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Discussions about home staging do's and dont's, problem-solving, and helping sellers move their homes quickly!
According to the National Association of Realtors, 96% of realtors believe a staging "sometimes or usually has a (positive) effect on a buyer's view of a home" with that percentage almost evenly split between the two categories of "usually" or "sometimes." At around $200-250 for 2 hours, a home s...
          I just worked my first trade booth ever --  for the NJ Chapter of RESA, the Real Estate Staging Association, at the TriplePlay Real Estate Convention in Atlantic City, NJ last week.  Since I don’t like being pushy or direct selling, even though I totally believe in the benefits of my NJ...
Step 1 in a re-decorating project of an English Tudor-style family room has been completed. The owner wasn't happy with the dark red walls that made the dark-beamed ceiling seem lower and the room darker. So we chose gold-colored grasscloth to lighten and brighten this room, and here are the resu...
            If you’re looking for an inexpensive and easy way to make the most of your current home in northern NJ or lower NY state, for roughly the cost of a nice weekend away, a one-day room (or rooms) makeover from Great Impressions Home Staging can be a great solution.  I’ll interview you by...
This 10-year old living room was cluttered and out-dated, with stained carpeting and a broken sofa to boot. My client, a single mom and teacher on a very limited budget, was too embarrassed to even have her family step into the old living room. Using staging to live principles and my designer dis...
  Do you know how to make your home look its best to appeal to today's buyers? Do you just need some guidance on WHAT to do but prefer to do it yourself -- or are you just not sure yet?  Then you're the perfect candidate to call a home stager for a consult. At Great Impressions Home Staging in Be...
On our way to Lavallette, NJ -- the "shore" in these parts -- to go crabbing this weekend, we stumbled on a small WW II museum in the basement of a VFW Post in Asbury Park, NJ.  My 21 y/o son is a history major who LOVES all things WW II related, and is in fact somewhat obsessed with military his...
Yesterday, I consulted on a Bergen County house that really wouldn't benefit enough from staging to make it a worthwhile investment. Although I would like to believe the benefits of staging are always worth the cost, every once in a while, you hit a "lemon" of a house that cannot be effectively s...
When it comes to selling your home, the larger you can make rooms look through staging, the more space buyers will feel they're getting for their money. Clutter and too much or too-large furniture are all space-gobblers that make rooms look messy, smaller than they really are, and generally not a...
This house felt like there was no room to breathe with all the clutter! The (out-of-date) furniture needed clearing out and re-arranging. We added long drapes in the family room to give it more modern style. The "after" photos show a cleaned up, pared-down, and much more inviting, livable house! ...

Amy Bly

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