots are open/free, you can fill in with whatever you want. Has it helped? You betcha!! 

Here is an example of my schedule. I even color coordinate the events!!

It takes commitment to do this at first, but I promise it does work and it will make a huge difference in your life. Organizing your life doesn't have to be crazy, it just takes a little bit of planning and some commitment on your part. So worth the effort!!