Consult With A Stager For Furniture Placement That Is Appealing To Buyers

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Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

If you are preparing your home for sale and having a hard time with furniture placement, you can bet it will also be an issue for potential buyers.   Buyers won't take the time to figure out a confusing layout so it's best if you resolve the problem prior to listing and present an attractive floor plan.

Consult with a staging professional for furniture placement that is appealing to buyers.

After years of living in their home, many sellers can't visualize their furniture any way other than how they have it.  Most furniture is placed for comfort and convenience, based on the owners' needs.  When selling, furniture placement must show space and the function of each room in order to appeal to buyers.

This is where a home staging consult can make all the difference.

Many times existing furnishings just need to be relocated.  A couple years ago I did a consult which involved switching the furniture amongst three rooms.  The area being used as a living room had two love seats and two chairs crowded into a small area.  The area being used as a dining room was more spacious and not being used to its full potential.

 

BEFORE:

before staging consult

AFTER:

After home staging consult

The two red sofas were found crowded into a very small family room.  Once again, too much furniture in too little a space.  The sofas became more impressive and inviting when moved into the larger room.

 

LIVING/DINING BEFORE & AFTER:

before and after

foyer

 

The sellers were not willing to  remove the flowered wallpaper around the windows,

but they did remove it from around the door in the front foyer and it made a huge difference.

 

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  1. Brian England 04/26/2011 05:56 AM
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Rainer
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Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Sharon, this is impressive. You prove that staging is about emphasizing original purpose of each room regardless of how seller decided to use them in their "before this house is for sale" life. It is so smart to put those red sofas in the living so they draw your eyes away from floral wall paper. COngrats on quick sale and cooperative client.

Apr 26, 2011 10:18 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Anna:  The floral wallpaper wasn't half as bad once the floral sofas were removed.  It was very satisfying being able to use what they had and create such a transformation.  It was funny how they had all three rooms of furniture in the wrong room!

Apr 26, 2011 11:51 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Very clever indeed Sharon. Love the red sofas in that space. And Steve was correct, the afters are so much better. LOL

Apr 26, 2011 01:10 PM #14
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- Have to tell you what a find with those red sofas!!  You did an absolutely perfect job of MSA (moving stuff around).   Those sofas look like they've been there all along! 

Apr 26, 2011 02:46 PM #15
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Sharon ~ Those sellers needed your help in a big way (understatement of the year!) -- you handled the "switch" in just the right way and transformed those rooms perfectly.  Was this project a consultation only, or did you also do the staging itself?

Apr 26, 2011 07:01 PM #16
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Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Very nicely done Sharon!  The rooms look so inviting and just beautiful!

Apr 26, 2011 11:49 PM #17
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Shar:  We aren't always this lucky to have nice furnishings to work with.  The house and furnishings were beautiful, they just needed to be arranged better. 

Kathy:  The homeowner couldn't understand why she hadn't thought of moving them.  She loved the new arrangement.  The sofas were perfect for the living room!

Maureen:  Thank you!  The appointment started as a 2 hr. consult paid for by the Realtor.  The homeowner had me back for an additional 3 hrs.  I helped them move all the furniture and place all the accessories.  Nothing was brought in, only used existing stuff in house.

Debra:  Thank you!  The seller was so happy with the transformation she wished I could help her with her new home, but she moved too far away.

Apr 27, 2011 03:28 AM #18
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Shelley Roufs
Simply Staged Homes - New Ulm, MN
Sharon - Great transformation! Who knew there were gorgeous windows in the dining room?
Apr 27, 2011 04:57 AM #19
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Tessa Skeens
Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign - Grand Junction, CO
Staging For Realtors, Builders & Investors

Wonderful transformation Sharon! You are so right that after many years, most of us just don't "see" our furniture any more.

You've made a great point that a fresh pair of eyes sees new possibilities. I'm so glad the homeowner appreciated what you did. That's always nice to know you've made a difference isn't it?

Apr 27, 2011 05:13 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Shelley:  The windows were blocked...you are right they are gorgeous!

Tessa:  Thank you.  It's both satisfying and rewarding to help sellers improve their chances of selling!

Apr 27, 2011 08:43 AM #21
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Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire

Way to work your magic Sharon.  You really made each room much more spacious and open.  Its rewarding to be able to make these changes that cost nothing but a little time, vision and energy.

Ana

Apr 28, 2011 11:58 AM #22
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Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Sharon--really you wanted them to take out the wallpaper which matched the upholstery?!  I love, love, love the red furniture in the living room.  Nice staging--creative and seeing the possibilities. 

Apr 28, 2011 12:14 PM #23
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Pamela Smith
Ventura County Home Staging - Thousand Oaks, CA

Holy Cow Sharon! It really does, as Ana said, look like magic was performed! So glad they listened to you (mostly) about the wallpaper. It looked like they had just gotten a little crazy with the wallpaper and ended up papering over the sofa! Yikes!! And the floral sofa doesn't look bad AT ALL in the little family room. Like Janet, I too love the red pieces in the living room. So warm and cozy. Plus it made the rug look fantastic!

Apr 28, 2011 04:03 PM #24
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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

WOW, very nice transformations and examples of the power of staging!!! Thanks for sharing with us.

Apr 28, 2011 06:27 PM #25
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Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

My oh my, Sharon.  What a difference.  Another wonderful example of the impact staging has on a home.

Congratulations. Your home staging is being featured in the group Staging Before and After Pictures.

Kathy

Apr 29, 2011 02:56 AM #26
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Ana:  It was very rewarding!  My favorite kind of staging job, actually!

Janet:  I know, it matched so perfectly too!  LOL!  I'm sure in it's day, it was a great look.  I'm sure it was very expensive.  Time for that pattern to be broken up a bit though!  I was so happy when I found those red sofas in the family room.

Pamela:  It felt magical when we did it!  The seller was so excited.  The floral love seat worked fine when removed from the wallpaper and it's twin.  An interesting note:  that's not a rug with the red sofas, it's painted on the floor.  It's really quite beautiful. 

Cathy:  You are welcome, thanks for stopping in!

Kathy:  Thank you!  Thanks for featuring too!

Apr 29, 2011 11:42 AM #27
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Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Certainly glad those vendors decided to call you for your professional staging advice.  Very nice work.

Sep 07, 2011 03:57 AM #28
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Wendy:  They were happy too, especially when it sold as fast as it did!

Sep 07, 2011 05:16 AM #29
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Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

I am amazed that that not removing some of the wallpaper had no impact on your beautiful transformation.  Job well done!

Apr 09, 2012 02:31 AM #30
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sharon P:  There was sooo much of it, and the matching furniture...it was ghastly!  The sellers were willing to remove it from the foyer (main entrance) and remove the furniture, and that made such a difference!

Apr 09, 2012 09:43 AM #31
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