A Few Simple Changes can Help Sell Your Home Faster!

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Home Stager with Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR

As professional home stagers in the Portland Oregon area, we're often asked to help our clients prepare their home or listing for sale.  As part of our Portland home staging service, we include tips for preparing your home for the market - even before staging begins.

We recently consulted with a family whose elderly mother had moved into a senior community.  The house was immaculate but still had all brass light fixtures along with brass hardware and doorknobs.  We suggested replacing those brass items with brushed nickel, and the family also removed some of the dated furniture pieces that had served the family very well over the years, but wouldn't appeal to the target buyers of this home -- and we brought in modern furniture, art and accessories as needed to inject new energy into this house. 

The result was two offers in the first 48 hours!  The sale will close this week and the seller's family is happy their mother can now fully enjoy life in her new community.  Here are some Before & After photos that illustrate some of the changes that our consultation and home staging made, assisted by the family's hard work taking care of easy cosmetic improvements ...

The dining and living rooms got updated light fixtures and valances removed along with an infusion of color (we used the seller's existing furniture as much as possible to reduce costs) ...  

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The kitchen nook needed a dinette set so that buyers could imagine eating in this space, and an updated brushed nickel light fixture replaced the brass one ... 

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The master bedroom is always one that we recommend be staged ~ buyers often think their furniture won't fit, when the home is empty.  Staging it shows them there's more room than they thought!

 

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Buyers often use a spare bedroom as an office space .... so we staged this one to appeal to them ...

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And a small bedroom now has a fresh, updated new look that will appeal to the target buyer ...

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Even this little niche near the entry got an update!

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When your home is on the market, remember that the most important factors in a successful sale are: 

  • Having a great listing agent
  • Pricing the property right
  • Making sure your home is presented at its very best
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Room Solutions Staging offers expert home staging services in Portland, Oregon to homeowners, real estate agents, and builders. Our proven home staging techniques will help reduce your property's market time and maximize your equity. We'll prepare your property or listing to look appealing to your target buyer for the online photos as well as for in-person viewings. Our owner and principal stager Maureen Bray is a nationally-recognized home staging expert who enjoys sharing her passion for staging with others.  To schedule a Verbal Staging Consultation filled with our staging tips and advice, contact us @ 503-246-1800.

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Rainmaker
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Cynthia Bartch
Granville, OH

I'm back again Maureen I was going to add something but saw that Julia M. said it for me! The niche looks so smart now.

Feb 21, 2011 01:05 AM #28
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Tom ~ I like your description -- what a nice compliment -- thank you!

Hi again Cyndee ~ The little niche needed an update too -- glad you liked it.

Feb 21, 2011 03:40 AM #29
Rainmaker
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Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Maureen, love the use of colour in this home. Staging really has turned a corner when it comes to adding just the right amount when needed. Green is a colour that I am using a lot as well.

Taking down the valances always works for me when you are looking to update a home. That and taking down the brass lights! Great work as always. Super results, your agent must love you.

Feb 21, 2011 10:06 AM #30
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Michelle ~ Those valances were once the height of fashion when all the original furniture was in place ... and it was the 1980's ... but now, they just make a home look tired.  The agent on this project was happy with the staging, yes ... and the fact that the home sold quickly in this uncertain market!  Thanks for your feedback.

Feb 21, 2011 01:54 PM #31
Rainer
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Ellen Wright Adams
Academy Mortgage.......We are a Equal Housing Lender - Eugene, OR
LoansByEllen- Licensed in Oregon
Congrats on such a quick sale; I love the before & after pics - great job!
Feb 21, 2011 03:01 PM #32
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Ellen ~ Thanks for your comment .... it was a fun project and we're happy the home sold quickly.

Feb 21, 2011 04:41 PM #33
Rainmaker
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David Peterson
Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging - Portland, OR
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These are the types of results we love. Bravo!

Feb 22, 2011 09:15 AM #34
Rainer
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Mannie Ferguson
The Staging Fashionista - Alexandria, VA
APSD, RESA

Hi Maureen - there is a reason you are the RESA Professional Home Stager of the year.  Fabulous!

Feb 22, 2011 11:42 AM #35
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi David ~ We'll take those results any day, you bet!

Hi Mannie ~ Well actually, I was a finalist, but thanks for commenting -- I appreciate it!  :-)

Feb 22, 2011 11:47 AM #36
Rainmaker
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Maureen:  You continue to do your magic!  Your pictures prove your point so beautifully ... 

Gene

Feb 22, 2011 12:13 PM #37
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Gene ~ it's so nice of you to stop by and comment ... thank you!

Feb 22, 2011 01:38 PM #38
Rainer
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Bonnie Allen
Classic Designs Home Staging - Knoxville, TN

Maureen, once again you have done a great job

Feb 23, 2011 05:54 AM #39
Rainmaker
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Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

Maureen, this goes to show you that staging must be UP-TO-DATE.  I like the modern transformation of  home office, bedroom with striped spread and yes changing out the brass.   

Feb 23, 2011 09:33 AM #40
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Bonnie ~ thanks for your vote of confidence!

Hi Beverly ~ You are so right ... up-to-date and modern is what today's buyers are looking for in a home like this, especially since this home's competition is new construction.

Feb 23, 2011 12:47 PM #41
Rainer
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Judy Colburn
ProStaged Homes - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Glendora, San Dimas Covina, Home Staging

Maureen, this is an excellent presentation and demonstration of the importance and power of updating and staging a home before listing. Congrats!

Feb 24, 2011 01:47 PM #42
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Judy ~ it hardly makes sense to stage when just a bit of simple updating beforehand will make a huge difference in how buyers perceive the house .... thanks for your nice compliment!

Feb 25, 2011 10:23 AM #43
Rainmaker
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

These are outstanding changes Maureen! And I must say I love that chair in the Master Bedroom!

Mar 01, 2011 01:11 AM #44
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Thank you, Shar!  The best feeling comes when we help our clients reach a quick sale like this one.

Mar 01, 2011 05:56 AM #45
Rainmaker
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Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

As stagers we can't stress enough to home sellers how important a consultation is.  Two offers within 48 hours is incredible, and if that doesn't scream volumes about staging, I don't know what will!

Mar 02, 2011 01:59 PM #46
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Cindy ~ Good to see you again  :-)  Thanks for stopping by, and I'm convinced that the winning formula is the right price, a great agent, and effective staging.  If everyone followed it, the real estate news would be much brighter!

Mar 02, 2011 03:11 PM #47
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