• Costs Of Not Staging,  Taxable Deductions,  Why You Should Stage your Home

    What does it cost you (the Seller) the longer your home is on the market?

    Have you ever calculated the cost of the time your home (homeowner) or your listing (Realtor) stays on the market? Did you know that the cost of Staging is an Investment.  IE, it has value attached to it.   If your home sits on the market for 90 days and you have a note payment including principal, interest, taxes, and insurance each month, as well as utilities to keep lights and ac running, the dollars are adding up.  So just those numbers alone mount up quickly,  then if you also reduce the listing price say $5,000.00, your costs are getting higher and higher. The cost of staging is usually less than…

  • Just for Fun,  Staging Ideas,  Staging the Living Area,  Which do you like best

    Shopping for a Staging Project – Living Room/Den ideas

    Arrangement #1: I was out pre-shopping for a Staging Project yesterday and ran across this living room arrangement.  What do you think of this one?  Print side chair with matching pillows, another print chair with matching ottoman and pillows and a very neutral sofa.  Nice neutral area rug and lamps with brown bases and white shades.    Note when staging a home we want to keep things pretty neutral and throw in a pop of color accent….I think I would eliminate the two pillows that match the ottoman and add a couple of solid black or deep brown throw pillows to match the lamps.  (Furniture is from Hoffer Furniture in Houston) Arrangement…

  • Why You Should Stage your Home

    The Key to Selling your Home Faster and For Top Dollar is Creating A Long-lasting First Impression!

    If you are concerned about whether to spend a few hundred to several thousand dollars, on staging your home to sell, weigh that cost against the additional mortgage payments and possible price reductions that may result if your home lingers on the market.   Home Staging is really an investment in getting your home sold more quickly, and the cost of that investment is always less than a price reduction on your home! In fact, statistics show having your house staged to sell will enable you to significantly reduce the time your home will be on the market and your home will sell for top dollar!   When selecting a…

  • Taxable Deductions

    Are Home Staging Costs Tax Deductible?

    Savvy home sellers and Real Estate Agents understand that in order to get offers and top dollar for their listings in the least amount of time, they need to professionally prepare homes with a professional Home Stager.  Current statistics continue to show that Staged homes sell faster and for more than comparable homes on the market.  Selling faster actually saves the homeowner money in the long run and they will likely make those dollars back on the sale. As an Accredited Staging Professional® with Stellar Staging Group, I have been informed that the cost of Staging®, may be tax deductible.  Barb Schwarz, ASPM®, IASHP® and The Creator of Home Staging®,…

  • Tips for Owners Preparing to Sell

    Seller Tip # 5 – Rearrange and Organize Closets, Cabinets, and the Garage

    Okay,   I know you just want your home to sell, but you have to do some work to help that happen! Organizing your closets, cabinets, kitchen pantry, and the garage can all have a big effect on how fast your home sells! You say, why, I’ll just declutter and put all this stuff in the closet or out in the garage and it will look great when those potential buyers walk through! No, wait a minute!  If they have any interest at all, those buyers are going to open cabinet doors, and drawers and open closet doors.   Just think about it.   They want to see how much space there is…

  • Bathrooms,  Tips for Owners Preparing to Sell

    Seller Tip # 4 – The Bathrooms – Cleanliness is a Must!

    Baths are Essential!   Like it or not we must have bathrooms and we all are repulsed by dirty toilets and tubs and dirty grout!   Following are hints for preparing for sale and showings.   We all actually do spend a lot of time in the baths of our homes.   It is where we typically start our day and it needs to be a clean, pleasant, refreshing place with plenty of light.   Make sure that your bathrooms have clean tiling free of grout, working utilities, and enough space that your buyer won’t feel claustrophobic just looking in from the outside.   Replace any leaking seals or loose handles or broken toilet tank lids.     Often…

  • Tips for Owners Preparing to Sell

    Seller Tip # 3 – DECLUTTER! It is necessary and it is worth it!

      One of the first things that must take place before staging and listing a home is to DECLUTTER!   The potential buyer must be able to see the purpose of the room and be able walk through the room. Your REALTOR® or STAGER® will tell you that you must get it done!   Do you want your home to sell? Then you must go ahead and get busy with this part of the process. You may need to rent a storage unit temporarily to move some keepable items and furniture to until the sale is complete. It’s just temporary!   DECLUTTERING and STAGING will help your home sell faster and…

  • Tips for Owners Preparing to Sell

    Seller Tip # 2 – Consider Renting a Storage Unit – Just consider it part of your moving expense!

    Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage, along with that ‘worn out sofa or recliner’ that only you like.   Store unused furniture, excess books and personal photos.  Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger.  Leave just enough furniture to showcase the room’s purpose with plenty of room for buyers to move around.   Pack and store those collectibles too. You don’t want them to get broken so go ahead and put them safely away now.   If this is too much for you, Stellar Staging Services can…

  • Tips for Owners Preparing to Sell

    Seller Tip #1 – Curb Appeal – It is Important!

    Click here for Before and After of Boring Beige  (BEFORE)  and  AFTER of this home and Before and After photos of other homes which show how much more curb appeal they have after their transformations.   A potential sale is toast if a buyer won’t even get out of his agent’s car because the exterior of your home turns him off. So open your front door and step outside. Look at your home. Does it make you want to enter? Does the house welcome you?   If not, start with the front door. Make it urge people to turn the handle and come inside. Paint it and consider adding a…

  • About Us

    Why ‘Stellar Staging Group’?

      We had this wonderful Bible Study Teacher and friend, who used the word ‘STELLAR’ when he wanted to compliment someone on a job well done! Most of these meanings of this word define exactly what we aim to be to others and how we aim to perform our services for our clients!   We aim to give you superior, outstanding, exceptional service with honesty and integrity.   That is the way we work and who we are.   In Dictionary.com Stellar is defined as:  [stel-er]  adjective 1. of or relating to the stars; consisting of stars.  2. like a star, as in brilliance, shape, etc. 3. pertaining to a preeminent performer,…