Key Room Staging: It's About the First Impression

By
Home Stager with Gloria Home Staging, Inc.

One of the very most important reasons to stage a home is to create a good first impression. Buyers will have an immediate reaction to any home -- well within the first 60 seconds, they will have formed either a positive or negative opinion of the home. They will spend the rest of their time in the home collecting information that backs up or overcomes that opinion.

That's why home staging is such a valuable investment in selling a home. It creates a positive first impression, and then supports that positive opinion as the buyers move through the home.

At Gloria Home Staging, our first recommendation is that the whole home be staged, but occasionally the seller's budget does not allow for that. In the case of this Orlando area home, the seller chose to have us stage its key rooms -- the first rooms that the sellers will see, and the master bedroom. We hope that the warm feelings the beautiful entry provides will carry through the rest of the home, though it is vacant.

Here is the view buyers get when they walk in the door:

Unstaged living room  Staged living room

And a view of the entire entry area:

Entry area before staging  Entry area after staging

And here is the master bed room:

Empty master bedroom  Staged master bedroom

If you are selling a home in the Orlando area, call us at Gloria Home Staging. We would be pleased to create a good first impression for your buyers.

 

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Gloria Home Staging

www.GloriaHomeStaging.com

                             407-695-0023

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Serving the Orlando, Florida area

Comments (26)

Birgit Anich
Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040 - Norwalk, CT
CT Home Stager Fairfield & New Haven County

Nice job Laurie! I also like the angle of the picture you have taking of the dining/living room area. Very nicely chosen to showcase it - it gives the impression that the entire house is staged. I am sure the realtor will be happy to use your pictures in the promotion.

Dec 07, 2009 01:55 PM
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

Laurie, terrific post and well written, I especially like the angle of the photo from the dining room.  It's a terrific photo that really puts some perspective on the rooms together, so they look connected.  Well done...Love it.

Dec 07, 2009 02:17 PM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

Just enough warmth and color to create the right atmosphere to attract buyers. Great job Laurie!! 

Dec 07, 2009 03:35 PM
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

It turned out beautiful, Laurie.

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

Kathy

Dec 07, 2009 11:01 PM
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

I also believe in the key room approach if the budget doesn't allow for more, these are the rooms buyers will be spending the most time in. This looks great Laurie!

Dec 07, 2009 11:35 PM
SHARON CHARBONEAU
UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES - Sechelt, BC

Excellent example of what a small investment in key room staging can do to improve what is already an attractive, tho vacant, house.

Dec 08, 2009 02:18 AM
Laurie Calhoun
Gloria Home Staging, Inc. - Winter Springs, FL
Seminole County FL Home Stager

Birgit - Thanks! I like the angle of that photo, too. The realtor took her own pictures, but asked if she could use ours after she saw the Real Estate Show we did for the property.

Terrylynn - I'm glad you liked it. Thanks, once again, for your encouragement!

Cathy - Thanks! We were very pleased with the way it turned out.

Kathy - Thanks for the feature! I'm honored!

Karen - We've done light staging before, but never just the key rooms. It's all about flexibility and working with what's possible. Thanks for dropping in!

Sharon - It really is an attractive house, and we hope the warmth from the first rooms will extend throughout the home.Thanks for commenting!

Dec 08, 2009 01:01 PM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

absolutely great.   you did a great job with the budget that you had.

I'm sure it will help sell this house

Dec 11, 2009 08:35 AM
Laurie Calhoun
Gloria Home Staging, Inc. - Winter Springs, FL
Seminole County FL Home Stager

Thanks, Virginia! I hope it helps. The owner only agreed to three months of staging, so we'll see!

Dec 11, 2009 01:18 PM
Chrissie Sutherland
Ready Set Stage - Greensboro, NC

Beautiful work.  It looks much more cozy and warm.  Thanks for sharing.

Dec 12, 2009 12:03 AM
Laurie Calhoun
Gloria Home Staging, Inc. - Winter Springs, FL
Seminole County FL Home Stager

Thanks, Chrissie! Though it probably shouldn't by now, it never ceases to amaze me how much furniture improves a room. It makes the day's work so worthwhile. I'm glad you stopped by!

Dec 12, 2009 12:00 PM
Stephanie Sissons
Staged To Sell - Medicine Hat, AB

Beautifull!!!

Dec 13, 2009 03:46 PM
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

It seems that is what most are having to do because of budgets.  Looks great!

Dec 14, 2009 03:58 PM
Laurie Calhoun
Gloria Home Staging, Inc. - Winter Springs, FL
Seminole County FL Home Stager

Thank you, Stephanie!

Cindy - One of the most interesting parts of the job is figuring out how to do more with less. I'm glad you like this particular effort!

Dec 15, 2009 01:44 PM
Trisha P Realty Group
Realty Executives - Leavenworth, KS
"Holding the Keys to Your Dream Home"

Beautiful staging.

Dec 16, 2009 02:34 AM
Laurie Calhoun
Gloria Home Staging, Inc. - Winter Springs, FL
Seminole County FL Home Stager

I'm so glad you like it, Trisha! Thanks for the kind words.

Dec 16, 2009 01:29 PM
Rita Minion
O'Brien Realty - Solomons, MD

Hello Laurie,

The room transformations are amazing!  Beautiful staging work!  Thank you for sharing the before and after photos.

Rita

 

Dec 19, 2009 08:35 AM
Laurie Calhoun
Gloria Home Staging, Inc. - Winter Springs, FL
Seminole County FL Home Stager

Hi, Rita! I'm glad you enjoyed the photos -- thanks for stopping by!

Dec 20, 2009 02:23 AM
Chris Minion
O'Brien Realty - Lexington Park, MD

Hello Laurie,

Beautiful work!  You did a great job on the staging!  Thank you for sharing. 

Chris

 

Jan 27, 2010 06:33 AM
Laurie Calhoun
Gloria Home Staging, Inc. - Winter Springs, FL
Seminole County FL Home Stager

Thanks, Chris! I'm pleased to share our work with you, and I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Jan 27, 2010 10:19 AM