#TileTuesday – January 1, 2018 – JD Tile

Jon Donmoyer of JD Tile :

“If you are going to upgrade to a nice tile shower why not upgrade the drain grate. Make it a feature vs a boring grate. A high quality installation is only complete with a grate of the same quality.”

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Jon, used our decorative shower drain replacements for the kerdi schluter shower drain system. Both of the drains are made of stainless steel for a lifetimes use and then polished to a brilliant finish for a luxurious final touch.

The 5 Home Improvements With The Best ROI in 2018

ROI in 2018

These are a few home improvements that will give you the biggest bang for your buck in 2018. Image: My House Design Build Team

Every homeowner wants to get the biggest impact possible out of their home improvements. Whether you’re looking to make a move in the near future or are planning on staying put for years to come, it’s comforting to know that your investment of time and money is worth the effort, that the work you’re doing will add value to your home. Don’t forget that it’s not just the inside that needs re-doing, but also your home exteriors. If you aren’t too sure what you want doing to the outside of the house then you could take a look at someone like M&M Home Exteriors who can sort out the outside of your house for you.

With that in mind, we decided to take the issue to the experts. We asked the leading minds in real estate to tell us which home improvement projects are set to have the best return on investment (ROI) in 2018. Read on below to see what they had to say and to learn where in your home your sweat equity will ultimately have the biggest impact.

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smart home technogies

Expect smart home technologies to start popping up everywhere. Image: Honeywell Home

1. Smart home technologies

“According to the most recent Luxury Portfolio Global Luxury Real Estate Report, 76% of buyers agree: Having a ‘smart home’ is very important to me. In particular, safety is a top concern. Of those surveyed, 39% are looking for a convenient, centralized network that securely controls smart-home and internet connections; aka the ability to operate a home security system through a mobile device.” — Stephanie Anton, EVP of Luxury Portfolio International

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outdoor living space

Let an outdoor living space draw in buyers. Image: Creative Environments

2. Outdoor living space

“According to a recent survey, 51% of home buyers find outdoor living space the most attractive quality when searching for their perfect home, more so than open floor plans and curb appeal. As such, outdoor spaces are becoming an ideal investment, not only for current homeowners’ enjoyment, but also for sellers looking to bring added value to a home for future sale.” — Joe Raboine, National Design & Training Specialist for Belgard in Atlanta

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Energy-efficient kitchens

Energy-efficient options are set to be a smart investment. Image: Energy Efficient Homes

3. Maximizing energy efficiency

“Making energy-efficient upgrades will give you more bang for your buck in 2018. When thinking of energy efficiency, people often go straight to solar panels. However, smaller changes like upgrading your HVAC, water heater, or windows can also cut energy costs — resulting in an accumulation of savings over time. You can even make improvements as simple as adding solar-powered lighting to your front yard, which will help increase overall savings.” — Sacha Ferrandi, Founder of Source Capital Funding, Inc. and Texas Hard Money .

 

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modernized bathrooms

As always, modernized bathrooms make a big difference. Image: Robson Homes

4. Modernized bathrooms

Modern bathroom trends are staying the same in 2018 as in 2017. Clean lines with rustic touches. Adding grays into the color scheme is also very popular right now and most consider this the greatest non-offensive tone to go choose from. (Beige is out.) Be careful, though, buyers like a very light gray. Some darker grays can come across as purple in certain lights.” — Sotereas (Teris) Pantazes, CEO & Founder of EFynch in Baltimore

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Sometimes fresh finishes are all that’s needed. Image: Designtheory Inc.

5. Refreshed finishes

“Not all renovations have to be huge. I like to suggest that homeowners update their finishes before they go to sell because it’s not always easy for buyers to visualize the potential of a space. If a space is really run down and a buyer thinks that he will have to redo everything, it’s easy to either over or underestimate the cost to achieve what it could look like. Older finishes also eliminate a big chunk of the buyers out there who just aren’t willing to do the work.” — Ori Goldman, CEO of Loftey in New York City

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ROI in 2018

These are the projects to keep in mind when ROI matters most. Image: David Morello Garden Enterprises Inc.

Home improvements can be a bit of a gamble. On the one hand, while you’re living in the space, it’s only natural to want to create a space you’ll enjoy. On the other, if you intend to sell, you also want to make changes that appeal to buyers. That’s why we asked the pros to help you weigh the risks. They can also get pretty expensive, so we recommend checking out home improvement financing, to help fund your home improvements. They told us which home improvements will probably have the best ROI in 2018, so you can make sure to get the most bang for your buck. If you would like help with your home improvements or need additional advice click here and take the first step to a new improved home for yourself and your family.

What do you think of these home improvements? If you were a buyer, would they sway your opinion on whether or not to buy the home? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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Hospitality Giants 2017 – Interior Design

 

If the latest data is any indication, the 75 firms that make up Interior Design’s list of Giants in the hospitality sector are busier than ever. We know this because, when business is good, a beautiful chain reaction of numbers happens.

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Title

1.Hirsch Bedner Associates
2.Gensler
3.Wilson Associates
4.Rockwell Group
5.Bilkey Llinas Design
6.HOK
7.HKS
8.Rebel Design+Group
9.LEO A DALY
10.YANG & Associates Group
11.Dalton Steelman Arias & Anderson (A Steelman Partners Affiliate)
12.Pierre-Yves Rochon
13.The Gettys Group
14.ForrestPerkins | Perkins Eastman
15.Populous
16.AvroKO
17.Daroff Design + DDI Architects
18.Wimberly Interiors
19.FRCH Design Worldwide
20.Baskervill
21.DiLeonardo International
22.EDG Design
23.HFS Concepts 4
24.Aria Group Architects
25.BAMO
26.Looney and Associates
27.Simeone Deary Design Group
28.ROSSETTI
29.CBT
30.BLVD International
31.Dawson Design Associates
32.Design Development Company
33.Flick Mars
34.HBG Design
35.Shea, Inc.
36.Parker-Torres Design
37.SOSH Architects
38.RDH Interests
39.C2 Limited
40.Hatch Design Group
41.Bar Napkin Productions
42.Studio 11 Design
43.JOI-Design
44.designONE studio
45.J/brice Design International
46.Cleo Design
47.Cole Martinez Curtis & Associates
48.indidesign
49.BraytonHughes Design Studios
50.DAS Architects
51.Kay Lang + Associates
52.CHIL Interior Design
53.J. Banks Design
54.K2M Design
55.CORE architecture + design
56.Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio
57.Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates
58.C+TC Design Studio
59.NELSON
60.HapstakDemetriou+
61.Judd brown Designs
62.Deniece Duscheone
63.HVS Design
64.R.D. Jones & Associates
65.Architecture, Incorporated
66.Group One Partners
67.Cuningham Group Architecture
68.Rodrigo Vargas Design
69.Thomas Hamilton & Associates
70.Gray Design Group
71.DLR Group
72.AECOM
73.P3 Design Collective
74.Areen Hospitality
75.Architectural Design Consultants

Fees

The hospitality Giants worked on more than 5,100 total jobs in the past reporting period. (A number that’s climbed steadily from 1,950 since 2009, when we started checking in on this group.) In so doing, the Giants completed 235 million square feet of space, a 22 percent jump from the previous report and by far the highest total ever. As a result, the firms hired a total of 640 full-time designers to employ 8,600. Those hires brought in the green, too—average fees per staffer leaped to $164,000 from $149,000.

Based on that data, it makes sense that fees would rise. That’s part of the chain reaction, too. And total fees from hospitality design did come in at $684 million, a blip of a rise from the previous $681 million but still short of the high of $700 million from the 2014 report. It’s difficult to call such a robust total a “shortfall.” Based on the work and staff numbers, however, shouldn’t that number be higher?

This speaks to the biggest business challenge that all our Giants, not just the hospitality group, face year in and year out: Getting clients to pay what the work is worth. Or as one staffer from SOSH Architects put it, the name of the game for clients is “smaller budgets, tighter timelines.” That shouldn’t detract, however, from what was overall a set of healthy numbers. The hospitality Giants drew 36 percent of their overall fees from hospitality work. For the 10 firms with the most growth, fees rose by an average of 7 percent.

Fees by project type 2017

(*in millions of dollars)
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HospitalityCorporateHealthcareGovernmentRetailTransportationEducationalCulturalResidentialOther$0$200$400$600$800

TypeSalary
Hospitality684.2
Corporate537.1
Healthcare180.7
Government93.4
Retail90.5
Transportation81.4
Educational75.5
Cultural72.6
Residential52.1
Other57.3

Fees by project type 2018 forecast

(*in millions of dollars)
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HospitalityCorporateHealthcareGovernmentRetailTransportationEducationalCulturalResidentialOther$0$200$400$600$800

TypeSalary
Hospitality739.8
Corporate539.9
Healthcare185.9
Government95.1
Retail97.1
Transportation82.9
Educational79.8
Cultural75
Residential57.1
Other60.1
Market Sector

Hotels remain the biggest segment of the business, 57 percent, with the luxury category being the strongest. Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs are next with 13 percent of the business, followed by resorts with 9 percent. The hospitality Giants expect these segments to remain growth areas while also listing gaming as a particular hot spot. Another sexy buzzword is boutique. Consumers want the boutique experience in everything from hotels to gyms, and design firms are happy to oblige.

Business in furniture and fixtures looks healthy, too. Total installations of F&F and construction products rose 7 percent to $20 billion. If 7 percent sounds light, think of it another way: That’s an extra $1.2 billion. Next time? The hospitality Giants hope for $23 billion.

Fees by hospitality project type 2017

(*in millions of dollars)
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Hotels (luxury)Hotels (boutique)Hotels (mid/economy)RestaurantsResortsCountry ClubsBars / Lounges / Night…GamingCondos / TimesharesCruise ShipsSpasOther$0$50$100$150$200

TypeSalary
Hotels (luxury)166.5
Hotels (boutique)124
Hotels (mid/economy)102.4
Restaurants90.7
Resorts64.4
Country Clubs27.4
Bars / Lounges / Night Clubs26.2
Gaming20.9
Condos / Timeshares13.3
Cruise Ships10.9
Spas9.3
Other28.1

Fees by hospitality project type 2018 forecast

(*in millions of dollars)
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Hotels (luxury)Hotels (boutique)Hotels (mid/economy)RestaurantsResortsCountry ClubsBars / Lounges / Night…GamingCondos / TimesharesCruise ShipsSpasOther$0$50$100$150$200

TypeSalary
Hotels (luxury)191.4
Hotels (boutique)117.7
Hotels (mid/economy)117.4
Restaurants109.2
Resorts67.7
Country Clubs25.4
Bars / Lounges / Night Clubs28.6
Gaming33.7
Condos / Timeshares11.5
Cruise Ships1.3
Spas8.7
Other27.1
Hospitality project types worked on last year
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Type$formatted
New Construction0.4343%
Renovation0.5151%
Refresh previous projects0.066%
Hospitality project locations last year
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Type$formatted
Domestic Projects0.7878%
Overseas Projects0.2222%
Top U.S. firms with most foreign hospitality projects
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50%60%70%80%90%

TypeSalary
Pierre-Yves Rochon0.9
Hirsch Bedner Associates0.85
Bilkey Llinas Design0.85
Dalton Steelman Arias & Anderson (A Steelman Partners Affiliate)0.85
Rebel Design+Group0.65
Wimberly Interiors0.6
DiLeonardo International0.6
Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates0.57
HKS0.55
AECOM0.55
Growth

The U.S. continues to trend upward as the place where work happens. On the average, 78 percent of each firm’s work was U.S.-based—compare that to 64 percent reported in 2013. Of the 75 hospitality Giants, 93 percent see their highest growth potential in the U.S., particularly on the West Coast and in the South.

That said, international work remains big for some of the hospitality Giants, with 16 firms, 11 of them U.S.-based, completing more than half their work outside the U.S. A quarter of firms see growth potential in Mexico, 32 percent like South America and the Caribbean, and 38 percent are looking to Asia.

As a group, the hospitality Giants predict that good business will get better in the coming reporting period: $740 million in fees, 5,200 projects totaling 260 million square feet, and 9,100 employees making it all happen. To be fair, these Giants have been forecasting the $740 to $750 million level for a while now, so here’s hoping this is their moment. That’s a chain reaction we’d like to see continue.

Firms with largest increase in hospitality fees(*in millions of dollars)
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TypeSalary
Hirsch Bedner Associates11.5
Rebel Design+Group7.7
HKS5
AvroKO4.1
BAMO3.8
ForrestPerkins | Perkins Eastman2.8
Pierre-Yves Rochon2.3
Rockwell Group1.4
designONE studio1.2
RDH Interests1.1
Expected growth segments for next 2 Years
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0%25%50%75%100%

TypeSalary
Hotels (boutique)0.8
Hotels (luxury)0.74
Restaurants / Bars / Lounges / Night clubs0.72
Resorts / Spas / Country Clubs0.6
Hotels (mid/economy)0.55
Gaming0.45
Condo-hotels / Timeshare0.28
Cruise ships0.16
Other0.48
Global growth potential for next 2 years
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#1 US South
68% growth
Written By: Mike Zimmerman
Research By: Wing Leung
Charts Designed By: Darlene Portades
Charts Built By: Joe Zeleny
Methodology

The annual business survey of Interior Design hospitality Giants ranks the largest design firms by hospitality design fees for the 12-month period from July 2016 through June 2017. Hospitality design fees include those attributed to:

  1. All hospitality interiors work.
  2. All aspects of a firm’s hospitality design practice, from strategic planning and programming to design and project management.
  3. Fees paid to a firm for work performed by employees and independent contractors who are full-time staff equivalent.

Hospitality design fees do not include revenues paid to a firm and remitted to subcontractors that are not considered full-time staff equivalent. For example, certain firms attract work that is subcontracted to a local firm. The originating firm may collect all the fees and retain a management or generation fee, paying the remainder to the performing firm. The amounts paid to the latter are not included in fees of the collecting firm when determining its ranking. Additionally, where applicable, all percentages are based on responding hospitality Giants, not their total number. The data was compiled and analyzed by the Interior Design market research staff, led by Wing Leung, research director.

8 Design Trends To Keep An Eye On In 2018

Antibacterial Materials

Imagine a countertop that helps take care of that salmonella bacteria for you after preparing chicken for dinner. That’s the idea behind several materials presented at the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings (CERSAIE) in Italy back in September.

The new K-Life technology incorporated into Porcelanosa’s Krion solid surface not only is antibacterial but also eliminates chemicals that come into contact with it, as well as purifies the surrounding air.

How does it accomplish this? Through a process called photocatalysis, which uses a semiconductor in the surface to enhance a reaction to light, killing bacteria and breaking up pollutants.

Source – Houzz

Concrete Accents

Concrete has always been a popular material choice, but don’t be surprised to see it in more unexpected ways, such as in furniture, decorative accessories, wallcoverings, countertops and tile. My clients are expressing a desire to use materials in unusual ways,” says designer and Houzz Contributor Jennifer Ott. “Concrete is as popular as ever, but it’s showing up in unexpected places such as in furniture, decorative accessories and even as concrete-look wallcoverings.”

Designer Yanic Simard agrees. “The humble material and its comforting cool tones mixed with light linen and pearl grays add relaxed air to any space,” he says.

And the concrete look is carrying over into other materials as well. The stoneware tiles shown here (Beton Chic from Ricchetti’s Manifattura del Duca range) mimic the texture of concrete and come in a variety of colors.

Source – Houzz

Matte Black Finishes

Last year, satin brass made its takeover of kitchens. This year, look out for matte black in bathrooms as well as kitchens. Homeowners looking for a statement-making look that’s contemporary and complements a variety of materials and styles are embracing this tough, versatile finish. Companies like Moen, whose matte black finish is shown here, are expanding their products to include more options in the durable finish.

Source – Houzz

Designer Drains

In your bathroom, your drain deserves a little luxury too. These stylish shower drains from Designer Drains make this often-overlooked element a true feature point. These drain covers are like jewelry for your shower, featuring unique patterns that range from contemporary to geometric to ornate. But there’s more to these decorative covers than meets the eye. These eco-friendly shower drains are made from reclaimed .060-inch thick 304 Stainless Steel and their motto, “Assisting the environment, one shower at a time,” holds true. No plastic or PVC is used in manufacturing, which is done in the USA. Coordinate the finish with your faucets and hardware for a unified look in your bathroom. For more information, visit Designer Drains.

Source – Trendir

Light Textured Flooring

“Red-toned woods are fading in popularity, along with tropical exotic species” like Brazilian cherry or walnut, says Armstrong Flooring design manager Sara Babinski.

Instead, flooring trends are moving toward lighter color palettes in domestic American woods such as maple, pine, or hickory, she says.

Why? Light-hued woods—including natural tones and blond and whitewashed woods—brighten interior spaces and hide imperfections more easily, making them a great choice for families and households with pets. For extra credit, choose a distressed or wire-brushed wood, which offers vintage appeal with a less aggressive look than a scraped floor, and choose 5-inch-wide planks, which create a sense of openness and interior space.

If you decide to stick with dark flooring, designers recommend that you pair it with light walls and white trim for contrast.”

-Source Realtor.com

Open Floor Plan Kitchens

Every time a bell rings, an interior wall gets knocked down. OK, maybe not that frequently but it seems like the open floor plan has dominated homes in recent years, and not all homeowners love it. And some are going the other way, seeking some sort of delineation of space, such as in the photo shown here. A half wall of cabinetry creates a semi-closed space between the kitchen and living room.

Source – Houzz

Fish-Scale Pattern Backsplash.

If you’ve grown bored of subway tile but still want something simple and classic, check out a scalloped or fish-scale pattern. The look offers more movement, and a bit more interest, than rectangular tile but is still versatile enough to work with almost any kitchen style.

Source – Houzz

Rich Colors In The Kitchen & Living Room

Where to Begin: Using Black and White in the Bathroom

This classic color combination makes for a chic and clean look in any style of bathroom

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Home Stagers Share 5 Tips To Getting A Home Resale Ready

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We asked home stagers to share their best tips for a quick resale. Image: Widell + Boschetti

Home staging can be tricky to wrap your head around. Most of time, it’s about taking your home as-is and making a few, small changes. Yet, somehow, those tiny changes can make a huge difference when it comes to attracting buyers. Sometimes it can even mean the difference between selling your home and having it sit on the market.

If you’re about to put your home on the market, this post is for you. You might have taken a look at something like sell my house fast in San Antonio, but you now realised that there is a lot more to getting your house sold then just simply putting it on the market. We reached out to professional home stagers and asked them to share their favorite tips for getting a home resale ready. Read them over and do your best to implement them in your own home. Once you’re done, we’re sure the impact will be well worth the effort. We understand that selling your home is difficult, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be. If you are interested in a smooth selling process, you may want to check out an independent home buyer such as We Buy Houses, in order to avoid the stress of contractors, paperwork and deadlines. When it comes to selling, there isn’t just staging side of things to consider but also the legal part (amongst other things) for example did you know that you can Compare Conveyancing Quotes to make sure you get the best deal when shopping for a solicitor to conduct your sale.

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Staging your exterior is just as important as the interior. Image: Shapiro/Didway

Start at the front door

“Curb appeal is key. It’s the first impression your home gives, so make it welcoming! Invest in some inexpensive, flowering plants. (Boxwoods are great for the job.) If there’s room, you could add a couple of colorful Adirondack chairs to your front porch. If your front door looks old or shows wear, a fresh coat of paint and some new house numbers can also make a big difference,” suggests Jeffrey Weldler, an interior decorating expert at Vänt Wall Panels.

Remember that staging isn’t just for your interiors. When you go to sell your home, also make sure the outside looks its very best. While the front door is certainly important as the initial point of entry, be sure to apply Weldler’s advice to the rest of your exterior, as well. Cut and weed your lawn regularly, add plantings where appropriate, and put out a patio set if possible to help potential buyers envision easy outdoor entertaining.

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Keep personal items to a minimum. Image: Arent & Pyke

Pack up personal items

“I tell my clients to pack up their ‘territory markers’ as soon as possible. These are things like family photos, shoes by the front door, toiletries and refrigerator magnets. They tell you the story of the person who lives there. Instead, you want buyers to think, ‘I have no idea who lives here, but it needs to be me,’ ” says Justin M. Riordan, the founder of Spade and Archer Design Agency.

The goal of staging your home is to appeal to as many buyers as possible. While depersonalization may be a hard pill to swallow it’s essential in helping your home be accessible to individuals with vastly different lifestyles and backgrounds than your own. That said, be sure to leave a few neutral accessories in place. They will keep your home from feeling stark.

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Use furniture to show a room’s function. Image: Andrea Swan – Swan Architecture

Return rooms to their original use

“Arrange rooms the way they’re supposed to be used. I’ve seen a formal dining room turned into a TV room, and that’s fine for some; it may be a turn-off for buyers who don’t intend to use the room in the same way,” advises Ana Cummings, the founder of ANA Interiors Ltd.

Furniture plays an important role in staging your home. Not only will it give buyers a sense of how the room should be used, but it may also give them an idea of scale and help them  envision themselves living in the space. It’s much harder to grasp these same concepts when a room is empty. Your goal as the seller should be to make the buyer’s showing experience as pleasant as possible, so do your best to provide them with a usable framework.

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Designate an area for kid’s belongings. Image: Aries Construction Co. Inc.

Designate areas for kids and pets

“If you have kids, keep a playroom. Keep it organized and make this the designated area for all toys. Before showings, do a loop around the house and move any runaway toys to their assigned space,” recommends Alison Bernstein, the founder and president of Suburban Jungle Realty.

This tip is also about depersonalization. Everyone understands that moving with kids is difficult, but parents and non-parents alike are more likely to respond well to your home if all your kid stuff is contained in one designated area. It will also be much easier to clean up for showings if you know that all the toys should be brought to the same place. In the same vein, pet owners may want to consider following a similar principle with their animals’ accessories.

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Ask a trusted friend for their opinion on your staging. Image: White Orchid Interiors

Get a second opinion

“Have a neutral third party take a critical eye to your home. Living somewhere daily reduces your ability to notice the things that might be a problem for buyers. Dirty walls, scuffs, scrapes, leaks, or even odors might be present, but odds are, you have become accustomed to them over time,” says Marty Basher, home organization expert for Modular Closets.

Hearing less-than-steller reviews of your home can be hard, but remember that it’s for a good cause. If you decide to follow this tip, choose someone you know has your best interest at heart. Then, the hard part: Actually follow their advice. When all is said and done, you’ll be glad you did.

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Follow these staging tips to get your home ready for resale. Image: The Woodlands Home Staging? | Got Staging LLC

Staging your home is an important part of getting it ready for the real estate market. Even if you don’t have enough money to reach out to the pros, we’ve got you covered. We asked real home stagers to share the best tips for getting a home resale ready. Give them a try and you should be pleasantly surprised at the results.

Did you stage your home before resale? Did you hire a pro or go the DIY route? Share your experience with us in the comments.

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