Fireplace Mantel: To Stage It or Not to Stage It?

Home staging tip: Because of their size and shape fireplace mantels don’t offer many options when it comes to decorating/staging them. I mean, besides some candles and other narrow accessories you don’t have a lot of choices. So, is it ok to leave them empty? Absolutely yes. Remember, you don’t have to fill every single horizontal space when you stage a house. Besides, small items create clutter. In this case, since we felt that the rest of the room had already a lot going on in terms of accessories, we opted for a simple and symmetrical composition by using two medium size pictures hung at the same level.

Author –  Francesca Tosolini

Kitchen Renovation: What is Worth and What is Not

Home staging tip: As you know home staging really helps to sell a house faster and for more money, however, if the house has some major flaws it is better to address those first. When it comes to choosing what is worth to invest your money in, as far as a pre-sale kitchen renovation, ask yourself this simple question: “Is this — presentable? Is this — decent enough to be seen?”. If the answer is no, then definitely start planning a renovation. Take this kitchen, for example, the island countertop was ok, however, the stove was old and in desperate condition. The sellers decided to replace the whole thing to provide a more updated look, but they also decided to keep the table underneath because it was still in good shape, as well as the kitchen cabinets, even though they were both outdated.

Author –  Francesca Tosolini