7 Quick Tips To Get Your House Ready To Sell This Fall (And 7 Pitfalls To Avoid)

Homeowners have heard it before, but the importance of staging for selling can never be overstated.

“You have one chance to make a good first impression.” It’s every real estate agent’s mantra and a familiar refrain that William Raveis Real Estate broker Lisa Koh knows all too well. When working with sellers to prepare their homes for listing, Koh teams with professional stager Marie Graham, founder of White Plains-based The Refreshed Home. Graham has organized her recommended steps of staging to help realtors more easily open the staging conversation with homeowners and help target their thinking. Here, Koh shares her advice to help homeowners avoid unnecessary angst and costly mistakes. Continue reading…


Seven Ways To Boost Your Home’s Value

What can you do to ensure as high an appraisal value as possible? Here are some tips from the experts.

1. Spruce it up. To make sure your home looks its best when the appraiser arrives, take a cue from professional home stagers, who prepare properties for showing to buyers. De-clutter, make minor repairs and touch up the paint if necessary, suggests Marie Graham, who runs a staging business called The Refreshed Home, in Westchester County, N.Y. You’ll want to do that anyway if you’re selling your home, so you might as well get started. And even if you’re simply refinancing, you probably don’t want your dirty dishes or messy desk immortalized in the appraiser’s photos. Continue reading…


When a homeowner should hire a stager

Let’s say you’ve inherited a home as part of an estate and find it’s a time capsule from another era; or your company is relocating and is working to sell your house. Or maybe you’re selling your own home, but that French Provincial phase you went through a decade ago has left your home dated, too.

You may need to be staged. “Maybe five percent of the population can visualize beyond what they see,” says Marie Graham, a White Plains-based stager who owns The Refreshed Home.

Meaning you may need a pro with a great eye to spruce up, de-clutter and rearrange the furniture, among other things.

“Home staging is largely about having a good visual, but turn off the out-of-date HGTV reruns,” Graham says. “In today’s market, a good visual is not a silver bullet, it doesn’t stand alone.” Continue reading…


Help sell your home with professional staging

Good stagers will always begin working with what they have, says Marie Graham, founder and owner of The Refreshed Home, based in White Plains, New York. This can include editing and repositioning furnishings, then de-cluttering and depersonalizing so buyers can envision themselves in the home. Deep cleaning and project completion is also vital, Graham says. Home stagers can also bring in gardeners, painters, carpet installers and more, Decker adds. Continue reading…