little things mean a lot-- what do you think?

Home Stager with Stage-Show-Sell

almost a year ago I wrote a blog about taking it all off and how the extra details mean a lot.


Right now I'm working on two estate and the same time.  This has really been a challenge.   One is a nice little condo in Royal Oak that has been on the market for 2 years.  Other units have been slowly selling around it and this one has stayed on the market.

The realtor brought me in thinking that I could do some magic.

The first thing that struck me was the front door knocker.   Being a condo we needed to stay in the same theme as everyone else so I made a great change with a little polish.

This is what it looked like the first day.

dirty brass door knocker

shiny brass knocker 

And then the next day.   Do you think this will make a difference?


The 2nd Estate is in Bloomfield Township.  It was built in 1963 and has had very few updates. See they wallpapered the ceiling.   This house has been a challenge because very very few of the electrical outlets and switches were grounded.

This is the old style electrical outlet

two prong electrical outlet

These were not grounded although the outlets had grounding wire in the wall.

They have been now replaced with three prong grounded plugs

three prong grounded electrical outlets

We have also installed GFI where they are needed.

These things take a little bit longer when getting a house for the market.

Stage-Show-Sell, LLC feels that this investment will bring in an extra $10K.   The buyer won't beat us up for bad electrical.

The Bloomfield Twp. home will have it's pre-listing inspection today.

Both of these Estates will be market ready in the next couple of days.

Watch for the before and after shots.





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Stage-Show-Sell, offers affordable home staging solutions in the Birmingham - Bloomfield and surrounding areas in getting your home ready for the market. We service both home sellers and realtors. We have the experience, our own rental furniture and accessories to stage many homes. We specialize in Estate work. The house can be put into our hands for the whole process of getting the house on the market


Comments (8)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Virginia....doing those little things make a huge's always beneficial to pay attention to detail.

Nov 18, 2009 04:18 PM
Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

I guess you are saying that the little things mean a lot, right?

Nov 18, 2009 04:24 PM
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Little things certainly do make a LOT of difference -- good examples of this in your post.

Nov 18, 2009 06:01 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

It's the little details that send the messages to buyers.  Those items you changed would have planted seeds in the buyers' minds as to what else needed repair.  I can't wait for the before and after shots!

Nov 18, 2009 11:17 PM
Patty Hill, BIC
Local Homes and Land, Inc - Summerville, SC
Local Homes and Land, Inc

Virginia,  little things make a big difference.  Thanks for sharing!

Nov 19, 2009 01:06 PM
Kate Talarico
Kates Home Staging and Interior Design - Goshen, NY
RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager

Yes, little things absolutely make the difference.  Buyers are looking for a reason not to buy today.  This home now has updated electric and a "brand new" front door knocker.  I cannot wait to see more after picture.

Nov 21, 2009 10:40 AM
Valerie Sagheddu
Apostle Art Home Staging & Design - Stroudsburg, PA
~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA

Those outlets were a great update and would have been picked up by the inspector as well...I will watch for the B & A photos!!!

Feb 02, 2010 09:03 PM
Grace Culver
Michigan Homes Network - home advertising and search - Ferndale, MI

I agree small changes can go along way.  When I purchased my first home I wanted new furniture; however, I couldn't afford it at the time.  I added nice picture frames and plants with beautiful pots, and it made a huge difference.

Oct 25, 2010 01:16 PM