Home Staging Tips ~ Advice for Sellers ~ 8/3/11

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Home Staging Tips ~ Advice for Sellers ~ 8/3/11

When selling a home PRICE and PRESENTATION are KEY to a SUCCESSFUL SALE.  The right PRICE gets buyers in the door and the PRESENTATION brings in offers.  The two together can equal success.  When you are preparing your home for sale and before you put it on the market ask yourself...  have I done everything I can to make my home a captivating home that buyers will find irresistible?  Does your home stand out above the competition in your area?  Will your home make an emotional connection with every potential buyer that walks through your door?

Buyers are looking for a turn key home... a home that is in move in ready condition.  First and foremost...  your home should be clean..  as clean as clean can be!  No clutter of any kind... your home will appear well maintained if it looks fresh and clean.  A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to the appearance of a home for a minimal investment. 

If your home needs to be updated or improved the two most popular areas for updates are Kitchens and Bathrooms.  Here are a few examples of Kitchens that were updated before they were put on the market that resulted in quick sales.  All the examples below were freshly painted and new hardware was put on the cabinets... with some of the examples full remodels were done.  If your investment is limited what is needed is for your Kitchen to look spotless... and possibly even a fresh coat of paint on the walls and maybe the cupboards if they are dated as one example shows. 

Examples of Homes Staged by With Divine Style!

The Photos below are of Kitchens that were updated before the sale of the home!


This vacant home was built in the early 70's and the Kitchen and the bathrooms were updated and then Staged by With Divine Style before the home went on the market.  The home below went under contact within 5 days of being placed on the market!  This home was priced right and had a wonderful presentation!



The next vacant home was built in the early 80's and the kitchen was updated and then Staged by With Divine Style before the house went on the Market.  The first week on the Market this home had multiple offers and sold for 15K over asking price.  This home was priced right and had a wonderful presentation!




This next vacant home had a state of the art Kitchen...  upgraded appliances and many extras that created the WOW factor!  This home was Staged by With Divine Style and just hours after being put on the market a new owner was found and this home went under contact on the first day!



The final home I would like to show you was an occupied home that was built in the 70's.  The owners did not invest in a complete remodel but decided it was still important to update their Kitchen as much as possible without a large investment.  They painted the walls and cabinets, put on new hardware on all the cupboards, replaced the dishwasher to match the rest of the appliances...  which they purchased for $35. on Craig's List and then decluttered and cleaned the Kitchen.  They then had With Divine Style stage their home and within 21 days of being on the market this home sold for full asking price while an un-staged house, twice the size down the street sold after being on the market a month longer then this house and for $100K less.





Find an experienced and knowledgeable Realtor who can help you with pricing and marketing your home and then start preparing the presentation of your home...   make an emotional connection with every potential buyer that walks through your door! 

If you would like help creating an environment that will connect with buyers please give us a call.  We offer complimentary estimates of our services and we would be happy to serve you!


"You never get a second chance....   to make a Great First Impression!"


Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, IAHSP

Accredited Staging Professional MASTER

Real Estate/Home Staging ~ Interior Redesign ~ Color Consulting




Serving the Greater San Francisco Bay Area



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Tyler Rackley
The 20/20 Team - Richmond, VA

THose are gorgeous Kitchen and Bathroom renovations! Great advice for sellers!

Aug 04, 2011 02:59 AM #1
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential


Linda, 5 stars for being able to communicate what you do, why it is important and being able to show examples. Too many stagers can do the work but can’t communicate like you did on this post. I wish you worked in my market.


Aug 04, 2011 03:02 AM #2
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

A great presentation, Linda. I was surprised to see it was built in the 80's, the kitchen is fantastic and the staging is beautiful. You did a wonderful job.

Aug 04, 2011 03:23 AM #3
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Great pix, Linda, I love it when people see how a stager can change things!

Aug 04, 2011 03:49 AM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Excellent presentation photographs that demonstrate the importance of staging a home that is for sale.  Thanks for sharing your talents.

 Blooming for you!

Aug 04, 2011 04:47 AM #5
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Linda, another excellent job in staging the kitchens and bath.  I love the first kitchen!

Aug 04, 2011 07:08 AM #6
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Linda, great advice. I like the line "The right PRICE gets buyers in the door and the PRESENTATION brings in offers".

I am glad that that pots and pans rack was gone on the last kitchen.

Aug 04, 2011 01:09 PM #7
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good evening Linda.

You have done a great presentation...

Thank you for a great advice.

Aug 04, 2011 01:18 PM #8
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Linda, you certainly show how presentation can make a big difference. Paint can certainly make a difference as your last pictures show.

Aug 04, 2011 01:54 PM #9
Rose King
UTR, Texas Realtors - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

Hi Linda! The kitchen is probably the most important place in the house to spend money on updates. These kitchens are gorgeous! I'm really impressed with the difference made in the last kitchen - a few changes on a budget made a huge improvement. Nice job!

Aug 04, 2011 02:03 PM #10
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Linda--what a dramatic transformation in that last series of photos.  The talented eye of a good stager (that would be you) can make all the difference for a seller.  The results--it selling for full price within 21 days--speak for themselves.  Very nice post. 


Aug 04, 2011 06:20 PM #11
Julissa Jumper
Select Properties of Fayetteville, LLC - Fayetteville, NC
Fayetteville, NC Real Estate

Linda: My goodness, what a great post with examples for sellers to see how they can prepare their home and get results.

You've done a great job giving excellent information!

Aug 05, 2011 03:21 AM #12
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Linda, perfect examples of how staging and a bit of updating can improvement the feel and look of a home, and goes U/C so much quicker!   Great work!

Aug 05, 2011 06:31 AM #13
Steve Hall
RE/MAX United - San Marcos, CA
Make the Call to Hankins and Hall

I really like your before and after shots.  Amazing.

Make it a great day.

Aug 05, 2011 07:49 AM #14
Doug Anderson
Tucker Associates Real Estate Services - Danville, CA
Bay Area Real Estate Views

Those are great staging photos Linda and speak to the power of presentation. A picture is worth a thousand words. Have a great weekend.

Aug 05, 2011 04:40 PM #15
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Too many sellers forget the importance of presentation.  Photographs like these can help convince them to stage their homes.  Have a great weekend.

Life is better when there are flowers to photograph.

Aug 06, 2011 12:21 AM #16
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