About Great Impressions Home Staging, LLC
How do buyers see your home? With 5 years staging and design experience, I know what buyers are looking for and how to get your home looking its best so it will sell quickly at a higher price! The National Association of Realtors recently reported that for every $100 spent on staging, the return on investment averages 399%! Staging has become a popular marketing tool for increasing the perceived value of a home and establishing an emotional connection with buyers. I can help you prioritize what needs to be done to make your home appeal to the majority of your target buyers.
I also provide interior decorating services through color consultations, on-line floor plans, design concept/presentation boards showing your room(s) with suggested furniture and accessory recommendations, shopping services at retail and to-the-trade stores. I can often pass along 30% discounts I receive at higher-end design stores! We can do as much or as little as you desire, depending on your budget and personal preferences.
Great Impressions Staging/Interiors serves all of northern New Jersey.
We specialize in:
- Advice from improving curb appeal to updating interiors and property styling
- Choosing paint colors that work with the finishes in your house and current design trends (for staging) or fit your preferences (for design projects)
- Removing and re-arranging furniture for a better flow and more spacious living for both selling and staying in your home
- interior designs and floor plans
- custom window treatments
- furniture selection
- accessory shopping
- creating rooms you will love to come home to and enjoy!
- Helping you achieve the style that suits YOUR taste, lifestyle, needs, and budget when decorating to stay
We also provide on-trend accessories for each home that help give it that "model-home" look to help it stand out from all the other homes on the market and appeal more to buyers.
Sell your home faster with a great impression. Contact us today!
staging consultations; full or partial stagings; decorating; color consultations; window treatments; designing style boards to show options in furniture, colors, and accessories; drawing up floor plans; shopping for furniture, carpet, window treatments, accessories, flooring, vanities, hardware, light fixtures, etc.; subcontracting for CAD drawings; consulting on renovations; coordinating small and large projects involving other contractors.
A wide variety, including multiple brands of furniture from the NJ Decorating Exchange in Rochelle Park, NJ and from White House Interiors in Fairfield; Arhaus in Denville, NJ; Safavieh; and rental furniture from Cort and Churchill.
Questions and Answers
What do you recommend to know before hiring you?
For staging: when will your house be listed? If it’s already listed, what has buyer/agent feedback been? What will the approximate price of your house be? Are there any particular problems/issues with your house or location?For design: what are your goals with your design project? What is your budget and timeline? What are your style and color preferences?
How can we save money hiring you?
Hire me for an in-house assessment for a 2-hour $225 home staging consultation (higher in NYC) that will make a big difference in how you present your home on-line or in-person so you can maximize the sales price and sell quickly! Or hire me to get you on the right track for interior decorating projects for your home so you can enjoy it a lot more! This includes making the right paint color choices to avoid expensive re-painting. From there, you can decide if you want to DIY or hire me to handle additional tasks that make your life easier and guide your interior design decisions. If you want higher-end furniture and looks on a budget, I pass along most of my discounts at the design houses to customers.
What are you most proud of?
The house I staged for an investor that sold in one day in November of 2012, as well as the house I staged in May 2013 that brought in 3 offers in less than 2 weeks, one of them at over-asking price, despite the agent believing the asking price was $40,000 too high!
How many projects do you average in a year?
What is important to know about your profession?
Home staging and interior decorating are creative design projects that require multiple photos, measurements, consideration of finishes and materials in the home to fit buyer demographic (when selling) or personal taste (when staying) in style and lifestyle, and selection of appropriate furniture and accessories. Staging is a labor-intensive job that requires knowledge of buyer demographics as well as color and furniture and accessory trends in order to dramatically increase the perceived value of your home and to make an emotional connection with buyers. Staging pays off in a return on investment of 200% to 600%.
Do you offer any service after finishing the work?
professional photography; marketing staged properties; handling any problems with installations.
Taking an in-person course through stagedhomes.com in the fall of 2009; completing my certificate in interior design at Bergen Community College in 2013; color consulting class through the Decorating & Staging Academy in 2013.
What kind of questions do customers ask you?
How much will my project cost? How long will it take? Can you shop without me and send me photos and idea boards of selections that fit my needs and preferences? How do you work -- what are the steps?
What questions should a customer ask before hiring you?
- How long have you been in business?
- What is your background and credentials?
- How do you work and with what budgets?
- What are the steps involved in staging?
How do you charge for decorating and for staging -- by the hour, by the project, etc?What are your results in selling statistics for staging?What testimonials/references can you provide?
What we may not know about you?
Formerly a writer at ABC and freelance writer, interviewed and featured in The Record newspaper, writer of the Consumer Reports book â€œHow To Sell Your House, Condo or Co-opâ€. Hold real estate license for 25 years. Received Certification in Interior Design from Bergen Community College in May, 2013.
What types of jobs are the most common?
home staging and interior decorating; consulting on renovations for staging projects. Floor plans, furniture selection/shopping and window treatments.