Grand Rapids Home Staging Tip #3

Grand Rapids Home Staging

The Grand Rapids Real Estate Market and National housing market in general is experiencing a resurgence at the moment. As a Realtor who specializes in marketing and selling homes and condos in Grand Rapids, or a private owner trying to sell their home on their own, I can’t stress enough how important it is to have your home staged. Although the inventory of homes is declining, there will still be quite a few properties for sale in direct competition with your listing. Selling your Grand Rapids Home is a challenge and you should take advantage of every tool available to you.

A good example of the competition you might face is if you are the owner of a Grand Rapids Downtown Condo. At any given time, there could and usually will be several listings for sale at the same time. Some may be the very same floor plan as yours and it is up to you or your agent to make your listing stand out.

With the massive increase in popularity and use of the internet when searching for homes, it has become even more important for high quality pictures. But even a great picture can hurt you if the room is not laid out and staged nicely.

This is where Staging Your Home using a professional like Julie Stone, can be a huge benefit to you. By ensuring your home is presented right the first time is extremely important. You might only get one shot so your home must be in showroom condition.

Design and Staging Tip: Spark an Emotion

Grand Rapids Home StagingWhen preparing a home for sale or re-decorating your existing space; spark an emotion. Potential buyers purchase a home based on emotion; “I love this room” or “Wow, look at this fireplace”. The same is true for the home owner that wants to create a wow factor for their space.

Certain smells spark an emotion. For example; scented candles, baked goods, essential oils and potpourri are a great way to spark this emotion.

A small amount of red sparks an emotion. For example; red pillows, red accessories, or red pictures placed around a room inspires excitement and energy.

The feel of different textures sparks an emotion. For example; a thick pile rug paired with a micro fiber sofa and silk pillows is the perfect combination to say WOW.

The FEELING created in a room is what makes the potential buyer and our guests fall in love with the home.

NEED HELP WITH YOUR NEXT INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECT? Julie Stone has 26 years interior re-design experience and can help transform your home into a personalized space that you will enjoy living in.
HOME STAGING is the very best proven way to help a home sell faster. If the house is priced right and looks better than the Julie Stonecompetition, the house will sell in less time. Setting the scene throughout the house to create immediate buyer interest is the key to HOME STAGING.
For more Design and Home Staging tips; visit Julie’s blog at or contact her at 616-581-2759 or e-mail for your next design project or home staging needs.

Thinking of selling your Grand Rapids Home or Condo? If you would like to know what you might expect to get for it in today’s market, feel free to contact me any time or you can request a free market analysis. I will include up to date active and sold properties and give you an accurate assessment of your property as well as go over the various closing costs involved.

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