Tips for Staging a House

Tips for Staging a House

According to ​The Mortgage Report​, staged homes sell 73% percent faster as compared to those that are non-staged, which means investing a little money may result in a significant return, whether you plan to put your home up among the ​houses for sale in Dallas, TX​; Charlotte, NC; Las Vegas, NV or anywhere else.

Home staging simply means that you’ll highlight the strengths of your home and downplay any weaknesses while appealing to the greatest number of prospective home buyers. You can help set the stage for success by utilizing these tips for quick results.

Clear Out the Clutter

One of the most important things you can do to make your home more appealing is to clear out the clutter. After a while, little things start to pile up and you may not even notice, but those coming to check out your house will. Think about that stack of mail, pile of magazines and bathroom with so many toiletries you could almost open a salon. Don’t forget about closets, drawers and cabinets – which potential buyers will peer into. The fewer “things” you have lying around, the more spacious and clean your home will look.

Remove Personal Items

While it can be somewhat emotionally challenging, removing things like family photos, children’s drawings, and any other personal items helps home buyers to imagine what spaces would look like if they move in. You want it to evoke the feeling that it belongs to the buyer, not the seller.

Entice Onlookers with Curb Appeal

Potential home buyers almost always do a quick drive-by before making the decision to go in, which is why curb appeal is a must. In this case, the outside counts in a big way so you’ll want to keep the lawn well-maintained, wash the windows, add some fresh paint, and perhaps add some colorful flowers and lush greenery. Be sure your porch is welcoming, keeping the light on in the evening, adding potted plants and perhaps a nice piece of porch furniture if there’s room.

Tackle Those Holes, Scratches, Scuffs and Nicks

Go through your home with a close eye, searching for any signs of neglect, like little holes, nicks, scuffs and scratches. Oftentimes, all you need is a melamine foam eraser pad to eliminate those scuffs, or a touch of paint. Spackle and caulk places that need that too, whatever you need to do to make it look as well-maintained as possible.

Think Lots of Light

Do everything you can to bring natural light in, which makes rooms look bigger and provides a more joyful feel. A dark room is a sad room. Open the blinds, turn on the lights and be sure the windows are clean, inside and out. If there is any foliage blocking window areas, be sure to get it manicured. Ideally, every room should have three different types of light, an accent light like a floor lamp in the corner, a reading lamp and ambient light which provides general lighting for the room, such as a ceiling light.

 

Washing My Face with Paper?


I enjoy finding unique items to test out.  Today I bring you paper soap.

This paper soap is from the brand Aliza and can be purchased here:  Aliza paper soap

I enjoyed the experience of using this paper soap.

Pros:

  • Easy to carry
  • Non drying
  • Comes in a cute case

Cons:

  • Does not take off all mascara or long wearing lipstick

You can watch the entire review on Mascara to Midnight

Does Castor Oil Really Work for Eyebrows?

I’ve heard people talking about using castor oil to grow their lashes but I have to admit to being a skeptic.  I had to put the castor oil to the test to see if it was true.

I started with a clean slate:  shaved eyebrows.

From day one, I applied castor oil on only one eyebrow.  It took about three weeks to notice a difference, but notice I did.

Pretty soon it became obvious that the castor oil did in fact work to grow my eyebrows back.

Here’s the video with lots and lots of pictures so you can see for yourself.

Marc Jacobs Omega Lash

I’m on the hunt for the world’s greatest mascara…and I’m bringing you along.

This month I tried out Marc Jacobs Omega Lash.  You’ll want to watch the video to see how it wears during the day and if it comes off easily.

It’s a GREAT mascara.  But it’s not my favorite.  (Now go watch.)

Marc Jacobs Omega Lash mascara can be bought here: http://go.magik.ly/ml/8tqn/
And the Loreal primer here:

Contenders and Pretenders: August

I enjoy sharing my favorites with you each month.  Comment below with a few of your favorites.  I’d love to see what you are trying.

Here is the video: Contenders and Pretenders

You can find all the products here:

Willing Beauty:  http://www.willingbeauty.com/amyslazyk
Ordinary Vit C: http://bit.ly/2xdgYmq
Pretty Vulgar Setting Spray: http://go.magik.ly/ml/6s4x/
Elf Daily Brush Cleaner: http://go.magik.ly/ml/6s4z/
Lilla Rose Hair Accessories: http://bit.ly/2lZZPEc

I Have No Eyebrows How Can I Draw Them

Whether you shaved your eyebrows, like me, or whether they have unfortunately fallen out, I have the details on the best way to fill them in.

Watch the tutorial here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GAUtiRehcU

Here is where to find the products mentioned in the video:

Brow stamp: http://amzn.to/2gmURAl
Loreal Brow Stylist: http://amzn.to/2wmgHNq
Two Faced Brow Envy (Amazon: $29): http://amzn.to/2iKuE34
Two Faced Brow Envy (Sephora $39): http://go.magik.ly/ml/6jho/
Elf Brow Templates: http://amzn.to/2iM2dSx
Eyebrow Stencils ($4.99): http://amzn.to/2wrviFG
Eyebrow Stencils ($8.99): http://amzn.to/2vwe5xF
Makeup Geek Small Crease Brush