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Five Tips for Staging Your Home

At Gardner Realtors, we take the time to actually get to know you. We live in the same neighborhoods and visit the same parks. Our children go to school here, and we enjoy the same corner store with the delicious coffee and donuts. Like you...we're local. So, we know there is a ton of emotion that goes into selling your home. Every nook and cranny of your home represents a different memory. Anniversaries, birthdays, children being born, etc. Getting ready to sell your home can bring up all kinds of emotion. Then there's the inevitable emotion over the actual dollars and cents, right?

Luckily, you don't have to break the bank to make sure your home is ready to show. In fact, a few small changes can potentially add a lot of value to your home. According to RIS Media, sellers receive $2 in increased sale price for every $1 they put into staging a home! Sound good? We thought so!

In my experience, I've seen that prospective homebuyers want to picture themselves living in your home. They want to envision having the same memories within these walls that you loved creating. That's why I've come up with a few simple tips for staging your home. Follow these tips, and a perfect buyer may just fall in love with your home the way you once did!

At Gardner, it's our passion to create the life you love. I understand that helping you sell your home will go a long way to doing just that. I also know that by staging your home in a comfortable, inviting way, you're actually showing potential buyers that this is where they too can create the life they love. So, what are you waiting for? Let's get ready to show your house and help you move into your next dream home!

Message From the Editor

Hello all, 


What a wonderful thing it is that Gardner distributes a monthly newsletter with all the latest,


greatest information in the world of real estate.  Even better is that they allow us agents to 


customize our newsletter as we please.  While it is my intent to continue to provide


all the news that's fit to print when it comes to real estate, I also thought we might stretch out


a bit and offer some articles and other writings that don't necessarily relate to real estate, like


poetry, short stories, essays, etc.  As a writer it offers me another venue to share and I 


invite other writers to do the same. Just reach out to me if you'd like to publish something in


my monthly space. I do hope everyone enjoys the articles presented in the newsletter and that


the information is helpful to you as you might be considering buying or selling a home or 


other property. Happy reading!












Poetry Corner: A Rose Sat Meeting With the Sun


“What is more beautiful, more lovely than a rose?  I tried to grow them in my garden but they require such particular care—just the right mix of sun, food and water.  I considered their beauty when I wrote this poem, but it is their short life and their relationship with the sun that really inspired it. While they require the sun to bloom, it is the sun that ultimately dries the very life from their stems and petals.”



Today a rose sat meeting with the sun

Somewhat nervous this new friendship he’d begun

While still green the bud had known the warm embrace

Now, with gloom and glee the purple knot and the sun meet face to face


Duly impressed, “you are larger than the eyes can see”

Said the bud, “considering your proximity

“Why hold you so tight. Let the other ones know of me”

Spoke the sun to the bud, “I’ll just warm them and let them be.”


“My petal-sum friends should rest another day or two

After all, it’s important that we look our best for you”

“Did you know,” said the bud “concerning the order of our life

Our master planned that we bloom by day and rest with you at night


He said, no one will see you when the moon lights the wanderer’s way

So go in, rest the night because short are your days

And each hour that you find rest moon to sun

Comes an hour of ‘light time’ that you will have won


But it seems, spoke the bud, that once my fragrant friends appear

And they meet with you sun as I’m doing here

So impressed, nay be it awe at your affect on them

That they wait through the night. They refuse to go in


But dark carries a chill and of course everyone knows

The shade and a chill are no good for a rose

And if one were inclined to look in on them

You’d see roses shiver each there on its stem


Yet, for a day or two they awake at your pace

And bloom full of beauty delivered by grace

Now the days of a rose are numbered and fixed

The original plan said we should bloom five or six


But, alas said the bud as the very first rose did too

We’ve suffered the moon while waiting on you

And the days of our bloom though they should be more

Were bought by the night waiting at dusk’s door

And as the rose sighed a dew drop concluding his story

It gave in to the sun for two days of glory

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