What Home Buyers want in 2018.

April 2018
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Cinch Your Home Sale with Great Outdoor Living Space


A growing trend with home buyers in 2018 is the desire for outdoor living space. Over 51% of buyers say this is really important in their decision to buy. Creating a great outdoor living area will give a great return on your investment when preparing your home for sale.

Younger buyers in particular are looking for patios and outdoor areas. Outdoor living space increases the functional square footage of a home so is even more important in small homes.  Sliding doors or French doors leading to and providing a view of your outdoor space helps bring the outdoors in, and creates a sense of a larger space.

Outdoor living areas accessed by french or sliding doors increases functional living space and brings the outdoors in. Home Staging by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.

Creating a space to entertain or just a great seating area surrounded by attractive landscaping or flowers can make an emotional connection with homebuyers. It doesn’t have to cost alot to set up an inviting outdoor area. Create an atmosphere that looks like a great place to hang out with family, entertain friends or just relax.

Setting up an inviting outdoor living space does not have to be expensive. Home Staging by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.
Highlight outdoor living areas to enjoy time with family and friends. Home Staging by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.
Highlight outdoor living spaces that add value to the home.
The most important thing is to create an outdoor space that buyers can visualize themselves enjoying and gives the space a sense of “home”.
Small things make a difference. Create an atmosphere buyers will love.

Your outdoor space and curb appeal is just as important as your indoor space when it comes to selling your home. Great photos of your outdoor space at different times of year on your listing helps to not date your listing if your home has been on the market for a while.

To learn more about how home staging can help you sell your house fast and for more, see my article on FAQs for Home Sellers on Home Staging.

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Less is more.

Home Staging Tip of the Month 

One of the reasons for de-cluttering is that less is more when it comes to home staging. De-cluttering not only helps buyers see the great features of the house, rather that focusing on the sellers belongings, but it helps the space look bigger. The more things in a room, the smaller it will look and feel. Staged homes typically have about 50% of the things that a personally normally lives with.
As with home staging, less is more when highlighting art.  Photo and art from

Interior Design Tip of the Month

As with home staging, less can be more when highlighting art or accessories. Give objects you want to highlight a place of honor, room to breath, space to be noticed. While a layered look filled with objects and color can give a certain look and feel, let your treasures shine and tell their story. You can always store some things and change out what you want to highlight to give diversity to your design.

To learn more tips, check out my article, My Top Ten Interior Design Tips.

This bedroom is painted with Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray. Can you tell by looking that it is from the yellow-red hue family?

Color Tip of the Month

Stop worrying about undertones. "Undertones" is a term used incorrectly by many to describe what they subjectively think is a base color of a certain paint. Paint colors can be measured to tell you exactly what hue family they are from. The measurement can give you an idea of how the color may look in different light. The light is boss when it comes to how a color will really look on your wall. A certified color strategist can give you objective information about colors and how they may look based on science, rather than their personal opinion about how the color looks to them.

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Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read my newsletter. I hope you found some helpful information!

I would love to hear from you about some of your challenges related to selling your home, home staging or decorating.
 Mary Ann
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