Trying to Figure Out a Furniture Arrangement That Works?

Furniture arrangement can be incredibly aggravating. Has this happened to you? You decide one weekend to rearrange your living room, so you begin to move every piece of furniture to the places you had planned in your head. Only to discover they don’t fit, or you totally hate the way it looks. Maddening

Or perhaps you’re moving to a new home and can’t begin to fathom where you’ll put your huge book case or how you’ll align the furniture in a room full of windows…

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furniture arrangement

Instead of going in circles with lots of sketches and heavy lifting, let the experts at Three Bears Home Staging plan out your furniture arrangement first! With our e-design services, we can create 2-D and 3-D room furniture arrangements that allow you to visualize the pieces precisely where you want them. We can also help you find something new for the rooms where your old furniture just doesn’t work anymore.

Take a look at our e-Design Packages, including options for 3D and 2D furniture arrangement renderings or learn more about how the e-Design process work here.

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Make Your House Smell Great with Easy DIY Simmer Scents for Autumn

Looking for an easy, inexpensive way to make your house smell great? Bring in the warm, comforting aromas of fall by simmering a few household ingredients you may already have on hand! Autumn inspired simmering potpourri recipes are an easy and inexpensive way to make your house smell seasonally fresh using common household ingredients and WITHOUT the use of harmful chemicals! Because they’re so subtle, they’re especially useful for anyone planning to put their home on the market soon — research shows that potential buyers can find overly complex fragrances too distracting. These natural fragrance recipes are light and clean, a great way to make your house smell welcoming to anyone who visits this fall!

autumn simmering potpourri

How to Make Autumn Inspired Simmering Potpourri:

Cut up all your ingredients and add to a small sauce pan or pot. Add water until ingredients float. Bring to a gentle boil, then immediately turn the heat down to a low simmer and enjoy! Add more water as needed, typically about every 30 minutes (otherwise, you’ll end up with the smell of scorched food wafting through the house–YUCK).

Try these aromatic combinations (measurements don’t have to be exact so adjust according to your taste):

Watkins All Natural Original Gourmet Baking Vanilla, with Pure Vanilla Extract, 11 ounces Bottle, 1 Count (Packaging May Vary)
  • sprig of fresh rosemary, teaspoon of vanilla, lemon rind (also known as the famous “Williams Sonoma scent”)
  • apple peel, a few whole cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks, orange peel

It should probably go without saying, but being the conscientious home stager that I am, I’m going to say it anyway:  don’t leaving anything burning on the stove unattended. Another (safer?) alternative is to simmer the entire mixture in a miniature slow cooker, uncovered on the “Low” setting. We like this one:

Crock-Pot 16-Ounce Little Dipper, Chrome

Save your autumn inspired simmering potpourri mixture in a glass jar in the fridge when you’re done (can last several days). Just reheat the next day to re-scent your home.

If you’re selling your home this fall and need more tips on how to freshen up your home,  Three Bears Home Staging can help! Contact us here set up an initial consultation!

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Home Staging Tips for Fall

Autumn is a great time to sell your home! There are fewer homes on the market (i.e., less competition), and the cooler months offer the perfect opportunity to stage your house as a great place to snuggle up and get cozy for the winter. Use our home staging tips for fall to help you get an offer on your house before the new year!

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  1. Keep holiday decor to a minimum — or just avoid it altogether. You want buyers to focus on your great front porch and the high ceilings of your entryway–not a pumpkin patch yard full of hay and scarecrows or a plethora of Halloween tchotchkes.  AFTER your MLS photos have been taken, you can add a few pumpkins or a simple vase of fall foliage adds a nice touch of autumn without being overwhelming. **Don’t leave anything seasonal in your photos. This is basically a time stamp that will let buyers know exactly how long you’ve been on the market — do you really want pumpkin pics up if your house is still on the market in December?**
  2. Create curb appeal. Buyers can’t appreciate what they can’t see so rake up the leaves and trim summer overgrowth. Clean out gutters and power wash siding and driveways. Add flowers that thrive in colder weather, like mums and goldenrod, for a gorgeous pop of seasonal color.
  3. Make it cozy. Create a warm, relaxed atmosphere that encourages homebuyers to stick around and see the house. Emphasize your comfy living room with plush throw pillows and luxurious throws. Use a warmer color palette (reds, golds, browns) as accent colors throughout the house.
  4. Brighten up! As winter approaches, the days get shorter and ample lighting is key to emphasizing your home’s best features. Open ALL the blinds and curtains and turn on all the lights before any showings. Add table lamps and accent lighting to help rooms look larger and more inviting.
  5. Feature the fireplace. Accentuate this fabulous cool weather feature by making it a focal point with your furniture arrangement or by adding a beautiful decor or artwork to the mantel. Use fire with extreme caution. You can simply “set the scene” without actually burning logs and NEVER light candles before leaving the house for a showing–that’s an accident waiting to happen.
  6. Capture the fragrance of fall. We don’t typically recommend strong fragrances for home staging (since you don’t want to alienate any buyers who may have an aversion to a particular smell). With the approach of cold weather, though, certain scents are especially good at evoking an emotional connection in buyers. A subtle cinnamon or vanilla in moderation is probably a safe bet (no complex fragrance combinations). Remember that these scents can also be overwhelming in excess. Take a look at our recipes for autumn inspired simmering potpourris, a simple an inexpensive way to add gentle, natural fragrance to your home.

Need a hand staging your home for fall? We can help clients anywhere! Take a look at our online and in-person consultation services or contact us here for more info!

Organizing Your Home for Back-to-School

Organizing your home for back-to-school activities can save your family a lot of aggravation when everyone is trying to rush out the door school, work, and extra-curricular activities. Use these tips to get supplies, get prepared and get organized for the busy school year ahead!

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Display kids’ artwork creatively and inexpensively with clothespins and picture hanging wire.
  • Inventory the wardrobes. Make the effort to pull out the stuff that is worn out, doesn’t fit, isn’t in style or won’t be worn for some other reason. Donate to younger siblings, neighbors, friends or Goodwill. Eliminating the clutter will make figuring out what to wear in the morning a whole lot easier.
  • Streamline the entryway. We all need a place to dump everything when we first walk in. Install heavy duty coat hooks to hang jackets, backpacks and purses. Use baskets for smaller items, like keys and wallets. Kids have after school activities? Keep uniforms and equipment in a separate “activity bag” so they can grab their stuff on the go.
  • Create a dedicated area for homework. Whether it’s a desk in their bedroom, a home office or a desk in the game room, make it age appropriate and keep necessary supplies nearby. Even if their homework space is simply the kitchen table, put together a basket within easy reach filled with pencils, crayons, scissors, glue, a calculator or any other supplies that will keep them seated and focused on finishing their work.
  • Organize your pantry. Keep after school snacks in a designated spot and at eye level so kids don’t tear apart the cabinets trying to find food. Use clear baskets or stacking bins to make pre-packaged snacks easy to see and reach. Keep plastic cups in lower cabinets for younger kids.
  • Display children’s art work in its own space. Personally, I’m not a fan of magnets on the kitchen refrigerator — to me, they make an already busy space feel even more cluttered. But I do enjoy the proud looks on my kids’ faces when I “ooh” and “aah” over their artistic creations. With some picture hanging wire and clothespins, I created a very simple, very inexpensive art gallery in our play room to proudly and beautifully display their creative work!

Do you need help organizing your home for back-to-school madness? Whether you live in the Katy ISD or greater Houston area, Three Bears Home Staging can help! Contact us today to find out how!


Top 5 Reasons to Professionally Stage Your Home

There are plenty of DIY options when it comes getting your home ready to sell: packing, touching up paint, planting flowers. But there are BIG reasons to bring in a little professional help to stage your home!

Putting your home on the market can be a stressful and overwhelming process, and many sellers are not sure where to start or where to best spend their time, energy and money (e.g., “Is it worth it to repaint this room? Should I go ahead and install granite countertops?”). A certified professional home stager can view your house with the same objectivity as a critical buyer. They are knowledgeable about your local real estate market and the expectations for homes in your price range.

Here are the top five reasons to invest in professional help when staging your home:

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  1. You will make more money! According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Profile of Buyers and Sellers, the average staging investment is between 1 and 3 percent of the home’s asking price, which generates a return of 8 to 10 percent!
  2. Your house will sell faster, which means more money with less headache and stress. A NAR survey found that the longer a home stays on the market, the further below list price it drops.  Homes that sold in the first 4 weeks averaged 1% more than the list price; 4 to 12 weeks averaged 5% less; 13 to 24 weeks averaged 6.4% less; than list price; and 24 weeks averaged more than 10% less than list price.
  3. There is no better return on investment than staging. A 2011 Home Gain Survey of more than 2000 realtors revealed that home staging typically provides a 399% return on investment!
  4. Most home sellers cannot view their house objectively. Remember, buyers will view your personal things in a very impersonal way. If you can’t see objectively, you can’t “package” effectively.  Have a certified staging professional get your home into its most advantageous condition for showing.
  5. Your online photos will stand out among the competition. According to a NAR Profile of Buyers and Sellers, more than 90% of buyers search for homes online first before deciding to visit.  Give buyers a reason to drive to your home by having multiple photos of beautifully staged rooms that will stand out among the competition!

Three Bears Home Staging can help you get started! We are professionally accredited and insured, and offer positive, empowering home staging consultations, both in person and online!

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For hardcore DIYers, we also offer a self-paced online course where we teach you professional staging techniques you can implement on your own!

Need more info? Contact us here!