Home Staging

The day in the life of a Project Managing Decorator

Posted by on Mar 9, 2013 in Home Staging, Interior Decorating, interior design, Landscape Design, redesign | 1 comment

The day in the life of a Project Managing Decorator

The day in the life of a Project Managing Decorator….. When people ask me what I do I will say “I’m an Interior Decorator”   “I’m a Landscape Designer” I also do Home Staging with Custom Art thrown in              I hear “How exciting, I always wanted to do that for a career” It is a rewarding career choice for me and I have to change constantly to stay up with all the new styles and ideas. Which I like that about my job. There are some aspects of my job that people do not know and that is the Project Management side.    It is tedious, meticulous, constant, 24-7, hands on, different types of sub-contractors in one day, several location and car travel daily. Changes to the designs never fail. It’s good thing that I am the Decorating Designer on the job to quickly approve the changes and keep the ball rolling. The job sites must be touched in some way each day via hands on visit or phone calls to Subs, making sure everyone is showing up for work and if they are not call them to find why when and where????? I have great set of guys that Sub Contract for me (I refer to them as THE BOYS) and even then there are always delays that can not be helped from UNFORESEENS (always).  Schedules get pushed back, jobs then get pushed back, and before you know it one small cabinet not being hinged correctly has put a kink in the whole month’s schedule. BUT that is why clients hire me….I am paid to be the calm one that presents to them solutions instead of problems, answers instead of questions, time schedules instead of delays…it’s what I do and I love it. To my own demise at times being up all hours of the night figuring out jobs and what else needs to be done that may have slipped by me. I am a huge note taker and have sticky notes everywhere, voice mails to myself to stay on top. All in all it is about the client and I do my very best to give them their home back as soon as possible. All polished and new just as they imagined it           Sometimes that is not the easiest part of my job…but I wouldn’t want to do anything else. Loving’ my career choice and I’m getting paid to do what I love!!!!  Dream big and work hard…that is the way to have success in your life....

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5 Important Staging Do’s and Don’ts

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Helpful Staging Tips, Home Staging | 0 comments

5 Important Staging Do’s and Don’ts

You only have a few seconds to make a positive impression on potential buyers.  This mean you need to make sure that the interior and exterior are spectacular.   The process of taking a lived-in home and converting it to a show-worthy house is called home staging. Here are some do’s and don’ts that you can apply to any staging project. 1.    Don’t Leave a Personal Touch The hardest part of home staging for the home owners is removing personal items. By removing your personal items, this lets buyers imagine themselves living in the house. There should be no evidence of pets in the home. 2.    Do Update Don’t do major renovations, just do minor updates. Look for areas that make your home look older. Make sure your furniture is not worn looking.  Focus on the kitchen; this is the room that buyers are interested in. Change the hardware on the cabinets and drawers. 3.    Do Go With Neutrals A fresh coat of paint can make all the difference in a room. The one rule is to go with neutrals; such as creams and beiges. The goal of home staging is to create an attractive living area.  Choosing bold colors may deter buyers and too much color contrast can distract them. 4.    Don’t Forgo Curb Appeal The exterior of the home needs as much attention as the interior.  This is the first thing buyers notice and you need to think like a buyer.  Try using mulch and trim your hedges. Flowers add colors. Check for cracks in the paint, broken shutters and damaged gutters.  Make sure to wash the exterior of the home. 5.    Do Clean Everything The first thing you must do is clear out the clutter.  Most have lived at the house for a long time and have collected things. Go through these things.  Then clean everything until it...

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The Art of Selling

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Home Staging | 0 comments

The Art of Selling

Recently U&I had the pleasure of joining a local team of Artists and Realtors to get a home ready for the market. U&I entered in with Judy Boone Realty, Judy Boone and Rob Principe, and the Homeowner to get the home ready for market. U&I discussed curb appeal with the Owners and with assistance from Man vs. Tree, Matt we were able to create a beautiful backdrop for the home. U&I worked with the homeowners to get things packed and stored before we came in and Staged the property. We worked for several days setting up the home and I must say the homeowners were gem clients. Motivated and ready….a stagers dream. Judy Boone introduced in several local artists, Cathy Dixson, Linda House, Dollner Johnson, and Paul Wineman, Virtual Tour. I must say it was a pleasure to work with other professionals with the same goal in mind….Sell that house. Looking forward to our next adventure as a team of the ART OF...

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