November 23, 2010
Planting flowers in winter may be exactly what is needed for those who find themselves selling a house during the winter months. You will be glad to know there are steps you can take toward creating colorful curb appeal as part of your home staging plan. Flowering plants that have adapted to surviving the colder temperatures are available in most every area.
1. If your flowering bed area does not face south (maximum sun exposure) then select an area that receives the most sun possible. Select shade plants if there is little sun.
2. Find your planting zone to select the flowers that are best for your area. You can easily find your planting hardiness zone by going here to the USDA Hardiness Zone Finder and putting in your zipcode.
3. Once you’ve found your planting hardiness zone, start researching winter plants for your zone on the internet. This gives you an idea of what the plants look like when selecting 2 or 3 types that go together. There are also flowering shrubs that will look nice among flowering plants.
For those living in snowy climates, small evergreens look nice with snow on their branches.
4. Plant your flowers a little farther apart during the wet winter season to allow air to circulate – drying up excess moisture to prevent plant mildew.
Plant the shorter plants in front in order to allow the taller plants to receive sunlight.
5. Water and fertilize according to directions for each type of plant. For those snowy climates, you may not need to water. In fact, it is best not to water unless the temperature is at least in the 40’s (Farenheit.) This prevents freezing.
For those warmer climates in Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley, you will have an easier time selecting and planting. Your local Garden Nursery should carry plants for the season or at least be able to give you direction for planting in winter.
It is possible to create beautiful curb appeal even during winter when you need to get your house sold.
Michelle Drewry, Principal Designer and Professional Home Stager of Staging The Essentials a Los Angeles Home Staging company located in Glendora, CA (San Gabriel Valley)
Call today for a “complimentary” quote for work to be done. 213-392-1901 or contact us.
November 2, 2010
How To Make Your Own Holiday Bows
Have you ever struggled with wanting to make your own decorations for the Holiday, but found yourself “all thumbs” when it comes to tying bows? I discovered a very easy do-it-yourself video for those wanting to try their hand at it this year (pun intended
As a professional home stager in the Los Angeles area, we offer Holiday & Special Event Decorating. But, for those wanting some tips and extra help on making their own holiday bows, watch Meghan Carter’s video (askthedecorator.com)
August 4, 2010
Arcadia home sellers need home staging tips from a professional home stager when selling their Arcadia home.
It’s easy to put a “For Sale” sign in the front yard, but more importantly it is what you do to make the most of what you have. The house has a price tag, and your job as a seller is to show buyers it is worth the price tag. It’s not enough to show buyers how you live in your home. Your home and lifestyle are specifically comfortable for you and may very well not appeal to a broad number of buyers. You also may not be playing up the best features of your home. It is worth the time and money to have an in-home consultation with a professional home stager. A home stager can tell you what needs to be done from maintenance and updates standpoint as well as the best way to feature your furnishings. Home stagers can add their own accessories to showcase your home for the buyer. They can also tell you what will not bring you a good return for your money.
In the beginning, when your house first goes on the market, you will get the most interest from prospective buyers and real estate agents alike. 90% of all home buyers are looking at photos of homes online before ever selecting which homes they will see. If you have not made your best first impression for online photos and in-person visits to your home, the interest will wane, and price reductions will be on the table. Why take that chance with your most valued possession? Home staging always costs far less than your first price reduction. Call a professional home stager to help you sell your Arcadia home faster and for the best price.
Michelle Drewry, Accredited Staging Professional®, owner and principal designer at Staging The Essentials. Helping you sell faster and for the best price. Call today for your complimentary bid 213-392-1901.
May 23, 2010
Home staging in Los Angeles has become irrelevant! As a home stager in Glendora and Los Angeles, that statement doesn’t sound right. But, seeing houses (not staged) and on the market might lead someone to believe this is true. It’s as ludicrous as stating that caring about one’s appearance has become irrelevant?” On the contrary – people care now more than any other time in history about their appearance and are willing to go to great lengths to achieve that “staged” look. Believe it – this has a direct correlation to home staging the home for sale. Society’s pursuit for beauty and youth has created a market, hence the shift of doctors in every type of practice dipping their hands into the plastic surgery pool.
You might look at Los Angeles|Glendora home staging in a similar way. Home staging is like a face lift for the house. The similarities are that people really are impressed with appearance. It makes them feel good to imagine leaving behind their own life of clutter, over-crowding, and just plain too familiar surroundings. Home buyers want a fresh start. They want to feel good about themselves, envision life being better than it is, and this is what they are willing to pay for. The home staging market is out there, but how many are targeting their market?
The home seller who creates this vision in their own home wins the Buyer. It shouldn’t be a surprise when a staged home looks beautifully put together and has the appearance of running well, that the Buyers somehow translate that over to themselves. Yes, it actually makes them feel that if they lived in that beautiful home, their life would be beautiful and well put together.
If given the chance, everyone wants to live the “beautiful” life. Why not let your buyer find it by staging your home for sale? There is a whole market willing to pay for the “beautiful” life that staging a house can bring. This market has been largely untapped by home sellers and the real estate profession. Let’s make it a winning team effort!
Michelle Drewry, ASP® Principle Designer - Staging The Essentials
Helping you get your home SOLD quickly and for top dollar!
May 21, 2010
Whether selling a Los Angeles|Glendora home or any other home, curb appeal or staging the exterior has become expected. Southern Californians have the advantage of lots of sunshine to our benefit. But, if you don’t live in Los Angeles|Glendora and you need to get a quick tip for selling a home, here’s an inexpensive fix this Glendora home stager has used for boosting your garden’s beauty within the week. Apply 1/2 to 1 cup of Epsom Salt around each rose bush or any type of flowering bush, water and watch them bloom. (For those not familiar with Epsom Salt, you will find it over the counter at the pharmacy or grocery market.) It costs around $2.00 to $3.00 for a half gallon. Very inexpensive!
Our spring gardens don’t have to bear the marks of the ravages of winter. Get ready to watch your garden blossom before your eyes! You just might find yourself with the best curb appeal in the Los Angeles|Glendora community.
By the way, the photo above is a rose bush lovingly fed with Epsom Salt.
Helping your get your home SOLD faster and for top dollar!
Michelle Drewry, ASP, Principal Designer
Staging The Essentials is a Los Angeles Home Staging Company located in Glendora and servicing Azusa, Arcadia, Glendora, the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire.