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Tips to Stage Your Home to Sell Quickly

Categories: Blog, Buying & Selling Your Home, Right-Sizing, Uncategorized | Posted: January 18, 2019

cornerstone homes the carolineMoving into a brand new Cornerstone home that’s built just for you, living a low-maintenance lifestyle with time to enjoy your community amenities, and meeting new neighbors that are in the same stage of life as you, can be one of the most rewarding times of your life.  So when you begin this exciting new milestone in your life,  rest assured that Cornerstone has all the bases covered, starting with that first step of getting your home ready to sell quickly and for top dollar.    

At Cornerstone Homes, our Concierge team has helped make many of our buyers’ transitions into their new (and better-than-ever) lifestyle as easy as it can be. Our unique Cornerstone Concierge Program is designed to make each part of the process smooth and simple, and that includes staging your old home to maximize its sales price. Believe it or not, staging is a lot of fun and will guarantee that you’re on the best track moving forward. According to the National Association of Realtors, a staged home will sell for 17% more on average than a non-staged home, and 95% of staged homes sell in 11 days or less. That is statistically 87% faster than non-staged homes.”  (Nov 4, 2015) 

Tips to Stage Your Home

Linda Orban staging your home to sell

Our Concierge Team Partner, Linda Orban, owner of Home Staging By Linda, is an expert in the art of staging and can share many success stories with you of clients she has worked with over the last ten years.  Linda stated that it’s important to stage your home the right way because a buyer’s first impression could make or break a decision.  Did you know that 95% of potential buyers see your home in photos online before they see it in person?  Good home staging equals the best first impressions!   And she understands where the eye goes first, as well as what’s pleasant and positive, and what needs a change. Her motto is to keep it simple. Make sure your home doesn’t feel too personalized, so a buyer can envision making it their very own.

Linda starts by going through every single room in your home to spot the “clutter zones” so she can work with you to declutter and make the space feel open and inviting. Then she looks for the “quick fixes,” which are small changes that could include, for example,  removing old area rugs to show off the hardwood floors, taking off the curtains, changing lampshades, etc.  Believe me, it’s a fun process and can help you start thinking of decorating your new home!!! 

Here are a  few easy and inexpensive tips from Linda to get you jump started on your way to a carefree lifestyle!!

1. Boost curb appeal.

Cornerstone Homes The Caroline Home Floor Plan Barley WoodsThis is something you always hear, and with very good reason. Many people thinking of touring your home will do a quick drive-by first, often deciding on the spot if it is even worth a look inside. Make sure your home is ready to lure in onlookers with these tips:

-Power wash siding and walkways

-Hang easy-to-read house numbers

-Plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery

-Mow the lawn, and reseed or add fresh sod as needed

-Wash front windows & repaint/stain the porch floor as needed


2. Welcome visitors with an inviting porch.

Make it say “welcome home” with a clean doormat, potted plants in bloom and — if you have room — one or two pieces of neat porch furniture. Keep your porch lights on in the evenings, in case potential buyers drive by.


clean staging your home tips3. Get your house sparkling clean.

From shining floors and gleaming windows to clean counters and scrubbed grout, every surface should sparkle. This is the easiest (well, maybe not easiest, but certainly the cheapest) way to help your home put its best foot forward.

4. Clear away all clutter.

If you are serious about staging your home, all clutter must go, end of story.



5. Style your dining room table. 

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The dining room is often a blind spot in decorating the home. Between dinners, a large dining table can look bare and uninviting, so styling it up with visitors in mind can increase the appeal.

6. Rearrange your furniture.

In the living room, symmetrical arrangements usually work well. Pull your furniture off the walls and use pairs (of sofas, chairs, lamps) to create an inviting conversation area.

7. Open those closets! Cornerstone Homes Rightsizing Declutter Closet

Open-house visitors will peek inside your closets. Closet space can be a make-it-or-break-it selling point for buyers, so show yours off to their full advantage by giving excess stuff the heave-ho. Aim to have 20 to 30 percent open space in each closet to give the impression of spaciousness.


8. Create a lifestyle people are looking for. 

Generally speaking, you want to play up what your neighborhood or area is known for. Have a house in a quiet, grassy suburb? Hanging a hammock in your backyard and a bench swing on your porch could be the perfect touch. 

9. Think seasonally. garden staging your home flowers

Make sure your garden is in beautiful shape in the summer, and that any extra features you have, like a pool or a fire pit, are cleaned and ready to go. Take advantage of the cozy vibe of the season in autumn and winter, by building a fire in the fireplace and simmering hot apple cider on the stove. 

When you’re ready to start your new adventure in a Cornerstone home, Linda Orban will be here to help you set the stage. Our entire Concierge Team is at your service to make achieving your dream lifestyle simple and smooth. We can’t wait to help you make your move into a Cornerstone Homes community!


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Right-Sizing Part IV: Cornerstone Concierge Program Makes Right-Sizing Easy

Categories: Blog, Buying & Selling Your Home, Uncategorized | Posted: November 6, 2018

Are you ready for the good life at a Cornerstone Homes community but have a house to sell? How many of you have lived in your home for more than 10 to 15 years? More than likely when you bought your current home,  you did not have to think about staging, pictures on the internet, multiple financing options, and maybe you had not accumulated a lot of “stuff” at that time?  The word  “right-sizing” didn’t even exist!   Well, times have changed but no problem.  We have you covered!

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Our Cornerstone Concierge Program is designed to make the transition to your new lifestyle in a Cornerstone Home Community EASY.  Our program is a comprehensive program to assist you with selling your current home, preparing your home for sale, organizing your move, and securing financing.  We understand making a move at any age is difficult.  With the help of our Concierge team members, we can make your move simple, stress-free, organized, AND even save you money!

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Since 2008 Cornerstone Homes has helped over 100 home buyers make the move.  As a Builder who focuses solely on building homes and communities for active adults, we feel we have a unique understanding of what truly matters to our buyers.  Here is what one of our homeowners had to say about their experience with the Concierge Program:

“I don’t know what I would have done without the Cornerstone Homes team of experts. It was so reassuring to know that someone was there to guide me through my move. The Concierge team of professionals is top notch.” – Beth Kendall, a homeowner at Villas at Magnolia Lakes

Take a look at the many benefits of this program and how it will simplify your move to this exciting new phase of your life:

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Rest Easy!   Today, staging is very important.  Our preferred Stagers will work with you to prepare your home for sale and maximize its sales price.  They will depersonalize your home, declutter, and create great photos for your listing, which will help your listing appeal to more buyers, sell for more money and sell faster.




cornerstone concierge program rightsizing part 4De-Clutter Your Life

This is the emotional part.  Letting go of some of your “stuff.” But it can also be a fun time to connect and share memories as you pass on your treasures to your kids, grandkids or special friends.   Enjoy door to door peace of mind as our Senior Move Manager will assist you with your entire transition.  From helping you assess your household of belongings, to determining what to bring, what to sell, what to donate, what to repurpose, and what to keep in the family.  Our Senior Move Manager can tailor this move to suit your needs and make it the best way to “right-size” for your new home.

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Sell Your Home & Save Money

Save Money!  Work with our preferred realtors and save 2% on your broker commission.  Our handpicked Preferred Realtors have years of experience working with active adults.  They work closely with other Concierge team members to make your experience smooth and easy. 





cornerstone concierge program rightsizing part 4Secure Your Financing

Find the best possible option that is right for you.  And there are more options out there today than there used to be.  Our team of expert preferred lenders will find the right choice for you and guide you through the process with less paperwork,  shorter closing times, and money saving discounts. 




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Our Senior Move Manager will coordinate your move, from packing to unpacking. We can even help with furniture placement to final clean up to get you all settled in.

At Cornerstone Homes, we believe that right-sizing is a memorable milestone, and every step of the process should be just as enjoyable as your new life here will be. We take care of the details before you move in, so the “after” is all you’ve ever dreamed about.  There’s no reason to wait, make the move today to a Cornerstone Homes Community today!


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Good friends make the best neighbors!

Categories: Blog, Buying & Selling Your Home | Posted: December 27, 2017

There are a lot of perks to being a Cornerstone Homes homeowner. Now, there’s one more. Introducing our Homeowner Referral Program!

Our referral program helps create close-knit communities. So spread the word about our Cornerstone Communities to your friends and family. Bring them to a neighborhood function so they can experience what a fun and exciting place it is to live for themselves!

What could be better than getting to choose your own neighbors? By referring friends and family who would be interested in living in one of our communities, everyone wins! They get to enjoy the Cornerstone Homes lifestyle – and you get FREE HOA dues for six months if they buy a Cornerstone home!

The Homeowner Referral Program is soooo easy!

  • Refer a friend/family member who has not previously visited and met with the Sales Team. You must complete the referral form and submit it to your Sales Team prior to your friend’s first visit.
  • When your friend/family member closes on their new home, you will be notified of your free HOA dues reward. (Your HOA dues will be paid directly to the property management company.)
  • Sit back and enjoy your maintenance-free lifestyle with six month of FREE HOA dues! (That’s a lot of shoes to buy!)

At Cornerstone Homes, we are committed to building neighborhoods with a strong sense of community. This happens as people come together to make their neighborhoods their own. Share the joy of living here with your nearest and dearest.

We look forward to meeting your friends and family, and helping you pick your neighbors.