This Home Stager is on Border Patrol!

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Home Stager with Arranged Smartly LLC

It seems like I've been seeing a lot of wallpaper borders lately. Sometimes they are part of a wallpaper decorating scheme and other times they are flying solo near the ceiling or at chair rail height. I have yet to see one that I think enhances a space. It's a trend from a past decade and it dates the home like brass fixtures or avocado appliances. Therefore, this home stager is on border patrol!

Like any design choices you make when you live in a home, if you love them, you should keep them and enjoy. But if you are putting your house on the market, a space that is perceived as dated will never be the first choice among buyers unless they're looking for a fixer upper.Wallpaper border

Removal can be very simple, especially when not contending with wallpaper. Ultimately, if it remains, it can be very distracting and a reminder of the seller's personal style.

The homeowner reinforced the nautical border in this photo with themed accessories and color choices. This did nothing (especially with the window treatments) to enhance the vaulted ceiling and it really made the home look older than it was. This seller was worn down by the time I entered the picture and had no energy left to remedy some of the issues I pointed out. Yes, his house did sell, after a while on the market and after a few price reductions. I wonder how much it would have cost to pay a handyman to remove that border?

 

 

Cathy Brosius is the owner of Arranged Smartly, a home staging and organizing company.  Cathy and her team are working smartly for homeowners and real estate agents throughout the St. Louis region.  She has also been interviewed on KMOV's Great Day St. Louis, providing tips on staging a home for sale.

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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Oh boy, that border and those curtains - oh my!  Good for you for at least playing up the nautical theme and the colours. 

Feb 07, 2010 01:02 AM #9
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Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

I am with you....wallpaper & borders so dating.  And...I do think it turns buyers away as they do NOT want a project at move in.  The border plus the curtains...priceless!!

Feb 07, 2010 01:46 AM #10
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Mary Lou Teague
HOME STYLE AND STAGING LLC - Knoxville, TN
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

So glad the boarders are gone..you did an excellent job

Feb 07, 2010 03:31 AM #11
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Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI

Too Funny, love the Border control title. I have just listed an 18 year old home that is most assuredly over the top on boarders.

Feb 07, 2010 06:11 AM #12
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Cathy Brosius
Arranged Smartly LLC - Saint Louis, MO
Home Staging St. Louis region

Hi, Cathy. Thanks for stopping by. I agree that wallpaper border is not a current look anymore!

Melissa, I find it difficult to believe they were putting up a border on a TV show! I love the look of grasscloth in wallpaper, but I really haven't seen a border that still looks good.

Sally, the problem was the home was not very old. It just looked dated with their decorating choices. I don't care what you want to do when you live in a space, but when you want to sell, you have to re-think some choices!

Feb 07, 2010 07:45 AM #13
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Cathy Brosius
Arranged Smartly LLC - Saint Louis, MO
Home Staging St. Louis region

Kathy, so many times sellers just don't want to take on projects. I think once they make the decision to sell they are just done with the property. But the buyers are thinking the same thing--I don't want to strip wallpaper, paint walls, etc.

Mary Lou, thanks for stopping by!

Mary, I admit, it did take me a while to come up with the title... Good luck with your border patrol!

Feb 07, 2010 07:48 AM #14
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

The title of your post reminded me of Texas Cathy!  The cost of removing the border was much less than the price reductions I'm sure. I still shake my head at why sellers don't take the short term pain of the sweat equity involved vs the long term gain of selling quickly.

Feb 07, 2010 09:43 AM #15
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Kate Talarico
Kates Home Staging and Interior Design - Goshen, NY
RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager

Your blog title is fantastic and very original!  Your 1,000% correct, the borders need to go!

Feb 07, 2010 09:44 AM #16
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Cathy Brosius
Arranged Smartly LLC - Saint Louis, MO
Home Staging St. Louis region

Karen, the title made me think of Texas too! We don't have many border patrols in Missouri...

Thanks, Kate. It seems like all stagers agree that borders aren't going to help a sale. Thanks for stopping by!

Feb 07, 2010 10:08 AM #17
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SHARON CHARBONEAU
UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES - Sechelt, BC

Cathy,

Luv your title!

I spent days taking down the wallpaper in my client's condo for sale.  Every room had wallpaper & borders!!!

He is thrilled with the changes & is torn whether he should move back in.  The best part - he is 100 years old!!!!

Feb 07, 2010 12:08 PM #18
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Cathy Brosius
Arranged Smartly LLC - Saint Louis, MO
Home Staging St. Louis region

Sharon, that goes to show what a difference removing wallpaper can make! Congrats on your successful job, and it must be really interesting to have a 100-year old client!

Feb 07, 2010 12:19 PM #19
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Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

Often times it seems that if there is one border in the home as I continue the tour there are many more to follow.  It certainly is easier to remove than a whole room of wallpaper and well worth the investment when selling.

Feb 07, 2010 09:35 PM #20
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Cathy Brosius
Arranged Smartly LLC - Saint Louis, MO
Home Staging St. Louis region

Michele, you are so right! Borders do seem to appear in more than 1 room in a home, don't they?

Feb 07, 2010 11:38 PM #21
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Valerie Sagheddu
Apostle Art Home Staging & Design - Stroudsburg, PA
~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA

I'm with you!!! I haven't found a border yet that is a positive selling feature. BTW...Great title for your post!

Feb 08, 2010 01:33 AM #22
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Cathy Brosius
Arranged Smartly LLC - Saint Louis, MO
Home Staging St. Louis region

Valerie, you've validated my opinion. Thanks for stopping by!

Feb 08, 2010 04:05 AM #23
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Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

In Southeast Tennessee I see this constantly!  I am in agreement that borders instantly say Welcome back to the 80's!  Take 'em down people!

Feb 09, 2010 11:27 PM #24
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Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Cathy, ... and this why we need stagers.  So many people grow accustomed to their style tastes and over time don't realize it's just not that appealing for today's market! I love your Title! 

Feb 10, 2010 03:47 AM #25
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Cathy Brosius
Arranged Smartly LLC - Saint Louis, MO
Home Staging St. Louis region

I couldn't agree more, Lori! If you love them, it's ok to have them when you live in a space. But when you're selling, you have to consider removing them.

Feb 10, 2010 10:10 AM #26
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Cathy Brosius
Arranged Smartly LLC - Saint Louis, MO
Home Staging St. Louis region

Mary, I love to get realtor comments! The agents I work with on a regular basis love to leave these details up to me. I'm very diplomatic and sweet about it! Thanks for stopping by.

Feb 10, 2010 10:12 AM #27
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JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
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Cathy the style that might appeals to a homeowner might not be right when selling, so that is why it is important to get help staging the property so it can sell faster and for more money.

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