I’m ready to talk home staging, but as I opened up my Tips and Sips file I quickly noticed that this was the 18th issue, 18!!
Doesn’t seem possible that Brad and I have been selling real estate in St. Louis that long. My daughter figured we would kill each other within weeks! But, we get along great, bring different strengths to the table and recognize those in each other. We’re having a lot of fun!
We also continue to find out a lot about each other.
I hadn’t realized quite how creative Brad was and how quickly he thought on his feet. He really knows St. Louis real estate and can answer questions so thoroughly and knowledgably. I knew he was good, but I am impressed daily by his depth of understanding. I know he has come to appreciate my people skills and creativity as well since I can officially get him participating in our company poetry! 😊
Brad and I are both committed to making the Blankenship Team the best St. Louis real estate firm and most importantly are having fun at the same time.
Now let’s talk about some St. Louis real estate tips.
Home Staging: Tips You Need to Before Selling
I went to an interesting and very informative class last week on home staging in St. Louis.
The instructor, Liz Connolly, from InHance It! Home Staging was very knowledgeable and their company was a pioneer in the field of home staging in St. Louis. She not only shared information about the process of home staging, but also some wonderful tips and advice.
Non-Conventional Tips for Home Staging
The single most important thing you can do to get your home ready to sell is to paint.
Updating Interior Paint Colors Prevents Unnecessary Objections
As Liz put it, “It is money in a can”!
Often, the last thing you want to think about is painting, but evidence shows it makes a BIG difference in days on the market and home prices. So, get out the brushes and rollers or call your painter. It needs to be done!
First off, if you really want to know how to sell your house, consider painting all the rooms, especially those in the main areas of the house the same neutral color.
And, if the whole house needs painting, one color can work everywhere.
Let’s talk about sales psychology for a moment. The best way to overcome an objection is to position your pitch in a way to prevent the objection from happening. This exact principal applies perfectly to this scenario for selling your home.
Keep it simple, create an environment where a buyer can walk into your home and visualize how they are going to turn your home into their home, without ever being distracted with what could be an objection (nasty old paint).
Okay, but what color?
Best Interior Paint Colors of 2018
Yes, paint quality matters when painting your home, especially when getting it ready to sell.
These interior paint colors are all Sherwin Williams, but if you like a different brand just get the color swatch and have the paint store color match it.
- 6039 Poised Taupe
- 7015 Repose Gray
- 7029 Agreeable Grey
- Perfect Greige
- 6141 Softer Tan
For other interior paint ideas, we would suggest meeting a designer. We know a few good ones, so let us know and we’ll happily refer you.
Home Staging: Give Your Bathrooms a Face Lift
Interior home staging services not only help you with the basics like furniture, but they also can help stage some non-conventional spaces such as bathrooms.
Below are some home staging tips that will spice up your bathrooms before selling your house.
- Make it as neutral as possible! If you have pink tile we have a great company that can glaze (turn it white) that tile or tub!!
- Put new towels on towel racks
- Close the toilet seat and place some folded hand towels on the seat.
- Be sure the toilet brush and plunger are NOT out. Find a spot in the back of the closet or the garage.
- No throw rugs are needed.
- No product on shelves, tub, or sinks. Put away everything!!
- Do not leave prescription bottles in your medicine cabinet or out on a shelf. Also, prospective buyers might think, hmmm, maybe the seller has an illness and needs to sell quickly. Just a thought!
We will have more inexpensive staging ideas in future Tips and Sips. In the meantime, check out the various home staging companies in St. Louis. And, if your home is already empty, you can always rent furniture for staging.
Remember, staging a house to sell doesn’t need to be complicated.
Things to Do in St. Louis: March 2018
March in St. Louis brings St. Paddy’s in Dog Town, Spring Break, warmer weather, and the beginning joys of Spring.
Be watching for the next Blankenship Team Video coming on St. Paddy’s Day. If you liked Brad’s sparkly red hat for Valentine’s Day—just wait to see what he has up his sleeve this coming holiday!
Here are a few things to do in St. Louis this Spring.
- Anything Goes: Starts March 1 and runs through March 24, Thursdays-Saturday 8:00-10:00pm, Marcelle Theater, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive. New Line Theater presents Cole Porter’s “Stinging satire of America’s quirky habit of turning religion into show business and criminals into celebrities.” Tickets are $10-$25. For more information call 314-533-0367.
- 360 Annual Fire and Ice: Party at Three Sixty St. Louis, 1 South Broadway, March 2, 9:00pm to 2:00am. Admission is $10. There are great sweeping views, craft cocktails, ice bar and luge, fire pits, DJ, fire performers and Go-Go Dancers. This is a 21 and over event. 314-241-8439.
- Toby Mac: Saturday, March 3, 7:00pm, Family Arena, Tickets are $31-$81. With Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Ryan Stevenson, and Finding Favor. 636-896-4200.
- Arlo Guthrie: March 9, 8:00pm, The Sheldon, 3648 Washington Blvd. Tickets $35-$150. Call 314-533-9900.
- Murmur: A Tribute to R.E.M. with Special Guests. March 9, 8:00 at Delmar Hall, 3509 Lemp Avenue. An evening of the best classic alternative music with tributes to the the Cure and others. Call 314-498-6989.
- Family Day at the Contemporary Art Museum: Saturday, March 10, 3750 Washington Avenue, $5 per child, free under 2. A variety of activities for children ages 0-5. Stroller Tours, art activities, performance activities. Something new every month. Give it a try. Call 314-535-4660.
- Paint your Pet Fundraiser: Thursday, March 15, 7:00-9:00pm. Have some wine, get help painting a 16×20 acrylic painting of your pet, have some fun and donate to a great cause. How much better can it get? No professional painting experience necessary or even encouraged!!! Call 314-647-8800.
- An Evening with Bill Nye: Thursday, March 15, 7:30-8:30. Touhill Center, 1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road. General admission tickets $25. Call 314-516-4949.
- Fanfare of Quilt Show: Saturday, March 17 from 10:00-5:00, Sunday from 11:00-4:00 at Queeny Park, 550 Wideman Road. Sponsored by Bits and Pieces over 350 artists will share quilts of various styles with special guest quilters. A feast for the eyes. Admission is $7.
- Patrick’s Day: Many pub crawls, bar specials and green beer. Just choose your favorite establishment!
- Taste of U. City: Thursday, March 22, 5:00-8:00 at Mandarin House Banquet Hall, 8004 Olive. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Kids 5-12 are half price. Ticket includes food from 40 different restaurants and one free beverage. Can you say diversity in all its finest flavors!
- Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo: Thursday, March 26, 7:30pm at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, One University Drive. 314-516-4949. Tickets are $39-$89.
THE BLANKENSHIP SIPS
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner so we thought we would share Favorite Irish Drinks. We are not including green beer because green because green beer is just nasty!
Here are some favorites from Ireland, your local Irish pub, and probably your favorite Irish friend.
- Guinness: Easy!! Go to the pub and order a draft!!
- Black n’ Black: Guinness with a shot of Black Currant, it takes the bit off of the Guinness.
- Irish Coffee: Mix approximately 2 to 3 parts coffee to 1/3 Irish Whiskey. Add approximately a teaspoon of brown sugar for every four ounces of liquid. Top with whipped cream. Of course it’s your drink, so the ratio is totally up to you!
- Bailey’s Irish Coffee: Mix 2 ounces of Bailey’s, 6 ounces of coffee and 1 ounce of Irish Whiskey. Top with whipped cream. See disclaimer aboveJ!
- Baby Guinness: This is usually served as a shot. Yes, I know I am too old to be doing shots, but my brother talked me into these one night. DELICIOUS!! Personally, I like them on the rocks, but then it doesn’t look like a Baby Guinness…it just tastes better. In a shot glass mix Kahlua or Coffee Patron and Bailey’s. A definite favorite!!
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