FIVE TIPS TO BEAUTIFY THE BATH

bathUpdating a tired-looking bathroom is a great way to increase a home’s resale. The fixes don’t need to be costly or labor intensive:

  1. Beautify: Add decorative glass, stone tile or accents to make a bathroom stand out. Extra-wide wall tiles are popular and wood cabinets can be embellished with carved wooden inlays.
  2. Lighting: Add more lighting options around the room to reduce shadows and glare. Mood lighting around the tub area is also very popular.
  3. Bath/Shower: A new tub and a spa-like atmosphere can do wonders for a bathroom. Adding a massage element to the showerhead will appeal to buyers.
  4. Update Fixtures: Changing the fixtures in a bathroom can add a great deal. From cabinet handles to faucets, the addition of brushed nickel or other metals is always a huge hit. And if space permits, add a second sink.
  5. Think Green: Install fixtures that save water. A low-flow showerhead, low-flow faucet aerator and a dual-flush toilet can save thousands of gallons of water. Energy-efficient windows is another easy option.

A renovated bathroom offers an intimate, contemporary feel and is one of the things people will remember about a home.

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FALL CURB APPEAL

Showcase The Front Of Your House With Beautiful Color

fall1Fall is a beautiful time of the year. The spectacular weather invites many to spend time outdoors; taking strolls around the neighborhood, visiting beautiful farmland, or leisurely driving around taking in the colorful scenery.

During this time of year, curb appeal is extremely important. The fall months prove to be a very active in terms of home sales, and home buyers typically visit neighborhoods to make sure they can see themselves living there. This means curb appeal must be a big priority for a seller.

What better time to showcase your home as a cozy, warm and inviting place to live. Follow the steps below to transform your house into a home buyers will love!

A few easy tips to improve your FALL CURB APPEAL

LAWN CARE
Continue to maintain your lawn, keep raking the leaves to maintain a tidy appearance. You don’t want a sloppy front or back yard it as the first impression a buyer sees as they arrive at your home.
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FRONT DOOR
Make the front door of your home a focal point. Highlight it with a fresh coat of paint. Pick a bright color that compliments the exterior colors of the house.

CLEAN UP
Clean up the exterior cob webs, dust, chipping paint- add a fresh coat of paint to exterior or clean and power wash to freshen up appearance. Make sure to power wash sidewalks and driveways also.

Clean the inside and outside of the windows- sparking clean windows show good maintenance on home.

Clean gutters are very important, both cosmetically and for the structural integrity of your foundation.

UPDATE
Update house numbers and mailbox. New clean and current numbers and mailbox show a well kept home.

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COLOR AND BEAUTIFY
The fun part!

Plant beautiful seasonal cabbage, kale and mums to dress up the property and doorway. Add window boxes and container plantings in addition to spruce up bland areas. Fall season is colorful and offers a great array of textural planting and for added interest use tall grasses, pumpkins and gourds. Place a seasonally appropriate wreath on front door for added color.

ILLUMINATE
Change bulbs to maximum wattage appropriate for fixture. Illuminate sidewalks, steps, backyard, front yard, and up- light trees and bushes. Try outside lanterns, solar walkway lights and spot lights. Create focal points. Spotlight the front door and house number.

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Lori Carbone, President of Spaces That Speak Home Staging, has extensive experience in home staging, decorating and remodeling.

A Fashion Institute of Technology graduate, Lori has added formal training from The Staging Diva® Home Staging Business Training Program and Stagedhomes® business training program. Lori is an Accredited Staging Professional, and member of the International Association of Home Staging professionals (IAHSP), this distinction is the only nationally recognized staging accreditation, and is considered the leader by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Spaces That Speak Home Staging
Servicing Bergen County, NJ and Rockland County, NY
Styling Homes To Sell
Redesigning Interiors to Live

www.spacesthatspeak.com
201-957-4610

Contact:
lori@spacesthatspeak.com
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USE COLOR PSYCHOLOGY TO SELL YOUR HOME

Article courtesy of Realtor.com

From seeing red to feeling blue, color plays a big role in our emotions. Some colors make us feel happy or relaxed, while others can make us feel anxious. When you’re selling your home, the colors you choose can play on potential buyers’ memories and emotions, changing the way they see your home.

Choose wisely, and the next color you might see is green.

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Yellow

We associate yellow with happiness and light, making it the ideal shade to make windowless spaces such as hallways feel sunny, or to create the feeling of joy in family-gathering areas such as the kitchen. But choose the shade with caution.

“Yellow is such a statement color. People either love yellow or they hate it,” says Lauren Colson, founder of LMC Interior Designs in Atlanta, GA, who specializes in color consultations for residential dwellings. “If you want to use it in your home, I’d stick to soft yellow shades in a warm buttery base.”

 

Blue

Blue’s different hues can conjure up a range of emotions. Light hues create a feel of tranquility.

“Spa blues are reminiscent of the ocean and water in general, which are both relaxing and peaceful,” Colson says.

“Separated dining rooms are the perfect place to try out a deep navy or dark gray, because they are supposed to feel cozy and inviting instead of open and expansive,” she added.

 

Green

“Green is commonly associated with nature, so it naturally gives off a soothing and calm vibe,” Colson says.

That vibe makes green a perfect complement to almost any room in your house. For example, paler greens like seafoam or sage have a calming effect best suited to bathrooms, while darker, earthy shades of green such as moss or evergreen create a sense of quiet and peace––perfect for a cozy den space.

 

Gray

Gray is much more than a neutral color. Most shades pair well with other colors, making this an ideal choice for connecting spaces such as hallways and entryways. But the right shade of gray can play on some powerful emotions. Light hues have a softness, making us feel calm and relaxed, while darker hues feel warm. Selecting the right hue isn’t always an easy choice, though.

“Gray is a tricky, tricky color,” Colson says. “There are so many different hues of gray that if you’re not careful you can end up with an icy cold room instead of a warm retreat.”

The key is choosing a gray with the right base color. For example, Colson noted, a beige-based gray will create warmth, while a blue-based shade will have more of a cooling, icy effect.

 

Brown

At first glance, brown might not seem like the most exciting––or inviting––color, but brown hues are also part of the palette of colors we associate with nature’s calming effects, Colson says. Richer hues create a sense of coziness and quiet, making them perfect for a den or entertainment space where potential buyers could imagine spending time with their family. Lighter shades such as beige are quite and calming, perfect for a formal living room, study, and hallways.

 

What not to use

Not all colors will create the positive emotions you want buyers to feel.

“I usually suggest to clients to avoid oranges and reds in any type of space,” Colson says. “They make people feel anxious and angry.”

Instead, focus on creating a neutral palette that buyers will associate with “homey” feelings.

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SOLAR POWER IS CONTAGIOUS

SunnySolar power still generates just 0.4 percent of America’s electricity. But it’s expanding at a shocking rate, with a new rooftop system installed every four minutes. There are lots of reasons for that, from lower costs to federal subsidies to innovative financing schemes.

But here’s another unexpected factor: Solar power appears to be contagious. Yes, contagious. If you install solar photovoltaic panels on your roof, that greatly increases the odds that your neighbors will, in turn, install their own panels.

That’s the upshot of a fascinating new paper inThe Journal of Economic Geography looking at the growth of rooftop solar power across Connecticut. Study shows that Solar power is contagious!

Simon Burgess is one of our our local trusted professionals and a Solar Energy Consultant for Geoscape Solar in Livingston, NJ.  He works with homeowners, businesses and non-profits setting them up with precisely engineered and beautiful Solar arrays that REDUCE & FIX electricity costs and help create a brighter future for our children and grandchildren.

Contact Simon to receive a free consultation (and potentially a free install!)

201-280-4266 (direct)
sburgess@geoscapesolar.com

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DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH SMALL SPACES IN YOUR BERGEN COUNTY NJ OR ROCKLAND COUNTY NY HOME?

Spaces That Speak Home Staging to the rescue!

sts1Is your home in Bergen County NJ or Rockland County NY?  Do you have a small space to stage? A nook, an alcove, an attic or an area inside or outside your home and you don’t know what to do with it? Are you thinking that home staging or decorating is not your strong suit and you will you leave it to the next buyer/owner to take care of? Are you leaving an unusual sized space empty basically ignoring it?

Every inch, every area inside, every area outside your home, and every small space counts. Only 10% of homebuyers can imagine what a space can look like without furnishings which means 90% can’t! You are throwing away dollars when you do not stage your home. When you are selling your home every area needs a purpose, a reason for being. If you don’t know what to do with an area either will the next buyer. The potential buyer will look past your house and onto the next available home listing.

If you can furnish these small space areas and create usable space it increases your homes likability and value.

Imagine a small space at the top of a flight of stairs; a landing – try putting a small narrow table there with a lamp and maybe a garden seat. If it’s big enough you could even put a small chair. This instantly creates an inviting space.sts4

If you have an extra small bedroom not in use but collects all the leftover clutter, clean it out! Try these ideas…Make it an office with a small desk, unique chair, beautiful artwork or a children’s playroom. Use colorful coordinating baskets for toys and a pretty area rug, or make it a dressing room and make it luxurious. Add one of the popular extra large framed leaning mirrors, a wingback chair, a tufted ottoman and a high pile fur rug.

For an outside terrace or patio, try adding a small round iron table and 2 chairs with small cushions and some flowering plants. Now a potential buyer can envision coming home after a long day at work and relaxing outside.

sts2Many homes have finished attics that seem to be the catch all for out of season clothes or Christmas/holiday decorations or old baby clothes. Now it time to clean out the area and purge what you do not need. Restyle the attic to invite people to linger. Stage the space to create a reading room by adding 1 or 2 comfy chairs, a tall reading lamp, a small coffee table, maybe even an area rug and a soothing piece of art for the walls. Another idea is creating a yoga room, with mats and exercise ball etc. Now you have made an unused portion of the home more valuable and increased the useable square footage of your home.

Small spaces just need appropriate size furnishings. Use your imagination and create a must have room or space. Style your home to stand out against the competition. Enhance small spaces to work in your favor and create a uniqueness that a buyer must have. Turn a negative into a positive!

Spaces That Speak Home Staging

Servicing Bergen County, NJ and Rockland County, NY

Styling Homes To Sell

Redesigning Interiors to Live

Lori Carbone, President of Spaces That Speak Home Staging, has extensive experience in home staging, decorating and remodeling.

A Fashion Institute of Technology graduate, Lori has added formal training from The Staging Diva® Home Staging Business Training Program and Stagedhomes® business training program. Lori is an Accredited Staging Professional, and member of the International Association of Home Staging professionals (IAHSP), this distinction is the only nationally recognized staging accreditation, and is considered the leader by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Spaces That Speak Home Staging
Servicing Bergen County, NJ and Rockland County, NY
Styling Homes To Sell
Redesigning Interiors to Live

www.spacesthatspeak.com
201-957-4610

Contact:
lori@spacesthatspeak.com
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