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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.


Preparing your home for a professional photographer

Many would say – I can take pictures of my home – I don’t need a professional photographer – Remember that you are emotionally involved with your home – The pictures need to create that emotion in the buyer.

The following was taken from a Canadian real estate agents website but pertains to all houses ready to be photographed for sale:

1.   Open all blinds & drapes.  Turn on all lights & lamps (replacing burnt out light bulbs).  Remove excess clutter as well as vacuum, clean & mop tile floors.  Wash all windows inside and out.

2.   In living areas – remove clutter (including removing newspapers & magazines from view), hide remote controls as well as power bars and cords, arrange furniture to help make the room look bigger, remove throw rugs & area rugs, clear & remove clutter from any desk areas, straighten bookshelves, file papers, organize & remove toy clutter.

3.   Clean & declutter kitchen counters, kitchen sink clear of dirty dishes, movie magnets, photos & calendars from refrigerator, & remove tea towels

3.   Clear bathroom countertops & polish bathroom faucets & mirrors, remove stains from sinks, grout & bathtubs, clear personal items & cleaning products, remove towels & toilet paper roll, close toilet seat

4.   Make the beds with fresh clean linens, clear out anything under the bed that is visible, clean bedside tables (free of tissue boxes, remote controls, alarm clocks, jewelry.

5.   Remove vehicles from view in front of housepaving should be cleared, swept & weeds removed, garbage bins & hoses out of sight, fertilize & mow lawn, trim hedging & overgrown shrubery, store lawn equipment & garden tools out of sight, betly arrange outdoor furniture & play equipment, pools should be clear of leaves & debris (equipment stored out of sight) & water feature turned on

And now all that is left is shooting those pictures!

It isn’t until you see pictures by a professional photographer vs an amateur – the difference is so noticable.  Good first impressions leads to sales.  Poor first impressions leads to people striking a property off their list.

Joan Parcewski, Realtor & Notary, GRI, CBR, SRES, LMC, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, GREEN, AHWD, E-PRO                978-376-3978

Bed Bugs – Prevention and Control – guest blogger Paul Martin

Bed Bugs: Prevention And Control

The Environmental Protection Agency refers to bed bugs as successful hitchhikers. They can live on any kind of fiber, even cardboard, which means they are found in warehouses, courier’s businesses, hotels, and homes. Just about any environment could be susceptible to these critters. They can also go without their favorite food – blood – for long periods of time. A bed bug is a survivor.


People, however, have come up with innovative ways to prevent infestations. One of them is to cover mattresses and boxes with plastic. This is one reason why you will find many items protected by both cardboard and a stiff plastic wrap which is difficult to tear open. Clothing should be kept in bags if it is not in use regularly. The EPA suggests that hotel guests keep their baggage off of the floor and use the luggage racks provided instead. Clearly, these bugs can move from the carpet to baggage with disturbing ease. Do not allow piles of paper to accumulate inside where they can nest and hide.


This government website also offers ideas for how to treat infested items once the bugs have been detected. Individuals usually know that there is a problem because they notice bites on their bodies, which appear regularly in many places. Light-colored fabrics show their presence more clearly than dark ones, so one might even spot these insects with the naked eye or a magnifying glass.


Vacuuming helps, but will not kill the insects. There are three ways to do this. One is to use chemicals. Most people are wary of using this form of insect control because pesticides are bad for the environment and dangerous to humans, so it is not advised that one take this route unless it becomes absolutely necessary.


Certain pest control agencies use heat treatment as a means of destroying bed bugs at all stages: eggs, adults, and everything in between. There is an electric heat-treatment which can be used to kill these insects in any environment without harming people or leaving anything behind except insect carcasses.


In the home, the FDA recommends using either heat or cold to get rid of bugs. For example, after washing (which will not kill many bugs), stuff your clothing or linens in the dryer. According to their website, the higher the heat is, the less time you have to run the dryer for. With some items, it is practical to use cold treatment. Wrap stuffed animals in plastic or seal them in plastic bags and put them in your freezer for a few days.


Finally, many people find that hiring a pest control company is the most effective way of getting rid of unwanted critters. If so, learn more about what products they use, their methods, and how to prepare your home for their arrival. If chemicals will be used, you might want to consider taking a holiday or staying at a hotel for a little while to be sure that no one is put at risk from the toxins. Finding a solid pest control company will make you pest problems seem much less stressful. A good pest control company will have quality information about pests on their site like found here: Interstate Pest management. Roaches, & many other common pest can be eliminated upon a visit or two from a professional.  You can usually find the company’s contact form (like this on their site and fill it out or just give them a call.



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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