Modernizing the Outdated

Home Stager with Staged To Sell

This home had been on the market for 6 months with another agent. The new agent, Trish Bannings, understood the value of staging and paid for it herself. I worked with her to create an inexpensive plan that would meet her needs. It was important to get the maximum results, while keeping the cost at a minimum. We got rid of the dated window dressings, which instantly opened up the whole room. Also, instead of staging every room, we decided on a few rooms that would have the strongest impact. 10 days on the market, and the house sold : )

Before and After:




What kind of experiences have you guys had when staging or selling houses with dated interiors?

Comments (8)

Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

As challenging as it sounds, many of today's home buyers simply cannot see past furnishings and fixtures that are easily replaced. Staging works wonders, as evidenced by this story!

Apr 24, 2011 12:47 PM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Wow...proactive realtor, too, to realize this was an essential!

Apr 24, 2011 12:48 PM
Phil Hillerman
Crye-Leike Realtors® - Rogers, AR
Crye-Leike Realtors®

Nice job on the staging! I like your idea to target the most important room for your work.  Gets the job done and gets the biggest bang for your dollar! Great Job!

Apr 24, 2011 01:02 PM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Michelle - Great job!  I love the updated look.  Simply taking down the dusky pink balloon curtains did wonders!  Sounds like a great collaboration with this Realtor® and I love the end result - sold!

Apr 24, 2011 01:19 PM
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Michelle--what a great transformation.  The house feels so up to date now and no wonder that it sold so quickly.  Nice work. 

Apr 24, 2011 01:45 PM
Connie King
Sevierville, TN

The living room is now amazing.   The curtains and sofa were killing the nice bones.   Goes to show how even small changes can bring a house into the next decade.    One of my tricks usually includes updating some light fixtures to get to a better place for selling.  


Apr 25, 2011 12:45 PM
Leanne Zumbrunnen
Z Touch Design Services - Lenexa, KS

Great job on the staging!  Congrats on the quick sale.

Apr 25, 2011 06:33 PM
Karen Searle, Home On Display
Peterborough, ON

Great job Michelle.  I find it can be extremely challenging to help people understand that the "out of date" look might hinder a quick sale.  This can be especially difficult for seniors who might not understand this concept and can feel hurt by these suggestions.  I noticed the removal of the pink curtains and totally agree with having them removed.  I have frequently made similar suggestions and the owners have looked at me mix of frustration and disbelief.  Their reply is often - "Those were custom made and very expensive - why should I remove them?"  It can sometimes be a tough sell but looks like you were very successful with this staging job!

Apr 26, 2011 07:24 AM