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The Market is Unchartered Territory-Staging is Not

Home Stager with Spruce It Up! Oregon's Real Estate Stager

Economists and Real Estate professionals are all making a good college try at predicting where the market is going, what's working and what's not. And many of them admit that we're in uncharted territory so predictions can change with the wind.  What is not changing with the wind, are certain "flaws or deficiencies" in homes that will almost always turn away a buyer. A good professional stager will have ideas on how to work with or work around those challenges to still illicit the interest of a buyer.  It requires engenuity, creativity and often, even just a very reasonable budget to make changes that will completely change the look of the room.

Go to this link Biggest Losers: 20 Home Design Features That Send Buyers Running to find a very comprehensive listing of those tough to sell features in homes.  Below you'll find before and after photos of a couple design challenges I was able to help my clients with.  The result on both, was a quick sale!

Ah!  Seventies cedar! This was what potential buyers saw as soon as they entered the house.  It obviously dated the house, made the dining area appear much smaller and squelched interest in seeing what else the house had to offer.  A simple overlay of sheetrock, texture and paint brought this room into the new millenium.

Then in this 1970's kitchen, the space for the refrigerator wouldn't accomodate the sizes of more modern models. In its place was a wire storage rack, commonly used in pantries and garages. Since a new countertop was on the "to do" list, we simply created a space that looked like it had always been there.

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Liz Harrison President/Staging Consultant

Spruce It Up Home Staging and Redesign

Comments (7)

Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Liz - Sheet rocking over that cedar was an excellent decision. The room really went from dated to something far more up-to-date.

Congratulations. Your home staging is being featured in the group Staging Before & After Pictures.


Oct 02, 2009 12:38 AM
Liz Harrison
Spruce It Up! Oregon's Real Estate Stager - Salem, OR
ASP, Home Staging Consultant

Thanks Kathy! That was a fun project. We really transformed the place with just a few noticable changes.  I'll have to post photos of the other rooms later.

Oct 02, 2009 04:56 AM
Shelley Roufs
Simply Staged Homes - New Ulm, MN

Liz - An interesting list. Thanks for sharing with us. Love the changes you made in your examples!

Oct 03, 2009 07:22 AM
Liz Gallagher
LG Home Harmony - Home Stagers & Organizers - Montreal, QC
Montreal Quebec RESA member

Nice updates in the kitchen ... practical yet stylish. Beautiful.


Oct 04, 2009 12:05 PM
Kate Talarico
Kates Home Staging and Interior Design - Goshen, NY
RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager

Great idea for the kitchen, it looks like it has always been there.  The dining room looks great without the cedar wall.

Oct 05, 2009 05:00 AM
Susan Macaulay
Clarity Over Clutter - Winnipeg, MB

Thank you for sharing the list.

The quick remedy for the dining room looks wonderful.  I really like the shelving in the kitchen.  The budget conscious update in the kitchen looks great.


Oct 06, 2009 02:39 PM
Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

Great work, Liz!  This looks like a makeover that would be featured on HGTV's "Designed to Sell".  Wonderful photos for your portfolio.

Oct 07, 2009 05:27 AM