Home Staging – Questions and Answers

Question: Do I really need to stage my house?

Answers: Home staging is recommended to homeowners who are serious about selling their house in the shortest amount of time. Think of this scenario: Two comparable houses are for sale in the same general area. House A was staged and is in prime showing condition. House B was not staged and may have some design issues. Which house do you think buyers will be more interested in? Statistics show us that homes which are professionally prepared for the real estate market sell in one-third less time than non-staged houses.

Question: My Realtor told me to wait to stage, is this good advise?

Answers: The sooner you stage your house, the better it will be for you. If your agent told you to not stage or to wait to stage, your Realtor may not have a complete understanding about the value of home staging. Some agents are concerned about recommending more out-of-pocket expenses for their clients. It is a noble concern but not a necessary one when considering home staging. Stagers work with real estate agents as a team, and most stagers will be happy to answer any questions that Realtors may have regarding the staging process. Realtors may not know it, but stagers may be their greatest asset in the marketing of a client’s home.

Question: How do I choose a stager?

Answers: There are many things to look for when choosing a stager. Before you hire a stager, consider these … Read More

Collecting Art Via Art Auctions

Have you ever admired a great piece of art and wanted to add it to your collection?

The art auction is the very place you need to look. An art auction is a place of gathering to sell art work. To begin the process of bidding on a piece of art, you browse the catalogs that are available to find what you like. Your next step is to register with their bidding department, using your photo ID, (as well as your financial information). There will typically be a viewing of all items a few days before the actual auction, giving you the chance to browse through the collection.

With an auction there are usually several ways for you to bid: You can choose to bid in person, with a paddle and the excitement of it all. You can choose to bid online in the comfort of your home and the showroom right at your fingertips. You can choose to bid over the phone with a salesperson giving you the information of the current art piece and the bid. If for some reason you are unable to bid, within 24 hours before the auction, you can submit your maximum bid online, complete the form in the catalog, or fax in your maximum bid, viewing the results either online or contacting their Customer Service Department .

Another form of an auction is called an internet art auction. An internet art auction can be a little more personal for you. You have … Read More

Security Surveillance Camera Outside Home Means Less Crime

Many suburban homes have installed a security surveillance camera to protect their dwellings from property damage or potential home invasion. It is proven that a property chances of being a victim of crime is drastically reduced, when the potential criminal knows the property is under surveillance. Some studies show homes in certain neighborhoods are up to 75{a35e9624d39d09a786c5f8acdb55c526966431d9c107db63c11fc3d9ba4fafc9} less chance to be violated by criminals when a camera is displayed outside.

Security systems have gone up in quality and dropped in price over the last decade. This has been due to computer systems popping up in homes, DVR technology and military knowledge being integrated into cameras and being mass produced. 15 years ago, a night vision device could run $2000 to $6000. Now, you can pick up a four day color night vision / infrared system, with four cameras and 500 GB hard drive Nuvcio EVL-4500 DVR costing $450 to $700.

There are many high tech individual cameras you can pick up for under $100. The Sony 1/3″ CCD Infrared LED Security Camera can be purchased for $89. An indoor/outdoor Bullet Security Camera Night Vision Model # SUN-LIR30HF comes with night vision capability for up to 80 feet. It also has a built in microphone that allows for audio surveillance. The price for the SUN-LIR30Hf is $64.95. You can get dome cameras, motion cameras, hidden ones, cameras that tilt, zoom and pan an area. You can even get cameras that are vandal proof. It depends on your needs, affordability, time available … Read More