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Friday, February 17, 2012

Home staging tips from Open House NYC

architecture and designIn this Tips of the Trade segment from Open House NYC, stager Cathy Hobbs gives us a common sense walk-through on the importance of properly presenting a property for sale. Staging on my exclusives can range from working with me to make recommendations on painting, and tweaking the placement of your furniture— to more industrial strength work with professionals, who are able to create the aura of a complete home, with furniture, linens, and tooth brushes, in an otherwise vacant apartment; and all points in between. Turning it into an attractive product for sale, by neutralizing the owner's imprint on their home, into a place that your buyer can imagine themselves living in. There are some tips worth watching in here.

From Cathy Hobbs online:
Cathy's Top Home Staging Tips:
  • Choose furniture that doesn't overcrowd a space but instead shows how spacious and roomy it is.
  • Layer your decor, add items such as throws and toss pillows.
  • Use repetition. Large pieces of art can be expensive. One of my favorite design tricks is to repeat the same piece of art in a series of two or three.
  • Choose an area rug either first or last. Choosing it first allows for it to serve as design and color inspiration, using it last, helps tie everything together.
  • Think function first, when it comes time to sell your home, it is critical that potential buyers know how a space could be used.

When it comes time to sell your home, you are going to want to sell it for the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time. New York City based Celebrity Interior Designer Cathy Hobbs is not only one of the home stagers in the country, she is also one of the top home staging instructors in the country, teaching aspiring stagers nationwide through Certified Staging Professionals, Cathy was also a finalist on Season 6 of HGTV's Hit Reality Series "Design Star". For more of Cathy's Home Staging and Interior Design Ideas or to learn more about Celebrity Interior Designer Cathy Hobbs, go to or

reader comments:

The goal of home staging then is to improve the home's appearance in the eyes of potential buyers, with the ultimate goal of selling the home more quickly and for the highest possible price.


those are great tips, thanks. just wondering if they can come make our Apartment for Rent Hoboken look like that. fabulous.


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