Staging Props, Green Printer, Contractor Web Site

A monthly rundown of the latest gadgets that can help you succeed in real estate.

May 1, 2009

Print It Green

This new inkjet printer is easy on your wallet and the environment. HP’s Deskjet D2600 is made of 50 percent recycled materials and comes with software that allows for easy double-sided printing, which saves trees. Plus, it’s Energy Star–qualified. HP recently began producing ink cartridge bodies made with recycled plastics from used cartridges and water bottles. Recycle your old printer for cash through HP’s Consumer Buyback and Planet Partners Recycling Program. The D2600 retails for $49. Hewlett-Packard; Palo Alto, Calif.; 800-752-0900;

Fold-up Furniture

Stage vacant homes fast without moving around bulky furniture. NextStage Furniture’s lightweight, collapsible chairs, sofas, tables, and beds can be assembled quickly without any tools. Each piece is made out of corrugated cardboard, but most can support up to 1,000 pounds. Specially fitted slipcovers make the furniture look like the real deal. Accessories, including faux flat-screen TVs and computer monitors, are also available. The NextStage sofa costs $179; the entire living room set sells for $429. NextStage Furniture Inc.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; 877-371-4551;

Find a Contractor Fast

Whether you need a tile installer or waterproofing specialist, may be able to put you in touch with the right people. The contractor search engine is focused on home improvement and construction, allowing you to search for, view, and contact companies relevant to your needs. Or, you can post a job and wait for local contractors to contact you. Businesses that join can customize their own profile page with photos, maps, and more. It’s free to join the site and post jobs. A contractor job posting notification subscription costs $5.95 per month. Inc.; Irvine, Calif.; 949-633-7773;

Erica Christoffer
Product Manager

Erica Christoffer is the product manager for REALTOR® Magazine, driving growth and helping make data-driven decisions for the editorial products and programs that fall under the publication's umbrella. Erica also co-manages the magazine's 30 Under 30 program. During her tenure as an editor, she wrote and edited hundreds of articles for the magazine and launched the Broker to Broker section. Connect with Erica via email: