Staging Equals Success

When you go to an interview, you dress for the occasion—a nice suit, a sharp haircut, an appealing color palate. You do this because you know that first impressions matter. And they matter a lot. They matter so much, in fact, that most people will assess their like or dislike of a new acquaintance in a matter of a few seconds to a few minutes. BAM! Even though we know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, many (most of us, really) totally do. This principle is equally as important in real estate when your home’s first impression tends to be its lasting impression on a potential buyer.

Home staging is a growing business type with multiple firms all over the United States. Though many home sellers think they can dress up their own home sufficiently for it to sell, a home stager can potentially decorate your home to sell faster and at a higher price than you could. Though they can’t guarantee success 100% of the time, following are a few very good reasons to consider hiring a home staging company when selling your next home. [Read more…]

The Best Do-It-Yourself IKEA Hacks

For many of us, IKEA is a staple in our homes and lives. From starving college students to established professionals, the Swedish furniture juggernaut has become the go-to home furnisher for people from all walks of life. The impact of IKEA has spread from their vast maze-like showroom floor into the world’s homes, and spawned an entire category of websites, blogs, and posts dedicated to do-it-yourself IKEA hacks.

From bookcases that transform into beds to shopping bags doubling as kid’s rain jackets, everything you can imagine can be found on these sites. Below is a list of some of our favorite DIY IKEA hacks. [Read more…]