As Featured in the September 2020 Issue of Lake Norman Currents Magazine
 

Whether you are thinking about selling your home in the distant future or in the short term, design decisions on improvements that you make now will have a lasting effect on future salability. Following is a check list of minor home improvements that increase desirability and add value and will help your home sell quickly when you decide it's time to move on.

  • Front Door - The front door reflects the home's personality. From modern to traditional, choose a front door style that is compatible with the overall architecture of the home. Select a complimentary color that is timeless such as ebony or walnut stain. ROI about 70%.
  • Garage Door - Usually the garage door is visible from the street and adds to the curb appeal. Again, select a door style compatible with the architecture. Color should match trim used on the exterior and the garage door should be insulated. ROI about 97%.
  • Fiber Cement Siding Replacement - This siding is a bit more costly than vinyl, yet much more attractive and desirable. Baked on paint colors in deep, appealing colors come with a long warranty. Most popular are grays and blues with white trim. ROI about 85%.
  • Kitchen and bathrooms sell houses. No buyer wants to deal with the mess of updating those rooms unless they plan to offer you a fixer-upper price. Keep it neutral and save the color for decor items.
  • Bathroom Counters, Sinks and Plumbing Fixtures - Buyers still ask for granite in the higher-level options. Quartz is also desirable and comparable in price. Keep colors neutral in grays, greiges, and whites. If you have an older home with the shorter cabinet height, install a vessel sink and tall facets to visually increase the height. ROI about 70%.
  • Kitchen Counters and Backsplash - Buyers still want things light and bright. Select a higher-level granite or quartz countertop in neutral shades of gray, greige, and white. Compliment the counters with a ceramic backsplash in those colors and with a gray grout. Paint your outdated stained cabinets in a white or pale greige. ROI about 80%.

 

Joan Inglis has been featured dozens of times on TV, online and in print.  She has won numerous local, state, regional and international awards since forming her company, Carolina Spaces in 2004. Carolina Spaces is the leading expert in Home Staging, Luxury Home Staging, Model Home Merchandising and Interior Design in the Charlotte, NC region and provides award-winning services throughout the Southeast. Model Home services for home builders are available nationwide

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Joan Inglis, Founder and Lead Designer of Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design - the leading home staging, model merchandising and interior design firm in North and South Carolina, was asked to provide her expertise in the September 2020 issue of Lake Norman Currents Magazine. Joan shared her wealth of real estate, interior design and home staging knowledge by authoring the article "Design Elements that Increase Home Values" as featured in the Ask the Expert section of the magazine.

In her article, Joan provides a check list of minor home improvements that increase desirability, add value, and will help your home sell quickly when you decide it's time to move on.

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Joan Inglis has been featured dozens of times on TV, online and in print.  She has won numerous local, state, regional and international awards since forming her company, Carolina Spaces in 2004. Carolina Spaces is the leading expert in Home Staging, Luxury Home Staging, Model Home Merchandising and Interior Design in the Charlotte, NC region and provides award-winning services throughout the Southeast. Model Home services for home builders are available nationwide. Call 1-855-SPACES-5 or Contact Us for more information.

 
 
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Charlotte's leading interior design and home staging firm, Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design, was honored with the 2019 Pinnacle Award for Best Interior Merchandising, a statewide best overall win, from the Home Builders Association of South Carolina (HBASC).

Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design won the 2019 Pinnacle Award from HBASC for furnishing and merchandising a model home for Avencia Homes at Riverwalk in Rock Hill, SC.

Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design is an interior design, model home merchandising and professional home staging firm that specializes in luxury properties. This is the firm's second HBASC Pinnacle Award, having also won Best Interior Merchandising statewide in 2011.

The Pinnacle Awards is HBASC's most prestigious awards program. Winners were announced at the Celebration of Excellence Awards Gala Aug. 9 in Hilton Head, SC. As a 2019 Pinnacle Award winner, Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design will be highlighted in the South Carolina Builder Journal and recognized on the SC Department of Commerce and the SC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism websites.

"Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design is humbled and honored that our model home project was acknowledged as Best Interior Merchandising statewide in South Carolina," said company founder and owner Joan Inglis. "To receive this award for a second time from HBASC is a testament to our commitment to quality, and our successful interior design and merchandising services to home builders."

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Are you putting your home on the market soon? Well, whether you’re selling in one of the most affordable neighborhoods in San Francisco or most popular ones in Austin, every homeowner should prepare their home for open houses and personal tours. As your real estate agent is probably suggesting, the more traffic your home sees the more bids you’ll most likely attract. In fact, according to recent data homes that have open houses not only sell for more on average ($9,000+), they also spend fewer days on the market. Who wouldn’t want that?

To better understand what actually makes a successful open house and what homeowners can do to make their property shine to potential homebuyers, we went out and talked with the pros that know. From home designers to professional staging companies, these experts gave their top tips, tricks, and advice on how you should be preparing your home for an open house.

1. Generate traffic: “It's crucial to have great professional photographs to get potential buyers interested in seeing the home in person. Real estate agents should present a buying/selling Q&A session with a mortgage professional, stager, and home inspector at the open house - this will give buyers a great takeaway, and leave a lasting impression.” Joan Inglis - Carolina Spaces

2. Enhance your curb appeal: “An open house should start with an inviting curb appeal enhanced with a fresh coat of paint, new light fixtures, big planters framing the entrance and trimmed grass.” Clara Godbey - Home Staging & Organizing

3. Clean and declutter: “Think 5-star hotel for your home’s open house; repairs completed, replacements installed, de-personalized, de-cluttered, immaculately clean, with all furnishings arranged picture perfect.” Sherry Castaldi - Organized by Design

4. Think about the little things: “Having an open house is all about creating an unforgettable experience. Pillows, plants, and candles can bring life and highlight the best areas of your home.” Agnieszka Wilk - Decorilla

5. Let light in: “Wash your windows on the inside and outside so that they're sparkling clean! Push back or remove heavy, dated window treatments. Let in as much natural light as possible.” Mary Ann Pickett- Classic Casual Home

6. Make simple updates: “Buyers connect with a home emotionally within 15 seconds of walking through the front door. Updating paint colors and replacing lighting is one of the least expensive ways to make the biggest impact and make your home relevant to your buyer.” Helen Bartlett - Kansas City Home Stagers

7. Think light and bright: “Buyers are looking for light and bright. Remove heavy window coverings and bring in fresh neutral paint colors.” Erin Quigley - Open House

8. Stage your home: “Rent it, don’t buy it! When it comes to preparing for an open house, renting furniture is popular because it offers unlimited options, regardless of size or style. You can rent just the pieces you need for as long as you need them, and then you don’t have to worry about moving or storing the furniture once the home is sold.” Erin Osterhaus - CORT

9. Accessorize strategically: “Strategic accessorizing is key! Faux fur pillows, thick blankets, candles, and flowers create a cozy environment that is sure to make buyers feel warm and fuzzy while touring a home.” Priscilla Bettencourt - Halcyon

10. Fluff the pillows: “Fluff the pillows on sofas and beds; messy pillows visually creates a messy house. Also, playing soft music through the home is a nice touch; jazz or classical is always appropriate.” Sonja Parker - Design Box

11. Open doors and windows: “Open up doors and windows and let buyers head outdoors to linger and admire the beautiful surroundings while serving some refreshing peach tea and sweet treats and make it a Facebook LIVE worthy event!” Krisztina Bell - No Vacancy Home Staging

12. Add a little green: “Add a little green to any space that needs a spark of life -- a tropical floor plant, a potted tree, or even a little succulent arrangement in a staged room can go a long way to wake up the space and make it inviting.” Anne Christensen - Red House Staging & Interiors

13. Have the TV on: “Appeal to the sports enthusiast and have a TV on with "the game." This keeps everyone happy, and hopefully in the house longer.” Lisa Basham - Staged to Sell Homes

14. Offer a local taste: “One open house trend we're loving is the serving of local food, which gives prospective buyers a taste of neighborhood flair. Consider pre-packaged treats from a nearby bakery, or even a local food truck parked outside (bonus: the mess stays outside of the beautifully staged house)!” Alex Lon - Decoist

15. Create a memorable experience: “Bring a Bluetooth speaker for music (Miles Davis is always a safe bet), fresh flowers beautifully arranged, and a killer cheese and fruit tray.” Heather Visnesky - Abode

16. Be mindful of traffic flow: “Extra pieces of furniture crowding a room or a random floor lamp in a dining room can trip people up as they walk through. Open houses get crowded and you want to make sure folks can navigate easily. If they can’t, buyers will wonder if they can entertain easily in the home.” Julie Chrissis - Chrissis & Company Interiors

17. Provide a neighborhood perspective: “Provide a neighbor testimonial sheet! Prior to the open house ask surrounding neighbors to state what they love most about living in that neighborhood. Attach testimonials to the hand out sheets.” Leslie Eicher - Staging that Sells

18. Create a lasting impression: "I want to walk into a home that feels so bright, clean, modern, consistent and beautifully furnished that I never want to leave.” Jessamy Tsoris - Color Zen

This article was originally published on Redfin.

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The model home design services of Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design were featured once again in the Metro Charlotte New Home Guide magazine.  Our merchandising of a builder's model home in Rock Hill, SC was showcased the March 2019 and April 2019 issues, including our merchandisig of the kitchen, dining and outdoor living areas of the home.

Carolina Spaces' award-winning model home merchandising services are available nationwide.

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Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design has been notified that they are one of the top five high-scoring finalists in the category of Best Interior Merchandising of a Model Detached - Priced Under $500,000 for the Home Builders Association of Greater Charlotte's Major Achievement in Market Excellence (MAME) Awards.20190315 011700"We are excited to share this honor with Toll Brothers, a national home builder, and Eastwood Homes, a large regional builder," said Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design's founder, owner and lead designer, Joan Inglis.

Judging took place in February and the winner will be announced in April at the HBA of Greater Charlotte MAME Awards gala.

About Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design
Carolina Spaces provides award-winning interior design, model home merchandising, and home staging specializing in luxury home staging services for homeowners, home builders, Realtors®, property investors and commercial business owners throughout the Southeast. Their model home merchandising services are available to home builders nationwide.

Carolina Spaces' Owner and Lead Designer, Joan Inglis, has been featured dozens of times on TV, online and in print.  She has won numerous local, regional, state, national and international awards since forming her company, Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design, in 2004.  Carolina Spaces is the leading expert in Home Staging, Luxury Home Staging, Model Home Merchandising and Interior Design in the Charlotte, NC region and provides award-winning services throughout the Southeast since 2004. 

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Carolina Spaces, an interior design, professional home staging, luxury home staging, and model home merchandising firm based in Lake Wylie, SC just south of Charlotte, NC, has won "Best Of Houzz 2019 in Customer Service." Founded in 2004 by Master Accredited Staging Professional®, Joan Inglis, Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design was chosen for this award by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz® community, and was chosen from among more than 2.1 million home building, remodeling and design professionals active on Houzz®. Houzz® is the leading platform for home renovation and design.

"Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design is honored to have been awarded 'Best of Houzz' for the third year in a row. We are humbled and grateful that our commitment to quality and customer service has been recognized again by the Houzz community," said Inglis.

"Best of Houzz is a true badge of honor as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design, remodeling and other home improvement professionals for their projects. We are excited to celebrate the 2019 winners chosen by our community as their favorites for home design and customer experience, and to highlight those winners on the Houzz website and app," said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing for Houzz.

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The model home design services of Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design were once again featured in the Metro Charlotte New Home Guide magazine.  Our merchandising of a builder's model home in Rock Hill, SC was showcased four times in the November 2018 - January 2019 issue, including our merchandisig of the kitchen, dining and outdoor living area of the home. This included the special Builder's Report section of the magazine, as the photo displayed for Lee Lighting's "A Selection of Current Trends in Home Lighting" article was of Carolina Spaces' merchandising of the kitchen and dining area of the Rock Hill model home.  The model was also highlighted as having won a Silver Award in the feature on Charlotte HBA's 2018 Parade of Homes winners.

Carolina Spaces' award-winning model home merchandising services are available nationwide.

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Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design, the Charlotte region's leading interior design, model home merchandising and luxury staging firm, has closed 2018 with the addition of four new awards. These awards, all received during the fourth quarter of 2018, add to the firm's extensive list of accolades received since its inception in 2004.

The Lake Norman Home Builders Association's 15th Annual Best of the Lake Design Competition awarded Carolina Spaces with Best Residential Interior Staging of a Property $500,000 - $999,000 and Best Residential Interior Staging of a Luxury Property over $1,000,000. This is the fourth year in a row that Carolina Spaces has taken home the prize for the luxury staging over $1,000,000 category.

The International Association of Home Staging Professionals® (IAHSP®) awarded Carolina Spaces with the award for Best Vacant Staging at their 2018 International Convention and Expo in Charlotte. Carolina Spaces also won the award for Best Vacant Staging in 2017. The award was given to Carolina Spaces both years over staging companies from around the world.

Carolina Spaces Furniture & Design merchandised the "Byford" model for Avencia Homes in the Riverwalk community, which was placed in the Fall 2018 Charlotte Parade of Homes. The parade judges honored this home with the Silver Award for its price category.

"We are humbled and honored that our work was recognized on the local, regional and international level in the last three months of 2018. We are excited to add these awards to our long list of accolades, which demonstrate our consistency and commitment to high-quality work with high-quality service that generates high-quality results," said Joan Inglis, Founder, Owner and Lead Designer.

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Carolina Spaces was featured in the article "Honoring the Best of the Best" in the January 2019 issue of Lake Norman Currents magazine.  The article highlighted the winners of the 2018 Lake Norman Home Builders Association's Best of the Lake Design Competition.  Carolina Spaces was awarded Best Residential Interior Staging of a Property $500,000 - $999,000, and Best Residential Interior Staging of a Luxury Property valued over $1,000,000 for the fourth year in a row.

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