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5 Fall Home Staging Ideas for your Champaign Listing!

by Rose Price

5 Tips For Making Your Home More Appealing to Both Men & Women!

by Rose Price

Neutralize Your Home!

Neutralizing your home makes it appealing to both Genders.  

Here are 5 Tips on how to do it best

Whether you’re getting ready to put your home on the market or you’re simply updating your decor, there are a few important tips that will help you transform your home, while still appealing to both Gender’s personal tastes.

1. Pick a neutral base.
A good rule to follow is to start with a good base; pick neutral colors like grey, beige, and white for walls, floors, counters and your large furnishing. Then create depth with deeper tones; choose navy, black or burgundy and then add a splash of color with your accent pieces. Accent pieces can be artwork, rugs, pillows or curtains. This method is tried and true and will never go out of style.

2. Utilize tailored furniture with contemporary accents

Big tufted velvet or floral patterned sofas obviously speak more to feminine tastes with a more formal style. Using a streamlined sofa (pictured above) in a great neutral fabric with a sleek, contemporary coffee table, while adding in modern accents makes for a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere.  This is pleasing to both sexes.  You can still add your "pop of color" by pairing it with a colored leather chair- which is regarded as more "manly" but the colored part lends itself to the females a well, and the whole set-up gives you some sophistication too.

3. Bring on the patterns & texture! 

Just because you're looking to neutralize a room to make it more amenable to make sexes doesn't mean you need to give up texture & just means you stay away from sequins & fluff.  Grab a great neutral patterned rug with a cozy woven throw blanket to hang over your sofa or chair and find some mis-matched, patterned & textured pillows. Believe me, both men & women LOVE cozy blankets & great pillows.  They look chic and are comfortable too!A patterned rug along with fun accents like a cozy woven throw blanket and textured pillows is a great way to add chic appeal.

*Don't go for delicate trinkets on coffee tables or shelves! Instead opt for the cool industrial or vintage style with chrome, metal, brass side tables, floor lamps and finishing touches that are super modern.

4. Mix and match fabrics

So many times, even in regular decors, people are afraid to mix & match fabrics. Don't be! Leather or velvet fabric furniture can be neutralized by adding accent pillows in linen, cotton, or canvas.  You can simply drape a cashmere throw blanket over the back of the leather couch and it becomes more welcoming and cozy. Even a fur blanket can be draped over the brushed leather and look ultra modern and appeal to both sexes, just don't overdo it with other more feminine accents. Keep things very balanced.  You also need to keep window treatments simple! Think soft, easy flowing fabrics or a simple, tailored roman shade style in a cream, gray or white.

5. Bring natural elements inside the home.

Nothing adds more of a manly touch to a home than adding a touch of nature with earthy elements like reclaimed wood tables, tree stump stools, woven baskets, natural fiber rugs, and even twisted tree branch arrangements.  You can bring flowers indoors, but you'll need to look at succulents or berry bearing type branches & greenery. Artwork should also be kept to coastal, nautical or landscape type scenery. Remember your theme throughout the home should stay neutral in order to stay pleasing to both genders. 

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Getting your Champaign IL home ready for a walk through can be frustrating, especially when you're still living in your home, but keeping your home clean as you take all the necessary steps to sell your home is key; things like removing the personal items, staging, and ramping up your curb appeal.  Hiring a professional cleaning service isn't a bad idea, but those expenses add up over time.  So, here are some tricks to help you clean your house in a hurry, and  you'll be ready for a walk-through or a surprise visit from your inlaws, at a moments notice!

The trick is to start with the big rooms and move to the small:

1. Kitchen 15 minutes

  • Remove Clutter from all counter tops, cabinets and tables.
  • Clean Counters and Cabinets Wipe down counters and cabinets with all-purpose cleaner, speed up your process by brushing all crumbs and such on the floor (you'll sweep later).
  • Wipe Appliances Wipe down the fridge, dishwasher and cooktop areas as well as microwaves, toasters, etc.  
  • Load Dishes into your dishwasher.
  • Sweep and Mop Starting from the back and working your way to the front sweep those crumbs up and mop.  

2. Living and Dining Rooms 10 minutes

  • Clean Up The Clutter put anything that's out of place in boxes or drawers...if you put it in boxes, you're going to have to neatly hide the boxes somewhere.
  • Ditto for the Dust! Dust tables, fireplaces, mantels, window blinds and shades.  If any dust happens to fall on the floor, no worries, you will vaccuum at the end.  Don't forget to dust the ceiling fans and bookshelves... get yourself a long armed duster.  
  • Make that Glass Sparkle! Use glass cleaner to wipe down anything made of glass.
  • Ramp up the Vaccuum Now... vacuum all the dust you just put on your floor and on to the next room. 

3. Bathrooms 10 minutes

  • Start With Sink and Tub wipe down the sink and shower/tub with a good all purpose cleaner.
  • Clean the Toilet Thoroughly scrub the bowl with a brush, finish by scrubbing the outer area with a rag.
  • Wipe Mirror with your glass cleaner.  Start from the top corner and work your way down in a circular motion, think karate kid, "wax on...".
  • Wash The Sink Scrub the spots around the sink and fixtures with a brush to free up the grime, then finish with a rag and cleaner.  
  • Wipe the Shower/Tub Use a damp rag to wipe the shower and tub, if there are any tough-grimey spots, use a hard cleaner and brush to remove it...but don't scrub too hard. 
  • Mop the Floor Use a mop to quickly clean the floor of your bathroom, starting at the far corner and then working your way back to the door.

4. Bedrooms 10 minutes

  • Remake the Beds Remove the linens and replace with fresh ones so they look clean and crispy.  Don't forget to tuck the sheets in at the corner, go for the 5 star hotel feel, neat and crisp!‚Äč
  • Clear the Clutter Everything out of sight! Use drawers, baskets, the can organize more later.
  • Clean Furniture Wipe down furniture with a moist cloth or use a vacuum with hose attachment to suck up the dust.
  • Dust everything! tables, furniture, lamps, closets, shelves, ceiling fans, mirrors...everything.

Try these steps before your next showing, and be amazed at how quickly this can all be done.  If you are no longer living in the home or will be out of town you can hire a cleaning service and have this done for around $150. Check out my website for area businesses who are trusted individuals or companies who will provide these services in the area:  Preferred Vendors

For more Home Selling tips you can visit my website or check out my Facebook page.  Better yet, give me a call or stop in to see me!  I've been helping people Buy and Sell homes in the Champaign/Urbana area for 20+ years very successfully....and I'd like to do the same for you!

Champaign/Urbana IL Selling Tips For A Quicker Sale

by Rose Price

Making the choice to put your Champaign/Urbana IL home on the market means you've decided it's time to sell your home.  Sounds simple and accurate, right? Then it is important to do everything possible to achieve the goal of selling your home....and that sometimes means doing things that we may not think are necessary.  What do I mean by that?  Applying some tried and true tasks like these:

Here are some cheap and easy ways to get your home ready to put on the market that will help it show better....resulting in fewer days on the market, higher bids and an earlier sale.  Sound good?  

1. You need to pack away most of your personal items you have presented around your home.  Why?  Because your potential buyer needs to be able to view the home as "their possible home", not yours.  So grab some moving boxes, bubble wrap and packing tape and get to work.

2. GET RID OF THE CLUTTER!! I know you've heard it before, but I can't stress it enough. You have to get rid of all the clutter in your home, in every room;   basement and garage included.  Even if it means you rent a storage space while your house is up for sale, do whatever it takes to get it out of your home.  {I recommend going through all your items and having a yard sale to get rid of the things you truly do not need.}

3. Freshen Up!  One of the least expensive, high impact things you can do is paint a room!  It will give it a whole new vibe and a freshness that it needs for your buyers to really be drawn into the home.  Remember to use a neutral palette so that your potential buyers can put their own decorating panache into the home.

4. THE WHITE GLOVE TEST! This should go without saying...but too often still needs to be said, the house needs to be spotless! That means down on your hands and knees to scrub the floors, corners, and baseboards.  The walls and ceilings wiped down, closets, drawers, windows...everything!  And in the kitchen, your stove, refrigerator and all appliances need to be cleaned out and sparkling.  This will reflect in the amount a person will offer.....and it will be a negative effect if it isn't done.

5. Have a Professional Stager come through your home and set up each room to highlight it's best asset's.  The stager takes lighting, flow, color and more into their recommendations and will set up your home up accordingly.  Even you will be surprised at how your room/ home will look when they are done.

Like we said, these are simple things, but they make a world of difference to the "buyers" who will be coming through your door.  So make the most of each and every showing, so that you can sell your home in the shortest amount of time....for the most amount of money!

Make Your Champaign/Urbana IL Home "MOVE IN READY"

by Rose Price

We've all heard the old adage....."walk a mile in someone else's shoes", but how can that apply to getting your Champaign/Urbana IL home ready to put up for Sale and show to potential buyers? need to start thinking as a "Home Buyer" when you're getting your home ready, and not a Home Seller.  Here are a few tips to get you started before welcoming Buyers to your Champaign/Urbana Home:

1. Have a Friend Pre-Listing Party. Yes, that's right, invite a few of your trusted friends over, crack open a bottle of wine and go room to room with a notepad.  Have them objectively look at each room and give suggestions as to what they would change,  or would be a red flag, if they were to look at your home as a potential buyer.                                                                             

2.  Next.... Consult a Great Real Estate Agent!  Take your list of "fixes" from your pre-listing party and run it by your agent. They will tell you what is worth the money to fix or not.  He or She will also go over your Homes Value and develop a personalized marketing plan with you.

3. De-Clutter!  I know,  I've said this over and over again.  But it bears repeating because it's so important.  Let's take a closet as an example:  Taking 1/2 of your clothing off of a closet rack and the shelves, then neatly reorganizing it will make your closet look much larger.  Extra furniture is also a problem area as it is usually shoved into corners.  Stop that!  Rent a storage unit and get rid of much of the furniture in each room so that every room can be staged to take advantage of the space, size and nuances to to highlight why it's special.

4. Think Neutral.  Now, I'm like everyone else, I love pops of color throughout the home and I think the home feels a lot warmer and cozier with color.  But if you're putting your home on the market, you need to go neutral. It is hard for a potential buyer to envision themselves in a home that has "you" written all over it.  Neutral colors paint the picture of a blank canvas which gives your potential buyer the feeling that they can create their painting or oasis of a home.

5. Clean out your garage.  We are all guilty of using the garage for storage, but trust me, your buyer wants to know that their vehicles are going to be able to fit in the garage.  Again, even if you need to rent a storage unit, take out all storage boxes and seasonal tools and equipment not in use.  And ....make room for your vehicles.

6. Make sure Hardwood Floors are gleaming!  People in general love hardwood floors, but nothing is worse than looking forward to a home with hardwood and getting to a home and seeing dull, lifeless and scratched floors!!  It can be a deal breaker because your buyer is thinking about how much time and expense it's going to be to refinish them!  Instead use a simple soapy wash followed by a rejuvenating floor polish  and voila'.....your floors will look like new....and it only cost you around $50!

7. Restore your natural stone, tile and grout. If your bathrooms and kitchen tiles have lost their luster you may want to look into getting them refreshed.  Professional restoration services are available in most cities and are relatively cheap compared to a complete renovation, and can make your kitchens and bathrooms look brand new. And since these are the two most highly rated rooms in a home....I'd say it's money well spent!

Local home improvement stores have trained personnel and many classes available to train you in the techniques to restore what you have in  your homes today versus having to do total renovations.  Utilize their expertise to help make preparation for your selling process go smoothly and quickly. For more Real Estate Selling Tips or Buying Tips check out my website at

Stage Your Champaign Home For Sale

by Rose Price

Extreme Home Staging 

Today's post is the first post in a new series that will address the power of "Staging" your Champaign - Urbana  home for sale. Staging your home is a proven strategy to help sell your Champaign Area home more quickly, and for a higher price.

What is Home Staging? 
Home staging is an applied art, for strategically presenting your Chesire home so that it appeals to the most Cheshire CT home buyers. A home staging strategy typically will include, but is not limited to: enhancing curb appeal, beautifying landscaping, improving entry ways, presenting key rooms,  rearranging furniture, adding or removing accessories. 
Excellent home staging, requires a unique staging plan for each home based on the potential buyer for the demographics of that Cheshire Area home's price range,  location, and style. An experienced, professional Cheshire Real Estate Agent, knows what Chehire, CT  home buyers want and can advise you on how to strategically highlight your home's best features. 
10 Home Staging Ideas To Sell Your Cheshire Home
Clutter MUST GO! The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. 
Furniture Arrangements There's a common belief that rooms will feel larger and be easier to use if all the furniture is pushed against the walls, but that isn't the case. Instead, furnish your space by floating furniture away from walls. 
Move it around Give yourself permission to move furniture, artwork and accessories among rooms on a whim. 
Transform Whole Rooms If you have a room that serves only to gather junk, repurpose it into something that will add to the value of your home. 
Lighting One of the things that make staged homes look so warm and welcoming is great lighting. 
Bigger is Better To make a room appear to be bigger than it is, paint it the same color as the adjacent room. 
Neutral and Appealing Painting a living room a fresh neutral color helps tone down any dated finishes in the space.
Experiment with Paint Color Don't be afraid to use dark paint in a powder room, dining room or bedroom. A deep tone on the walls can make the space more intimate, dramatic and cozy. 
Rearrange Pictures and Wall Hangings If your home is like most, the art is hung in a high line encircling each room. 
Rearrange, Add or Remove Accesories Mixing the right accessories can make a room more inviting. 
Add Fresh Flowers Staged homes are almost always graced with fresh flowers and pricey orchid arrangements, but you can get a similar effect simply by raiding your yard. 

What is Home Staging? 

Home staging is an applied art, for strategically presenting your Champaign home so that it appeals to the most Champaign IL and Urbana IL home buyers. A home staging strategy will typically include, but is not limited to: enhancing curb appeal, beautifying landscaping, improving entry ways, presenting key rooms, rearranging furniture, adding or removing accessories and more. Excellent home staging, requires a unique staging plan for each home based on the potential buyer, for a specific Champaign Area demographic, price range, location, style and floor plan.

An experienced, Professional Champaign Real Estate Expert, knows the Champaign, IL real estate market; what Champaign, IL  home buyers want, and can advise you on how to strategically highlight your home's best features. 

10 Home Staging Ideas To Sell Your Champaign, IL Home:

  1. Clutter MUST GO!   Removing all your clutter is the first thing you need to do!
  2. Furniture Arrangements Some people believe rooms will feel larger and easier to use if all the furniture is pushed against the walls, but that's not the case.  
  3. Transform Whole Rooms If you have a room that's gathered junk, change it and make it functional, to add value of your home. 
  4. Lighting Matters Lighting updates can make staged homes feel comfortable and welcoming. 
  5. Bigger is Better  Paint rooms the same color as an adjacent room, to create the feeling that the room is bigger.
  6. Neutral and Appealing  Tone down outdated finishes or paint by painting a living room a new, bright neutral color.
  7. Experiment with Paint Color  Deeper wall tones will make some areas more intimate & cozy. So it's OK to use dark paint in bathrooms, dining rooms or bedrooms. 
  8. Rearrange Pictures and Wall Hangings If your home is like most, the art is hung in a high line encircling each room. 
  9. Rearrange, Add or Remove Accessories Mixing the right accessories can make a room more inviting. 
  10. Add Fresh Flowers  Fresh flower arrangements, from a florist or your own yard make your home more appealing. 

In the coming weeks, I'll post detailed thoughts and ideas to help you use each of the categories on the list. 


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