Family room before
Dining room before
Master bedroom before
Master Bath before
Family Room After
Dining Room After
Master Bedroom After
Master Bath After
Boy's room 1 B-4Boy's Room 1 After
Boy's Bedroom 2 B-4Boy's Bedroom 2 After
Toddler's Room B-4Toddler's Room After
Eat-in kitchen B-4
This blog is in response to Phyllis's blog on houses under 300K being staged.
Now that you have seen the pics, here is the story. Client found me on the internet when she searched Google for a Home Stager. I interviewed her on the phone about her goals and her budget,then we agreed to meet.
The home is 35 miles from where I live. It is a 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath with a floored attic, 2 car garage and a basement storage area. Though a bit cluttered, the house had very little furniture and most of the space was occupied by children's toys, play area and music training. The price is $266,000.
The family consists of Mom, Dad, a 6 yr. old, a 4 yr. old and a 2 yr. old toddler( all boys). When I asked the owner if she wanted live plants in her home, she said "Oh no, its all I can do to keep my boys alive!"
I approached the job initially as a DIY with follow up by the hour. The presentation was a 22 page document with suggestions for every room which the owners were to do themselves. When they were ready, I followed up with a visit to further hone the process. The house was a bee hive of activity , mainly feeding the boys, that is why there are no kitchen pics either before or after. It was staged, I just could not get a pic. Just as it looked as though progress was being made all the boys got pink eye and ear infections. Mom got bronchitis, and I got a stomach virus which was a near death experience. Ok so we got set back a week.
Finally I, and my assistant along with the homeowners, wrestled the house down and got it finished. This is what I did.
1. DIY proposal
2. Follow up with more direction to owner as she deep cleaned, packed, decluttered and depersonalized
3. Added mirrors, artwork, flowers and dishes, accent plants, lamps and pillows etc.
What I charge for a DIY
$500.00 for the initial proposal
$50.00/hr for shopping and follow-up
$20.00 for an assistant
10% month of the total dollar amount of accessories with a 90 day minimum
I was in this house so much that the 2 yr old began helping me and picked up things as soon as he saw me coming in the door. He knew when he saw me things got moved around. I loved it!