Love Where You Live: Looking Through the Window of Opportunity

Monday, May 8th, 2017

When selling a home, cleaning your windows is an important step in the staging process. Sparkling clean windows will immediately brighten up any room and do more to take advantage of the natural light your home can offer. Even if you’re not looking to sell, you should still be sure to clean your windows regularly. This will keep your house looking fresh and inviting. With these window cleaning tips, your home will feel brighter in no time.

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  1. Dust it Off

Even if your windows were cleaned recently, dust can quickly accumulate on shades and blinds. Start by wiping them off with a soft cloth, a duster, or the dusting brush on your vacuum to remove any excess dirt particles. To keep the dust from building up so quickly, you can also try spraying them with an antiseptic spray after cleaning.

  1. Use the Right Tools

Local Luxury: Trust a Professional Organizer to Optimize Your Home

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Do you fit into one of these categories: Homeowner, parent, corporate professional, or person? If so, chances are you probably need some help organizing. Hiring a professional organizer both gets you organized and helps you stay that way. Most organizers work as compassionate “coaches” who train clients on staying organized. Here are some great local organizers you can call on when the clutter becomes too much to handle.

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  1. Michelle Santaferraro – Organomics

As the founder and Chief Organizing Officer, Santaferraro believes nothing is more personal than your space and nothing is more valuable than your time. Organomics excels at professional organizing and making it a personal learning experience.  Clients learn how their personality, preferences, and work style provide a backdrop for order in their life. Michele’s 17 years of experience and unique approach to organizing have received national acclaim among Fortune 500 companies and customer testimonials.

  1. Meghan Siddall – Streamlined Living Colorado

Get Your Home Ready for the Spring Real Estate Selling Surge

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Most real estate markets have some degree of seasonality and Colorado is no exception. As the snow melts, the housing prices begin to bloom. Real estate professionals know this phenomenon as the Spring Selling Surge, occurring between March and May. Here are a few ways to make your home stand out during this year’s surge, so you can maximize your return on investment.

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  1. Understand what is motivating buyers

stagingRight after the holidays, there is a noticeable uptick in real estate activity. According to, most buyers in the state expect to see more options available as the weather warms up. This increases both inventory and competition in the market, growing the potential for above-ask offers. Most families will be more motivated knowing they have a limited timeframe to close on a house if they have children in school.

  1. Put all personal items in storage

5 Home Staging Mistakes

Monday, September 12th, 2016

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  1. Forgetting About Natural Light – A home that looks dark will not be appealing to buyers. When staging your home it is important to be conscious of furniture placement. Avoid blocking off any light with heavy curtains because this may weigh down the house. If your home has attractive views, consider forgetting curtains all together as to not distract from your landscape.
  2. Outdated – It is no surprise that modern and chic is the way to go when trying to appeal to new buyers. Outdated qualities to your home such as, wallpaper, old fixtures, window coverings or furniture will make it difficult for buyers to picture themselves living in your home.
  3. Unclean – This means doing more than your weekly cleaning. Maybe hiring a professional cleaner would be beneficial if you hate to take the time to deep clean your home. When your home looks spotless, buyers will not hesitate to put an offer in on the house.

How an Experienced Real Estate Agent Prepares to Sell His Home

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Jon Terry, founder of Alaris Properties, is in the middle of selling his home.


With years of experience in both law and real estate, he has developed a keen sense of what works to set a home apart. While it may seem obvious to keep your home clean and organized while it is on the market, it is just as important to demonstrate its appeal to the largest amount of buyers.

Below, Jon outlines the steps he took to prepare and what it takes to present a home in its best possible light.

  1. I prepared myself mentally to sell my home and made the decision to remove my attachment to the home. It’s important that I welcomed assistance from others to help make the home as attractive to the largest amount of buyers as possible. We believe our taste is excellent and, while that may be true, I wanted to make my home appeal to buyers, not affirm that my tastes are excellent. In other words, I got my priorities straight and removed my ego from the equation.

How To Remove Soap Scum From Shower Doors

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Clean shower doorsDirty shower doors can ruin an otherwise sparkling-clean bathroom. If you have your home on the market, dirty shower doors can be distracting to prospective buyers. The soap scum that accumulates isn’t just unsightly, it contains body oils and skin particles that provide for a perfect bacteria breeding ground.

Supermarket shelves in Colorado are filled with bathroom cleaners that promise to cut through soap scum, but the cleansers don’t always work and those that do often contain harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin.

Cleaning shower doors can be more safe and more pleasant when you use chemical-free household products, many of which you likely have in your kitchen already.  White vinegar makes an excellent soap scum remover, for example.

To remove soap scum from your shower doors using white vinegar, pour non-diluted white vinegar into a spray bottle, and then spray your shower doors until the soap-scummy sections are completely saturated. Let the vinegar sit for several minutes. This allows the white vinegar time begin breaking down the soap scum.  Spritz the surface again, if necessary, to keep the surface wet.

Time to Sell, Now What?

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

The minute you know it’s time to sell your home, start thinking value.  Which home improvements will yield the highest price and which aesthetic staging will make potential homebuyers fall in love?  Value is determined when buyers weigh the work and cost they’ll have to invest after purchase against the ready-made improvements they’ll enjoy upon taking possession.  Value is also found in the buyer’s ability to see themselves in your home.  The following value-added pointers can be your guideline.

Downsize Personal Clutter Buyers will have a hard time picturing themselves in the house, if they only see remnants of you in your home.  Take down photographs, kid’s drawings, personal taste décor, and sentimental knick knacks.  This will allow the buyer to visualize a new reality, one where he pays you to take over your home.  Additionally, removing your personal affects gives you time to detach and let go of your space.  Make it easier to say good-bye as you hand over the keys.

Virtual Staging

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

For simplicity’s sake, I like to split listed properties into two categories: inhabited and uninhabited.  Both need some degree of staging to enhance their potential.  For inhabited properties, staging usually means sending items to storage, touchups, and a constant state of cleaning up.  Uninhabited properties call for staging that shows vitality and possibility by way of adding furnishings, window dressings, and updating paint.  Whichever category a property falls into, staging takes time, energy, and money.  There is another option available today — virtual staging.

With 90% of homebuyers using the Internet to search for homes, according the National Association of Realtors®, it makes sense to put as many photos as possible online. Many buyers want to see photos on the website before they commit to a showing.  For sellers, this is the perfect opportunity to let the home’s décor possibilities shine without much effort. Virtual staging uses computer technology to boost a home’s appeal.  Simply send in a digital photo and a day or two later, you will have your own virtual open house. It’s cheaper than renting furnishings and accessories for empty houses and allows buyers to gauge the size of a room online.  Additionally, potential buyers can play with color and texture interactively changing the rooms as they like.

Stage Your Home For the 2011 Market

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

I’ve been listening to what people are saying as we move toward the end of the year. “Glad that year’s over!” “Don’t want a repeat of 2010!” “Hope I never see a year like that again!” It has been a tough time for many people. But, I hope, as we move into the new year, we look at lessons learned in the past so we aren’t doomed to repeat our mistakes. I always blush when I think about something I said or did that I wish I could take back. Anyone else have a 14 year old living inside of them besides me? My New Year’s intention (we get what we intend, not what we hope for) is to think twice before I speak once from now on. That’s why I love email. I can always delete before I send.

Critical Home Staging Tips

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

What’s the big deal about packing family pictures before you put your house on the market? Most sellers have some objections to following the advice of putting away family photos. As a result, I thought it would be a good idea to write about the real reasons it is important to follow this advice.

I often see homes on the market with a ton of family pictures on walls and tables. Since we are in sellers’ homes all the time, we know the resistance that occurs when we ask home owners to pack up the pictures. Some people don’t see the importance of removing them. After all, little Johnny and Susie are adorable and if their pictures come down, what goes up in the place of the photos? Others may not think that it’s the family pictures that are keeping the house from selling.