Author: Alison Coplen

Enjoying the journey of life in the Mediterranean and learning to work within the field of on line Media

Home Staging

Home staging is about highlighting your home’s strengths, downplay any  weakness and express the appeal of your home to the greatest possible prospective buyer , we can even improve the properties appeal just to help you fall in love with your home again
The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of any clutter that accumulates even with general life.  Consider a house rule in an established home that for every new item that comes in, an old one has to leave.
One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. When professional stagers descend on a home that is being prepared for the sellers market, they often remove as much as half the owner’s furnishings, and the house looks much bigger for it. You do not  have to be that drastic but take a good look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without, even for the sale period.
One of the things that make staged homes look so warm and welcoming is great lighting, many homes are not properly illuminated.  To remedy the problem, increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures. Aim for a total of 100 watts for each 50 square feet. Try not to depend on just one or two fixtures per room, either. Make sure you have three types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading) and accent (table and wall). 
Experienced Real Estate Agents know that a home that is beautifully staged tends to sell faster than a house that is not. Also, did you know that vacant houses are often perceived to have a lower value than homes that are staged and can often receive lower offers from buyers who perceive that the owner is desperate to sell. Staging is the best marketing strategy available with proven results.

Mixing the right accessories can make a room more cosy and inviting. When it comes to accessorising odd numbers are preferable, especially three, rather than lining up a trio of accessories in a row, imagine a triangle and place one object at each point. The scale is important, too, so in your group of three it is more complimentary to vary height and width, with the largest item at the back and the smallest in front. For a creative effect, group accessories by the colour, shape or texture, find a  unifying element to bring the overall look together.

If you have a room that serves only to gather junk, create a purpose for the room, make it into something that will add to the value of your home. The simple addition of a comfortable armchair, a small table and a lamp in a stairwell nook will transform it into a comfortable reading space. Consider draping fabric on the walls of your basement , lay an inexpensive rubber padding or a carpet remnant on the floor and throw in a variety of cushions. Voila , you have  a new meditation room or yoga studio.
There is also  a common belief that rooms will feel larger and be easier to use if all the furniture is pushed against the walls, but that is not the case. Try furnishing your space by floating furniture away from walls, Reposition sofas and chairs into cosy conversational groups, and place pieces so that the traffic flow in a room is obvious. Not only will this help  make the area more user-friendly,  it will open up the room and make it seem larger.
In most cases, stagers can make many of your existing furnishings work especially by adding a few little tweaks such as rugs, pillows or artwork, to brighten the decor or highlight the best parts of the room.
Home staging is fast growing and an increasingly important part for  homeowners seeking the highest selling price, many have turned to home staging as a way to present their home in the best light possible.
You are marketing what is likely to be your largest asset, and for some people also their largest source of debt, and so you want to take that seriously and do whatever you can to make your home the most appealing.

Interior Blinds

Recent Install of blinds to 2 properties.

Exclusive hand crafted products

Hand-crafted, made to measure Luxaflex® products bring rooms to life – bathing your home in natural light and comfortably insulating against heat and cold. And with inspired design, innovative operating ideas and pure quality woven into each individual piece, you’ll always know you’ve made the perfect choice for your home and your style.

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Kylie Minogue Bedding

Transform your bedroom to star status with beautiful bed linen from the Kylie Minogue ‘At Home’ Collection. These stunning designs embrace all the glamour and star quality associated with the showgirl herself. Add a touch of Kylie magic to your home with the stunning range of cushions from the Pop Princess. Embellished with crystals or a sparkling diamante trim, the cushions sit perfectly in the bedroom. With a choice of throws in either faux fur or satin, together with the beautiful satin runners designed to complement the bedding, your entire home can have the touch of Kylie magic.

For more information contact Alison on 606 651561 or email alisoncoplen@gmail.com

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Curtains finish a room and make a home.

If you ever  doubted the power of window treatments to add the perfect finish to a room, here is a recent project. Often the window treatment is the last thing we do when we decorate a room, but a room is just not  complete until the “curtain call” , and often the show stopper ! Beautiful drapery curtains, even the most simple,  are an all-time favorite way to finish a window. There is something about the way they frame a window, the perfect borders to a beautiful garden or view, like framing a perfect picture, and drapes are an investment for the home.

When chosen correctly a window treatment gives a finishing touch to any room. It pulls the elements of décor together and helps define the overall theme.

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Home repairs, restorations, decorating and gardening

 

 

 

Regular home repair and home improvement projects are critical to the lasting value of your home, having the work completed to your satisfaction and finished in a timely manner and priced competitively.

Every home owner has a list of handyman, home repair, or home improvement projects he or she needs done either interior and  Sometimes that list can get quite long, too! The bathrooms that needs updating. The garbage disposal that’s on the fritz. The basement that needs drywall repairs. But with today’s busy lifestyles, who has the time or the patience to do it all yourself? Let Handyman Matters help your home run more smoothly with a wide range of affordable repair, improvement and remodel services. Give us your list—no job is too big or too small—and save yourself time, money and headaches.