When I'm working as a buyer broker, I try to help people look beyond great staging. I've even written posts advising buyers to understand that when they walk into a well-staged house, they are more likely to wind up paying more because the property will be much more attractive to more buyers. But when I'm the listing agent, I work very hard to convince the sellers that having their home professionally staged is really a wonderful idea.
Last week, I listed a renovated contemporary home in Crestwood, a wonderful neighborhood in DC. It was an amazing place, with a huge, loft-like open room with vaulted ceilings, with combined space for cooking, eating and living. And while it took my breath away the first time I saw it, it was kind of difficult to wrap my arms around exactly how I would organize and use the space.
So my partner on this listing, Ed Schneider, contacted Red House Stagers. Lyric Turner, owner and principal, met with us and the sellers to put together a plan and a proposal. Several days later, her van pulled up by the front door, and within three hours the house was transformed and ready for it's photo shoot.
We were delighted with their finished product. They did the upper level great room and master bedroom, and the lower level family room. And especially in the great room, they made a great plan that works for living and entertaining.