Home Staging Katonah: Sold in a Day

A large ranch-style home on a flat lot in a highly desirable neighborhood and school district should be easy to sell. Right?

At least that’s what these home sellers think until they try selling their Katonah, NY home about four years ago. After a few months they pull the home off the market and make a big decision.

Instead of selling now, they decide to invest in updates to their home, enjoy them for a few years, and try selling again later.

Second-time-around home sellers pick an agent who features staging as one of her many marketing tools, and they don’t just sell, they sell on the first listing day.

When we arrive, the home is updated and freshly painted, but spaces are not clearly defined or showing their best. Our initial working consultation lasts six hours. After, their agent, Teresa Chang of Houlihan Lawrence in Somers, NY, helps them with the remaining “home” work–purchasing bedding, towels, pillows, and some art.

Teresa and I return one more time to complete the staging and take listing photos. With a total of just nine hours of home staging, this home sells on the first listing day–at the broker open house–to a broker.

Here’s what Teresa has to say about working with AtWell Staged Home:

From the first time Susan and I worked together to stage a small 2-bedroom home in Shenorock, I knew we made a great team. Since then, I strongly encourage all my home sellers to stage their homes because every home can benefit from Susan’s expertise. Susan’s staging helps these homes show better, sell for more, and get on the market sooner. I love getting hands-on in the process and seeing how quickly Susan can transform a home, often in just a few hours. This experience has turned me into a huge believer in home staging after so many quick sales and satisfied clients.

Teresa Chang
Houlihan Lawrence, Somers, NY

The following transformations are representative of why this $875,000, 3,700 square-foot Katonah, NY, home sells on the first listing day for 98% of asking.

Entry - Before Home Staging Katonah

Entry – Before Home Staging
This original listing picture of the entry leaves you cold and wondering, Why is there a piano here? This is the first impression upon entering the home.

Entry - After Home Staging Katonah

Entry – After Home Staging
Piano is replaced with items found in the home – art, chairs, table, and accessories. This entry is transformed for $0.

Master Bedroom - Before Home Staging Katonah

Master Bedroom  Before Home Staging
Actual listing picture from first attempt to sell when home owners did not have the benefit of home staging.

Master Bedroom - After Home Staging Katonah

Master Bedroom  After Home Staging
Same master bedroom and furniture four years later. Window treatments had already been updated. Teresa helps the home owner find coordinating bedding for less than $100, as well as art for over the bed.

Great Room - Before Home Staging Katonah

Great Room – Before Renovation

Great Room - Before Home Staging Katonah

Great Room – After Renovation but Prior to Home Staging

Great Room - After Home Staging Katonah

Great Room – After Home Staging

Dining Room - Before Home Staging Katonah

Dining Room – Before Renovation

Dining Room - Before Home Staging Katonah

Dining Room – After Renovation
Home owners change the fluorescent light fixture for an elegant chandelier. They also convert the underutilized corner into a functional built-in hutch, adding a unique architectural feature to this room.

Dining Room - After Home Staging Katonah

Dining Room – After Home Staging

Living Room - Before Home Staging Katonah

Living Room – Before Home Staging
Furniture placement – in this original listing picture – makes the room feel awkward and difficult to decorate.

Living Room - After Home Staging Katonah

Living Room – After Home Staging
Ideally a new sofa would be used, but since the home owners do not know where they are headed, buying another new sofa is not practical. We do our best and place the sectional in a position to show off the large room, tall windows, and fireplace. Adding fresh new pillows and keeping it all clean and neat make it work.

Master Bathroom - Before Home Staging KatonahMaster Bathroom - Before Home Staging Katonah

Master Bath – Before Renovations

Master Bathroom - After Home Staging Katonah

Master Bathroom - After Home Staging Katonah

Master Bath – After Renovations and Staging
Wish I could take credit for this makeover, but the home owners did this themselves. But it isn’t finished until it’s tidied up and accessorized for selling.


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Home Tweet Home: Best Real Estate Tweets for July 2014

AtWell Staged Home’s real estate Tweets are jam-packed with useful tips, fun quotes, great articles and more.

Read this month’s top real estate Tweets:

Home Staging…

Experts Rate Curb Appeal and Staging as Best Home Improvement Projects for Sellers | @Home_Staging
As the market heats up, we are seeing more real estate agents and sellers recognizing the huge benefits that come with hiring a professional home stager! Here is the latest in home staging statistics according to a new Zillow Digs survey of Real Estate Agents and Interior Designers: Hiring a professional home stager was listed as one of the top two critical improvements a seller should invest in when selling their home in 2014.

Setting The Stage For A Super Home Sale | @RealtyTimes
If you’re getting ready to sell your home, there are a few things you should do first. At the top of the list are repairs, decluttering, and staging your home for a super sale. With the help of your agent and/or homestager, you can create the perfectly staged home that’s eye-catching at first glance.

Selling Your Home…

Hook a Higher Price For Your Home | @RealtyTimes
When you receive an offer from a homebuyer, chances are it will be less than you expected. The housing turmoil of the last eight years has taught buyers to go in low, except in the most heated markets.

The 4 Biggest Listing Photo Mistakes | @TruliaPro
Even when the market is hot and homes are selling fast, you’ve got to make sure your listing sets itself apart from competing homes in order to get the best deal. Pictures move the masses and if you’re not careful, they can move prospective buyers away from your listings online.

Home Design…

My Personal Campaign to Paint Every Front Door Red and Why | TheHomeGuru.com
For those of you with a bent toward feng shui, you know that the front door is the main source of a house’s energy. But practically and simply put for both curb appeal and resale value, spruce up the front door and, in a sense, you have a new home. Paint it red, and you have a home run on every level.

Check out “The Arhaus Story” on Vimeo. Now in Danbury CT.

Social Media and Bogging…

How to Create Powerful Marketing Hotspots on Your Website | @pamelaiwilson
If you set it up correctly, your website can work for you while you sleep. It can generate sign ups to an email list, and sales of your services and products all while you live your life and pay no attention to it.

The Top 9 Writing Mistakes And How To Fix Them | @FutureofInk
Blog posts. Articles. Ebooks. Ezines. Case studies. Slidedecks. Stories. Your bio. Press releases. White Papers. If you need to create content but you can’t write well, spend five minutes on this crash course. Follow my advice, and you’ll improve your writing.

For the Real Estate Pro…

Open House Tips: 5 Strategies for Open House Success | @BiggerPockets
Some believe open houses have become antiquated and are no longer an effective method to market your property. However, I feel some new takes on an old idea can really help bring your marketing to the next level whether it’s a recent flip, a new listing or even when it comes time to selling your own home.

Personal Development…

15 Things Highly Successful People Do At The Beginning Of The Day That You Should, Too | @lifehackorg
What you do when you wake up in the morning sets the tone for the entire day. Here are 15 things that successful people do at the beginning of the day to set them up for a great day.


There are only 2 ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. A. Einstein


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Westchester Putnam Real Estate Report: 2014 Second-Quarter

Get “The Skinny” on the Westchester Putnam real estate market in this 2-minute video:

Below is the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors’ (HGAR) 2014 second-quarter report for Westchester Putnam real estate.

Closed residential real estate transactions during the second quarter of 2014 slackened in relation to the same period last year. Realtors participating in the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, serving Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange Counties, reported 3,195 closings in the four counties, a decrease of 9.2% from the 3,519 closings reported during the second quarter of last year. These grand totals comprised sales of single family houses, condominiums, cooperatives and 2-4 family dwellings.

The second quarter closings largely reflected listing and showing activity that took place during the early months of the year. Many data providers and analysts, including the National Association of Realtors, ascribe at least some of the slowdown in sales here and nationally to exceptionally difficult winter weather conditions that discouraged prospective purchasers from getting out and researching properties of interest. The lower Hudson region undoubtedly experienced some of that effect, but in our case there may also have been an equal or even larger effect from a simple market correction of the fast pace of sales in 2013 and the first quarter of 2014.

Westchester and Orange Counties experienced the largest percentage year to year falloffs in sales at 12.0% and 12.2% respectively. In Westchester the slowdown was concentrated in the single family house sector, 13.5%, followed by condominiums, 10.1%. Orange County’s single family house sales were down by 12.1%. Putnam County sales were down by just 2.9%. Rockland County stood out from its neighbors with an actual overall increase of 6.2%. Continue reading this report here.

To compare this report with earlier reports, visit Market Statistics at HGAR.com.


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Home Staging: From Rehab to Rental

Home Staging techniques rehab an undesirable condo into a highly desirable rental unit.

Nobody is going to want this condo. At least that’s what this real estate investor thinks. Why?

It’s not because of the community. It’s Heritage Hills in Somers.

It’s not because of the location. It’s in a private cluster with only 6 homes and plenty of guest parking.

It’s not because of the floor plan. It’s a 2-bedroom end unit all on one level.

What makes this home less desirable than most in this community are the five different wallpapers and original 1980s baths.

Since it’s difficult for most people to see past these things, it’s the perfect opportunity to make an offer and buy this home for a good price.

A “mini-staging,” using decorative items in the kitchen, baths, built-ins and on the fireplace mantle, helps to make this home feel welcoming and warm without the expense of rental furniture.

To augment the light staging, all areas are painted bold, yet neutral, classic colors, clean bright white is added to the trim and ceilings, and all new white outlets, light switches, and thermostats are installed throughout. It’s the details that count, especially if you are not planning to stage with furniture. The major financial investment involves the bathrooms, which are decades overdue for a major overhaul.

The total investment is just $15k in labor and materials but the Realtor feels that $20k to $30k is added to the bottom line. The unit rents within one week with multiple offers.

We hope you enjoy these room-by-room transformations.

(Click images to enlarge.)

Hall Bath Before Home Staging

Hall Bath – Before

Hall Bath After Home Staging

Hall Bath – After
How do you update this space at minimal expense without opening a can of worms? A series of small updates and changes including a new toilet, sink, cabinet pulls, mirror, light fixture, bold but neutral paint color, removal of the soffit and smoothing of the popcorn ceiling, are made. Eventually this bathroom will be completely made over, but for now, these changes will suffice.

Master Bath Before Home Staging

Master Bath – Before

Master Bath After Home Staging

Master Bath – After
The majority of the budget is spent here with an almost total gut–including new toilet, tile floor, vanity, mirror, light fixtures, exhaust fan, soffit and wallpaper removal, and tub glazing. To get top dollar, this electric blue just has to be vanquished from this space. Classic subway tile is always appealing and one of the best values in tile.

Kitchen Before Home Staging

Kitchen – Before

Kitchen After Home Staging

Kitchen – After
The biggest changes are new lighting, a new floor (that at first glance appears to be tile, but is just a few hundred dollars’ of durable linoleum), and replacing the wallpaper with paint. A small detail, knobs on the cabinets, adds that touch of “jewelry” the kitchen is missing.

Kitchen Before Home Staging

Kitchen/Living – Before

Kitchen After Home Staging

Kitchen/Living – After

Entry Before Home Staging

Entry – Before

Entry After Home Staging

Entry – After
First impressions start here, and this window treatment and wallpaper have got to go! The lighting is also updated for just $5 per fixture by simply removing the glass covers, adding a new liner, and viola, brighter more modern light!

Living Room Before Home Staging

Living/Dining Area – Before

Living Room After Home Staging

Living/Dining Area – After
Having the carpets stretched makes them feel new. Removing the big green monster of wallpaper helps to brighten and lighten this space. And insulated window treatments large enough to cover the sliding glass windows are selected for both their good looks and energy efficiency. (Yes, vertical blinds would have been ideal, but my allergy to vertical blinds would not allow for this option.)

Master Bedroom Before Home Staging

Master Bedroom – Before

Master Bedroom After Home Staging

Master Bedroom – After
Not much work is required here. Removal of old window treatments with an inexpensive–but new–venetian blind and new paint finish this space.

Bedroom Before Home Staging

Second Bedroom – Before

Bedroom After Home Staging

Second Bedroom – After
Similar to the master bedroom, little work is required here. Window treatments are simplified. And the mirror is removed as it’s too taste-specific and feels odd in an empty space. You never want buyers or renters thinking, Why is that there?

Deck Before Home Staging

Deck – Before

Deck After Home Staging

Deck – After
The best update is the simplest update. Remove the awning. The metal prison like bars look awful in the winter, and it costs too much to have the awning maintained. A retractable awning would be nice, but the expense can’t be justified for a rental unit. The added light makes this unit that much more desirable.


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Home Tweet Home: Best Real Estate Tweets for June 2014

AtWell Staged Home’s real estate Tweets are jam-packed with useful tips, fun quotes, great articles and more.

Read this month’s top real estate Tweets:

Home Staging…

Home Staging on a Budget: 10 Simple Steps That Sell | @AOLRealEstate
You’ve decided to sell your home, and you want to get top dollar for it. And you’ve seen TV shows where homeowners spend thousands of dollars staging their homes for sale, but there’s an important detail to consider: You don’t have thousands and thousands to spend.

6 Staging Pitfalls Sellers Should Avoid | @TruliaPro
In many cases, staging will determine how easily a home will sell, but luckily, it’s one of the few factors that your clients have control over. With a little guidance from their great agent (read: you!) any smart homeowner can get their home picture perfect and buyer ready.

Selling Your Home…

The Best Season to Sell Your Home—and Why | @REALTORdotcom
Timing really is everything when it comes to home sales. Getting your asking price, and even attracting multiple buyers, can simply be a factor of the time of year when the home is sold.

Home Decorating For Mass Appeal: Choices You Make May Affect Your Home Sale | @RealtyTimes
One of the advantages of owning your own home is the ability to decorate it and make structural changes the way you like. However, when it comes time to list and sell that same home, those changes may help or hurt you depending on what you have done to the house.

Home Design…

How To Renovate Your Kitchen For Under $500 | @RealtyTimes
Looking to redo your space but lacking the funds? You can actually get a whole new look without a big hassle – or a big expense. With some tips and tricks and some effort on your part (and maybe that of a few of your friends), you can fix up almost any space for under $500.  

12 Deadly Decorating Sins | @houzz
Are your room designs suffering from a few old habits? It may be time to change your ways

Career Development…

Whose version of success are you living? | @Terri_Cole  @PosPositive
Maybe you consider yourself ‘successful,’ which is great. However, I want you to check in and honestly ask yourself if you are living your version of success, or that of someone else.

Customer Service…

12 Most Indispensable Habits for Keeping Your Customers Blissfully Happy | @TRYBusiness
By establishing the following essential habits, you’ll soon start reaping the many benefits of keeping your customers on your happy train.

Just for Fun…

How to See Without Glasses | @YouTube

Ten Reasons Not To Move To Texas | @RealtyTimes
For the last several years many news sources have reported that Texas is THE STATE with the most and best of everything, however Realty Times has come up with 10 great reasons people may want to reconsider moving to Texas.


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Home Staging Heritage Hills: Putting the Pieces Together

Home staging is a puzzle, but Bonnie’s home has all the pieces to produce a speedy sale.

Bonnie needs to sell quickly and move even faster. As a savvy home seller, she seeks the advice of a stager to make her home stand out from other properties for sale in her community of Heritage Hills in Somers, NY.

Agent Deanna LaBarbara of Coldwell Banker in Somers, NY, recommends Susan Atwell of AtWell Staged Home to help Bonnie achieve her goals.

Bonnie’s 2-bedroom, 1,500 square-foot condo is up-to-date and freshly painted, but she’s looking for assistance with placing art, accessorizing, arranging furniture, and deciding which things should stay or go. Making these decisions quickly and implementing a plan are major reasons for recruiting professional assistance.

With no basement or storage unit available, we decide to neatly fill the garage with the excess items.

My favorite memory of the home staging sessions is moving the sleeper-sofa from the guest bedroom to the living room. We knew it would be possible even if it appears that the house is built around this heavy sofa. If the sofa had made it into the bedroom, there must be a way to take it out.

Bonnie suggests putting it on end, and with lots of wiggling, sweat and furniture slides, we pop it out the bedroom door and slide it into the living room. (This is why it’s important to wear machine-washable clothing when staging. You never know what trouble you might get into.)

I love Bonnie’s can-do attitude and determination, the two most important ingredients—more than even money—when preparing a home for sale. Read in Bonnie’s words how all this effort is rewarded:

Thanks for all your help staging my condo. I want you to be aware that I received more than $25,000 over the Realtors’ recommended listing price and $11,000 over the actual listing price on my Condo and had multiple cash offers within 7 days of the listing (within $1K of each other).

Your help made the difference. You have a real talent!

I have two friends to whom I am sending your newsletter who are interested in your services. I may request some professional assistance with arrangements once I relocate—so store those images in your head!

- Bonnie S., Somers, NY

Home Staging Heritage Hills - Bathroom After Home StagingMaster Bathroom – After Home Staging
Not much to do here but accentuate the clean and updated space with some fresh towels, art, and accessories.

At the broker open house, agents think the home always looked this way. (The perfect feedback because a home should never scream, I’m staged!)

The agents ask, What did you do? That’s when I walk them to the garage showing them the neatly stacked mounds of furniture and storage containers. Next I describe how the rooms looked prior to staging.

Bonnie’s agent is also thrilled with the results. Here’s what Deanna had to say:

The unit looked great!! You did an outstanding job and I know the home owner was so pleased with all your work. She was very excited and thrilled! We had showings immediately, which lead to a quick sale. All your hard work showed!

I will be referring you to some other clients soon!! I would also love for you to come in to one of our office meetings so I can promote all you do as my sincere thanks! Most of the agents know your work, but there are some new agents that would love to meet you.

Deanna LaBarbara
Coldwell Banker, Somers, NY

Bonnie had beautiful furniture, art, and decorative items to begin with, making my job not only easier but great fun too.

As with most homes, the pieces required for a quick sale are there already. The secret is knowing where to put them. As a home stager, these are my favorite puzzles to solve.

Because we start staging at the first meeting, no before pictures are taken, but we hope you’ll enjoy these listing pictures with descriptions of how the spaces looked prior.

Keep in mind that each room is staged using just what the home owner already has.

Home Staging Heritage Hills - Lving Room After Home StagingLiving Room – After Home Staging
The infamous sleeper sofa moved from the back bedroom to the main living space replaces an oversized – and less comfortable looking – wicker sofa. Furniture that blocked access to the window, including a demi-lune sofa table, which is now just visible on the left wall, is removed. The comfy chair is placed to the left of the fireplace and just one additional chair – the mate to the one on the right – is moved to the dining area.

Living Room – After Home Staging
(From a different angle.)

Home Staging Heritage Hills - Dining Room After Home StagingDining Room – After Home Staging
By removing one section from the wall unit, the room appears larger and allows us to add the chair from the living room. The secretary on the far left is now visible after being moved away from the entry to the kitchen. In its place is the smaller plant stand (shown on right). We also add – yes, add – a leaf to the dining table to keep it in scale with the room.


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Consumer Guide to Home Staging

Have questions about home staging? Download the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) consumer guide to home staging and learn:

1. How home staging works

2. Staging benefits for sellers

3. Staging benefits for buyers

4. How home staging shortens the time your home spends on the market

5. How home staging increases your home’s resale value

6. Quick and easy tips to get your home ready for the market

7. Hiring a professional stager vs. doing it yourself

8. Key things to consider when hiring a professional stager

9. What to expect when working with a professional home stager

10. Helpful hints for showing your home

And much more…


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Home Tweet Home: Best Real Estate Tweets for May 2014

AtWell Staged Home’s real estate Tweets are jam-packed with useful tips, fun quotes, great articles and more.

Read this month’s top real estate Tweets:

Home Staging…

Staging Diva Grad Debuts on CBS News Show | @StagingDiva
There’s nothing like appearing on a TV news show to boost your credibility as a home stager! It’s happened to me a few times and I’m so proud to see Staging Diva Grad Stacy Goade of Alaska Premier Home Staging make her debut as well.

Selling Your Home…

Want to Sell Your House? Price it Right! | @KCMcrew
The housing market is recovering nicely. Prices have increased nationally by double digits over the last twelve months. Competition from the shadow inventory of lower priced distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales) is diminishing rapidly. Now may be the perfect time to sell your home and move to the dream house or beautiful location your family has always talked about.

A Cost VS Value Opinion | @RealtyTimes
Before you invest in remodeling, it’s wise to think about upgrades that get you back the most back money when you resell.

Home Design…

What Really Makes Us Happy at Home? Find Out From a New Houzz Survey |@houzz
Great design has a powerful impact on our happiness in our homes. So do good cooking smells, family conversations and, yes, big-screen TVs.

12 Key Decorating Tips to Make Any Room Better | @houzz
Get a great result even without an experienced touch by following these basic design guidelines.

Career Development…

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently | @HealthyLiving
While there’s no “typical” creative type, there are some tell-tale characteristics and behaviors of highly creative people. Here are 18 things they do differently.

15 Best Apps for Busy Small Business Owners | @SmallBizLady
Every year we resolve to make our lives a little bit better. The dilemma is how to execute past the first quarter excitement. These tools will help you get there.

Personal Development…

Marketing Quick Tip – Create Tweetable Links | @MartinaIring
You’ve probably noticed tweetable links on other blog and websites. Essentially, with just a click, you’re able to share something (whether a comment, quote, statistic, fact or something else awesome and interesting) via Twitter. Creating such tweetable links makes it SUPER easy for anyone reading your content to share that juicy little tidbit. And we all know in our time starved lives, if it’s easy and fast, we’re much more likely to do it.

How to Overcome Fear – Video | @BrendonBurchard
Most fear is just bad management of our mental faculties.

Social Media…

New Twitter design – a tour & to-dos for your small business | @MartinaIring
I have now been granted access to the new Twitter design, so I thought I’d do up a quick post about the changes and most importantly, what you as a small business owner need to know.


Your only limitations are those which you set up in your own mind, or permit others to set up for you. -Napoleon Hill


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Home Staging Shows Seller the Money!

Decorating client’s testimonial foretells of a quick sale. But no one – not even the home stager or agent – anticipated a sale this quick and this profitable.

Gary purchased his downtown Stamford, CT, condo 2003. At first, he makes a few changes, such as buying new furniture, painting the den/office a popular red and updating a bathroom, but then progress slows.

Finally in 2009, Gary decides to get his home fixed up. He’s not sure if he’s staying or selling, but he knows it needs an update either way. In this testimonial, Gary explains his situation back in 2009 when we work together the first time. These are his goals and how we achieved them:

“It was time for a change and I had put off any major renovations for several years. So I asked Susan to advise me on making my home more livable and saleable after learning I might relocate for work. Susan gave me the best options to sell or dwell – without spending a lot.

We agreed to paint every room and update the baths and fireplace. Susan explained the choices – due to my color blindness – and chose a palette that was neutral but not bland. She also helped find the best way to organize each room while displaying my favorite personal items.

I’m really proud of my home and look forward to showing it off to friends and family. It doesn’t just look good, it feels good. More inviting, modern, bigger. I have no doubt, that when I do finally have to sell, buyers will feel the same.

The majority of this transformation took place while I was away on business. I put my trust in Susan and she successfully combined my likes and desires while adding value.

- Gary Y., Stamford, CT, 2009

In January of this year, Gary decides to sell. Because the home has already been updated, staging is relatively quick work. A little shopping and a half-day to stage and the home is ready to show.

The condo lists on a Thursday afternoon, and within an hour, three showings are scheduled, two for Friday and one for Saturday. I suggest Gary take a mini-vacation to the city for the weekend. That advice seems to pay off because of the seven home buyers that view his condo between Friday and Sunday, all seven make offers.

The agent, the owner and I all know the home shows well, but I guess we underestimated how well. The unit does not have hardwood floors and the parking is not great, but even so, it sells for $25k (7%) over asking in a cash deal.

Here’s what Gary said about this experience:

“Well, Susan, it all worked to plan. I was able to enjoy the upgrades while I was living here and they certainly helped when it came to selling. As you know, the home sold for much more than the asking price with seven interested buyers. Thanks for all your help decorating and staging my home. Couldn’t have done it without you!”

- Gary Y., Stamford, CT, 2014

Oh, and by the way, Gary invested $25k in the changes made in 2009 and 2010. So how fortuitous that this is the exact amount over asking that he received. I would consider that an incredible return on investment.

Remodeling and budget-friendly updates, combined with home staging, show this Stamford, CT, home seller the money! Enjoy these before-and-after images of this whole home transformation.

(Click images to enlarge.) 

Entry/Office - BeforeEntry/Office – Before

Entry/Office - After Entry/Office – After
No matter how you enter this home – through the garage or front door – this is the first room you see. Defining this little used and slightly awkward space as an office/study should appeal to most home buyers.

Main Bath - Before

Main Bath – Before

Main Bath - After

Main Bath – After
New 48″ vanity replaces a too small pedestal sink. Also added is a new mirror, paint and the beige toilet from the powder room. We keep the floor and lighting as these were relatively new updates done by the home owner.

Main Bath - Before

Main Bath – Before

Main Bath - After

Main Bath – After
With very few doors in this open floor plan, all doors are updated from flat to paneled.

Powder Room - BeforePowder Room – Before

Powder Room - AfterPowder Room – After

Powder Room - BeforePowder Room – Before

Powder Room - AfterPowder Room – After
Do you recognize the pedestal sink and toilet in this powder room? You guessed it. Since these were way too small for the main bath, we swapped them! And the bisque colored toilet works perfectly in the main bath. Both baths are remodeled for just $1,800.00 in materials by creatively improving on the home owners upgrades.

Guest Bedroom - BeforeGuest Bedroom – Before

Guest Bedroom - AfterGuest Bedroom – After

Master Closet - Before

Master Closet – Before

Master Closet - After

Master Closet – After
Doors are added as soon as the home is to be sold.

Kitchen - BeforeKitchen – Before

Kitchen - AfterKitchen – After
Molding above the cabinets and all new paint update this kitchen for very little expense. If Gary stayed longer, this space was next to be updated.

Master Bath - BeforeMaster Bath – Before

Master Bath - AfterMaster Bath – After

Master Bath - Before Master Bath – Before

Master Bath - After Master Bath – After

  Master Bedroom - BeforeMaster Bedroom – Before

Master Bedroom - After Master Bedroom – After

 Master Bedroom - BeforeMaster Bedroom – Before

Master Bedroom - After Master Bedroom – After

Living Room - BeforeLiving Room – Before

Living Room - AfterLiving Room – After
Click here to get a closer look at this fireplace makeover.

Finally, click here to view and learn more about this home’s dining room makeover.


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Home Tweet Home: Best Real Estate Tweets for April 2014

AtWell Staged Home’s real estate Tweets are jam-packed with useful tips, fun quotes, great articles and more.

Read this month’s top real estate Tweets:

Home Staging…

Real Estate: How to Clean Your Spring Listings | @ArcoCleaning
The spring rush is about to start, as the weather gets warmer more and more housing listings will be on the market. When selling a home cleanliness is key from the outside to the inside.

Selling Your Home…

17 Hacks to Get Your House Sold | @RealtyTimes
If you’re like many sellers, you think your house is perfect and you can’t imagine why it wouldn’t sell exactly like it is right now. This is a common problem. It’s called “You can’t see what’s right in front of your face because you’re enamored with your house-itis.”

5 Strategies for Pricing a Home to Sell | @Reader’s Digest
Once you know your home’s value and have a price range in mind, it’s time nail down the final “list” price. Here are five pricing strategies for sellers.

Home Design…

Accent a Room With Colorful Trim | @houzz
Watch rooms come to life when you add color to trim, mantels and more.

12 Great Decorative Alternatives to Curtains | @houzz
Filter light and views while drawing the eye by dressing windows in specialty glass, artistic screens or snazzy shades.

Career Development…

Signs of Quality: 10 Ways to Instantly Boost Your Trust Factor | @BigBrandSystem
Most businesses use some of these signs of quality. But does yours use all of them?

Home and Family…

Get the Family to Pitch In: A Mom’s Advice on Chores | @houzz
Foster teamwork and a sense of ownership about housekeeping to lighten your load and even boost togetherness.

Social Media…

Google Authorship: The Complete Handbook for Getting Respect, Readers, and Rankings | @JonMorrow
What is Google Authorship? (And Why Should You Care?)

7 Ways to Increase Traffic on Your Company Social Media Channels | @Sushi_DigitalAU
Are you unsure about the best way to manage your company’s social media presence? Here are 7 simple tips to help you get more traffic.

Personal Development…

9 Little-Known Habits Of Confident People  | @HealthyLiving
Here are nine things that confident people do that you can apply to your life.

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are  | @TED
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.


“Laziness means more work in the long run.” -C.S. Lewis

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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