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Is New Paint Necessary? You Be The Judge!

Home Stager with Carolina Spaces, LLC

I staged the main floor of this vacant basement home.  The budget only stretched far enough for painting in this basement room that totally overwhelmed buyers.  The fire engine red floor-to-ceiling color had to go!  The new color is very soothing, don't you agree?  I thought painting would take at least 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint.  But my painter had it covered beautifully with 2 coats of paint.  He did have to spray the ceiling.

Joan Inglis, ASP, ASPM, IAHSP


Comments (14)

Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor

oh yes..huge difference! What was the room used as when red.. ? Or is the stripper pole in the opposite corner :-)

Apr 05, 2009 11:54 AM
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

WHOA!  What a major difference!  What were they thinking with that red?

Apr 05, 2009 11:58 AM
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com

Come on their might be a fireman that might want the house.  You did open up the pool of buyers to all the non-firmen though.  

Apr 05, 2009 11:58 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Are they kidding?  Even a red ceiling?  I've never seen such a compelling reason to use paint ... good advice.

Apr 05, 2009 12:27 PM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Yikes I think I was swallowed by a fire engine.  Love the new calmer colors and so will the buyers.

Apr 05, 2009 12:45 PM


I can't help wondering what they used this room for???  However, I won't ask.

You were dead on - the room looks a thousand times better and will be so much easier on the eyes of potential buyers.  Rather than "what the h... were they thinking, and how much will it cost us to change that?", your work should bring in positive comments.

Good work!


Apr 05, 2009 03:09 PM
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Oh my word -- that red would drive anyone to a constant headache.

Apr 05, 2009 05:55 PM
Lisa Sherman
Interior Aura - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Interior, Redesign & Decorating - Salem Oregon

Amazing... what were they thinking?  Its no wonder this house would not sell.  Even though paint can often be a cosmetic fix... its a necessary fix for potential home buyers to envision the potential!  The transformation is wonderful and you did a great job!

Apr 06, 2009 05:15 PM
Karen Nardella
The Emporium Your Home for Elegant Resale - Conway, NH

OMG. who knows what this room was.  My eyes are thanking you for the new paint.  What a difference a day make, right?

Apr 07, 2009 11:00 AM
Janis Gaines
Staging Sells Eugene Homes - Eugene, OR
Home Stager Eugene OR - The Notably Well-Dressed H

OMG is right. Wasn't there a red room in that Amityville horror movie? Maybe this was the set for it! I agree that the FIRST thing to spend money on in this area was PAINT!

Apr 17, 2009 06:23 PM
Janice Ankrett
Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Joan you took this room from a little piece of 'hell' to a little piece of heaven. You have some painter! If there's a limited budget and you have to choose between paint and staging I choose paint. As stagers we know how important the 'envelope' can be to a buyer. This is a perfect example showing that there is more to staging than placing accessories.

Apr 26, 2009 02:13 PM
Joan Inglis
Carolina Spaces, LLC - Lake Wylie, SC

Yes!  Paint is so important.  Sellers need to realize that only buyers looking for a fixer-upper are willing to take on homes needing immediate work.  This vacant house was on the market unsold for a year.  Red room painted, main rooms furnished - offer within 60 days.  Good stats considering the sluggish market for executive homes. 



Apr 26, 2009 03:28 PM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager


The paint color changed everything.  What a difference and a great before and after for your portfolio.

Apr 28, 2009 04:16 PM