Home staged in Naperville, IL and sold in 3 days! Before and afters

Home Stager with Chicagoland Home Staging LLC

Naperville Illinois homeowner benefits from Professional Home Staging. Staged by Margaret Gehr and the Re-Arrange It team, This property SOLD in 3 days for almost asking price

Staging owner occupied properties can have more challenges. We often work with homeowners that want top dollar but think their home looks just fine. Sometimes owners are to close to see the big "marketing" picture. As a professional home stager not only do we know how to set-up your home for market, we can make the process easy and affordable.

In this case: Making the most of the homeowners furniture, we created a look that was polished and put-together. We can turn akward arrangements and rooms into spaces that feel good. We create just the right balance to keep the buyer eyes on the features..not the stuff. We always give you a fabulous pictures that bring buyers to your door!  

BEFORE Living room - Dining room




Family Room - No Before picture

We reworked the furniture by flipping the couch and TV. The large TV was in front of the window left of the fireplace and the sectional was against the opposite two walls.

Before Staging two walls were painted a neutral color to tone down the blue paint. The built-in bookcases and mantle were painted an espresso color.

Re-Arrange it provided all the accessories and accents, end table and lamps.



Kitchen/Dinette -after new paint - BEFORE staging

AFTER STAGING with kitchen view


Re-Arrange It interiors specialize in staging high-end properties and provide professional quality home staging. We have been helping builders, investors, and homeowners sell their properties for 6 years.

Call Margaret Gehr (815) 530-3566 for additional information



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Margaret Gehr is the principle owner of Chicagoland Home Staging, servicing the greater Chicago area for home staging, redesign, and design projects. We work in both occupied and vacant homes. 


Comments (18)

Carol Pease
JP & Associates Realtors - Bastrop, TX
CRS, Broker-Associate 512-721-6320


Great staging!!! I'm impressed by what you've shown here.  What a difference staging made.

Feb 08, 2010 04:57 PM
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

No wonder why it went under contract so quickly.  You really did a wonderful job with this home.

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


Feb 09, 2010 12:22 AM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Transformed to maximize their sale-Awesome work as always!!

Feb 09, 2010 12:33 AM
Rima Hamade
Exclusively Staged, LLC - Sparta, NJ

Impressive work! The place now looks more spacious, cohesive and inviting! Congratulations Margaret!

Feb 09, 2010 12:46 AM
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

The place looks GREAT....and amazing what the RIGHT accessories and arrangement can do!  You did it!

Feb 09, 2010 01:16 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Margaret- I love the challenges an occupied home offer and you met yours and succeeded!  The Living room is now warm and inviting.  Great job.

Feb 09, 2010 06:29 AM
Leanne Zumbrunnen
Z Touch Design Services - Lenexa, KS

Great job Margaret!  The "before" pictures look more like a furniture rental came in - no personality - no character.  You really brought some life to the rooms!

Feb 09, 2010 02:58 PM
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

They had some nice pieces to work with, but an akward space.  Great job in defining the space.

Feb 09, 2010 02:59 PM
David Peterson
Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging - Portland, OR
Home Stager Portland OR-Synergy Staging-Portland Oregon

Impressive work and your after photos are very nice.  Your tweaks to the furniture arrangement made such a difference!

Feb 11, 2010 04:52 AM
Margaret Gehr
Chicagoland Home Staging LLC - Naperville, IL

Pew!!! went and posted these pictures Tuesday night than jumped right into another job and have  had the chance to log-in into AR.

Carol - Thank you, always a pleasure to hear from a REA

Kathy - Thank you..Really enjoyed your photography seesion at RESA

Cathy  - your wonderful! it was great meeting you at RESA..if you ever get to Chicago..

Rima - The place had lots of college left overs and an odd mix...we just addded the missing componemts and pulled it together. tu

Kathy - Its always about the fluff. Thanks! 

Leanne - yes the before just felt wrong. the owner could never put her finger on why. The power of placement is amazing is it?

Cindy yes they did..just didnt know what to do with it. Thanks!

David - Thank you.  yes sometimes thats all it takes



Kathy - I find owner occuppieds more challenging. ..looks like simple changes is the photo but had lots of work done to the house inside and out before staging. I can't seem to find the before pics..would have been a great testominal house for sellers because of the condition before staging.




Feb 12, 2010 12:44 AM
Margaret Gehr
Chicagoland Home Staging LLC - Naperville, IL

leanne - they did. just didnt know how to pull everything together. Thank you for you comments

Thanks David, sometimes thats all it takes

Feb 12, 2010 01:11 AM
Christine T.
C.A.T. Construction and Home Staging & Design - Crown Point, IN

Great job! I believe only certain people have that eye to pull things together. (they're called stagers) ;-)

Feb 12, 2010 05:21 AM
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging


Beautiful transformations!  I like the use of the ceramic pottery on the Living Room coffee table... it really added a punch of color!

Feb 12, 2010 12:25 PM
Tessa Skeens
Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign - Grand Junction, CO
Staging For Realtors, Builders & Investors

Margaret - nice job!! Your "afters" look pulled together and professional. I'm not surprised it sold quickly.

Feb 13, 2010 11:15 AM
Margaret Gehr
Chicagoland Home Staging LLC - Naperville, IL

Christine, i totally agree...;)

Thanks Michelle, this room really did needed some color to break up all the taupe and brown.

Thanks Tessa, The last 4 houses we did all sold within days..the REA is so happy because she thought it would take much longer. thanks for your comments

Feb 14, 2010 12:08 AM
Janice Ankrett
Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Excellent job Margaret. You updated the look and made the rooms flow.

Feb 17, 2010 10:09 AM
Sam Cooper
Howard Hanna Real Estate - Pickerington, OH
Sam Cooper Howard Hanna Real Estate

Big Improvements, Nice Job!

Feb 17, 2010 12:32 PM
Tamara Schuster
Naperville Glen Ellyn Lisle Plainfield Wheaton Illinois - Naperville, IL
Realtor Broker - Naperville

These pictures are fantastic. Your blog and intro page is fabulous also. Great Job!

Apr 03, 2011 07:46 AM