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We hear similar stories repeated in different ways from our clients; At first, they look forward to stolen weekend's to golf & relax in the desert - they gradually discover they're crafting ways to spend more time here until it becomes clear, life just doesn't get any better than this."

Once that realization hit's, the process of change begins... We know what an extraordinary commodity your home is - buying or selling a home can be one of the most important decisions you will make and having the right team on your side will make the difference.

We specialize in homes throughout the Palm Springs Valley including Palm Desert Real Estate & Homes, Indian Wells Real Estate & Homes, La Quinta Real Estate & Homes, Rancho Mirage Real Estate & Homes, Palm Springs Real Estate & Homes& Indio Hills Real Estate & Homes. Whether you want to buy or sell an estate, lock & leave property with income potential, a resort property, land to build your dream home, or a property located in a country club or golf community we know the desert and are here to help. Our motto, If its important to you, it's important to us, guides us as we help our clients buy or sell a home in the desert.

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Staging Your Home During The Holidays

Staging your home during the holidays can be a challenge; it’s never fun to have your home on the market during the Holiday – it adds more stress to what can be an already stressful time of year.   Many home sellers will take their home off the market during the Holiday Season and restart after the new year; which provides an opportunity for you to sell your home while there is less competition.

Staging Your Home for the Holidays

Unless you’re a Scrooge, we all like the glitter lights and colorful accents during the Holiday’s, it makes any home look more cheerful and inviting.

But, there are particular ways to decorate for the season that can make you happy and get your potential buyer excited about your home too.

Here’s a Crash Course – Essential Guide to Staging Your Home During the Holidays with ways to decorate your home for the Holiday without turning off your potential buyer.

1.) Less is More always holds true when staging your home to sell, but never more true than during the Holiday’s when we usually break out the full glitz and glam. Enhance features of your home with simple elegant touches. Such as, a Crackling Fire in the Fireplace with a simple vase of white flowers with Evergreens on the mantle adds the Holiday scent to the air and makes your home look and feel warm and cozy.   A tall tree can highlight your volume ceilings.

2.) Celebrate with Color by complementing your current color palette – Make sure your Holiday collection matches your current decor.  If your home is painted an ocean blue, skip the clash of red and green. Choose instead Branches, Pine cones, white accents with crystal, and silver.  If your home is earth-tones, accent with rich tones including fresh greenery with cranberries and gold.

3.) Create a Cozy Vibe – A few subtle touches like a bowl of pinecones, an evergreen wreath, fire in the fireplace and a pot of cider simmering on the stove can say “come hither” to a potential buyer by creating a warm and festive feeling in your home.

4.) Light on Lights – While your home is on the market, Keep the inflatable snowman in the attic. One person’s “merry” is another persons “tacky”.  Use simple white string lighting to play up your home’s architecture or draw attention to the beautiful landscape with mature trees.

5.) Keep it Simple – While your home is on the market, you’ll want to keep the knick-knacks, nativity scenes, stockings with all the kids and grandkids names, holiday cards packed away.  Don’t feel obliged to hang every last ornament on the tree or display every decoration you’ve accumulated over the years, save them for next season in your new home. Limit yourself to a few well-chosen, elegant hints of Holiday Flair.

6.) Depersonalize the decorations – Think of decorating your home as packaging a product for sale, not personalizing one. Your personal life should not be prominently featured throughout the home. Remove the named stockings hanging on the mantle and overtly religious symbols. Find an out of sight place to collect holiday cards as they arrive, save photos of the grandkids first Christmas for next year in your new home.

Staging your home during the holidays and selling a home during the holidays can be a challenging experience, but it’s not impossible.  If done well, decorating for the holidays and keeping your home on the market during the season can actually work to your advantage while there is less competition on the market.

Want more insider tips and tricks on staging your home to sell?  Get a Free copy of our Essential Guide to Staging Your Home During the Holidays  

 

Kitchen Design You May End Up Regretting

Kitchen Design You May End Up RegrettingThere are many things to consider as you start thinking about a Kitchen Remodel.  Here’s a Quick Reference Guide so you don’t end up with a Kitchen Design You May End Up Regretting

 

Forgetting about Functionality
Functionality should be at the forefront of your kitchen design. The kitchen work triangle is definitely something you want to keep in mind as you plan. This triangle is defined as the busiest areas in the kitchen including the sink, stove, and refrigerator. You want to make sure these key appliances are in an efficient location that are relevant to one another and not floating off in space.

Installing the Microwave Above the Stove
While this has been a standard practice for many years, it’s on the way out. Homeowners prefer a nice looking vent hood over the cooktop and keeping access to the entire family has become more important. Think about moving the micro to an appliance nook, or built into a cabinet.

Pot Racks
Large pot racks over the Kitchen Island has been a long time Kitchen Design trend which is also on its way out.  Homeowners prefer to have their pots and pans neatly concealed in drawers.

Dismissing The Future
Trends and personal preferences have the tendency to throw us off our game and influence us to make decisions based off of what’s hot at the present moment. It’s highly recommended you design with the future in mind and not let yourself be swayed by what you loved years ago.

Oftentimes, homeowners forget to keep in mind that designing a new kitchen is an upgrade. It’s an investment and necessary to keep up with the times so that you can sell your house one day, and hopefully, make some or all of your money back.

Selecting Appliances Last
Appliances don’t necessarily make the kitchen, but they’re one of the most important aspects of your space. They’re a critical part of the design because they need to look nice and fit with your family and lifestyle.

You may initially think that choosing your appliances is something you want to save for last, however, it should be done the other way around. Your cabinet maker will need the dimensions before starting.  That way you know everything will fit properly.

The Farmhouse Sink
Also a fading trend, you rarely see a Farmhouse sinks installed in new renovation projects. Single Basin, stainless sinks are practical and in style.

Faux Finishes
Gone are the Faux finished walls. Simple is better.  Go with fresh paint in bold or neutral tones – even a clean wallpaper design can be great.

Skimping on Storage
The longer you live in your home, the more stuff you’ll accumulate. Skimping on small add-ons and storage features can be a big mistake.

Gone are the days of faux cabinet fronts. Nowadays, homeowners are using every nook and cranny possible for storage.

Ignoring Details
The details are where the magic happens, while clean simple lines are the right way to go, having something that pops with color & a special design element will make the difference and a custom backsplash can the perfect way to incorporate those details.

Lighting
Lighting is one of the most important elements of both form and function and no place to get skimpy.  You can never have too much light in a Kitchen, add dimmers so you can set the mood, or brighten dark corners.

Tiny Backsplashes
Minimal backsplashes are out and for good reason, they make the Kitchen look low grade and cooking splatters will mark the wall.  Full Backsplashes from counter top to Upper Cabinet looks better and is easier to keep clean.

Tile Countertops
Homeowners want solid surface countertops not only for a great look but also for practical purposes.  Tile with grout is a nightmare to keep clean.  Ceasar Stone, Quartz, Granite, and Marble are the trend and preferred counter materials.

If you’re thinking about remodeling your home to sell, give us a call before you start.

Call Cathi at (760) 218 – 5752 or Email her at Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com. They will be happy to do a consultation with you to help identify your best investment for return.

Art for Staging Accesories

Art for Staging

Large Art Commands Attention

Using a large piece of Art for Staging can create a show stopping centerpiece for any room.  It directs the eye and commands attention, it sets the tone and personality adding to the overall feeling of the space.

A FEW GUIDELINES
If you’re using art for staging, it should compliment the style of the home. Abstract pieces such as flowers and landscapes are safe while making a statement.

Repeat colors that are already in the room in the artwork.  Even if you’re working with metals or neutral colors find a common color thread that you can repeat. Hang the art near furniture helping to move the eye around the room.

When deciding what wall to hang the artwork, always think about the first impression of the room and the angle photos will be shot from. Mirrors can be a good choice to reflect views and add depth to a room.

The size will depend on the size of the wall or piece of furniture the artwork will hang above – it should be proportionate. Over-sized art should be hung on the largest wall that’s the most visible when you enter the room.

Want to draw attention to the high ceilings? Choose two – three pieces and walk them up the wall drawing the eye up.

Multiple pieces hung in a grid can give the same impact as one large piece. Keep about 2 – 3 inches between frames.

Size matters, a rule of thumb is to have the art fill two-thirds to three quarters of the wall. For contemporary art, bigger is better to maximize the impact.

How high should you hang art?  The center of the piece at eye level has always been the standard. Most art galleries hang their art up 58″ from the floor.  But this rule doesn’t necessarily apply for all pieces in all rooms. For instance if the room will be used mostly for sitting, hang your art lower to keep it at sitting eye level. When hanging above a sofa or other piece of furniture, keep the bottom edge six – twelve inches above the furniture.

Art like any other accessory can be overused in a staged home. As with anything, when selling your home, less is more.

Essential Home Staging Tips

contemporary interiorToday, Home Stagers are tackling all-out transformations that aim to present compelling contemporary design, while projecting a complete aspirational package.

It’s not just about solving a problem now, but much more about presenting a lifestyle to prospective buyers, Things have changed, in terms of people’s expectations, they expect homes to be bright and fresh. Ornate furniture and heavy fabrics are now a turnoff for most buyers and they don’t want the home packed. They want a cleaner, simpler lifestyle with more flair and fun.

Painting all the walls a neutral off-white are giving way to bold accent walls.  People are looking for more personality.

A handful of attractive photos in handsome frames might actually help create the right environment. If a photo shows the family on vacation, maybe someplace warm and nice, that ties into a lifestyle a buyer might want to emulate.

A good staging job shouldn’t look like a stage set..

NIX THE STAGE SET Setting the dining table with plates, cutlery and glasses, or placing a breakfast tray at the foot of the bed appears too contrived to savvy buyers.

REPLACE TRADITIONAL FURNITURE Rent or buy inexpensive contemporary furniture to stand in for pieces that appear dark, heavy, old or ornate.

NEW TOWELS AND LINENS Fresh, fluffy towels and crisp white bed linens are an inexpensive way to suggest luxury.

AVOID SCENTS Smells that are pleasing to you may be off-putting to potential buyers. Avoid scented candles, fragrant flowers and baking or cooking right before showings.

EMBRACE THE ACCENT WALL While most walls should be painted neutral hues, some stagers now use a bold color or wallpaper on a single wall.

If you’re thinking about selling your desert home, call us today for more valuable information about how we set your home apart from the competition.
We will sell your home quickly for top dollar.
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Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com
(760) 218 5752

 

Staging Your Home to Sell – 10 Easy Tips

Staging Your Home in in Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Indio, Palm Springs

Staging Your Home to sell

Staging Your Home To Sell; 10 Easy Tips

Want to know more about some well-known Designer tricks that can transform your home? The smallest things can make the biggest impact when staging your home to sell.

Here are 10 Easy Tips You Can Follow when Staging Your Home to Sell

  • Paint smaller rooms in softer, lighter colors to help make the room feel larger. Staging can include new paint; it’s a great way to freshen the look and feel of your home.
  • Add decorative mirrors to add instant light to your living space and reflect the view.
  • Use what you already have.  Instead of running to the store, take a look at what you’ve got that could be re-purposed. The essence of our staging focuses on what you have that can be used.  Trays can be used in multiple settings, on the coffee table or bedside table – add candles or a stack of books and a pair of reading glasses. Plates can be hung to create wall art.
  • Mix it up. Mix up patterns and textures, mix old with new, expensive with inexpensive.
  • Slipcovers often get a bad wrap, but can be an inexpensive way to transform a room that’s showing the wear from the kids or pets.
  • Wicker Baskets can be an elegant and economical way to add storage in any room.
  • Add a Hanging Pot Rack in the Kitchen.  The Kitchen should look well put together but also like it’s a working Kitchen, A pot rack is useful and can be elegant.
  • Go Green, add plants to your living space. Add them to every room – small or large. Plants are an inexpensive way to accessorize adding color and texture.
  • Paint or Wallpaper – Here’s a great way to add an instant pop of color or texture. Paint or wallpaper the back of your bookcases.
  • Area Rugs soften hard flooring; they can add a splash of color, they add warmth and great texture.

Thinking about selling your home in Palm Desert, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Palm Springs or Indio? Give us a ring, Find out how our strategic marketing with staging services will get your home sold quickly for top dollar.

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  • Cathi & Ben Walter
  • REALTOR ®
  • 44530 San Pablo, Suite 101
  • Palm Desert, CA 92260
  • P: (760) 218 – 5752
  • E: Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com
  • CalBRE# 01346930

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