Weekly Staging Tip: Make the color scheme of your house neutral. Anything that reflects a strong theme should be removed. Plain colors allow prospective buyers to imagine their own colors and decorating style. #BTV http://ow.ly/bdOxG http://ow.ly/i/EV0Y
Weekly Staging Tip: Make closets feel spacious and organized. You should be able to see 75% of all closet floors. If you haven’t worn something in six weeks, you’re not going to wear it in the next six weeks, so pack it, sell it or donate it to charity. http://ow.ly/aVRI5
Weekly Staging Tip: Before buyers show up to take a look at your property, make sure to open all your blinds and turn on all the lights. If it’s an overcast day consider investing in a few lamps to brighten up any rooms that appear dark and dingy. http://ow.ly/aMvKi #BTV
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On exhibit at Geri Reilly Real Estate is Vermont artist, Natasha Bogar’s Archival Giclee Prints on canvas. These limited edition prints are embellished by the artist with acrylic paints. The collection includes beautiful paintings of Vermont’s Camels Hump, Burlington Bay, Stowe Mountain Lodge and ski trails at Stowe Mountain. It also includes a lovely portrayal of Ames Pond at Deer Isle in Maine as well as several other landscape pieces.
Natasha Bogar received her painting BFA from the University of Maine. She spent a year a Studio Giambo in Florence, Italy studying ceramics, mosaics and fresco painting. Natasha also attended the School of Italian Plasters Decoration Academy. As a certified applicator of Safra Plasters from Verona, Italy, she creates many old world wall finishes. Her twin sister, Saskia Reinholt, is also an artist and the two of them often collaborate on large murals and stained glass commissions. You can explore their works on www.twinspirations.us. Natasha’s design sense is inspired by the natural world, especially the beauty of Vermont. Her studio is located in the backside of 144 Main Street in Stowe and welcomes visitors!
Geri Reilly Real Estate also welcomes visitors! Stop by and check out Natasha’s exhibit. You might just find that perfect gift you were looking for!
Fortunately, it is possible to create striking winter curb appeal without expensive or complicated exterior changes. It just requires a little creativity.
Home-design experts offer these eight tips:
1. Add splashes of green and purple. Plants, grasses, and evergreens can liven up a home’s winter landscape. Experiment with tall grasses, such as fountain grasses, that survive harsh winters. And in late fall and early winter, plants from the cabbage family add a vibrant purple color. Make the front door the focal point with a large wreath adorned with a colorful ribbon. To finish the look, place large, colorful planters filled with evergreens beside the front door.
2. Give it seasonal sparkle. Transform an unused bird bath or fountain into a seasonal display by adding twigs with red berries. Or fill frost-resistant urns with twigs, winter greenery, and sparkly baubles (sold at most craft stores). For extra sparkle, roll twigs in glitter and incorporate a gazing ball—a mirrored glass ball available in various colors—into the display.
3. Make the garden statuesque. Roman- or Greek-themed outdoor sculptures can add class and elegance to a garden in winter. Be sure to use frost-resistant statues so they don’t crack. Place the statues strategically throughout the garden to draw buyers’ eyes around the outdoor space.
4. Light it bright. During the winter, it’s more likely that buyers will be viewing home after sunset. Use clear flood spotlights to focus on the home’s architectural features. Keep exterior lighting fixtures at maximum wattage and clean them regularly. When snow covers the ground, ask your Realtor to take photos of your house at night with all of the interior lights on—the light will bounces off the white snow to create a warm, inviting glow. For the best results, turn off the flash, and use a tripod to avoid blurring.
5. Show off the lifestyle. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t use the deck. Shovel your backyard sitting area and leave your grill uncovered so buyers can envision themselves using the space. If the home has a hot tub, leave that open and running during showings as well.
6. Create a photo display of sunnier days. Show buyers what the outside of the home looks like during other seasons by displaying some landscape photos in frames or using a digital photo frame with a slide show of images. This will give a sense of what the property looks like at other times of year. If the home has a garden, make a list of what’s planted where. Perennials can be expensive, so treat them as a selling feature.
7. Don’t forget to clear a path. If the ground is covered in snow, the simplest and most important thing you can do is shovel the driveway and sidewalks and keep the home’s patios and decks as clear as possible so buyers can get a sense of their true size. This also makes it easier for buyers and Realtors to access the property without getting their feet and pants legs all wet!
(Article from Realtor magazine)