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Furniture Arrangement Tips For Your Home in Baton Rouge

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Today more than ever, getting a professional look in your home is essential for great interior design. To that end, there are do's and don'ts when it comes to making the right impression with your home furnishing.

Dos

Plush Pillows

Pillows are a simple and inexpensive place to start. Find decorative pillows that are soft and plush.  Down filled pillows will add a wow factor to any room. You can determine how your pillows will shape up by giving them a karate chop to the top edge to make them look less "blocky."

Space Around Your Furniture

Leaving space around your furniture makes your room look more inviting. You can create a more conversational space by placing furniture away from the wall, if possible. The best placement for this is between 4-8 feet from the wall.

The Right Light

Chose lights that are sized appropriately for the room. A light should adorn the room, like a fine piece of of jewelry will enhance a dress. buying the right lights will evoke the desired feel for a room.

Paint Colors Enhance the Look of a Room

Using the right paint color can make or break a room. You might ask a professional to help you find a color that brings out the best in your room.

An Appropriately-Sized Area Rug

The right area rug can bring your furniture together in a cohesive group. You should make sure your rug is at least large enough for the front legs of each piece of furniture in the grouping.

Don’ts

Over-Matching Furniture and Textiles

You should avoid over-matching furniture and textiles. Instead, try to make them relate. Chose pieces that have something in common, such as mood, material, history, color, motif or style.

Skimping on Drapery

When it comes to drapes, less is not more. It's recommended you should use fabric that's up to 3 times the width of your window. If you have fixed side panels, use fabric that's twice as wide as the window.

Isolate Rooms

Rooms should flow together. You can get this effect by linking adjacent spaces. Once way to do this is by carrying over an accent color or repeat a pattern from room to room.

Stopping Before the Layering Phase

This is another area where you can go overboard with matching. For example, if you have a patterned headboard in your room, you can repeat the pattern or color, but not both. Keep it subtle.

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Curb Appeal Improves Sellability of Baton Rouge Homes

by Glenda Daughety & Team

When you are trying to sell your home, the first thing you are told to address is curb appeal. But what exactly does that mean? Often, the answer you will hear is that it is the positive first impression that potential home-buyers will have of your home. But what an understatement this is. It is also the spark that makes your home stand out from the rest of the neighborhood, and brings potential buyers back from other homes they have seen. Knowing how important curb appeal is will help you take these five actions to help you sell your house quickly and for top dollar:

  • Clean it up - Eliminate clutter, manicure the lawn, rake the leaves and pressure-wash the exterior. Deal with peeling paint, and fix anything broken. Make sure windows sparkle and sidewalks are swept clean. Polish brass fixtures and paint wrought iron to make them shine. A carefully attended yard is a good indicator that the interior of the home will have been cared for as well.
  • Bring it to life - Plants can be added with permanent landscaping, pots or planters. Container gardens are extremely popular and offer portability and versatility to the flowers and foliage that grace your porch or yard. They add character and a splash of color that makes even "cookie cutter" houses look unique.
  • Turn on the lights - Carefully planned lighting adds security as well as aesthetics. Symmetrical lights add a balanced feeling to the structure. LEDs offer options that are inexpensive to install and easy on the electric bill - curb appeal is not just important during daylight hours. Attractive lighting can add a romantic ambiance to the exterior of your home during the evening hours and spotlight architectural features you want to show off to their best advantage.
  • Frame it - Add or paint shutters, doors and trim. Add symmetrical options like light fixtures or urns on either side of the front door. This creates a welcoming entry way that will beckon potential buyers to see the inside.
  • Take a broad view - Take a drive through the neighborhood and make note of the homes that catch your interest. Look at your home from a distance and look for any issues that can be resolved. Take a friend or your real estate agent with you to obtain valuable input through new eyes.

By increasing the curb appeal of your home, you send an invitation to buyers to look more closely and leave a lasting impression on each of them.

Staging Can Help Sell Your Baton Rouge Home

by Glenda Daughety & Team

If, perhaps, you are thinking that home staging is not very important, or not worth the effort, you would miss out on one of the easiest and quickest ways to showcase your home in its very best light.

Home staging is just that – it shares a number of qualities with setting the stage for individual scenes in a theater production. Imagine going to a play, and when the opening curtain is drawn, there is either an empty stage, or one cluttered with the director’s belongings and personal effects.   You would no doubt form an instant opinion based on your first impression. Likewise, a home buyer will form a very quick first impression of your house – so make it count!

In order to ensure buyers see your home sparkle and shine in the spotlight, check out some of these home staging tips:

Search and Research

This step is especially important if it has been a couple of years or more since your home was on the market. Real estate is kind of like clothing – there are fashion trends to consider. Thankfully, using magazines and the internet can make research incredibly easy. Talk with your real estate agent, examine photos, watch some YouTube videos, and then try to attend a few open houses in your area. All of these measures will serve to stimulate your imagination and creative impulses, which you can then unleash upon your own home.

Depersonalize

One of the most difficult steps in the home staging process - but one of the most vital - is to remove as much of yourself from your home as possible, or at the very least, from the primary living spaces.

This can be difficult for sellers to accomplish because we all tend to fall into habits at home, and we might not easily see our clutter, even though an outside can. Start by removing all of the obvious personal items, such as family photos, seasonal décor, knick-knacks or souvenirs. Then, get the opinion of your real estate agent or another outside party, in order to highlight areas you may have missed - you will probably be surprised at what they notice.

Use Priority Staging Techniques

You do not need to stage your entire house. Most buyers who come to look at your home will primarily focus their attention on the largest and most commonly used rooms, such as the kitchen, living room and master suite.

Home staging gives you the power to control, or at least influence, potential buyers' first impressions of your home. And we all know that you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

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RE/MAX First
Office: 225-291-1234
Cell: 225-205-2672
4750 Sherwood Common Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
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