How to sell your house or apartment fast and at the best price!

Staging will help you make an excellent first impression! And that is essential to attracting buyers, whether it be when they search online and look at your photos, or actually visit your home. That’s why you need to read this article, to learn how to successfully home stage your home to sell it fast and at the best price!

Just because you’re leaving this home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be giving some money, time and effort to making it more appealing. Home staging is all about making the most of your particular space without spending a ton of money or making major changes, and can go a long way in getting offers rolling in! 

Having a home the way you like it, and staging to sell, can be very different and worth considering. Here are the three most important elements:

  1. Get rid of the problem spots:
  • Declutter, downsize and simplify! Bring each room down to its basic furniture. The 3 chairs, extra cupboard, big doll house, armchair, and dressing table in your daughter’s room just create confusion in the visitor’s mind. It is crammed, which gives the impression it is too small, even if it is a big room in m2! It could be the right time to get rid of things. It will also make your move that much easier.
  • Repair! Go around your home and make a list of what has to be repaired. Call in the professionals if needed. You don’t want potential buyers to think “trouble” when they see a leaking tap.
  • Paint to neutralize or refresh! Bold colours can be too much for some individuals, and a particular colour may repel them. It can also be too style-specific and inhibit their vision of the house. If there once was a water damage, now’s the time to repaint the wall or ceiling. Give these areas a fresh coat of neutral-colored paint.
  • Get rid of bath rugs, shower curtains, or drapes than have seen brighter days! You can get new ones you will then use in your new home.
  • Remove “you” from the home! Some people get stuck on the homeowner’s décor, and don’t go past it. Make room for a buyer to imagine themselves in the home. Remove family photos, children’s artwork, or any collections. (You can start packing them away, you’re leaving, right?)
  1. Know your buyer!

Who is the most likely buyer for your home? Stage accordingly! If it’s a family, turn your sports/computer room back into a bedroom, so parents will remember it as a room, and will add it to the number of rooms they have seen, and have the correct number in their mind when it’s time for them to make a decision concerning your home.

  1. Bring out the WOW!

Now you want to accentuate the positive to impress any potential buyer and have them eager to make your home their own!

  • Clean and tidy is how you need your home to be! Clean the windows to let all the light in!
  • Tend to, or add plants! They bring life and colour to your space.
  • Appeal to the senses and the aesthetics! The smell of a cake baking in the oven or of fresh flowers speaks of warmth and happiness. Add beautiful accessories such as soft cushions, lavish throws, matching towels, pretty candles and luxury bed linen.

This will attract a potential buyer to the vision you have created – situated between our real lives and our aspirational ones – that’s what sells!

If I can assist you in homestaging your property for a quick sale at the best price, please feel free to get in touch: Laetitia Ronsin 06 62 33 65 05, or write me an email.

 

 

 

 

 

Before and after!

Before and afters, don’t you just love them?
The laundry room- phase 1:
I could have – sorry bro– called this article… Does anyone know where the floor is?

In this laundry room the pictures speak for themselves:

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This place had been presented to me as the laundry “from hell”! For a start, this is what it looks like after two hours of sorting, and one hour of cleaning.

Being in paradise, will happen after the next phase.

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What is needed to optimise this room to complete the before and after would be:

  • a basket per person living in the home, so each family member can bring folded laundry up to his/her bedroom
  • hangers for clothes coming out of the washing machine, they will dry without wrinkling,, and can be directly put away in the closet- no tshirts collapsing from shelves.
  • three dirty laundry baskets (whites, colours, delicates) near the machines– If we keep only the essential (What we like and what we really use), There are less things to manage, wash and store!

Now, I’m going home– I want to do the laundry too!

 

Teens, how to live your best year ever!

Teens : How to live your best year ever!

Being a teenager is a fun, but challenging time, isn’t it? You manage a lot. Through a few easy steps, you will be able to stay on top of your schoolwork, room, friends, social media, sports and ALL of your activities!

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all you have on your plate, don’t worry- you’re not alone! Being organized and managing time better are skills that can be learned at any age.

Bedroom:

If your room looks like a tornado hit it, don’t be hard on yourself. Rather than focus on what it looks like, think of how it makes you feel. Are you embarrassed to invite friends over? Are you frustrated because you can’t find what you need? The motivation to change must come from you.

Here are some simple steps to get started. Turn on your favorite music, ask a family member or a friend to come and help. Or play a much loved film or series in the background. Make it fun and the time will fly!

1.Declutter: A little bit at a time (you can set your timer for 15 minutes), or all in one go, go through each of your things and ask yourself: Do I love it? Do I need it? If you answer no to both questions, the item is clutter and needs to go! Consider donating items that can still be used to a younger sibling, a friend, or a local non-profit.

2.Set up zones: Make a list of what you need to do in your room and create zones to meet those needs, for example:

  • SLEEP (Rest Zone- bed, nightstand, clock)
  • HOMEWORK (Study Zone – desk and supplies, chair, lamp, book shelf and books)
  • GET READY FOR SCHOOL (Dressing Zone- dresser, closet, mirror, vanity)
  • EXPRESS YOURSELF /DISPLAY ITEMS (“Me” Zone- posters, photos, trophies)

3.Sort and put away “keep”items: The items you decide to keep should fit into one of your designated zones. Keep like things together in containers so they are easy to find. For items you don’t need to access often, like out of season clothes or accessories, put them in the least accessible places, under your bed or at the very top of your closet for example. So your day to day things are in the easy to get spots!

Time/Schedule:

  1. Determine priorities: What are your priorities- schoolwork, social life, sports, family time? Make a list of your top 5 priorities. Then make sure you’re spending your time according to what’s on your list. If one of your priorities is to improve your maths grade, but you are spending little or no time studying, you’ll need to put more time into your schedule to do so.
  2. Use a planner: To learn to better manage your time, start to think of it as something you can actually see. Set up (on paper or digitally) your typical week including all the activities you have each day in blocks of time, for example: school 8am-4pm, judo practice 7pm-8pm. This will help you visualize when you have free time to slide in other activities you need or want to do.
  3. Have a to do list: Having the ability to see what you need to do takes away the pressure of having to remember everything. List your tasks for the day (homework, chores, etc.). Next to each item in the list, estimate how much time it will take to complete. Find slots of time to schedule your to do items in your planner. You can make it fun by color-coding, green for school items and blue for activities and sports.

Try one or all of these tips. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and will be motivated to do more. I promise you’ll be glad you did it!

 

How to find the perfect present !

Have you ever noticed that your loved one (be it your spouse, a family member, or a friend) just doesn’t seem to appreciate your presents that much?

Maybe it’s time you got better at speaking … your love languages!

Inspired by Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages.

For you to feel your love tank is full, what is it you, or your loved one needs the most?

You can each get acquainted with the 5 love languages below and share your results.

  • Words of affirmation

Does the person you want to show your love to feel more loved mostly after hearing a compliment or thankfull or encouraging words? Bring him or her to a magical place like down the Pont Neuf, at the very front of the island, on the edge of the Seine at sunset. Sit him or her down, and say everything you appreciate in your loved one, or read it out loud if you prefer using a special card!

  • Quality time

If you are longing for an uninterrupted conversation where you can both connect, you can have a meal together in a special place of grandeur. The time span is perfect and the new context will highten your spirits and help you connect. The idea here is listening to each other. Ask questions in a real desire to listen to your partner’s feelings, thoughts and desires. And let your souls converse. My father took me to Café Le Zimmer a few years ago, and I still keep that out of the ordinary memory close to my heart!

If doing something fun is what you are looking for, suggest going to an event; a burlesque dancing show or class with your girlfriends  at https://www.olalaparty.com Get your partner to invite you to a fun evening to watch the “How to become a Parisian in one hour” show! Or share a part of French history by taking your collegues, or older children to participate in the escape game called “le cachot de la Bastille” with Gamescape Paris.

  • Receiving gifts

If someone is excited by gifts, whether they be expensive or not, or even made or found, it’s that they probably see them as a visual symbol of love, the fact you have been thinking of them.  If you find it difficult choosing a gift, ask family and friends if they have an idea of what kind of presents that person usually likes, and what are his or her passions at the moment. I have a friend who loves Le Creuset cookware above all! Because she says all their items are so pretty, whatever you bring to the table in them looks delicious and perfect! Her husband remembers this, and she is overjoyed each time she gets something new from their catalogue! Her main love language clearly is receiving gifts!

But someone who is usually critical or uninterested by presents, might just have another primary love language. Read on to find out what it is!

  • Acts of service

If someone is performing an act of service for you, they are taking action to getting things done and weight off your shoulders. This can go from chores to solving one’s most demanding problems. If you don’t have time or the ability to help someone get untangled with what they are struggling with or need assistance with, but know it would bring them joy, why not get them a gift certificate to start them off in the direction they want to go? Are you at a turning point in your life, but feel the clutter in your home is pulling you back? Want your family or friends to treat you to a session with a home organizer, they can go to www.joyeveryday.fr/en. You could give a good friend the luxury of a session with friendly Personal Stylist Anelle Coetzee to learn to mix and match what he or she have in their wardrobe to feel more energized.Or do you want help getting your goals met in 2018? Those dearest to you will be happy to help you get there by getting you to meet personal and professional coach Marianela Gonzales.

  • Physical touch

In the middle of all the hustle and bustle of your busy life, do you need to unwind physically?  If you are looking to treat yourself, get a massage in the intimacy of Sandrine Nicolas’s parisian apartment. On leaving her rooftop view apartment, in her street, grab some warm gluten free bread or croissant at Bakery and Patisseries Chambellan, they are so good, famous French chefs Joël Robuchon et Alain Ducasse order for their restaurants there! Or if you want to bring a friend or your partner to a divine spa that is so exclusive you will have the impression you have privatised it, go to l’Echapée in Paris! They offer a big warm 35°C pool and whirlpool in a beautiful and cosy space under a glass roof, hammam and massages.  You can also have lunch there, and they give you a bathrobe, extra towel and flip flops. Wednesdays and Thursdays are for women only.

Found your love language(s)? Merry Christmas!

Marie Kondo’s most interesting idea :

Mary Kondo wrote the bestseller book the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

She says that you must first think of what makes you happy in life, to find what you want for each room.

For my part, I need to be able to spend time with my son and my husband. That’s why we keep a bare minimum in our living room, so that our son can play next to us. Our son loves reading, and we have created a reading space in his room for down time in the afternoons or just before bedtime.  And  nested between cushions, with books right at hand, it makes for great relaxing time!

What is your dream life, and how can your home help you make it happen?

How long should you keep your make up ?

Why should I sort through my beauty products today ?

Just like the products you have in your fridge, make up has an expiration date. Why? Because chemicals deteriorate, with a risk of irritation or inefficiency . So sort the products you have in your bathroom and makeup bag !

Here is a list of the average storage time for the beauty products you have at home:

Moisturizers and creams : from 6 to 12 months

Anti-aging creams and sunscreens : from 6 to 12 months

Mascara : 3 months

Lipstick : 2 years

Gloss : 1 year

Powders, eyeshadow and blush : 2 years

Foundation : 1 year

Nail polish : from 1 to 2 years

Perfume : from 8 to 10 years

Buying all this is expensive! How can you make sure none of it will be wasted?

The first thing to look at is this small pictogram. organise creams

If it says 12 M, it means you can use it for 12 months after having opened it.  And if you are up for it, use a marker to note when each product was opened. Personally I believe an anti-aging cream that has lost some of its effect is no big deal. But not knowing when you first used your sunscreen, on the other hand, would be more detrimental to your health!

In your fridge, keep unopened or less often used products . Because heat activates bacteria proliferation, putting make up in the fridge will protect active substances and preservatives.
Clean and dry your hands before use. Conscientiously put lids back on to protect from air and dampness.

sort fridgeMake sure you finish a tube before opening another one, this is especially true for mascara, that oxidizes quickly! To avoid infection, do not share mascara! If you have very sensitive eyes, you can use an additional brush that you wash after each use, to keep the original brush “bacteria free”.

My advice when buying cosmetics: look for a tube of cream, ideally with pump, to avoid putting your fingers in a jar of cream (some of you might use a spatula). A product that doesn’t often come into contact with air, needs less preservatives, which means less on your skin, and a longer lasting item!home organizer
Finally, for those of you who, like me with my foundation, use a product beyond the recommended limit, immediately and mercilessly throw away any mascara causing you an infection, or any cream that has changed color, texture or fragrance!

What chores for your children ?

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Here is a list of what your children can do at every age, how they can learn new skills, lighten your load, and contribute to a more relaxing home.

With little ones it’s best to do the work together, they’re keen on sharing activities with their parents. It will take more time, but their taking part in the coming years will be precious! Older children may complain, but they will be proud they can do “grown up jobs”, and can manage certain things all by themselves !

two- three year olds

  • collect toys.
  • help feed pets.
  • put napkins on the table , spoons and tableware that does not break.
  • take dirty clothes to the laundry basket.
  • Wipe the ground or a low piece of furniture with a small cloth.

four-five year olds

  • help make beds
  • set the table
  • water the plants
  • help do the shopping and store groceries away .

six to eight year olds

  • declutter toys, and keep their room or their playroom tidy.
  • make their bed.
  • sort the laundry.
  • put clothes away.
  • Fold trousers, socks and shirts.
  • do simple cooking chores .
  • help wash the car.

nine-ten year olds

  • wash the bathtub and sink.
  • help prepare meals.
  • wash the dishes.
  • load the dishwasher.
  • declutter their closet.
  • clean the floor with a broom and a mop.

11 and older

  • plan meals and prepare certain meals.
  • wash the laundry by using the washing machine and the tumble-dryer.
  • wash the car and vacuum the inside of the car.
  • do the grocery shopping.

Don’t aim for perfection! Your child’s skills will improve over time.

Need some ideas to make it more fun? Go read this !

 

Organize your way to giving a great speech !

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  1. Dress the part! Choose in advance the outfit you will wear, adapted to the venue.
  2. Train, and if you can, get feedback from someone you trust can help you.
  3. Stress isn’t always visible. Even if it’s to varying degrees, most people are stressing out, and we don’t notice it. It’s the same for you. Even if people did notice, they wouldn’t blame you!!
  4. You don’t need to look straight into people’s eyes. Look at their eyebrows , their nose, their hair, or shoulders, you’ll see, no one will notice. And it will allow you to focus your energy on your emotions and what you have to say.
  5. And precisely, talking about the content, organizing your main ideas and keeping them on a sheet of paper, will help you in case you forget what you wanted to say.
  6. One more thing: you might have liked the experience, and want to start again soon!

If you are looking for more help towards success, read this!