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Stage Your Home To Sell with Free Help From Robb & Stucky

Staging Your home to SellWe all can agree that the most important decision you can make when selling your home is pricing it to sell.  The price determines whether your home sells or sits on the market.  However, the next important factor after pricing is appearance.  A well designed, functional home where home buyers can easily see themselves living in your home will move off the market fast and for the right price.  Before you list your home for sale with a Realtor® or even if it is already listed and not selling, take inventory of the appearance of your home.

Start at the curb and make sure your lawn is neatly trimmed, any debris and unnecessary items are removed, fill bare rock gardens, paint worn doors must be freshly painted.  Make it look as fresh as your budget allows.  Inside the home all clutter must be removed, excess furniture, pictures, ornaments.  Keep it clean and simple.  This is not the time to display an abundance of personal photos.  Home buyers need to visualize themselves in your home.  Personal photos and items can distract tremendously.  CLEAN your home.  Homes with years of dust, grime in tile grout, layers of dirt around light switches, doors, etc. is a huge turn off to home buyers.  They will not see past the dirt and grime.  They will walk in and right back out.  It doesn’t matter how well priced that home is.  Filth and odor is a turn off!

Next, take into consideration at how functional your home is with the contents within it.  A client and I were viewing some homes yesterday.  One home was vacant and left us feeling uneasy and seemed disjointed.  It just didn’t flow.  When we went to the second home, we found a huge difference.  It was the same floor plan, but having been filled with furniture it really helped improve the flow of the home.  Each room of your home has a purpose and should be staged appropriately to not cause confusion or leaving buyers feeling uncomfortable.

A great way to learn more about staging your home is to visit designer showrooms.  But, before I go any further, I need to explain how home staging differs from interior design before all the professional home stagers come after me for confusing the two.  Staging your home is not the same as designing your home.  Home staging is designing your home to sell.  You are designing for the general buyer not yourself or your family.  An interior designer helps you to design your home to your tastes and needs.  However, I do think as a someone selling their home, you can learn a great deal from the world of interior design on how to take what you have and arrange it to where your home is pleasing and functional for it’s purpose to sell.

I also believe in using all the resources available to you.  One resource is at Robb & Stucky.  The designer showroom off of PGA Boulevard offers free seminars throughout the year.  Take advantage of what the seminars have to offer.  You can take the opportunity to discuss your situation with one of their designers.  You may even take away some ideas for your future home!

If you find you need the services of a professional home stager, call or email me.  I can lead you to some great professionals in the area.

Susanne Quirk is a Realtor® with Cobblestone Realty specializing in residential homes in Jupiter, Juno Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Contact Susanne at (561) 386-0350, e-mail, or visit our website to learn more.

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Buying or Remodeling A Home with Asbestos

3510618_blog1The following article is from Jesse Herman, Awareness Coordinator at the Mesothelioma Cancer Center.  It is a great article on the dangers of Asbestos.  Critical information for homeowners and buyers of homes built before 1980.

Abestos Removal and Greener Alternatives

There are many things to consider when remodeling or purchasing an older home. Homes built before 1980 have the strong likelihood of containing asbestos. Due to a steady progression of technology and green sustainable methods, there are many ways to ensure your home or property is asbestos free. If you are interested in saving money, remodeling and improving your carbon footprint, here is some information to get you on the right track.

Used in millions of homes throughout the last quarter of the 20th century, asbestos insulation can become a real dilemma for homeowners due to causing a variety of health problems, including Peritoneal
and Malignant Mesothelioma. These types of cancer take the lives of thousands each

Non-regulated asbestos material can be legally performed by homeowners, regular contractors, or licensed asbestos abatement contractors as long as the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants(NESHAP) are not violated.  Asbestos removal in public facilities, homes and workplaces must be undertaken
by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor. Once the removal is complete, green insulation options should be given serious consideration, such as:  Cellulose, Cotton Fiber and Lcynene.

The United StatesGreen Building Council(USGBC), in a study conducted in 2003, estimated a savings of $50-$65 per square foot for well-constructed green buildings in the U.S. (see table below) during that year. The numbers continue to improve as more eco-friendly options become available, and those kinds of figures have finally begun to attract those who thought eco-friendly construction was just a bunch of hogwash.

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Home Decor Tips

Written by Susanne Quirk

It seems that our readership is hungry for information on home decorating and staging. Some readers just want to update their homes for personal satisfaction and others are on a mission to stage their home to sell. Whatever the reason may be, I always find it helpful to find inspiration through friends, family and the world wide web. Here are a few helpful hints I came up with:

I picked up this beautifully woven storage chest at Target. I absolutely love this addition to our family room because I store our100_2265.jpg toddler’s toys in it. My living room no longer looks like a playpen. Appearance is everything when selling your home. Show it off as your home where buyers will feel relaxed and comfortable.

My sister has become the home improvement guru in her house. She recently installed a customized closet organizer in her master bedroom. When shopping around, she found that having one professionally installed would cost over $6,000! Yikes. She found a great website (, planned the layout, ordered the materials and viola! She now has a beautiful walk-in closet and saved over $4,000 installing it herself! She has a great blog that is great to refer to for home decorating and scrapbooking.

UPDATE: I just spoke with my sister and she said that any Costco member can receive up to 20% of from You will need to make the purchase through Costco to receive the discount. In addition, also advertises FREE SHIPPING for orders over $1,000!

closetorganizer1.jpgclosetorganizer5.jpg. has a great decorating blog called Design Happens Blog. Their website has some great decorating tips for every room in your 100_2270.jpghouse. I love their site. In fact, one of our recent postings from has been one of our most popular postings to date. See their home staging suggestions. happens to have one of the best ideas created for the home. They are carpet tiles of all different colors and patterns to use anywhere throughout your home. You can use them as an area rug, runner, or completely carpet your home. The best part about it is you can replace a tile as needed.

If preparing your house to sell is too much for you to think about, have a professional in Home Staging take care of it for you.

We’d like to hear from you. Comment back to us and send us your ideas and suggestions.





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Palm Beach County Home Show

By Susanne Quirk

The Palm Beach County Home Show will be here next weekend, October 5-7, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.  I’m looking forward to the new “Arts & Crafts Village” addition to this year’s show.  There are over 500 exhibitors expected to showcase their products and services including landscape design, kitchen & bath design & remodeling, interior decorating, furnishings and more.  All here for three full days and jammed packed with all the necessary resources and information for your home. 

There are a few great must see seminars scheduled, such as “How To Save 50% On Your Hurricane Insurance” or “5 Home Projects That Increase Your Home Value.”  Of course, the topic that intrigues us at BloggingJupino is “Great Depression of Real Estate, When Will the Market Turn Around and How to Make Money if it Doesn’t!”  Presented by Charles Andrews at

Don’t forget your coupon in today’s TGIF in the Palm Beach Post (page 15) and see you at the show!

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Staging Your Home

The increasingly popular niche in the real estate market is staging your home.  So much so there are books now based on the subject.  I was perusing TheHomeMag early this morning when I came across an ad for Eclectic Home Staging of the Palm Beaches.  Hmmm…there is definitely public interest here.  I had to find out more and called the number listed.  I spoke with Fernando who was driving back from Orlando in a huge down pour of rain.  He sent me to his website and couldn’t believe that not only does Fernando stage homes, but he is also a professional chef! 

home-staging.jpghome-staging.jpgFernando made it out of the rain and called me back.  He gave me permission to post a picture of one of his latest stagings.  He had some great success stories such as the house recently listed, staged and sold within three weeks.  That is almost unheard of in todays slow market.  I recommend a staging and catering for an open house for anyone ready to sell their home!



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