Reasons that People Choose Not to Stage Their Home… Do These Apply to You?

I cannot stress enough the importance of staging your home to put it on the market.  While it doesn’t necessarily have to be staging wtih borderdone by a professional home stager (although it is recommended)  you can draw some tips from them to do yourself.  Despite the solid financial proof that home staging can increase the appeal, selling price, interest, and speed at which you sell your house there are still those doubters out there.  Here are a few of the reasons that many clients give for not wanting to stage their home.

* It costs too much: While there are undoubtedly costs associated with a professional home stager I have never seen the amount exceed the amount that we have had to reduce home prices due to lack of interest.  This is a prime example of having to spend money to make money.

* We can’t stage the house, we live in it: Believe it or not these are 2 things that can be done simultaneously.  In fact a professional home stager will stage your home, give you tips on keeping it show ready, and still leave all of the essentials for you to go about your everyday life.

* We want to put it on the market for awhile before we try home staging:  While in theory this sounds like a perfectly logical and conservative plan.  Unfortunately we as humans base most of our existence off of first impressions.  If a potential buyer sees your home (un-staged) and weren’t thrilled with what they saw there is not much of a chance they will even take a second look if you stage your home after a few months on the market.  In their head they have already crossed your home off the list.

* Everyone loves our house: While this may be true (or they may just be being nice) the fact of the matter is that today’s buyers are looking for specific things.  I think it is hard for sellers (myself included) to wrap their head around the fact that someone could find something wrong with this beautiful home they have poured their time, money, and effort into.  By allowing an unbiased person such as a home stager to spruce up your home you are helping to ensure that you are adhering to what home buyers are looking for.

* We can declutter and clean the home ourselves: Great… and you should! But (and this is a big but…) there is much more to home staging than simply removing things.  A professional home stager can distinguish between clutter and an asset, can find the balance between decluttered and barren, and understand the importance of highlighting desirable architectural features, lighting, and flow of furniture.

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I’ve Taken the Liberty to Help Plan Your Weekend

I love when the weather starts getting nice out, it’s like the city comes alive! With that there are always lots of fun ways to get out, enjoy the   may calendarweather, get involved in the community, meet new people, get in quality family time, and make the most of every weekend. This weekend there is so much fun going on that I thought I would go ahead and make an itinerary to help you keep it straight!

Friday: (Girls Night Out)
6:00 @ the Toscana Event Centre: “Art of the Bottle” a wine and paint class…. enjoy some vino while exploring your inner artist! A perfect way to start your event filled girls night out!

7:00 @ The Salon Professional Academy: A fashion show, door prizes, and giveaways to benefit the Animal Protection League! Only $5 at the door! This is a great girls night out idea!

10:00 @ Hoosier Park: The Flying Toasters are preforming. If you haven’t seen them before you definitely need to check them out! This is the perfect next locale for your girls night.

Saturday: (Family Day)
8:00-12:00 @ Falls Park: The Pendleton Farmers market opens. With even more vendors than last year this is the perfect way to start your Saturday with the kids. You can purchase some delicious fresh produce and let the kids play at the park.

9:00-1:00 @ The Athletic Park: The Anderson Farmer’s market is in full swing. With lots of home made crafts, vendors, fresh produce, and live entertainment the lively atmosphere makes for an upbeat Saturday afternoon.

8:00am-7:00pm @ Canoe Country in Daleville. This is a great family activity that encourages teamwork and eliminates the distraction of technology, allowing for some real family bonding.

Sat Evening (Date Night or Family Night Idea): Go on a pizza hop in town. Visit each local pizza place and get a slice at each one. At the end of the night decide which is best (I’d love to hear which one you thought). The best route I have found is to start at Meadowbrook Pizza, then make your way to Art’s on 29th St., a must visit it Tommy J’s then make sure to hit up Scampy’s, then come towards Pendleton and stop at Greek’s before stopping at the last stop 1820 Pizzeria. By the end of the night you will have had a great adventure and certainly a full belly.

(If you are kidless for the night you can do the same type of adventure looking for the best Margarita in town!)

Sunday: (Mother’s Day)
10:00 am @ The Anderson Center for the Arts: Why not do something a bit different with your mom this year and check out the Gloria Garfinkel exhibit. Afterwards avoid the Mother’s Day lunch chaos by packing a lovely picnic and heading out to enjoy the weather at Mounds park.

Don’t forget there are always countless fun and unique things to do in our very own community if you just know where to look and stay open minded. You could find yourself re-discovering all that the city has to offer.

The Most Under-Utilized Place in Anderson

What if I told you there was a place in Anderson that you can check out some great movies,  learn about all of the newest and most useful aplpicapps, bring your kids on rainy/snowy days to keep them entertained, participate in classes specifically for your babies or toddlers, learn important computer programs, get homework help for your children, meet friends by joining a book club, or even learning about your health insurance choices, and the list goes on and on?  Would you believe that our very own Anderson Public Library offers all of these services and it’s all free! It seems that most of us just assume a library lends books and that’s it but now-a-days the library is a great place to socialize with other parents, encourage your child’s love for learning, and educate yourself on the newest or necessary computer know how.  In fact every week they seem to be adding new and exciting activities and events to their busy calendar.  Sign up for their library newsletter or check back often to see what fun and educational things they are offering or better yet take the family one day and explore each unique nook and cranny!

Fun, Indoor Places to Bring the Kids Right Here in Anderson

Let’s face it, according to the weather channel (and the even more reliable groundhog) old man winter is going to be sticking kidwindowpmaround for quite a bit longer.  It is at times like these that cabin fever really starts to kick in and it can almost seem like the walls are closing in on you and the kids.  Instead of suffering through the winter months why not get out and enjoy some of the fun, kid friendly places right in our own backyard.

The first place that I highly recommend taking your rambunctious, energetic little ones is Bonzo’s Fun Zone in the Anderson Mall.  This is essentially a spacious play area for kids featuring blow up fun houses, obstacle courses, arcade games, pool tables, and smaller children’s play equipment.  While it not only guarantees hours of fun it also provides a place for kids to burn some long bottled up energy.  At a very reasonable $7.00 per child (adults are free) this is a great place for a play date!

The next place that I suggest checking out this winter is the Anderson Roll Arena.  This is another wonderful place for kids to get that much needed physical activity.  It is also a very affordable afternoon activity that offers an array of fun options to keep even the shortest attention span occupied.

Last but not least the Anderson Public Library is a wonderful destination to snuggle up and read a book on a cold winters day.  Check out the entire calendar of events that our community focused library offers! There is truly something for everyone (even a “Boogie Woogie Babies Class” for babies 0-2 years).  Not only is this a great place to take the kids for some entertainment but it allows us as adults to converse with other parents and have that rare adult conversation!

Looking for Things to Do with Your Kids Over Break? Check Out This Program

While most kids are triumphantly celebrating the start of their long winter break many parents are scrambling to find some activities to help moundskeep their kids busy and out of trouble.  One of the best ideas that I have come across is being offered by Mounds State Park which is offered by the naturalists.  Starting Sat. Dec 28 and running through Sun. Jan. 5th these programs are designed for children of all ages.  The programs range daily from things such as “Try some cool winter experiments at Animal Adaptations” to “See the park’s newest reptile at Baby Snapper Meet ‘n Greet.”  For a full list of events click here.  The best part is that all of these programs are free and the park is not even charging an admission fee at the gate.  Not only is this a fun program for your kids but it is educational and affordable as well! Plus it’s a whole lot better than letting them zone out in front of tv for the next 10 days!