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Sometimes home staging is just a matter of rearranging the furniture to make the space appear larger and more aesthetically pleasing.  Rockland Home Staging recently did a consultation with the owner of a one bedroom condo. The unit was overpowered by the large entertainment center and bulky furniture. We had a budget of $0 for this project.  I was called in to to a consultation and the homeowners did all the heavy lifting! Here are the results.

The photos on the left are the actual MLS photos, mine are on the right.  I think choosing a good angle and having a wide angle camera also help.

BEFORE                                                                                                 AFTER


BEFORE                                                                                              AFTER


By separating the entertainment center and placing the two pieces on the side of the windows we really maximized the space. The hutch that was to the right of the window fit perfectly in the entry that was previously bare. Even with no budget staging can make a difference.

If you would like to schedule a home staging consultation call Rockland Home Staging at (845)731-9510. We'll help you take the guesswork out of getting your home ready for sale.



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Beth Lester
Beth Lester Designs - Torrance, CA
Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Congratulations!  It looks SO much better.

Jun 17, 2009 10:07 AM #1
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

This is one of my's so much fun to use what they have and make such a transformation! Great looks a lot better.

Jun 17, 2009 01:51 PM #2
Laurie Calhoun
Gloria Home Staging, Inc. - Winter Springs, FL
Seminole County FL Home Stager

It really is satisfying to be able to make such a big difference for so little. Way to go!

Jun 17, 2009 02:45 PM #3
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Maureen -- You certainly have a gift tha many don't have!  What a difference.

Jun 17, 2009 02:58 PM #4
Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI

The space is much more attactive without the big entertainment center and he had to love the price!

Jun 18, 2009 12:56 AM #5
Maureen Maureen
Orangeburg, NY

Thanks guys. Someday I'm going to get a big budget job and be able to stage it with all the bells and whistles (you can substitute: fake fruit and rolled towels) but for right now I'm doing what I can to help people sell.

I do need to clarify, it is not completely free home staging, the homeowners do pay me for a consultation.  (I haven't completely lost my mind). (( not yet anyway))

Jun 18, 2009 02:41 AM #6
Wendy Casey
A-List Home Staging & Decor - Surrey, BC

Now here's an example of where staging shines, even with a minimal budget. The client is paying for

your knowledge. Well done...the rooms are more functional and open. 

Jun 18, 2009 05:52 AM #7
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Maureen, I do many consultations where the homeowner does not have me in to do the staging. I always look at the listing photos afterward and I am usually pretty satisfied with what I see. Some clients really don't have a budget to work with, so we do what we can in our consultations to help them get the property prepared for sale. The Realtor is happy, the client is happy and as you say, you get paid for the consultation. Win, win, win in my books. Great post and photos to show the proof of what a detailed consultation can achieve with the elbow grease done by the homeowner.

Jun 18, 2009 08:04 AM #8
Tammy Deviley
RE/MAX Select REALTORS LLC - Green Bay, WI

It always amazes me how some simple changes can go such a long way.  Good job.

Jun 18, 2009 08:16 AM #9
Maureen Maureen
Orangeburg, NY

Hey Michelle - It is nice to hear from someone that kind of has the same business model as me. I pretty much work exclusively for realtors and rarely get hired to do that staging.

Thanks Tammy

Jun 18, 2009 08:27 AM #10
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Maureen, It never ceases to amaze me that often small changes make such a huge difference.  The home looks SO much better!

Jun 18, 2009 10:00 AM #11
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Love what you did with the space, and kudos for getting the owners to do the heavy lifting!

Mike in Tucson

Jun 18, 2009 06:09 PM #12
Shaun Rice
Keller Williams Landmark - Astoria, NY

That's fantastic!  It always amazes me how doing something so small, like removing the table cloths from those two pieces makes such a big improvement to the 'space' it self.  Koodos!

Jun 21, 2009 12:16 AM #13
Wendy Bibeau
Keller Williams Realty DTC - Aurora, CO
The Bibeau Group - Realtor - Denver Colorado Real

Wow - great transformations!  Kudos :-)

Aug 21, 2009 07:58 AM #14
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