Indianapolis Home Show

It's here! I love, love, love the Indianapolis Home Show, and I'm so excited to be able to be involved this year as a speaker. I'll be speaking about Staging, and appearing Monday and Tuesday Jan. 22 and 23rd. Come out and see all the good stuff! I'm looking forward to seeing the Tiny Homes exhibit, myself.

Also, I have a few free tickets left! Contact me if you'd like one!

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Stage It Before You Sell It

Krista Bocko of Cachet 317 shows sellers how to make their homes sing

Looking to sell your home? Get tips on how to present your house in its best light from Krista Bocko of Cachet 317, a professional home staging company, at the 2018 Indianapolis Home Show.

Bocko works with homeowners and realtors to get their properties ready to sell. It can be as simple as helping them “edit” their furniture to a bare minimum, rearranging the design completely or bringing in temporary furnishings to maximize the flow of a bare space. In most cases, they work with existing furniture and help choose paint colors, art and accessories, as well as organizing spaces to look their tidiest.

“We stage to present the home in its best light. Buyers want to see the space, the architecture, the features. We want people to see the square footage, uncluttered with nice updated colors,” Bocko said.

“If you’ve been in your home a long time, you tend not to see those things a buyer’s eye will pick up. So we come in to help because we know what buyers want to see.”

In this age of Pinterest and HGTV, buyers are savvier than ever about how a home should look when it’s for sale, she added. A well-staged house will usually sell faster, and for a higher price, than one that looks lived-in. Most buyers, particularly younger ones, are not looking for a fixer-upper.

“As a seller, you want to sell quickly. It’s painful to have your house on the market and keep it looking perfect for showing. So we give tips on how to make your home its most desirable,” Bocko said.

During her stage presentation, Bocko will talk about the things that are currently trending in the housing market. The desire for white kitchen cabinets is still prevalent, but a new look is to have different colors for the upper and lower cabinets. Walls should have neutral colors – white, cream or light gray – and there should be large pieces of artwork, mixed metals and plants.

Light colors are a must for bedding and bath towels, and updated hardware with a matte-style brass is hot right now. Granite countertops are giving way to less busy patterns in the kitchen, with subway tile very popular these days.

“Staging is one part of the puzzle. It also depends on the real estate market and how it’s cycling, and partnering with your agent to make sure you house is priced right. You want to do everything so your house can be competitive in the market,” Bocko said.

“Many people think of the Indy Home Show as a place to find great stuff to buy or visit the Centerpiece Home. But we’re also proud to present experts like Krista Bocko with practical advice they can use, whether they’re buying a home, selling one or just looking to make the home they have be more beautiful and functional,” Indianapolis Home Show Manager Laura Groninger said.

Krista Bocko, owner of Cachet 317, will appear at the 2018 Indianapolis Home Show on Jan. 22-23.

The Indianapolis Home Show is open Fridays, Jan. 19 and Jan. 26, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturdays, Jan. 20 and Jan. 27, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sundays, Jan. 21 and Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Monday-Thursday, Jan. 22-25, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 317.705.8719 or visit the Indianapolis Home Show website at Make sure to go online and save!