NH Home Staging FAQ - Does Staging Require Buying New Furniture?

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NH Home Staging FAQ - Does Staging Require Buying New Furniture?

 

Most New Hampshire sellers are not familiar with Home Staging and their expectations are usually based on TV shows...not exactly "real life" accurate.

Home Staging doesn't always involve the removal and replacement of your furniture.  Yes, you can hire a stager to do that, but it's not required.

Sharon Tara Transformations specializes in Home Staging consults for occupied homes.  I will recommend replacement when necessary, but whenever possible I use the home owners' existing furnishings.  It's surprising what can be done simply by moving things around and "shopping" for accessories within the house.

 

1.  Built-ins and paneling painted.  New slipcover for couch.  Nothing new brought in.

before and after

2.  Furniture rearranged.  Nothing new brought in.

before and after

3.  Furniture rearranged.  Nothing new brought in.

before and after

 Professional Home Stagers pride themselves on saving sellers money and finding inexpensive, creative solutions when the furnishings are somewhat lacking in the appeal department. 

 

If you have a vacant property, you will need furniture.... but, it's your decision whether to borrow, rent, or buy.  Meet with a professional stager to discuss your options.  You don't have to furnish every room.  Most stagers can work with all budgets and advise you on which rooms would best benefit from staging.

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  1. Donna Foerster 06/16/2012 03:39 AM
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Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Lloyd:  I actually suggested that the brick in the first picture be painted.  They wouldn't do it.  Here is my favorite "painted brick" transformation though:

painted brick

Jun 04, 2012 11:12 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Steve:  If only I were closer!  I will let you know if I come across anyone.

Anna:  You can still answer this question.  It's a good one to have on your FAQ page for your website.

 

Jun 04, 2012 11:14 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Here here Sharon!  My business has taken on more occupied stagings and consultations over the past few years and most of these clients do not have the luxury or extra $$ to purchase or rent additional furniture. The transformations can be just as powerful and marketable as new if done right and working with a home stager. Thank you for sharing and saying it!

Jun 04, 2012 11:32 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Lloyd Binen
Certified Realty Services - Saratoga, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411

Yes, I remember that fireplace from your original post.  I like it.  I had a feeling you recommended painting the brick and the homeowner didn't like the idea.  I think that's common.  The used-brick was popular when they bought the home, probably.  They liked it then, and still do.  It's okay.

Jun 04, 2012 11:34 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

You did an amazing job tranforming these spaces -they were very tired and now they are alive.  When I stage homes, I only use the client's existing furniture and we sometimes buy new accessories-I think it's most economically efficient.

Jun 04, 2012 12:39 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Sharon, you took aged and cluttered and brought them up to date. Clean and salable....good Job!

Jun 04, 2012 01:05 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Karen:  I enjoy the challenge of using what's available...it's like a giant puzzle!  The satisfaction from it is very rewarding.

Lloyd:  I've had many sellers not willing to paint brick.  It's not an easy sell.

Joanna:  I find new bedding to be the most common need.  It's rare that I find a bed that's ready for it's close up.

Ellen:  Thank you!

 

 

Jun 04, 2012 08:38 PM #10
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Sharon. I guess you have done this once or twice, hey? You are so very good. Terrific pictures bring it home. I'm still loving the laundry room transformation you did in your home with salvage kitchen cabinets you bought and re-did. Want to come to MA?

Jun 05, 2012 01:49 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sheila:  Once or twice...and then some!  Thank you!  As for coming to MA...it's not that far.  Once I get my life a little more settled, we can schedule a visit.

Jun 05, 2012 02:13 AM #12
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Sharon, you and I have very similar businesses. So often I can even fill in the blanks in other rooms with the furnishings that come out of rooms that are crammed. I just had a vacant flip house where they opted to use their own furnishings. I ended up going to their homes and choosing the pieces for the 'flip'.

Jun 05, 2012 03:56 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Janice:  I just had a consult last week where the seller told me on the phone that there was a large family room that was vacant and we needed to discuss rental furniture.  No furniture rental needed!  She was amazed that I pulled that room together without having to bring anything in.  She had plenty in other rooms of the house.  Other rooms that were far too crowded, so removing the furniture was a plus!  Win Win

Jun 05, 2012 07:29 AM #14
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Kim Gaston
FRONT PORCH TEAM REAL ESTATE & PROPERTY STYLING - Brokerage, Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

I find that in my area, the seller can't afford to vacate until they've sold, so much of the time its an occupied staging and may become an occupied-to-vacant if they have orders (military) and are required to report at a certain date. This makes it tricky, but I try to keep the transition smooth since those sellers are stressed as it is.

Jun 05, 2012 01:27 PM #15
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- excellent example of what staging can do.  You don't need to empty the bank to make your home "Show Ready",.

Jun 06, 2012 01:06 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Kim:  I think this is the most common scenerio right now.  It's a challenge working in an occupied home knowing it has to be maintained by the homeowners, but it is totally possible.

Kathy:  It's a very common misconception....one we work to change every day!

Jun 06, 2012 01:57 AM #17
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Jennifer Prestwich
Henderson, Thornton, Broomfield and Westminster - Henderson, CO
Your Castle RE Colorado

I saw this post because of Donna's re-blog.  LOVE these pictures - they are so compelling.  I am a true believer in home staging, and have even had my stager "shop" my own house to use in empty listings!  Nice job, Sharon :)

Jun 16, 2012 09:40 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Jennifer:  Thank you!  And thank you again for being a believer!!  I've had agents use their own furnishings in a listing too.  Some will do whatever it takes to help their clients!

Jun 16, 2012 10:18 AM #19
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Lisa Hicks
Hoang Realty - Augusta, ME
Serving Central and Southern Maine

These before and after pictures are amazing.  It really doesn't take much to make a dramatic difference.

Jun 16, 2012 10:56 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Lisa:  The right professional stager can work with any budget to make a dramatic transformation.  

Jun 16, 2012 11:40 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Jaime Westman
HouseHunt.com - Huntington Beach, CA

I do the same thing around my own home. As the pictures above so clearly prove that just rearranging can breathe new life into a room.

As the seasons change, so do my slipcovers. It's the fastest way to change a color scheme. Wonderful job, Sharon!

~Jaime

Jun 18, 2012 03:37 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Jaime:  My daughter has the same name, same spelling.  It's not that common to see!  Thanks for the great comment!  Changing accessories is the easiest way to achieve an inexpensive new look!

Jun 18, 2012 07:14 AM #23
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