Clean + De-clutter = SOLD!

September has always been the start of a new year for me. Unlike January and new year resolutions, the weather is more civilized so you can set goals and create action plans to get things done. I’m ready to get back into a routine that includes cleaning and editing.

Cleanliness is next to Godliness. A clean, organized home feels good and if your home is on the market, clean sells homes. Everyone has degrees of what is acceptable or even qualifies as clean. The reality is this: you may be able to tolerate your own unkempt home and let things go but no one can stand someone else’s uncleanliness. In fact, it is a big turn off.

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It takes a team to sell a house

Your home environment is the foundation for your family’s life. Over time, the house may get neglected. By getting acclimated to how things appear, we can’t be objective to see the potential for change or the necessity of it. It may need a facelift. This is usually the case when it is time to put the house on the market. It takes a team to sell a house.

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Out with the old, in with the new

It is time for the last column of 2015, and I struggle with what to write about. It has been an extremely busy year, and I am trying to end it on a quiet note (explanation will follow).  Read more

Home listing gone stale? Refresh it!

As the person who is usually called in to stage a home that has been lingering on the market, refreshing the listing is important. There have been a few incidences when after the homes were staged, new photos were not taken, or new photos were taken but the listing was not refreshed. Refreshing means taking the old listing down and relisting it as new.

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Staging Tip: The entry view

When you walk through your front door, what is in the immediate line of sight? This is the first impression, a glimpse into the interior of the home. It sets the tone for the rest of the experience when selling a home.

If it opens into an entry way keep it uncluttered. If you have a coat closet, use it. Coat racks and hooks give the message that there is either not enough or no closet storage. If you don’t have one, relocate the landing area for your coats and shoes.

If you have an open concept floor plan, the peek into each room should be a welcoming and attractive visual. Keep the less attractive items on the other side of the room out of view out of sight. Remove whatever is not needed to set the stage for sale.

Just walk through your front door, do a visual panoramic sweep of your view, make changes to create a positive first impression.

 

Best of Houzz 2014 Award!!!

Claudia Jacobs Designs of Goshen Receives
Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users
Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals

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Claudia Jacobs of Claudia Jacobs Designs has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. She was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Read more

Project CARD ONE: Cards for our troops!

For the last few years I had the privilege to spread the word about a special project that sends greeting cards to our troops.

Michelle Wvhs, organizer of Project CARD ONE, says “There are plenty of cards to share and we can always use more to distribute. All of my card angels are fantastic and have been receiving the cards throughout the past year!”

“Their beautiful words of hope, strength and gratitude mean the world to our soldiers. I appreciate all the helping card angels that have supported our project”, says Michelle.

‘Pay it forward’ to honor service men and women by sending and saving this year’s holiday cards. Another benefit, it is going green for such a wonderful cause.

To participate in Project CARD ONE, please donate used or new holiday cards. If sending used cards, tear off the decorative front to create a postcard, then either write a personal message to a service member or leave blank. No envelope is needed.

CKO KICKBOXING of WARWICK HOLIDAY CARD DRIVE for OUR TROOPS Deadline is December 6th

PROJECT CARD ONE is collecting cards this year to support CKO of Warwick’s mission to remember our troops at the holidays.

Cards can be mailed to ML Project Card One 2013, PO Box 68, Greenwood Lake NY 10925 or drop off (*no mail please) please at Warwick Valley Humane Society, 48 Public Works Drive ATTN: Michelle.

Cards will also be accepted after the CKO deadline into 2014 for this ongoing project.

For more information on Project CARD ONE, please contact Michelle Wvhs at mikil43@verizon.net.

Clearing the Energy of your Home!

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Start the New Year fresh by clearing the energy of your home!

Saging, also known as smudging, is something I do a few times a year, especially for the New Year. It clears the energy of the house. Let’s face it; we all have good days and bad days. So does every person who lives in or enters your home and every person you come in contact with. Each person carries energy and leaves a trail that remains in your home.

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Wood Flooring a Popular Trend Throughout House

Q. What type of wood flooring is popular and in what tone (dark, midtone, light)? I am looking to update my home.

A. Hardwood floors are a trend even for kitchen remodels. Lighter shades of wood are making a comeback — natural-colored woods such as ash, aspen, maple and elm.

Beyond shades of brown, the finished colors include whites, browns, blacks, grays and reds. The staining colors for unfinished flooring are endless, but resale should be a consideration. Attractive flooring is a top item a potential buyer is looking for, and wood flooring adds resale value.

Read Claudia’s entire article online on Times Herald Record