Stage and Sell Raleigh

    Top Three Staging Tips

    Top Three Staging Tips for your Family Room

    Each house is unique, but certain principles apply to all homes when preparing them to sell.  I have prepared my top three staging tips for family rooms to help you out.  

    1) Neutralize your wall colors: If you have tan, white, grey or pale tones you may not need to paint, however, if you have gone bold in your color choices, you will need to neutralize.  All buyers need to be able to picture themselves in the house.  You don't want to lose a sale or get a lower offer price just because of a wall color.  The cost to paint a room is approximately $300 that can easily add $3,000 in value!  Dollars well spent!

    What if Pink and Turquoise are not your buyer's colors?

    My go-to color is "Agreeable Grey" by Sherwin Williams.  This pink room looks completely different now that it's neutral.  It will appeal to more buyers!

    2)  Make the fireplace your focal point: Many family rooms center around a large TV, but the fireplace should be the focal point as it is the primary feature conveying with the house.  If the room is wide enough, face the sofa toward the fireplace.  If it is a smaller room just be sure that furniture is not obstructing the view.  This may mean that you remove a love seat, bookcase or side table.  Less is more...a simple furniture arrangement with sofa, chair, coffee table and side table with a lamp is enough.  Place a large colorful painting and just a few decorative items on the mantel.  Voila - it'll look fantastic!

    What is the focal point?  Don't make the fireplace compete with the TV.  Remove the TV entirely if it is too large for the space.  "What no TV?", you say... If you sell at your open house above list price, won't that small effort be worthwhile?  Say, "Yes!".....  Get it sold fast & for top dollar!

    With this new arrangement, the fireplace is front and center with no interference.   This new arrangement also shows off the windows.  The large sofa used to block this great selling feature and reduced light flowing into the room as well.  

    3) Add color, softness and light: You want that "wow factor" so that when buyers walk through at your open house they fall in love and want to place an offer immediately.  A little color goes a long way...just add a large painting, some throw colorful pillows and/or a bouquet of flowers.  Add softness with the use of a throw over a chair, an area rug, a faux or real plant/tree. For added light, open up the curtains, turn on the overhead lights, add a table lamp and/or floor lamp - the lighter the better!

    As you can see from my staging example above, I applied color, softness and light to this family room.  This home sold in just three hours well-above list price so I think it worked! 

    I hope that my top three staging tips for a family room was helpful to you.  If you would like a consultation for improvements you can make in preparing your home for sale, call (919) 280-0441 or email [email protected]  For more helpful tips, check out my website:

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    Home for sale in Carolina Preserve at Amberly: The triangle's most popular 55+ community
    CAROLINA PRESERVE AT AMBERLY: Just Listed Home for Sale!

    I am happy to announce that I just listed a home for sale in Carolina Preserve at Amberly.  Folks looking for an easy maintenance home, a super friendly neighborhood, and a plethora of fun activities, this is the home and neighborhood for you! 

    Be sure to stop by my open house!
    Saturday 4/23 and Sunday 4/24 from 1:00 - 4:00 

    Why do people love this 55+ community?  There are endless activities and classes offered to its residents.  In addition to the exclusive use of a 34,000 square foot clubhouse at Bradford Hall, residents can also use the facilities at Amberly Residents Club as well.  Here are just some of the amenities available at Carolina Preserve:
    • State-of-the-art fitness area over looking the pool below
    • Heated indoor pool with locker rooms
    • Social lounge area, library, and several multipurpose rooms including a stadium kitchen
    • The Varsity Room is a perfect space for residents to gather and cheer on the local teams during sporting events.
    • an aerobics/yoga/dance studio, a multi-purpose room, and a small kitchen for serving parties indoors or out.
    • Outdoor activities include a scenic walking trail system, Bocce courts, chipping and putting green, horseshoes, tennis courts, outdoor pool, a 15-acre lake, and more!
    Bradford Hall

    To schedule a tour of this home for sale in Carolina Preserve or others available in the community, contact me at (919) 280-0441 or [email protected]  You will love the simplicity and fun living here!

    North Hills Open House
    Open House at North Hills

    Saturday 1:00-4:00
    4804 Poland Place
    Raleigh, NC 27609

    Tour this hard to find ranch in North Hills & enter to win a Target Gift Card!  
    You'll love this home & location!

    For more picture and information, follow this link to my website: 

    Bring a friend and see you tomorrow!

    Best Raleigh Neighborhoods

    Best Raleigh Neighborhoods

    One of my favorite Raleigh neighborhoods is Alyson Pond, located just north of 540 next to Durant Nature Park.  It is a place for families, singles, young and old looking for a safe neighborhood with a sense of community.  Here you will find friendly neighbors, sidewalks on every street, a clubhouse, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a playground, a pond for fishing, hiking and biking trails!  All of this with a low HOA fee of just $240 every six months. 

    Alyson Pond is ideally located just 5 minutes to Falls Lake, 20 minutes to RTP, 25 minutes to downtown Raleigh.  It is just down the street to shopping, restaurants, Wake Med North, the CASL soccer complex, the newly-opened Lifetime Fitness, the brand new Abbots Creek Community Center, Elementary School and playing fields.  There is just so much to offer nearby!

    If you are considering a move to this neighborhood, it is important to keep your eye out and be ready to act quickly.  I have sold three houses in Alyson Pond this summer, all of which sold in five days or less.  They are selling fast!  If you need help in your search, let me know.  I am happy to help!  For more information about Alyson Pond and other great Raleigh neighborhoods, call me at (919) 280-0441.

    Before & After: What do you think?
     What do you think?

    This room has high ceilings and a beautiful bay window that was hidden by a console table and sofa.  I wanted to show off the window which is a huge selling feature so repositioned the furniture to the other wall.  The furnishings were also dated and monotone so I removed the hard glass and brass 

    items and brought in fresh bold colors for some contrast and softness.  This is the first room that you see when you enter the home so it was very important to get it right.  Thankfully, I think it got the job done.  The home was under contract after just five days on the market.  Staging success!


    Open House Today!
    Pop in to see this great home in Alyson Pond today & Sunday 1:00-5:00.  Open floor plan with cathedral ceilings & huge windows - 2,400sf for $308,000.  Please share with your North Raleigh friends!

    2704 Coxindale Drive

    Before & After: Is this the same house?

    Yes, this is the same house!  We repainted all the walls a soft, neutral color, we cleared the clutter, we removed extra, heavy furniture, added a few elegant touches and voila!

    It looks so light, and inviting that the home went under contract at the open house!

    After a thorough cleaning by my crew, major decluttering, repainting and simple staging, the kitchen was transformed.

    Now the kitchen looks open and spacious - ready for entertaining!

    Artsplosure: Great family fun
    Artsplosure: Great Family Fun

    It is my favorite weekend of the year in Raleigh.  The weather is just perfect and it's time for Artsplosure!  The streets are closed down for blocks around Moore Square and set up with activities, entertainment, art booths and food trucks.  My favorite each year is the sand sculpture - can't wait to see what they are creating this year.  I always come away with a few art pieces for the home & garden and I come away feeling grateful that I live in Raleigh.  Come out & enjoy the city with the whole family!

    Staging makes all the difference!

    Staging Makes all the Difference

    This was a beautiful home with a great open floor plan, but the living room needed just a few fixes to make it inviting to buyers.  The color was taste-specific and the furniture layout made the space seem small with two large sofas taking up most of the floor space. 


    All we did is repaint the walls a warm taupe color, craigslist the big blue sofa, place a large painting above the mantel, and add a few warm touches with plants & decorative items.  What a difference! The house had two great offers by the end of the open house on day one!


    Before & After

    This is the space as I first saw it. A nice room, but it felt dark and cluttered.  I knew we could do better so I recommended putting in bright, granite counters and new, light tile in the kitchen.  I also removed the bold carpet to show off the floors, rearranged the furniture, added a few staging props and voila!

    Now the room is warm and inviting - just the place to put up your feet and relax!

    Open house: Sat 4/18 & 4/19 1:00 - 5:00

    Best Raleigh Neighborhoods: Durant Trails
    Best Raleigh Neighborhoods: Durant Trails

    How would you like Durant Nature Park to be in YOUR back yard? Durant Trails has much more to boast: A community pool, tennis courts, playground, bike trails, next to the new Abbott's Creek school, community center & playing fields, walking distance to schools, within a mile from hospital, fire station, police, shopping, AND it's homes are affordable too!!

    Durham Home Under Contract in just 2 Days!

    My open house last weekend was a huge success.  60+ people came to visit and see the lovely home. 8 offers were made and the final outcome was a sales price well-over the list price.  It was a hectic 2 days, but in the end, the sellers are happy, the buyer is happy and I feel on top of the world!

    On to my next open house....Stay Tuned!

    North Ridge - Best Raleigh Neighborhoods

    Best Raleigh Neighborhoods: North Ridge

    North Ridge is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Raleigh.  It is an established neighborhood surrounding The North Ridge Country Club, which boasts a 400 acre, wooded golf course that runs through the community.  North Ridge has peaceful, tree-lined streets with sidewalks and it's homes are unique, well-maintained and have large lots.  North Ridge Elementary school is located within the community just a short walk away.  You will love it here!

    See All Homes for Sale in North Ridge

    Looking for a great place to call home?  Check out  North Ridge and discover why it is one of the best Raleigh neighborhoods.

    314 Maymount Drive Durham NC 27703

    314 Maymount Drive

    Durham, NC 27703

    Updates & upgrades galore!! This home has new bamboo hardwood floors downstairs, new carpet upstairs, granite counter tops and brand new stainless appliances in the kitchen, all new fixtures and hardware throughout, fresh paint inside & out!! It is a MUST see - the interior is gorgeous and the back yard is large, wooded and private.
    3bd | 3ba


    1995970, 3 beds, 3 baths

    • Listing Information

      •  314 Maymount Drive
      •  Durham
      •  NC
      •  27703
      •  117 - East Durham - Hwy 98
      •  Durham
      •  $160,000
      •  1995970
      •  Single Family
      •  Resale/New
      •  Greycliff
      •  ACTIVE
    • Property Information

      •  Colonial, Traditional
      •  3
      •  3
      •  2
      •  1
      •  1997
      •  1646
      •  0.32
      •  No Basement
      •  2
      •  Garage, Attached
      •  Central Air
      •  Forced Air
      • HrdBoard/Masonite, Wood Ext
      •  2
      •  Deck
      •  Cooktop ? Electric, Dishwasher, Garage Opener, Microwave
      •  HO Fees Include None
      • 72.66x87.27x128.17x44.72x180.64
      •  Hardwood Trees, Wooded Lot

    314 Maymount Drive, Durham - New Listing Coming Soon!

    Coming Soon!

    Gorgeous home has upgrades and updates galore! 
            • New bamboo hardwood floors downstairs
            • Plush, new carpets upstairs
            • Granite counters
            • Stainless steel appliances (brand new)
            • All new fixtures and hardware
            • Fresh paint inside & out!
    Save the date: Open house Sat 3/28 & Sun 3/29 from 1-5:00
    Come & enter to win a $50 Target gift card

    314 Maymount Drive, Durham

    Why Buy and Invest in the Triangle?
    Research Triangle Park, which includes Raleigh, Durham and Cary, is the land of opportunity!  The Triangle has a strong economy, great schools, from elementary education through to university, safe & beautiful neighborhoods, and there are so many things to do, from sports, shopping & arts to museums, theater & parks.  This area epitomizes the American dream.  The future is in the Triangle!

    Being home to such well-known universities as Duke, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and Wake Forest fuels a young and educated population in the Research Triangle.  The universities are some of the area?s biggest employers, but small businesses also thrive here, with nearly 30,000 in Raleigh alone.

    The Research Triangle Park is not only one of the largest research parks in the world, it is also one of the most prominent high-tech research and development centers in the United States.  The area houses 178 companies, including thirteen of the Fortune 500. The Triangle?s success as a regional employer and engine of economic growth is also suggested by the growing average income in the area.  All of the area?s economic growth has lead to an population boom as well.  In the past ten years, the population has grown by 40 percent and it shows no signs of slowing.  

    Aside from business, the Triangle has so much to offer families. Homes in safe, quiet, beautiful neighborhoods are large and affordable. All children have access to free, quality, public education that is close to home. Triangle children also have access to extracurricular activities, including ballet, gymnastics, music, martial arts, sports, theater, art, just to name a few.

    Educational experiences are available at Triangle museums as well, including the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina History Museum, Museum of Life and Sciences, North Carolina Museum of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, Marbles Children?s Museum, and more.

    In addition, the arts are plentiful in the Triangle.  There is a thriving music scene with local talent, big-name concerts at one of the five large amphitheaters, and it?s own the North Carolina Symphony.  There are opportunities to enjoy plays with several local theaters, including The North Carolina Theater and traveling Broadway shows in one of the large auditoriums.  World-class dance is available each summer with the American Dance Festival.  Additionally, the Triangle has it?s own ballet company, the Carolina Ballet.

    The Triangle offers a wide-array of parks and facilities.  Parks and lakes are stomping grounds for friends and families to play, bike, jog, fish, and relax. These natural spaces also preserve plant life, and improve air, water, and soil quality for the community and promote high standards of living, attracting business and enhancing property values.

    The list of advantages about the Triangle area could go on and on and on?If you would like to learn how to make this your home, please contact us today.  We will happily answer any questions you may have.  Your piece of the American dream may be cheaper and easier than you think. Let?s make it happen for you and your family!