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Top Staging Props – guest blogger Perfectly Placed for You LLC


What are those items to keep aside when you are packing up and preparing your home for sale?

Here are 10 examples that top our list:

  1. Art that does NOT feature people. Landscapes, abstracts and botanicals are all great.
  2. Decorative trays will help create groupings on a variety of surfaces.
  3. Crisp linens and towels. Nothing is more inviting than a beautifully dressed bed, or a bathroom with fresh new towels and shower curtain.
  4. Attractive hardcover books will create interest and height in your groupings.
  5. Vases and pottery offer attractive options.
  6. Candles conjure up images of coziness or romantic evenings
  7. Decorative plates and stands offer vertical options on shelving or countertops.
  8. Service ware such as tea pots, coffee mugs and dinnerware to create the ultimate entertaining vignette.
  9. Pillows and throws soften and create a punch of color or a more intentional color palette.
  10. Area rugs will anchor furniture groupings, as well as soften any echo in a vacant property.

Remember accessories are like the icing on the cake when it comes to staging. Ask yourself if the items that you are displaying create an overall appeal or if they carry a message of welcome home to your potential buyers.


Is your property for sale decorated or staged? – guest blogger Jan Poulain

Jan Poulain from staging company, Perfectly Placed For You, is back again with some great reminders when getting your home ready for sale.  Take a look at your home.  Is it decorated or staged?

Sellers often believe that they are market ready because they have a beautifully decorated home, and that may well be the case; however there are distinct differences between staging and decorating.

Decorating is the art of making design choices based on personal taste in order to create a dwelling that successfully reflects the homeowner’s style and even a bit about who they are.

Staging is the art of specifically styling a property so that it will resonate with the largest number of potential buyers for the express purpose of selling that property.

Both staging and decorating require implementing a variety of design principles with very different intended results.

Here are few questions designed to help you evaluate each staged space:

Are you still displaying family photos and/or religious or culturally inspired art?

Are your color choices appealing to a large number of people and would a variety of furnishings work within the space?

Does any room still have wallpaper?

Is the furniture within the space reflecting the rooms function?

Are you showing off maximum square footage by eliminating excess furnishings?

Remember that every buyer is as individual as you are, so try and present them with an opportunity to imagine a new home in their own special way.


Jan Poulain   Perfectly Placed for You

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Why Professionally Stage Your Property – Guest Blogger Jan Poulian

With so many properties on the market this time of the year it is important that your home stand out from the rest.  Staging is an important piece of the marketing of your property.

Why professionally stage your property?  Our Top 10 Reasons

By, Perfectly Placed For You


Move over David Letterman! Here are 10 compelling reasons to stage your property before selling it.



Staging can create a positive first impression.

You’ve heard the expression that you never get a second chance to make a good impression, and this is most definitely the case when selling your property. Once buyers have taken a peak, if they don’t like what they see, they will definitely move on to the next listing. Don’t let that happen to you!



Staging expenses can be tax deductible.



Staging services can help the seller have a less stressful real estate experience.

At a consultation we can create a custom staging plan that will take the stress out of what can be an overwhelming process. With additional staging services we can actually style each room to photo ready perfection in a matter of hours even while you are at work.



Staging can create the impression of a well maintained property.

When buyers enter a space that is orderly and attractive with furniture placement that makes sense, they feel more relaxed about making the investment because they can see that the current owner has taken care of things and has paid attention to the details.



Staging can generate more exposure on behalf of other real estate agents.

When realtors preview nicely staged homes they remember them, and they are more likely to take clients to a really great looking property for a positive reaction.



Staging can create the impression of an easy moving experience.

Staged properties have a clear sense of function and purpose which allows the potential buyer to easily imagine the perfect orderly lifestyle.



Staging can showcase the true potential of a property.

If identical properties are on the market at the same time, for example in a large condo complex, the staged property will have an advantage because the architectural highlights and selling features are given proper focus.


Staging can give your property a competitive edge online

Professional photos of a beautifully staged property will generate more interest and showings.



Staging can help generate a faster sale.

Time equals money, and less time on the market also equals less stress for the seller.



Staging can help generate a higher sales price.

Buyers will often pay a premium to own a desirable property that evokes what they hope will complete the lifestyle of their dreams.

Jan Poulian    Perfectly Placed for You

These are great tips.  As a realtor I can emphasize enough how important first impressions are.  Walking up to the front door, walking through the front door impressions are made.  It is like going to a restaurant – the ambience, the feel as you come through the door, in some ways is almost as important as the food you are about to eat. 

Joan Parcewski     Woods Real Estate.





Got Clutter? Get Staged! – guest blogger Jan Poulian

Have you ever walked into a space that had clutter – things all over the place, no sense of order?  How does that make you feel?  I myself want to turn around and leave. 

Especially if you are selling your home, you want people to see the outstanding aspects of your home and not get caught up with piles of things – papers, clothes, mail etc.  Or perhaps you like to collect little elephants, pieces of glass, pictures and paintings.  Again you don’t want people to get caught up in your world – rather in your house.  So declutter becomes the word for the day.  Thanks to Jan Poulian from Perfectly Staged for you. 

A staging consultation becomes an action plan for our clients.

We provide homeowners with a detailed list of maintenance issues, items to be removed, and of course reinforce less is always more. Getting staged is a great way to get your home ready for the market. A professional evaluation provides you with the tools you will need and will motivate you to get started.

At Perfectly Placed For You, we took our own advice. Because, we know all too well that being organized will help us be more productive. We believe our advice is extremely valuable, so we took note.

Our 1500 square foot warehouse stores our inventory. We own well over 100 pillows and wall hangings. In
order to keep them visible we store them on stacked shelves, color-coded of course and sized, for easy viewing and pulling. Our rugs are kept rolled up. So, we took pictures of them. This way we know which ones are in stock, and which are out on a job. To keep paper down to a minimum we purchased a portable scanner. We use it for copying receipts, and we keep copies of client documents on the cloud vs. inside a filing cabinet, or worse on top of our desks. By keeping ourselves organized, we feel confident offering solutions to our clients……

For the rest of the article with pictures – got clutter[1] from Jan Poulian 042012

Jan Poulian      Perfectly Placed for You

978-677-6770: office
978-337-3266: direct line
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