Wall Decals….Classy Art Trick or Tacky Accessory? :

Wall Decals: Classy Art Trick or Tacky Accessory?

July 5, 2011 by Melissa Tracey · 2 Comments
Filed under: Staging Tips 

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR Magazine

wall decalsWall decals–or pretty much wall stickers–are increasingly growing in popularity to decorate walls in a room, but should you use them in staging properties for sale or will it send the message as tacky? (Take the poll.)

These peel-and-stick decals can depict anything and everything, from bold graphics to cartoon characters to motivational phrases. They are inexpensive and easy to stick onto a wall and just peel off when you’re ready to move on.

“Those old-fashioned, ‘Home Is Where the Heart Is’ kind of sayings in that script, I think those are a little cheesy,” designer and TV host Sabrina Soto, a guest designer on HGTV’s “HGTV’d” series, told Florida Today (“Designers’ Do’s and Don’t for Decorating With Decals”).

But wall decals aren’t just for spreading “cheesy” messages or showing off the latest “Cars” or “Toy Story” character in children’s bedrooms. Some designers are actually using wall decals more artistically and incorporating them like wallpaper or an accent wall (see video below). Unlike wallpaper, though, the decals are easy to peel off. And as an art accessory to the walls, they won’t leave any holes behind either.

For example, for a small or awkward space, a single, graphic image decal can actually give “depth to a room and gives some interest to the architecture,” Betsy Burnham of Los Angeles’ Burnham Design told Florida Today in the article. For example, in a small bedroom, a headboard decal may be “a great way to have fun without taking up any space,” Soto adds.

Watch the video below from the Home Staging Channel to see an example of using wall decals more artistically.

Do you think wall decals are a good staging tool or just plain tacky?

I like the option of applying decor to the walls….that can be rearranged or changed very easily. Bringing in a natural look with branches accented with a few flowers would be my choice. Keep it simple and elegant to compliment your interior environment. What’s the worst that can happen ? I would definitely give it a try.

Why Live In Grant City Staten Island New York ?

Are you looking for an easy commute to Manhattan and Brooklyn? Do you like the convenience of being near all shopping, restaurants and buses? How about having the train 1 block away? Better yet… a new home built in 2011, is waiting for someone to enjoy 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, private yard ,driveway and top notch construction….. plus tons more!

Prepping a Home for Sale: Simple Staging Tips for Inside and Out .

Before you show your home to any potential buyer, you want to make sure the staging is perfect. Follow these general tips and your home will look better than the competition.


  • Clear all unnecessary objects from furniture throughout the house. Keep accessories and objects on the furniture restricted to groups of 1, 3, or 5 items. In general, a de-cluttered home helps the buyer mentally “move in” with their own things. Rearrange or remove some of the furniture in your home, if necessary. Many times home owners have too much furniture in a room. When it comes to selling your home, thin out overcrowded rooms to make the rooms appear larger.
  • Clear all unnecessary objects from the kitchen countertops. If it hasn’t been used for three months…put it away! Clear refrigerator fronts of messages, magnets, pictures, etc.
  • In the bathroom, remove any unnecessary items from the countertops, tub, shower stall, and commode top. Keep only the most necessary cosmetics, brushes, perfumes, etc., in one small group on the counter. Coordinate towels in one or two colors only.
  • Take down, reduce, or rearrange pictures and objects on walls. Patch and paint all walls, if necessary.
  • Review the house interior, room by room, and…

1. Paint any room needing paint.

2. Clean carpet and draperies that need it.

3. Clean windows.

  • Pack up and store. If you need room to store extra possessions, get a storage unit.
  • Leave on certain lights during the day . During showings turn on ALL lights and lamps.
  • Set a background tune. Play light FM music every day in the house, for all viewings.


  • Go around the perimeter of the house and move all garbage cans, discarded wood scraps, extra building materials, etc., to the garage or, if applicable, take them to the dump.
  • Check gutters and roof for dry rot and moss. Make sure they are swept and cleaned.
  • Examine all plants. Plants are like children…they grow so fast. Prune bushes and trees. Keep plants from blocking windows: “You can’t sell a house if you can’t see it!”
  • Remove any dead plants, weed all planting areas, and put down fresh mulching material.
  • Keep your lawn freshly cut, edged, and fertilized during the growing season.
  • Clear patios or decks of all small items, such as little planters, flower pots, charcoal, barbeques, toys, etc.
  • Check the condition of the paint on your home, especially the trim and the front door. The first impression, or “curb appeal,” is very important.


Try looking at your home through the buyer’s eyes…..ask yourself …do I like the way that looks ? Does the buyer have a warm welcoming entrance….neat, lush flowers, plants…and color? Make your home stand out from the competition…. give the buyer a reason to say… Wow!

Prevention Stops A Disaster….Need Free Advice ?

How do you feel about your local businesses?. Local expert, honest advice, go to guy, there in a pinch? I had the opportunity to speak with local business owner Adam Menoni of  Qualitech Computers Located in the Silver Lake community of Staten Island, across the street from Silver Lake Golf Course   and Silver Lake Park


Adam had some simple honest advice on preventing computer viruses…..and tips on what to do if you have a computer virus. Qualitech Computers in the Silver Lake area is within a community of charming colonials, capes,magnificent victorian homes, condo’s and apartments. Click here for homes in Silver Lake 

Qualitech Computers specializes in computer/laptop repair, virus/ spyware, pop-up removal,networking/ wireless internet,custom built computers, data backup and recovery.

With a friendly staff and excellent service….I encourage you to travel… to Staten Island’s North Shore community of Silver Lake and reap the benefits of the local residents….who utilize the wonderful services of Qualitech Computers. Experience the Silver Lake community……parks, dog run, golf, shops, small town feel, easy commute to ferry and NYC. Discover why so many people love this area.

Check out homes for sale in Staten Island at .Staten Island’s North Shore Also join me on twitter

There are 2 kinds of Real Estate professionals…those who understand the emotional and financial complexity of selling a home….and those who don’t. Have an extraordinary day !

Looking For A Great Location And Lifestyle On Staten Island ?

Welcome to Grasmere, north of the Staten Island Expressway, in Staten Island New York. This awesome location has an easy commute to Manhattan and Brooklyn.



The ferry is a 10 minute trip from the Grasmere stop on the Staten Island Railway. The convenience of the local train, local bus (to Brooklyn & Staten Island) and express bus make this an attractive place to live.   Shopping, schools, beach, boardwalk and a freshwater pond are all nearby….how awesome is that ?  We are not really the forgotten borough…..just a great hidden secret. Many have discovered why living on Staten Island is so great…..a blend of everything can be found here….from housing, people, arts, lifestyles and attractions. .

Check out this new home on the market in Grasmere.–Radcliff-Rd-Staten-Island-NY-10305. Home is set in a country setting… within this fabulous community filled with many amenities. Grasmere is located in the  Northeastern section of Staten Island. Looking for an enjoyable lifestyle…..easy commute, shopping nearby…. this is your opportunity to enjoy the prestigious community of Grasmere.

Check out homes for sale in Staten Island at, Free Buyers Guide:  Also join me on twitter .

There are two kinds of Real Estate professionals….Those who understand the emotional and financial complexity of selling or buying a home….and those who don’t. Have an extraordinary day!

Sex Sells! … Did I Catch Your Attention?

Sex today is used for marketing just about everything and anything not remotely connected to sex–but it works. And real estate staging does for houses what sexy ads do for marketing–it sells!

In today’s competitive real estate market, you cannot afford to gamble with your equity by not staging. Sure, I have heard all the reasons why you think you don’t need to stage (and you can probably think of some I haven’t heard too!), but ask yourself:

  • Do you really want to sell your property?
  • Do you want to sell in the shortest amount of time (or an indefinite time with poor results)?
  • Do you want to secure the most amount of equity possible when the sale goes through?

If you answered “yes, yes, and YES!,” then staging is what you need to do.

Let’s Talk Facts

FACT: Everything counts! That means everything you do–or don’t do–to ready your property will make or break the sale.

Here are more facts that may help make your decision easier on whether to stage or not:

–78 percent of sellers today are willingly investing up to $5,000–and often more–to make their property move-in ready.

–More than 63 percent of buyers today say they are willing to pay more money for a move-in ready property (Read: We don’t have time or money to do the work).

–93 percent of buyers today look at property on the Internet first to create a list of “Must See” listings. In other words, the photos posted of a property on the Internet must sizzle–staging by a professional who knows how to stage for the perfect photos is crucial.

–Decisions to buy are made emotionally and then supported intellectually. First impressions–good or bad–are made in the blink of an eye.

–A recent survey showed, in the opinion of 1,000 real estate professionals, that the projected ROI for staging to be as high as 589 percent.

Staging is an umbrella word for three definite steps: Consultation, Work, and Showcasing. (Work means fixing and upgrading the condition of the property.)

Everything counts! That means anything you decide not to fix, clean, upgrade could be the reason your property is on the market longer or sells at less than expected.

Once your seller decides to move, they need to divest their emotional connections to the property and accept objective advice from a professional who has the credentials to help market their biggest asset.

In today’s competitive real estate market…. everything counts! Definitely put your best foot forward when presenting your home. Buyers prefer move in ready… so plan out your presentation….from awesome full descriptions….emotions play a big part in the home buying and selling process….. everything you do or don’t do will count!

Is It The Delicious Coffee, Great Conversation Or The Location… What’s Brewing On Staten Island’s North Shore ?

Do you wake up anticipating a great cup of coffee? Is it the jump start of your day ….the fuel that keeps you going ? I definitely look forward to a great cup of coffee….after my morning run in Silver Lake Park…. a stop at the “Coffee & Tea Market” on Forest Ave. is a great way to start the day. This wonderful niche gathering place is located within Silver Lake; part of Staten Island’s North Shore community.




The Silver Lake community has many options of housing…charming colonials, capes, condos, apartments and magnificent victorian homes. Many of the home date back to the early 1900’s. Click here to find homes within the Silver Lake area. 

Many local buses and the X30 express bus to midtown Manhattan, travel along the main street of Forest ave. Also in the area is the beautiful Silver Lake Park , which just added a tot park for the little ones to enjoy.

 The “Coffee & Tea Market” is part of  the Forest Avenue Business Improvement District or BID    Owner Todd David provides a large selection of coffees and teas to fit everyone’s taste. I personally enjoy the flavor of the day….every morning there is a different flavor of coffee written on the chalk board. The anticipation of the flavor of the day ….is something I look forward to daily.  

Many locals enjoy their morning and afternoon coffee or tea…while chatting with old friends and new friends. The sense of community and good old neighborly interaction is so pleasurable here. Knowing everyone in the Coffee & Tea Market just by being a customer…is certainly a nice feeling.The next time you are in Staten Island’s North Shore…. make sure to travel through the Silver Lake community. Discover why so many love this area….parks, golf course, small town community….just to name a few attractions… a wonderful place to live.

Check out homes for sale in Staten Island at .Staten Island’s North Shore Also join me on twitter

There are 2 kinds of Real Estate professionals…those who understand the emotional and financial complexity of selling a home….and those who don’t. Have an extraordinary day !

Why Are You Inspecting My House ?

Welcome to businesses, people and homes of Staten Island’s North Shore community. Today’s business highlight shares what you can expect during a home inspection. At times inspections can be daunting and nerve racking for a seller of a home……and to some extent to a buyer. Free buyers guide :


I met up with Manny Stratakis, a licensed NYS home inspector with Pillar To Post located here on Staten Island while on a recent home inspection. I wanted to find out…….will an inspector always find something wrong in the home inspection process ? Manny indicated inspectors look for major problems….heating and cooling systems,electrical problems, signs of water damage,termites and structural or plumbing problems. Do -it – yourself projects are also closely checked. Often problems are minor and inexpensive for the seller to fix. How can the seller prepare for the inspection? Manny suggested, having the seller give their home the once over is a good idea…..prior to inspection. In my opinion….an experienced Real Estate agent can give the house a good look-over….agents may not have the expertise of a home inspector …..but have been through enough sale negotiations to spot common red flags. I believe even when negotiations get tough….. the buyer still wants to buy your home. It is true …buyers do experience feeling overwhelmed also. When purchasing a home. bear in mind that a home inspection is a tool and resource you can use in determining if that particular home is for you. Looking for expert advice… Manny is an inspector who will provide  a professional and knowledgable home inspection.

Check out homes for sale in Staten Island at .Staten Island’s North Shore Also join me on twitter

There are 2 kinds of Real Estate professionals…those who understand the emotional and financial complexity of selling a home….and those who don’t. Have an extraordinary day !

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