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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.


Two Powerful Letters Amongst Redesigning – guest blogger Liz Larson

We hear today from Liz Larson, co-owner of Perfectly Placed for You.  Just want a new look for your home and need some help with that vision.  Call Perfectly Placed for You. 

By now you have heard us talk a lot about Staging; the process of getting a property ready for sale.  Why should sellers have all the fun? At Perfectly Placed For You, we offer Staging and Redesign services, allowing all homeowners the opportunity to assess their home for function, style and beauty.


A room redesign is a makeover for your space; however, the client’s existing furnishings are reworked into the space.  We never get tired of rearranging a room, repurposing an item, or swapping items between rooms to create a whole new look and feel to a space.  And, it’s all done at the perfect price point.  Free.


How can you determine if you are a candidate for a redesign?  Do you have a room that rarely gets used and wish to revisit it?  Or, maybe you are simply tired of its “look”, and would like to have it restyled. Did a room in your house recently become empty, and it needs to be repurposed?  Have your furnishings been in the same place for longer than 3 years…then is time to revamp , and schedule a redesign with a professional stylist.


Definition of Redesign:  to revise in appearance, function, or content

Let’s begin by empting the room so we can start with a clean slate.  Before we can bring back pieces we need to establish its function.  Now we can concentrate on the focal point of the room.  With a fresh beginning, we add pieces, one by one, purposefully choosing and placing each item.  Using existing pieces is part of the process, but it’s very likely some will be repositioned within the space. With your permission we “shop your home” for additional items to complete the new look of your room.  These items might even end up becoming the showpieces of the redesign.  Congratulations, it’s time to enjoy your new redesigned space.

If you have decided you are a redesign candidate, but don’t want to do it alone, we would be happy to assist you.


Liz Larson


Perfectly Placed For You

Redesign & Staging  Creating Inviting Spaces 


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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

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

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

It’s All About First Impressions –

A special welcome to our newest guest blogger, Janet Poulain from Perfectly Placed for You, a local staging company. On a personal note they have recently staged a new construction in Bedford for our company. What a different impression when you walk in the door.

Staging Vacant Properties Makes Perfect Sense

Imagine yourself out shopping at the mall or downtown. If the retail stores left their window displays empty would it draw you in? Do you think you would even want to shop there?

I know what you are thinking. Most people do their shopping on line. And you are actually right. Many people start their house search on line. Which is why we believe it is imperative to have your property looking its best for its debut. You’ve heard it before, but it is worth repeating. A picture is worth a thousand words.

It is our goal to have buyers feel welcomed as soon as they open the door. Being greeted by a piece of art, greenery or a floral arrangement is one option, and so much better than walking into a blank space. First impressions count.

Take a look at the before and after photos to see if you agree. (if unable to view, please cut and paste – it is worth taking a look at the difference – you will be amazed)

When a property is empty, buyers tend to focus on negative details. In addition, vacant homes can often seem confusing to buyers. Staging emphasizes the homes features and can offer solutions to challenging areas, as well as showcasing the homes layout and architectural features.” In short, a staged property will evoke warmth and comfort, giving the buyer that much needed emotional connection to make an offer.

Liz Larson & Jan Poulain
Perfectly Placed For You
Redesign & Staging Creating Inviting Spaces

Staging and Sellers – Where to Begin

We are very pleased to welcome another guest blogger to our community, Janice Poulin from Perfectly Placed for You.   It is important to remember that you view your home one way and a buyer views your home totally differently as they are trying to picture themselves in it.  That’s where staging and stagers can help you to get the most money for your home:


Why is staging important and where do sellers begin?


Whether a property is occupied or vacant, staging it will help potential buyers envision a desirable lifestyle. Purchasing a home is an emotional process, and fostering a feel good connection with buyers will significantly increase the odds of a sale.


Sellers can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the process of staging. Often, people have accumulated a life time worth of memories in a home, and they aren’t quite sure where to begin.


First, try to look at each space and pretend that you are a potential buyer. What is your eye drawn to first? Is it a selling feature?


Evaluate each space with these 5 points in mind:


1. Consider repairs and key upgrades.

2. Clear away excess belongings, furniture, family photos and personal or religious items

3. Place furniture to establish function and highlight selling features

4. Use color to highlight key areas and to create an overall appealing response

5. Introduce emotional cues to help buyers connect with the property – i.e. possibly an entertaining  vignette on an island or peninsula in an open kitchen


Make a list as you move through each space. It may also be easier to work backwards and to imagine that the room is empty. Ask yourself what key pieces are needed to establish function and to create a welcoming feel?


No doubt for some, staging will be a sizable investment of time and energy. However, if a picture is worth a thousand words, making the effort to create a positive image online and in person is an investment well worth making.


Now take a deep breath and get started!

Janice Poulin   –    Perfectly Placed for You        978-337-3266




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