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Friday, September 29, 2017

Advice From Award Winning Home Stagers

Whether selling a St. Louis or St. Charles County area home, preparing for a party, or just wanting to make a home beautiful, our friends at INhance IT! Home Staging have some great tips for you. We’ve trusted and been delighted by the work of INhance IT! for years and learned they recently received the Top 10 Best Vacant Home Stager of The Year AND Top 10 Best Home Staging Team of The Year by RESA®.  So who better to ask for home staging advice? We sat down and asked these experts the questions that are on home sellers’ minds.

The Boehmer Team: What are the most important things a homeowner can do to stage their home or just make it beautiful?

INhance IT!: Staging is a catchall word for condition.  In order for a seller to receive the highest return on equity for their home it must be in immaculate condition prior to listing.  This involves a curb-to-basement assessment of every aspect of the property.  The three key things a homeowner can do are:

Paint – we call it money in a can.

Edit – pack away personal collections, personal photos, and items that might distract a buyer.

Clean – buyers want a home that is move-in ready. It pays off handsomely to bring in a professional cleaning crew (don’t forget grout, carpet and windows) prior to listing a home or just to make it appealing.

The Boehmer Team: Are there any ways you recommend to stage/beautify the outside of a home?

INhance IT!: The old saying “you only have one chance to make a first impression” holds true when marketing a property for sale.  Sellers or those just wanting great curb appeal should take a close look at:

Lawn – lawns cut on the diagonal appear larger.

Mailbox condition – make sure it is clean, sturdy and level.

Front door – check the condition of the hardware, choose a good paint color.

Welcome mat – get one, replace or clean the old one.

Healthy potted plants – add character and charm.

Cleanliness – remove any clutter, trash, insects or cobwebs from the outside entryway.

The Boehmer Team: What is the question you get most from home sellers?

INhance IT!: The main question we have been presented with in 2017 is “Why should I stage my home in a hot real estate market”?  The answer is simple.  Real estate staging brings a higher perceived value to the home in any market.  We have seen staged homes receive multiple offers within one day on the market, many receiving offers of $25K or more over list price.  Our motto remains the same in any market “the cost of home staging is less than your first price reduction”.

The Boehmer Team agrees. It’s been proven that beautifully staged homes sell faster and for more money than vacant or cluttered homes. So how do you determine if your home is up to snuff or if you need the help of a home stager? If you are listing your home, The Boehmer Team will meet you at your home to go over the tried-and-true décor updates that help sell homes. If you are a candidate for home staging, we’ll connect you with an experienced home stager such as INhance IT! 

We couldn’t fit all of our questions and answers into this one article. So stay tuned for Part 2 where we discuss the latest home décor trends for homes with the experienced designers at INhance IT! Home Staging. Or for more great home staging advice, check out the INhance IT! blog here. Thinking of listing a home for sale? Contact The Boehmer Team.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Have You Considered An Inventory Home?

St. Louis Area Builder Inventory Homes Offer Opportunities for Homebuyers
This gorgeous inventory home in St. Charles is by Fischer & Frichtel.
In a competitive sellers market with fewer homes for sale than homebuyers, an inventory home is a great option. The problem is, people don’t always find inventory homes on the national home search websites. Also, many don’t even know what an inventory home is. So what is an inventory home?

An inventory home is a brand new home that has already been completed, or may be under construction, by a homebuilder. An inventory home may have been part of a neighborhood development project or was simply built for inventory purposes. It’s also possible that a buyer designed and had a home built but then at no fault of the builder, the buyer couldn’t complete the sale.

Inventory home by Bridgewater Communities in Lake St. Louis
This fabulous kitchen is the heart of an inventory villa built by Bridgewater Communities in Lake St. Louis.
Great value can be found in inventory homes. They are designed with the latest building codes, feature current and popular design trends, are built with the most current building materials and are generally more energy efficient than pre-existing homes. Builders work with designers to choose beautiful cabinetry, paint colors and flooring. Also, these homes usually come with home warranties that are more inclusive than the home warranties one can purchase for any pre-existing home.

Luxurious bathroom in Weldon Spring inventory home by Fischer and Frichtel
This high-end bath is in a 2800 sq ft inventory home in Weldon Spring.
These types of homes are not always listed with an agent or added to the multiple listing service, so they often don’t make it to popular national home search websites to be found by buyers. It’s helpful for homebuyers to work with an agent who understands and specializes in new construction home sales and is aware of current builder inventories to learn about these often-hidden opportunities.

Payne Family Homes builder inventory home in Eureka, Missouri
This luxurious inventory home in Eureka is built by Payne Family Homes.
The Boehmer Team has years of experience helping homebuyers purchase new construction and inventory homes. For your convenience, we have put together a few suggestions you may consider when looking for new construction inventory homes.
The property search on our website offers a new construction home search to search for newly constructed St. Louis and St. Charles County, Missouri area homes.
We have a Preferred Builders page to help you easily research and learn about some of the best area builders.
Visit to see a list of current inventory homes for sale in the St. Louis area. Don’t forget to click the Almost New And Now link on the page to see inventory homes that are currently being constructed.

This inventory home in Fenton has a double deck and backs to trees.
If you are considering buying a home, the best first step is to contact a real estate agent or team, like The Boehmer Team, to represent your interests. An experienced Realtor or team has trusted contacts that can help you find the best mortgage, homeowners insurance, title companies, inspectors and everything necessary for a home sale transaction.   

This adorable Lake St. Louis inventory home by Bridgewater Communities is new and ready for you.

Thinking of making a move? Contact The Boehmer Team today.