Curb Appeal Is King: Pretty Tree Or Beautiful Home?

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Home Stager with Design To Market LLC

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As we discuss our Cincinnati home staging company and the services we provide, we are often asked what we look at and the kind of recommendations we make.  While we might spend more time as stagers doing the work on the inside of the home, we are COMPLETELY missing the boat if we are not prepared to help our clients make the best decisions about how to improve the exterior of their homes.  It might be as simple as a change in shutter color or as involved as suggesting a landscape re-do.  Whether it is a simple and inexpensive change or a more involved facelift, it is critical to address this most important feature that a home has to offer.

 

The photo above showcased some beautiful trees in the yard of a beautiful home we recentlystaged.  Pretty tree but probably not pretty enough to grab passersby... 

 

Home Staging Exterior

Transformed to the showcase of a beautiful home that is definitely enough to grab prospective buyers!  This photos shows the impact of removing an overgrown tree, tidying beds, trimming bushes and working to make the best features of a home visible for all to see.

Design To Market has offered professional staging services in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky since 2004.  We work with vacant homes, occupied homes, and everything in between!  Call us today at 513-265-0952 for more information about our services.  

 

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Rainer
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Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi
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It's all in the perspective and presentation.  Nothing wrong with picture One - just the wrong context in which to use it.  Picture Two - now, that's an invitation ... thanks for sharing.

Aug 29, 2010 02:06 PM #1
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Is that the same home Jo? Did they cut the tree or did the photographer catch a better angle?

Aug 29, 2010 02:14 PM #2
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Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market

Sorry Karen!  I should have provided more information!  They cut the tree down and cleaned up the landscaping.

Aug 29, 2010 02:28 PM #3
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

What a brave seller and they made the right choice with your help of course Jo

Aug 29, 2010 04:36 PM #4
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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

The home is so pretty-it needed to be seen!! Great decision!! You can't sell it if you can't see it!!   

Aug 29, 2010 05:07 PM #5
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Leanne Zumbrunnen
Showhomes of Kansas City - Lenexa, KS

You are so right Jo, how can it have great curb appeal if you can't see it from the curb?  I would love to get a hold of a couple house in my neighborhood.  Just cutting down the tree right in front of the house would show off the house and, an additional bonus... let more light into the house!

Aug 29, 2010 06:03 PM #6
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Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Sometimes the shrubs or small specimen trees just get overgrown, defeating their original purpose.  So yes, they do need to be removed at some point, and replaced.  Must let in the light!  Julie

Aug 30, 2010 04:35 AM #7
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Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market

It is amazing how positive an impact removing an overgrown tree can have.  It is tough to do though because large older trees can add a very nice "canopy" to a yard.  The problem is that sometimes they become too large for the scale of the home.  I think it is important to have a landscape professional as part of your team to insure that you are giving the best advice on tree removal and landscaping changes.

Aug 30, 2010 04:50 AM #8
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Karen Searle, Home On Display
Peterborough, ON

What a beautiful house - you are so right that the tree obscured the beauty of the home.  Brave home owners to take it down - not everyone would agree to do that.  Great job!

Sep 03, 2010 03:21 AM #9
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Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market

The homeowners were hoping for the opportunity to donate it as a Christmas tree but tough to find a taker this time of year!

Oct 08, 2010 05:36 PM #10
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