What Impression is Your Listing Giving - For the Birds, Bland or Wow?

Home Stager with Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon CCB #180695

Once upon a time in the peaceful city of Keizer Oregon there was a beautiful home waiting for a new owner.

Potential buyers passed it by, thinking it was for the birds!

Living Room - MLS photo before staging

Listing Photo Before Home Staging

. . .

When it was vacant, the home was bland and several incidents

of snow blindness were reported.

vacant homes don't show well to potential home buyers

White on White on White

Room sizes and features were overlooked due to blandness of home

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The resourceful listing agent was not going to let this home linger on the market any longer and hired a professional home stager to create a new image for her listing.

With a limited budget what can be done?

A little staging magic . . . and from the moment buyers enter this spacious home, they will find it welcoming and be able to envision the  lifestyle available within these walls!

professional home staging

Wow - This home looks interesting!



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Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

I'm a believer in staging.  Now all I have to do is find a local staging expert (who also happens to be affordable).l

May 25, 2010 04:41 PM
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging,

What is it about those floor lamps these days?? Your photo is the 3rd one I've seen in a month, two here in Dallas.  Those birds... now I have one I wouldn't mind adding to that cage myself... my own! Good points Margaret!

May 25, 2010 04:59 PM
Cameron Novak
The Homefinding Center - 1000 Palms, CA
Real Estate Broker since 2008

I wish my listings had a little more wow!

May 25, 2010 05:00 PM
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
Realtor and Broker/Owner

Very nice blog with very good points, thank you!

May 25, 2010 05:09 PM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

It was looking pretty chilly-glad it warmed up in there!!!! Love the red.

May 25, 2010 06:31 PM
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

Great touches, Margaret.


I'm lovin' the birdcage.

May 25, 2010 08:23 PM
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Margaret - If you haven't found a stager her on ActiveRain you may try here (Real Estate Staging Association).  Having a fee structure that clients can afford is important and our clients say they receive a huge return on investment on their staging $$!

Karen - I agree - looks like an alien landed in this living room!

Cameron - Hard for sellers in a short sale to afford much staging isn't it.  We've done consults and some staging in that situation.  Even on a zero budget, there is so much that can be done to improve the look of a home!

Dan - Thanks.  Buyers have a strong impression from the first picture. If its not fabulous, they will click on by.  Most can't relate to granny furniture or birdcages!

Cathy Lee - It was a frigid wasteland - and the only thing to look at is any imperfection in the carpets or wall.  I know you spice them up beautifully too!

Jim - I think I can get you a package deal with the light and deliver it to you!

May 26, 2010 01:11 AM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Margaret - glad to see the birds have flown this coop.  The contrast of the dark furniture with the light surrounds really helps to add interest and warmth.  You did a great job.

May 26, 2010 03:43 AM
Connie Hall
All Brokers Real Estate - Portland, OR

I can't imagine how many people with allergies overlooked that home because of the wonderful bird pictures in the MLS.

May 26, 2010 07:26 PM
Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

Lots of White before staging - Now, The well placed furniture draws you in. 

May 30, 2010 11:58 PM