• Why Home Staging Works

    Vacant LivingroomIt happens all the time. I get a call from a desperate seller whose house has been sitting on the market for way too long, with no offers in sight. They realize that they should have staged it, they get it done, and usually in no time at all, like magic, they start getting offers.

    Home Staging is the art of creating a model home feel that allows a buyer to envision themselves living in the home. From the first time a buyer approaches a house they are having an experience – good or bad. It’s up to the seller to create a positive experience to make a buyer fall in love and offer top dollar.

    Here are some statistics about why an investment in Home Staging gets results:

    1) In 2009 the average listed home previously on the market without staging, sold 78% faster after staging **

    2) The average home without staging can sit on the market for up to 9 months, adding up to significant carrying expenses, not including price reductions – for example, if your monthly carrying costs are $2K/month, you will spend $18K in total carrying costs **

    Had the owner of the house in the above example staged the house first, they would have saved an average of 7 months of carrying costs – a savings of $14K! Add any price reductions to that number and the savings can be astounding.

    3) 90% of buyers do not have vision, so don’t expect them to see past your purple walls

    ** 2009 Study by the Real Estate Staging Association

    Don’t leave money on the table – stage first, and sell faster, and for more money!

    Happy Home Selling,

    Jewell Staley

  • Quick Updates For a Faster Sale

    As you prepare to get your house in order for a sale it is important to make sure that it shows its best.  Maybe you haven’t done a remodel in a couple of decades (check out the video on our home page), but you want top dollar.

    Here are my top recommended quick updates to get buyers to make top dollar offers.

    1) If your bathroom looks like this one, consider re-glazing the tile in a neutral color (have your contractor scrape the grout and re-grout after glazing).  Another option is to add wainscotting over the tile as shown in the picture below.

    2) An outdated kitchen can be easily updated with a few changes:  a) update kitchen knobs  b) replace an old formica countertop with at least a pre-cut laminate countertop in a stone pattern or tile the countertop with bright white tiles c) purchase replacement knobs and drip pans for old appliances

    3) Update outdated fixtures – lights, bath, and kitchen

    4) Replace old outlet covers with new covers which can cost as little as 25 cents a piece

    5) If you haven’t painted your house in the last 10 years, it’s time for a fresh coat.  If you have any rooms in colors that are not earth tones, you’re throwing money away if you don’t change it.  Most people don’t like to paint, and if you feel that way, so will a potential buyer.


    Hope you found these home selling update tips helpful.

    Happy Home Selling!




  • Welcome to my new real estate blog!

    Welcome to my newest real estate blog, where I will share helpful tips and stories about my latest projects in Home Staging, Renovations, Real Estate Investing, and more.

    It’s almost Spring in New York and many sellers are preparing for the rush of home buyers that have waited out the winter season.  Here are some quick tips to start getting your home ready to WOW buyers!

    1) Hire a handyman to take care of all the repairs you’ve been putting off

    2) Secure a storage locker for all your excess furniture and other items that you plan to take with you after you sell

    3) Clean all lamp shades, blinds, and other flat surfaces


    4) Make sure your house SMELLS good!  Open the windows for a couple of hours to air it out, and then plug-in one of my favorite scents for the Spring – Clean Linen or Tropical Breeze.

    Happy Home Selling!