Home Selling Challenges And Solutions (Before and After Pictures Included)

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Home Selling Challenges And Solutions (Before and After Pictures Included)

As an Atlanta home stager, I transform homes. Whether they're occupied or vacant, my objective is to showcase the space as well as the features the home has to offer.

When called into this occupied home, I was able to recognize some of the challenges right off the bat. Here's a quick review of some of those challenges and the solution we created for each:

Living room: This picture was taken right off the entrance. Notice in the picture that I'm looking at the back of a love seat?

Living room before home staging

Living room after: As you can see, we removed the love seat and replaced it with a leather accent chair. We also replaced the coffee table and end tables to help pick up the black in the fireplace. We also changed up the accessories and here's how it looks now.

Living room after home staging

Master bedroom before. The challenge - while the window treatment was the perfect color for this room, it added some additional weight to the room that just wasn't needed. 

Master bedroom before home staging

Master bedroom after: The solution - we removed the window treatment, mirror swapped out the bedding, added lamps and a few accessories.

Master bedroom after home staging

Dining room before: First, my apologies for the quality of this before picture. I simply didn't have my flash on and had to adjust in a photo editor. The challenge for this particular room is that the dark furniture and the large china cabinet (although I loved it) consumed this room.

Dining room before home staging

Dining room after: By removing the china cabinet and replacing the dining room table, the room has a much more open feel to it.

Dining room after home staging



dining room table close-up

If you're a home seller and are experiencing similar challenges, your best bet is to call upon a professional home stager. If your home is located in or around Atlanta - feel free to contact me.

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Home Staging Atlanta - Kathy Nielsen - 678 522 8392

 TOP 10 Professional Stager of the Year in the

United States 2013  - RESA

This Atlanta home stager understands what it takes to separate your home or listing from the others on the market. Armed with a massive inventory, we can add the furniture and accessories befitting the style of the home as well as the demographics of the buyer. We also provide our after pictures at no additional charge. 


Atlanta Georgia Home Stager Kathy Nielsen


Our Atlanta home staging services have helped hundreds of sellers secure a contract quickly. Visit our website at http://atlantahomestaging.net to see first-hand the solutions for selling your home, listing or flipped property. Contact us today to schedule your appointment by emailing Kathy at Kathy@HomeStagingAtlanta.com or by calling 678 522 8392. We've got the furniture and accessories your home needs!



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Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Kathy.....these are NIGHT & DAY shots.  Occupied homes can be a challenge!  The master is NOW a Master and the Dining Room is right out of a model home!  Lucky sellers to have you on their team!

Jul 13, 2011 02:45 AM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Kathy- I always love your touches, especially picking up the black in the fireplace with the cocktail and end tables.   You showed that it really doesn't take much to highlight the possibilities in this house... not much and the expertise of YOU!  PS pressed the suggest button so everyone can see!

Jul 13, 2011 02:55 AM #2
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Great way to lay out the challenge and the solution Kathy and then you added your lovely photos to clearly show the solutions - brilliant! I use these same terms on my FB Biz page (solutions to home selling challenges!) and try to give some tidbits of good info to solve some home selling challenges too. 

Giving our prospective & future clients this type of information clearly shows your expertise and knowledge in your craft. I know some may say why tell others what you do, then you may not get the work. However being able to demonstrate and share our skill actually helps us get more work with qualified clients who want to work with us! Thanks for sharing!

Jul 13, 2011 02:59 AM #3
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

This is great! The picures prove - your job done A+

Jul 13, 2011 03:08 AM #4
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Really lovely job!  The wide angle camera helps to really show off the space as well.  It always amazes me how much difference it can make.  When you combine it with great staging it's like an entirely different space. 

Jul 13, 2011 03:52 AM #5
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Kathy - Love your examples.  We as stagers encounter lots of design "problems", but not to worry, we also have the solution!  Opening up the space in the first living room photo really helped to showcase the fireplace, and also created a friendlier first impression of this room.  Fantastic, as per usual!

Jul 13, 2011 04:11 AM #6
Sandi Davidson
Florida's Realty LLC - Lehigh Acres, FL

The after photos are terrific.  You've really made the home look brighter and more modern.  Job well done.

Jul 13, 2011 04:23 AM #7
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Kathy ~ what great examples of what a staging PRO can do in an occupied home!  As usual, your expertise transformed these very ordinary spaces into something spectacular that buyers will love!  And your photo quality is superb!  It's a treat to see your work.  More, please  :-)

Jul 13, 2011 05:15 AM #8
David Ames
Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco - San Francisco, CA
San Francisco

Stunning (as always) Kathy...and the black end tables and coffee table add just the right amount of contrast to the hardwood.  I'm always fascinated how some folks don't see that.

Jul 13, 2011 08:41 AM #9
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Thanks, everyone! The homeowners were beyond thrilled when they came home. 

More photos of different homes are coming. Two homes I had staged 2 weeks ago received offers within 24 hours of being listed. I just need to make the time to post.


Jul 14, 2011 12:12 AM #10
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Those windowtreatments were really bothering me - a row of "belted" drapes does nothing but distract.  And the dining room looks so much more upscale - which it should, given the wainscotting!

Jul 14, 2011 01:38 AM #11
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Kathy--I could ooh and aah over your staging photos all day long.  One of my personal pet peeves is walking into a space and seeing the back of a sofa or love seat.  Love how you solved that problem.  The master bedroom has gone from blah to so chic and elegant.  Your work is always so amazing. 

Jul 14, 2011 04:02 PM #12
David Peterson
Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging - Portland, OR
Home Stager Portland OR-Synergy Staging-Portland Oregon

Great transformation Kathy! So glad you reconfigured the living room. And your photos (and staging) really make this home pop and bring it life.

Jul 15, 2011 04:15 AM #13
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Very nice Kathy.  The differences are striking and can't help but generate additional interest and hopefully additional value.

Jul 17, 2011 12:36 AM #14
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Kathy, results are dramatic. Now buyers have no choice than make an offer.

Jul 17, 2011 01:30 PM #15
Marianne Cherico
Interiors by Marianne Cherico - Foxboro, MA
Home Stager -Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Kathy-You did an amazing job transforming these rooms. As always your pictures are such great quality!

Jul 19, 2011 12:36 AM #16
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

HI Kathy, one of the first things I suggest to clients is to make sure the photographs do not show the back of a sofa. Your example here shows very clearly why you would want to rearrange the furniture to open up the room to buyers.

The bedroom looks twice a big, modern, up to date and move in ready. Buyers can clearly see a move in ready home in the listing photos.Great work as always.

Jul 23, 2011 01:29 PM #17
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Kathy very nice transformations.  Loved what you did with each space and you did showcase them all beautifully.

Aug 25, 2011 02:49 AM #18
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