10 Outdoor Patio sets under $500

Summer, summer, summertimeeeeee (insert annoying karaoke voice).  Summer is almost here, and it’s that time of year where we all hustle to get our outdoor spaces in order.  And with COVID-19, I’ve been dying to make our outdoor space more enjoyable to sit in.  However, I know for some, money is pretty tight right now.  So if you’re starting from scratch, and don’t want to break the bank, I’ve rounded up 10 patio sets all under $500.

**This post contains affiliate links.  That means if you purchase something through my link, while it’s the same cost to you, I get a small commission that helps me and my family.

1. Emma 5 Piece Rattan Seating Group with Cushions ($249)

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This is $249, and you can find it here.

2. Glynn 4 Piece Sofa Seating Group with Cushions ($369)

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This is $369.99, and you can find it here.

3. Lattin 3 Piece Rattan Seating Group with Cushions ($252.99)

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Wanted to provide a close-up of this because it’s GORGEOUS.  Here’s the full set:

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This is $252.99 and you can find it here.

4. Delray 4 Piece Sofa Seating Group with Cushions ($459)

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This is $459 and you can find it here.

5. Daytona 4 Piece Sofa Seating Group with Cushions ($459)

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This is $459, and you can find it here.

6. Eldora 2 Piece Seating Group with Cushions ($479)

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This is $479, and you can find it here.

7. Claytor 3 Piece Rattan Conversation Set ($349)

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This is $349, and you can find it here.

8. Ozark 4pc Patio Seating Set – Safavieh ($370)

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This is $370, and you can find it here.

9. Carsten 4pc Patio Conversation Set – Black – Project 62™ ($384)

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This is $384, and you can find it here.

10.  Perla Outdoor Acacia Wood Club Chair with Cushion (Set of 2) by Christopher Knight Home ($350)

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This is $350, and you can find it here.

Stay tuned for a few follow-up posts on rugs, accessories, and other furniture favorites that aren’t “sets.” And if you found this useful, please sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema

DIY Faux Subway Tile Using A Sharpie In Two Easy Steps!

After I did my DIY Faux backsplash using a sponge for my master bath, I kept thinking about what other ways I could do a faux backsplash in the kids bathroom. I had already used the sponge technique a few times, and I wanted to try something a little different. I had seen so many DIYers use Sharpie on walls for so many neat patterns and I thought why not try a faux subway tile with Sharpie?  And so I did.

Here’s what you’ll need:

First let me show you what the space looked like before..

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And here’s the other side..

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For my bathroom, I decided to do “tiles” that were 4″x6″ in size–however, you choose what works best for your space.

First step:

I used the level to draw all the horizontal lines in pencil, and then the same with the vertical lines.  The level is a HUGE life saver.

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Second step:

Trace the lines with Sharpie!  And that’s it.  Just make sure you have music on hand, and maybe a drink, just to keep you sane.

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And once I was done, here’s what it looked like!  FULL VIDEO TUTORIAL HERE.

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And the other side of the bathroom..

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And back around…..The corners were a bit tough, make sure you still sharpie right on the corner!

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It was VERY easy, but incredibly tedious.  If you are a beginner at DIYs, this is totally doable.  That ruler level is a complete lifesaver, and makes this super easy.  Lastly, I learned after I did this DIY, that some DIYers use Sharpie paint pen (instead of the Sharpie markers I used).  I don’t know the difference, but I’ve heard the others may be easier to paint over.  I simply linked what I used for this specific DIY–do your research if you’re concerned about removing it down the road!

As always, please DM me on Instagram if you try this or have questions!  And again, the full video tutorial is here. And please, sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema

 

A Simple (and free) DIY To Create Some Seriously Cute Kid’s Art

We’ve all been stuck at home during this quarantine and while I can still online shop, there is nothing like a good trip to the thrift store.  If I had to pick the one thing I miss most about thrift stores, it would hands down be the art.  And while I can’t leave the house, I decided to get creative.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know that I’ve had the kids draw/paint pictures that I framed and hung up in their bedroom.

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Step 1:  Grab all the old frames I had in the house and put them in a pile so that I could see what sizes I was working with.

Step 2: Grab all the books that you feel comfortable murdering and put them in a pile so you can see all the different sizes–in all seriousness, we have tons of duplicate books from bday parties and gifts.

Step 3: Make two piles–A pile for the books that have art that speaks to you, and a pile for the books that don’t.

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Step 4: Go through the pile you love and start to pick out what pictures you want in what frames–and trim the pages when applicable.

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I also opted to keep the glass out of the frame because I really hate when there’s a glare.  See below?  No bueno.

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I wish you could see it in person, the wall is coming to life!  Who knew that children’s books would make such beautiful art.img_5356

My kids absolutely love it too!

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Here’s the link to my highlights where you can see a close up of all the pieces and a video of the wall. 

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As always, please DM me on Instagram if you try it.  I would LOVE to see.  And please, sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Color Block A Wall In 4 Easy Steps

About a month ago I started to finish up the kid’s room, and felt like something was missing.  The walls felt unfinished, and they needed a “layer” of something.  This was also the only one of two rooms in the house without any wainscoting and it always bothered me.  And while I know I could’ve added some, I wanted a quicker, cheaper, and easier way to accomplish a similar look.  I had seen several color block walls on Pinterest, and I figured it was time to give it a try.

For context, this was the wall– Something just felt like it was missing, minus the fact that I hadn’t completely removed the decals that covered the entire wall yet (upper right).

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After removing the rest of the decals, this was the bare wall.

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For starters, there is no way I could’ve gotten a straight line without my laser level linked here.  I chose this because it was cheap and had great reviews on amazon–I will say that one thing I did NOT like about this level, was that the height can’t be adjusted.  I literally had to stack it on top of a bunch of books to get it where I needed it–but it got the job done, and it was cheap.

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This is what it looks like, it’s pretty small, and you can place it anywhere–another option (if you don’t want to use books), is to buy a stand for it.

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This is what the lazer looks like when it’s on, it’s pretty faint and isn’t as dark when you have a ton of sunlight coming in.  I know some DIYers advise using painters tape to line up here, but I found it easier and simpler to grab a super thin paint brush and simply tracing the line.

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Once I did that, I took a slightly thicker paint brush just to paint a thicker edge–that way when I used the paint roller I didn’t have to worry about accidentally painting over it.  You can use any paint brushes, but I used this pack on Amazon–I used the smallest one to trace, and the largest brush to fill a wider space.

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And now you can turn the lazer light off and grab your paint roller–as you can see the only place I used painter’s tape was on the baseboard.  I typically use 4-6 inch rollers, and for this wall I used a 6 inch.  I did two coats of Greige from Clare Paint, and I was done.

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Once I saw the one wall, I knew I had to complete the entire room.

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I was in love.  This was so easy and did not take much time at all.

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I ended up wrapping it all the way around the other side of the room too.  It completely transformed the room, and flowed right into those built ins I worked on prior.  And again, it was so easy!

Just to recap:

Step 1: Use a laser level to mark where you want to start the color.

Step 2: Use a thin paint brush to paint a thin line right on the lazer line.

Step 3: Take a slightly larger paint brush to fill out the line–that way when you use the roller, you don’t have to worry about accidentally going over the line.

Step 4: Use a roller brush to apply as many coats as you need–I did two coats.

And that’s it!

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And just for reference, I painted mine at 4 feet (my baseboards are 4 inches).  And again, I used Greige by Clare Paint.  Hope you like it, I know I do!  And the best part?  Super easy, quick, and cheap!  As always, please DM me on Instagram if you try it.  I would LOVE to see!  If you’re interested in other ways I’ve used different paint techniques in other rooms of my house, check out my past blog posts below:

  1. Faux DIY Backsplash Using Paint And A Dish Sponge
  2. DIY Sponge Paint Wall–Small Budget, Huge Impact
  3. DIY Faux Wallpaper Ideas

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Love,

Deema

 

Faux DIY Backsplash Using Paint And A Dish Sponge

I wanted to share a fun, cheap, and easy DIY I did this weekend that made such a dramatic transformation to my master bathroom.  The real star of the show was the faux backsplash I did with a sponge, however, let me walk you through the entire bathroom refresh…

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This is my master bathroom, it’s not awful, in fact, the previous owner had remodeled it.  However, I always felt like the paint was “blah” and so was the entire bathroom.  I really wanted to add some life to it.

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Because we’re all stuck at home during this quarantine, I used what I had in the house.  I grabbed some leftover Greige Clare Paint that I had used in the kids room, and painted all the cabinets.  I then took this dull silver hardware, and spray painted it black. (excuse the awful pics!)

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Now for the fun part…I’ve always wanted a backsplash in here, but installing tile or stone is not on my list of current talents—I can imagine many of you are in the same boat.  So what did I do?  I grabbed a sponge, some leftover Seize The Gray Clare Paint, and I got to work.

Here’s what the sponge looked like (pretty much your standard dish sponge):

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You can see the full video tutorial on my Instagram here, however below is the quick step by step guide + some tips:

  1. Pour paint out in a dish large enough to fit a sponge
  2. Dip the sponge in paint and wipe off excess paint (You can also get a sheet of paper to dip the sponge in once before the wall to get excess paint off that way)
  3. Dip the sponge on the wall (multiple times before reapplying paint)–the imperfections will look great when some squares are faded and others aren’t
  4. Repeat–Pick the spacing you want between each “stone.” (but alternate like actual brick or tile would look, don’t stack them..see below)

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I’m awful at taking step by step pictures, and if you follow me on Instagram I have a video that will be much more helpful.  However, below are some helpful tips–this really was as simple as it seems!

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Tips:

  • Don’t use too much paint, always wipe off the excess before putting it on the wall.
  • Have a Q-tip and a wet paper towel ready in case anything drips
  • I cut a sponge in half for the ends of the wall, but I didn’t end up using it.  Instead I would eyeball the size by bending the sponge–it may make more sense if you see my video on Instagram here.
  • I didn’t measure, I eyeballed everything.  I LOVE the imperfections and feel like it gives it a more vintage weathered vibe.
  • Lastly, and this may be more personal taste, but I prefer using lighter paint colors when doing this.  I’ve tried this method a few other ways, and have found that darker paint colors don’t look as nice–darker colors also highlight mistakes much more than lighter colors.

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So what do you think?  Not too shabby for a cheap alternative to a real backsplash right?  I hope you try it too!  And send me a DM on Instagram and show me what it looks like!  If you’re interested in another way I’ve used a sponge technique, check out my DIY Sponge Paint Wall. And please, sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema

 

 

Hate Cords But Love Lamps? Modern Lantern’s Got You Covered.

I don’t know about you, but there are two things that truly frustrate me when it comes to traditional lamps:  First, I hate how ugly cords look.  They drive me crazy, and I will go to great lengths to hide as much of them as I can.  Second, I’m always restricted where I can place lamps because of where my outlets are.  The same goes for beautiful sconces–There are so many places I’d love to have them on my walls, but unfortunately, I don’t have the ability to hard wire all my walls. Well, that’s where Modern Lantern comes in–Their lamps run on a chargeable battery. I recently purchased the Bella Bronze Cordless Lamp, and I couldn’t be more impressed.

Here she is on my fireplace mantel.

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In the middle of my coffee table..

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On my kitchen counter..

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In my living room where I have no outlet…

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My bedroom nook.  See that outlet next to the table?  A normal lamp would’ve had a cord dangling from that table…

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And my dining table…

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I think you get the point.  Now go check them out, I promise you won’t be disappointed.  And check out my Instagram this Saturday, I’ll be sharing a link to their monthly giveaway. And please, sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema

My Top 7 Sources For Digital Downloadable Art

The number one thing I have consistently been asked about on my Instagram account is, “Where did you get that art?”  First of all, there is a special place in my heart for original art pieces.  Unfortunately my bank account cannot keep up with my love for most art, and digital downloads have been my affordable alternative.  It has taken me a LONG time to find all the pieces in my home, and I’m excited to share some of my favorite finds as a result of months of internet searches.  You are so welcome.

Without further ado, below are the 7 shops I have downloads from in my home.

(Please excuse the glare and the amateur photos)

1. Echo Shop

You can find them on Etsy here.  I personally have two of their pieces in my home.  Both of these pieces are framed by Framebridge.

**TIP: You can pick whatever company you’d like, however, I’ll be sharing the 3 frame companies I’ve used for all the art in my home.  It’s definitely cheaper to print it yourself (like at Staples, Shutterfly, or any other print shop), but I personally like the convenience of having it printed and framed for me.  It also looks way more professional–I HIGHLY recommend.

The two pieces I have are:

Altered Portrait Vintage Painting Bohemian

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The glare is tough…here’s another angle…

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Altered Vintage Portrait Eclectic

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2. Chaos And Wonder Design

This shop can be found here.  All these were framed by Frame It Easy.

Altered Painting

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Collage Surreal Art Portrait

These used to be together on my dot wall, but I now have them separated.  However, they are beautiful together, and they come as a set.  Below is the first one that’s on my new gallery wall..

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And here’s his partner that still doesn’t have a home yet..

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3. SMUZI

I’ve used this shop the most, you can find them here.  I’ve used them for a ton of pieces in my old apartment, and you can find the link to that blog post here (there are some good ones there, be sure to check it out).  I used Frame It Easy for all these.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Jack Nicholson

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He is one of my favorites, and definitely my most popular piece.  He is currently off the wall temporarily until I find him a home.

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This one is currently on my kitchen counter.

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James Dean

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4. Ashlee Binder 

You can find her shop here. Below is the piece I have in my bedroom.  This was framed by Framebridge.

Minimalist Cottage Photo

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5. Belle Art Prints

You can find her shop here.  I had this framed at Frame It Easy.

The Goldfnch Print

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6. BFF Print Shop

You can check their website out here.  I have two prints from them, and both are framed by Art To Frames.  Do me a favor and go to their website for a better picture.  There is so much glare from the windows behind me that no matter how close I get, you can’t really appreciate the texture that these prints offer.

The picture on the left is the Guitar Player, and the one on the right is the Man Studying.

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7. Juniper Print Shop

Last but not least, you can find their shop here.  The print below is framed by Art to Frames.

Cedar

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And that’s a wrap folks.  I encourage you to check out all those shops and their other pieces, you will not be disappointed.  And be sure to visit me on Instagram, and share your thoughts.  And please, sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema

DIY Faux Wallpaper Ideas

I’m alive!!!  It’s been a minute since my last post, but I’ve been busy buying a home, moving in, and now I’m currently waking up 4 out of 7 nights a week in a panic because I can’t decide on a paint color or what rug size would fit best in whatever room I’m currently obsessing over.   Totally normal, right?  And if you’re not following me on Instagram already, you can check out our new home and follow along as I make it our own.

Last night I finished one of my easiest DIY’s to date!  It was probably my favorite, and one that made the biggest impact.  Insert dramatic drumroll….I attempted a faux wallpaper wall!  It was super cheap, super easy, and pretty quick.  Here’s how I did it below:

Step 1:  Supplies

You will need paint and paint brushes.  That’s it.

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I ended up loving the paint and the color I picked!  I used Kendall Charcoal.  And FYI, you don’t need a lot. I got a quart and barely used any of it, and I had a pretty large wall to cover.  Next up, I had to get some paint brushes.

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A friend recommended this pack and I used the largest brush for this project.  This pack of 6 was only $14.99 on Amazon.

2.  Quick practice and test

Grab a piece of paper and start practicing.  I have a video that may be more helpful on my Instagram, but you basically dip the paint brush in the paint, and then alternate dotting the paper at different angles.

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I then taped the piece of paper on the wall so I could get an idea of how it would look.   And then I got ready!

3.  Start painting and pray

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And you’re ready!  I held my breathe and hoped for the best!  I kept dipping the brush in the paint, and then dipping it on the wall while alternating angles.  It was that simple.  The entire wall took about 2 hours.

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And I don’t know if you can tell from the picture, but it’s a pretty big wall.

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It went from one end of the house, all the way to the kitchen.

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And that’s it!  I was so happy with the end result.  This took two hours, was practically free, and look at the impact it had on the room.  If you end up trying it, I would love to see!  I wish I had taken a before picture, but this made such a difference.  And if you liked this post, you’d probably love the last one I did, 20 Ways To Add Character To Your Home.

**UPDATE*** I ended up adding this technique into one last corner of my home, except this time, using Blackest by Clare Paint.  See below!

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Love,
Deema

 

12 Things I Wish Realtors Would Start Doing At Open Houses

Alright, this is a PSA for all you real estate agents out there.  As a prospective home buyer, I have some things I’ve observed that I love, and well, some that I think you could improve on.  And for what it’s worth, I think you should take some notes.

1. Online pictures

Ok seriously?  Put some effort in these.  I don’t need to see zoomed in pictures of furniture, I just care about the house.  And come on, stop taking pictures of homes at night.  I mean, WHY?  Open the blinds/curtains, wait for the sun, and show me the house when it’s at it’s best:  natural sunlight is your friend!

2.  Take a video of the home

This is pretty rare, and I never understood it.  I LOVE when you guys post videos of the home.  You don’t need a fancy production company to produce one of these, you know that right?  You can even do a simple social media post (see #12).

3. Brochure

I may be alone on this, but I just want you to know, I throw that brochure away as soon as I get back to my car.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice,  but unless it has something that isn’t already on my app (zillow, realtor), I’m tossing that right away.  And if you are going to have it available, just leave it on the table.  Don’t give it to folks that don’t want it, save yourself some money.

4.  Printed Floor plan

For those of you that have floor plans available, I LOVE YOU.  I don’t need that fancy brochure with pictures I already see online, I need a floor plan with measurements.  Can my couch fit in that living room?  Will my bed fit in there?  I need measurements!

5.  Measuring tape

Look, I keep this in my purse, but I know many shoppers don’t.  And if you’re not going to have a floor plan available, I’m sure serious prospects would appreciate some measuring tape available.

6.  Put the lights on

I can’t tell you how many open houses I’ve been to with no lights on.  Yes, the sunlight is shining through, but for some homes that lack sunlight, those lights would make a world of a difference.

7.  Home’s story

I could be alone on this, but I LOVE when the real estate agent shares the story of the home, the age, the previous occupants…etc.  With that said, don’t talk my ear off while I’m there.  Let me walk around in peace.

8.  Stuff for kids

I went to an open house once, and the real estate agent had a “treasure hunt.”  I thought it was GENIUS.  They had a “map” for my kids (of the house) and it had something my kids needed to find.  In that case, it was a parrot.  It kept them busy, and at the end, he had a little box of stickers and candy that he gave for finding the “treasure.”  I thought this was SUCH A GOOD IDEA!

9.  Clean up

I kid you not, I’ve seen open houses with trash on the lawn or on the sidewalk.  I’ve also seen cups and all kinds of things scattered around the house.  Seriously, declutter as much as you can.  Please.  Put some effort into it.

10.  Ask for feedback

I don’t get this often, but appreciate it when I do.  And, I can only imagine it would help you as a real estate agent as well.  So ask folks what they think, and ask for any feedback on the house, the neighborhood–what they liked, what they didn’t..etc.  Some may not want to say anything, but you’d be surprised what helpful information you may get.

11.  Music

Very few of the open houses I’ve gone to have played music.  However, the ones that did, made a HUGE difference for me.  It really sets the mood, and in my opinion, changes the ‘feel’ of the home and the experience.  It’s such an easy thing to do, and honestly makes such a difference.

12. Utilize Social Media

I’m surprised at how underutilized social media is.   Do a “live,” post some pictures, do a story, and create a buzz!  I had one agent ask me to post the video I took (I always videotape my viewings) and tag him.  I thought that was super smart on his end.

Anyway, I hope you find this helpful, and I hope you forward this to any realtors you may know too.  And happy house hunting if you’re not a realtor!

Love,

Deema

Photo Credit: The Fox Group