Regina Stager has ideas to help you sell your home for the New Year

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Happy New Year!

Once again another year has come to an end and we are left with great memories and a lot more friends.

It has been a very busy year at Simply Stunning Designs and we would like to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for your continued support and friendship, for your referrals and for sometimes just stopping to say Good Morning. It is always appreciated!

May the New Year bring you peace, happiness and new opportunities to help you grow.

1. The less-is-more mantra of home staging may tempt you to forgo winter decorations this year. But a few subtle touches like fresh flowers, a pine-cone centrepiece or a pot of cider simmering on the stove can create a warm and festive feeling in your home. Avoid overly religious flourishes, which may be off-putting to some buyers.
2. A cozy home evokes emotion – there’s nothing better than the smell of baked cookies or a lit fireplace. Play soft classical music in the background. Keep the temperature a comfortable 20 to 23 degrees. Create an environment for buyers to feel comfortable and explore.
3. Curb appeal matters – be tasteful in decorating the outside of the home. Do not put out any overly large decorations that could keep the buyers from seeing the exterior of the home. Also make sure the sidewalks are clear of snow and ice.
4. Price the home to sell – in any season, pricing is one of the most important strategies in selling a home. List price is not the same as the sales price. Work with your real estate agent to come up with correct pricing to get as many eyeballs on your home as possible.
5. Stage your home – Marketing your home is not the same as living in it. Hire an experienced and professional real estate home stager who will give you invaluable ideas and suggestions on how to showcase your home and maximize its perceived value.
6. Buyers buy with their eyes – nothing takes the place of professional photography. All listings should be professionally photographed because over 92% of home buyers start their home search online and will use photographs to eliminate properties that they will not visit. Beautiful images create emotion and drive the buyers to call their real estate agent to schedule a showing.
7. Finally, do your research and find a fantastic real estate agent to work with. Interview past clients, read online reviews and make sure that you are comfortable with whoever is hired to sell your home.
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About Dianne Thompson

My name is Dianne Thompson. I took my staging training in Regina in Sept 06 with the Certified Canadian Staging Professionals, and followed that with more personalized training with a professional stager in Edmonton. I then teamed up with another stager and began redesigning rooms before starting to stage properties for sale on my own. My expertise has grown with each job and my inventory is increasing every year. Most of my listings are in the $300,000 to $550,000 range. but I have also worked on small apartments and million dollar Show Homes. I brought in an extra stager, handyman, painter and packers/cleaners to keep up with the demand. I now am a Certified Colour Specialist, and Artist and have brought colour and Wow Factor to every room I stage. I believe that homes are meant to be beautiful and comforting, so that we can all be inspired to lead productive, resourceful lives.