Comments (26)

Michael Peddycord
Keller Williams Realty - Boonville, NC
that is so awesome!  About how much time did something like this take?  It really does look like it would help this home sell.
May 24, 2007 03:16 AM
Pam Roberge
Nice job! I especially like the placement of the sofas to fully utilize the space.
May 24, 2007 03:22 AM
Lori Hakeem Oxley
Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. - Tampa, FL
Great job!!!  I really love the place settings and all the lighting.  It makes everything seem like a "home" vs. the before pictures!!
May 24, 2007 03:57 AM
Hi Michael, in regards to your question about how much time this took. It was a typical 8 hour staging day for me.  This was an older home built in 1978 with low ceilings, the house needed paint, the carpet had to be refurbished and I selected new fixtures which the homeowner paid for. Total staging cost was only $2,500.00 which included the two month furniture rental!
May 24, 2007 05:10 AM
Penny Schoenbeck
AZ Home Styling & Redesign - Mesa, AZ
AZ Home Styling


I love your pictures! I also really like the colors you chose, what an awesome tranformation!

May 24, 2007 05:17 AM
Vicki Watzlawick
CORE Realty (The Watz Team) - Algonquin, IL
Illinois Foreclosure Expert, The Watz Team
Sherry beautiful job!  Can you explain carpet refurbishing for me.  Never heard that term before.
May 24, 2007 02:49 PM
Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market
Nice difference.  Really warmed up the room.
May 24, 2007 03:58 PM
Stacy Harthan
Exit Platinum Realty - Crystal Lake, IL
Looks great Sherry!  Would you recommend "staging" on a vacant home? 
May 24, 2007 04:18 PM
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals
Took it from cold and uninviting to a welcome space.
May 24, 2007 04:54 PM
Karla Davis
Florida Home Staging & Redesign, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Orlando Home Staging Firm

Awesome work Sherry!!  I scrolled and saw only the second photo and was thinking, I don't get it? Then I saw the transformation below!

May 25, 2007 02:53 AM
Sherry Flanagan
Desert Chic Interiors - Vail, AZ

Hi Vicki, when I did the initial consultaiton on this home, the carpet was in HORRIBLE condition, as noticeable in the before pictures. Pet urine (a large dog!) saturated the carpet. The homeowner paid $750 to have the carpet "refurbished." According to the carpet cleaning company I used, the process involved using heavy equipment to extract dirt from the pad (as opposed to just surface cleaning) a special type of brush to "lift" the carpet fibers and a fogging treatment. I have to say, I was shocked at the results, the carpet looked and smelled brand new. For me, this re-confirmed the importance of clean carpet for homes that are being put on the market!

Hi Stacy, I personally prefer staging vacant homes. You have free reign to do whatever you want (within the budget). The biggest expense to the client is the furniture rental, but again, I always emphasize what a high rate of return investing in home decor will give the homeowver (almost 80%!). I just picked up a DREAM gig with a major local builder. They are willing to pay 1%-2% of the sale price to have me STAGE their model homes. I just received a check for $10,000 to shop for furniture and home decor! LIVING THE DREAM!!

May 25, 2007 03:33 AM
Stacy Harthan
Exit Platinum Realty - Crystal Lake, IL

That's great Sherry - I will have to think about it for one of my properties that is vacant and having a rough time selling - THANKS!

May 25, 2007 07:52 AM
Toronto's 2 Hounds Design: Decorating + Staging
2 Hounds Design + Home Staging - Toronto, ON

What a great job! I would love to do vacants exclusively. Do you mind if I ask how you approached the builder?

Live it up!

May 25, 2007 07:53 AM
Sherry Flanagan
Desert Chic Interiors - Vail, AZ

Hi Dane, the builder found me-ONLINE. One of their site Managers, who is also a Real Estate agent, contacted me and wanted me to initially Stage one of their spec homes. That one spec home has now turned into multiples. Thanks for the feedback!  

May 25, 2007 11:26 AM
Kathy Dyer Roseville Sacramento Staging Real Estate Home Stager Services
One Step Staging- Home Staging services Roseville/Sac areas - Roseville, CA

Hi Sherry,

Great job, I love the furniture angles! Nive soft colors make it "move-inable"~


May 25, 2007 02:15 PM
Vicki Watzlawick
CORE Realty (The Watz Team) - Algonquin, IL
Illinois Foreclosure Expert, The Watz Team
Sherry, Thanks for the carpet info!  Wow $10,000 to go shopping with..what a job!  You go girl!
May 25, 2007 03:30 PM
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

What an amazing transformation!  Great job Sherry!

Terrylynn Fisher, Walnut Creek Realtor

Realtor/Staging Specialist

Dec 14, 2007 10:09 AM
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Sherry, I love that sofa, want one for my house.  From what company did you rent it?  Can you help me find it? 

Great job..simple and chic!


Dec 14, 2007 10:19 AM
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging
Awesome job!  I paniced when I saw the second photo, but then kept scrolling... whew!  You really did a lovely job! 
Dec 14, 2007 11:30 AM
Jackie Peraza
Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC - Framingham, MA
Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts

Nicely done!


Dec 14, 2007 11:43 AM