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Boulder County's Premiere Home Staging Service! Providing consults, vacant staging, models, photography, tours, and redesign to name a few. Visit www.ambiance-staging.com or Call 303-435-1784
Boulder County & Colorado's Premiere Home Staging Service
Hi there! My name is Jessica Hughes and I started Ambiance Staging because I saw a great opportunity to make a significantly positive impact here in the Boulder area market. Where the question in California is "who is your stager?", here it still remains largely "what exactly is staging anyway?" I am striving to change that.
I am a HSR Certified Staging Consultant & Feng Shui generalist, and have Though I’ve always been drawn to real estate and interior design, for a long time my career path was unrelated to this passion. For over a decade I worked in the packaging industry during which time I lived England for 5 years, serving as Managing Director of the European operation; covering all aspects of sales, marketing and import of our products. In my extensive travels throughout Europe, I became fascinated with European culture and their interior design. Upon moving back to Colorado six years ago, my husband and I started ‘flipping’ houses together as a side business; staging was something I did to prepare the homes for resale. After numerous requests from agents for staging services the seed was planted. Ambiance Staging is the result!
Ambiance Staging: More than just Home Staging
Attention Real Estate Professionals:
Want to enhance the service package offered to your customers?Want to win more business and give yourself a competitive edge over other agents? More and more real estate agents are providing free staging consultations to their customers as part of their marketing strategy, knowing that their listings will sell for more money and in less time than they would otherwise. Why not offer a service that is guaranteed to pay for itself?
Why Stage? Recently the Department of Urban Housing and Development conducted a staging study that showed staged homes netted 17% more profit than un-staged homes. So in effect, any money invested in preparing a home for sale will be paid back and much, much more!
Staging ALWAYS costs less than your first price reduction!!
Furnished homes: Personal items in a home can distract potential buyers and make them feel as if they are invading on someone else’s space. Home staging strives to de-personalize your home to make it appealing to the widest range of people. A balance must be found that doesn’t feel too impersonal yet that allows prospective buyers to visualize themselves in the home. Additionally, with a staged home selling at least 50% faster, in a slow market you are much less likely to have the inconvenience of having to show a home over months. For the realtor it can be exhausting, not to mention for the homeowner invasive, to have traffic in and out of a home for months, all the while having to keep it in showcase condition.
Unfurnished homes: The idea of a vacant home being the best way to showcase a property has proven unfounded. With a vacant home, normal wear and tear is much more visible, and every small flaw becomes obvious as there is nothing else to look at. Also, most potential buyers have a hard time visualizing the home with furnishings, and to them a vacant home will look cold and uninviting. Vacant listing rarely make the necessary emotional connection with the buyer. Plus, with homebuyers increased savvy, leaving a house vacant can put sellers at a distinct disadvantage. Many buyers will assume that because the homeowner has already moved they are anxious to sell and therefore tend to come in with lower offers.
Curb Appeal: Staging involves much more than just de-cluttering and moving some furniture around. It is a combined focus on showcasing the interior of your home, incorporating emotional connection points through staging techniques, identifying any minor home repairs needed, and improving the landscaping and exterior of the home. Improving curb appeal has one of the highest ROI’s of any improvement in preparing for sale.According to Nancy C. Somerville, the executive vice president of the American Society of Landscape Architects, “....If the landscape is poor, you could expect a sale price of 8 to 10 percent below comparable homes with good landscaping.”
"We had renters in our home while it was on the market and it was showing terribly. Jessica worked with us and the renters to fill in the gaps and I was amazed at the transformation! The NEXT people who viewed our home after it was staged put in an offer, and we closed a few weeks later! I only wish we had done it sooner!" D. Bowman Boulder November 2006
"We had found our dream home in the next town and as a result we were in a big hurry to sell our current one, but I was feeling totally overwhelmed with the clutter and mess,just walking into my disorganized office would give me a headache. Then we met with Jesssica. She broke down what we needed to do into manageable tasks, helped organize and decide what to keep, give away and throw away, and gave us a system for how to keep our home from getting cluttered again. We got an offer the first week, but it wasn't for as much as we wanted, and we have decided to stay in our home for now, but have a renewed love for my home now that she liberated us from the clutter and excess and I am determined to keep it this way. J Synder Longmont March 2007
"We use Ambiance Staging for EVERY SINGLE listing whether vacant or occupied! Jessica also does all of our photography services and we love the Real Estate Shows! she does! The feedback we consistently get about all of our listings is that they are very well presented and that they show well. In the last 6 months we've listed 5 properties and in spite of the slow market, with Jessica's help ALL of them were under contract within 60 days. November 2008 Lance Smith & Alison Sirlin @ Four Star Realty
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