For Sale

8 Tips to alleviate stress when selling your home

If you ever have had your home up for sale, you understand the stress it can cause.  Especially if you have been in your home a long time and are now downsizing.  (I speak from personal experience!)

There are so many challenges to face both physically and emotionally.  There is the uncertainty on pricing; the decluttering and depersonalizing your home to attract the right purchaser who will hopefully offer a fair price; the continued upkeep and hours of cleaning your home before ‘showings‘ that last 15 – 60min.  (I recommend that you are not home during showings as people will be looking at your house with critical eyes and not have the same happy memories that your home has provided for your family over the years.)

Here are a 8 ways to alleviate the stress:

  1. Know why you are really selling. IE: downsizing, upgrading, relocating etc.
  2. Do research online to understand the pricing of other homes both in your area and the area you want to live in.
  3. Select the style of home you want to live in and story board images of the exterior and interior on places like Pinterest and Houzz.
  4. Walk thru your home and look at it from a purchaser’s eyes.  If this is difficult, have a home stager come in and offer an unbiased 3rd party opinion.
  5. Declutter and depersonalize your home to make it appear larger and more appealing to a new owner. (It is hard to view a home as your own when you see family photos, very personalized art pieces and/or religious artifacts.)
  6. If you aren’t in a pressure situation, have a bottom dollar amount in mind so that emotions can stay out of the purchase process.
  7. Keep positive and understand that this ‘for sale‘ process will last for only a short time (relatively speaking – even if it feels like years!)
  8. When an offer comes in, deep breathe, and remember why you are selling and envision your new home as a new exciting chapter in your life.


Written by Jan Addams
(DAT Girl)  Designer, Author, Trainer



Interior Designer vs Interior Decorator

vs CIIID ‘Interior Style Strategist’?

Interior Designer Jan Addams
Hiring an INTERIOR Professional is a wonderful and very cost effective decision. The process however can be like finding a high-quality marriage or business partner. You should talk to associates, friends and get referrals. Once you have narrowed done the options, call or meet with them as it is crucial to like, trust & value your partner.

At IMAGE To INTERIOR®, we feel so strongly about being able to understand and fulfil your interior style & design needs that we send you (via email) a short Style Options Survey to help us ensure that we are all on the same page.

OK, so what is the difference between an Interior  Designer vs Decorator vs Home Stager & a ‘Certified ImageINTERIOR, Industry Design’ CIIID – Interior Style Strategist?

All perform important functions with various specialities & duties as described below:

1.  The Professionally trained Interior Designer of residential, retail or office spaces can & do perform similar duties as an Interior Decorator but have more advanced education in interior architectural elements and space planning and go further to specify inherent products like plumbing, electrical, media, appliances, furniture & built-ins and then design the ‘walls’ to go beyond aesthetics to create or redesign the basic structure, layout & functionality of the space.



2. The Professionally Trained Interior Decorator is concerned mainly with the aesthetic & physical adornment of a residential, retail or office space. ie: Paint Colour selection & placement; appropriate and price sensitive furniture & accessories that will best utilize the specific area; Window and Floor coverings designed for beauty & function as well as hard & soft accessories that add the final touch of value to an interior space.



3. The Home Stager qualified by specialized training programs is called in to set up a home or space to SELL. They remove, refresh & revamp a space to heighten the value by making the property less personal and more desirable to the future purchaser. Many, but not all, have interior decorating or design backgrounds.



4. The Professionally Trained & Certified CIIID – Interior Style Strategists have their background from the Home Staging, Interior Decorating and/or Interior Design Professions and have been further educated and trained with BUSINESS Behind DESIGN to create interior spaces around the occupants style using custom interior project management tools to save their client’s time, energy & money when creating an interior that is Simply You by Design…



To hire one of our Certified Interior Style Strategists – ask for a results oriented FREE 15-20 Minute Style Strategy Session.  You will receive instant solutions and Interior TIPS.  This session is essential to determine whether we can work together to achieve your desired results.

IMAGE To INTERIOR™ incorporates The Triple ID Style Classification System© which transitions your personality, body shape and colouring to create your own unique Image, Interior or Industry Design Style. This information is proven to be invaluable when you are purchasing clothes, furniture & accessories and even business marketing materials to match your style and budget.


Wikpedia’s Definitions: Professional versus D-I-Y

There are three main approaches to managing a home improvement project: hiring a general contractor, directly hiring specialized contractors, or doing the work oneself.

general contractor oversees a home improvement project that involves multiple trades. A general contractor acts as project manager, providing access to the site, removing debris, coordinating work schedules, and performing some aspects of the work.

35% of homeowners, according to the Remodeling Sentiment Report bypass the general contractor, and hire tradesmen themselves, including plumberselectricians and roofers.

Another strategy is to “do it yourself” (DIY). 67% of homeowners report they will do some work themselves when they remodel according to the Remodeling Sentiment Report. Several major American retailers, such as Home Depot and Lowes, specialize in selling materials and tools for DIY home improvement. These stores host classes and carry numerous books to teach customers how to do the work themselves. DIY websites also provide information, in the form of how-to videos, articles and step-by-step instructions.

Home improvement industry

Home or residential renovation is a $300 billion industry in the United States,[2] and a $48 billion industry in Canada.[3] The average cost per project is $3,000 in the United States and $11,000–15,000 in Canada.[4]

There are several types of companies that contribute to the booming renovation industry. Supply businesses such as Home DepotLowesMenards and Rona Lansing provide all the materials and tools necessary to facilitate home renovations. Many online companies and home improvement websites offer tips, guidelines and trends to give homeowners ideas for design and décor.


Playing a critical role are the professional associations created to represent the architects, architectural technologists, interior designers and skilled trades that provide specialized services tohomeowners. These associations provide credibility, trade guidelines and useful information to help homeowners learn more about the trades they are about to hire.[citation needed]

Associations include:

Renovation contractors

Perhaps the most important or visible professionals in the renovation industry are renovation contractors or skilled trades. These are the builders that have specialized credentials, licensing and experience to perform renovation services in specific municipalities. While there is a fairly large ‘grey market’ of unlicensed companies, there are those that have membership in a reputable association or are accredited by a professional organization.