You are moving anyway!

You are moving anyway!
Even though you love your collection of roosters in the kitchen, now may be the time to pack them away. “Unstuff” your closets by packing the clothes you won’t be wearing until next season. Put storage racks on the floor of the closet to organize shoes, it looks neat and you can take them to your new home. If there are certain items that you will need to access, put them in labeled baskets instead of laying around on the counter or table tops.

Before you even think about putting the house on the market!

Take a walk through your home and make notes of what should be repaired, painted or replaced. Your daughter may love the purple on the walls of her room, but buyers won’t. Check doors and windows to be sure they are all in working order. Clean out the tub and shower areas with grout and specialized cleaners. Repair any cracks or chips. If you don’t think you can be objective about the walk through, either ask a (honest) friend, or look for a professional stager in your area.

Time to Move?

After the terribly cold, snowy, icy weather we””ve had here on the east coast, many people may be thinking about moving to warmer climates. Or they may just be thinking about moving! In any case now is a good time to start getting your home ready for sale. Keep in mind you may have to spend some money (for repairs, painting, etc.), but it will save you thousands of dollars that the buyer would like to deduct from the asking price if they have to do the work themselves. Make them want to come into your home. Clean up the yard, straighten out the mailbox and invite them inside with a great door color. More to come on inexpensive ways to fix up the interior of your home.

Christmas Clean Out

Many people will start their Christmas decorating as soon as Thanksgiving is over. If you are also contemplating putting your house on the market in the early Spring, this is a great time to start the “decluttering”. Pack up the photos and accessories in moving boxes. When bringing out the Christmas china and glasses, decide if you can do without the items you are putting away, either permanently or temporarily until you’ve moved. Making room in the closet for guests’ coats, weed out those you don’t wear any longer and donate them.

Check your pricing

I needed to make some signs out of card stock paper (it is a heavier than regular printing paper). Naturally I checked Staples website and found 65 lb., 8 1/2″ x 11″ 250 sheets to the package for $37.00. Wow-a little more than I expected. I decided to check out my local store (The Paper Superstore in Brick). I found the exact same paper, size, color, quantity for..are you ready for this..$14.35!!! Really Staples, you need to make that much profit!!

What to do with those catalogues?

I get many furnishings and accessories catalogues, which I am sure you do too. Although I have access to many design trade showrooms, I love seeing how the rooms are put together in these catalogues. Just to copy the room seems a little boring and you might see the same set up in your neighbor””s home. Try mixing items from different sources. Say, furniture from Ballard Designs, accessories from Grandinroad and rugs from I once did this for a client. They gave me a budget and I created a floor plan with furnishings and accessories. Then gave them a list of where everything came from. They could then shop on their own, when they wanted to.

Do you know what e-design is?

I””ve been thinking about adding e-design to my website, when it occurred to me-how many people even know what it is?? Basically it is the ability to work with an Interior Designer on line. Many people are “do-it-yourselfers” and don””t feel they want to incur the expense of working with a designer. Depending on the plans offered, you can get anything from a basic floor plan to color schemes to window treatment designs with a click of your mouse button. Sound interesting? E-mail me with your thoughts!

Why Stage:

1. Most people cannot see beyond your personal items; which is the reason we say: UNCLUTTER!
2. Staging is less expensive than the first price reduction.
3. You will be getting rid of certain things anyway, do it now and avoid packing those things that you cannot use in your new residence.
4. If you will be purchasing new furniture and your existing furniture is not in the best condition, consider renting some pieces.
5. The first impression is made at the curb.
6. The second impression is made when walking through the front door.

Catalogue Shopping

Many people like to go through catalogues, see a room they like and order everything “as is”. But then you will look just like everyone else! Try mixing and matching from different vignettes or even different catalogues! You know what you like and you can create your own style.

Do It Yourself

I’m just like everyone else, I watch all those HGTV shows. What they don’t tell you is that behind all those “3 day makeovers” is dozens and dozens of designers, architects, contractors, painters and many more people that help pull it off. If you are a “do-it-yourselfer” start small and do a project in stages. You will see progress and be excited to go to the next step towards finishing the project.