Home Staging Makes Homes “Move-in Ready”

Home Stager with Gloria Home Staging, Inc.

Staged kitchen    Home stagers know that 63% of buyers will pay more for a home that is ready to move into at closing, and they advise their clients accordingly. If it’s that important to considerably more than half of the people looking for a home, sellers need to know what it means to make their homes “move-in ready”. They need to know that buyers don’t want to spend money fixing it up any more than they do, and that the buyers will either not buy the home, or they will offer less for it. The abundance of competition in this market encourages buyers to keep on looking until they find a home they can move right into. The whole purpose of home staging is to make the home one that buyers want to buy now.

    To be “move-in ready,” the home must, of course, be in good repair and clean. Fresh paint, and carpets and flooring that are in good shape are important. Buyers are also looking for up-to-date homes with new appliances, contemporary fixtures and current colors. Wallpaper is something they really do not want to see, since ¬when they see it, they see an immediate home-improvement project (or a complete turn-off). Buyers want the home to be one they can live in without feeling desperate to make changes immediately. Home staging makes this possible.

   When we first saw this kitchen, it was caught in a time warp from the early 1990’s. The homeowner invested in updating it with granite countertops, wood flooring, new appliances, and a fresh coat of paint. He made the home one buyers couldn’t wait to move into, and he was rewarded with a sale in 14 days.

Kitchen before staging   Staged kitchen

Buyers in the Orlando, FL area have a lot of choice these days. If you are selling a home in the Orlando area, Gloria Home Staging can help you make it stand out in the crowd. Give us a call!

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Comments (5)

Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

Now that is a fantastic kitchen transformation.  I see so many that look like your before photo - dated with no WOW factor.  Great updates with a successful outcome.  I see the dated window coverings were removed too :)  congrats!

Jun 10, 2010 12:07 AM
Mary Lou Teague
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

Thanks for posting this, I have bookmarked for future use. Love the before and after photos.

Jun 10, 2010 01:11 AM
Laurie Calhoun
Gloria Home Staging, Inc. - Winter Springs, FL
Seminole County FL Home Stager

Michele - I'm glad you enjoyed it! The whole house was a complete snoozer when we got there. No color at all. The owner was so great to work with. He did a LOT of work.He was doubtful about taking down the window coverings. He couldn't believe it would look better without them, but he trusted us and was astonished at the improvement. It was very gratifying.

Mary Lou - Thanks! I'm so happy that I provided something that will be of help to you!

Jun 13, 2010 08:45 AM
Leanne Allen
Center Stage, LLC - Burlington, IA

These pictures would go a LONG way towards convincing a seller to update his/her kitchen!  You chose such beautiful finishes and the final product is absolutely perfect!  Nice job, Laurie.

Jul 27, 2010 11:40 AM
Laurie Calhoun
Gloria Home Staging, Inc. - Winter Springs, FL
Seminole County FL Home Stager

Leanne - We loved this transformation. It really helps when you get an eager home seller who understands the need to invest in improvements in order to achieve the goal of a quick sale. Plus, he had great taste! (Okay, we helped! :-D) Thanks for commenting!

Jul 28, 2010 06:43 AM