Easy Updates Make a Big Difference When Selling Your Home

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Home Stager with Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR

Update:  This staged home SOLD in just 6 weeks!

Our Portland home staging company recently worked with a wonderful family to help them prepare their home for sale.  In addition to staging this home, we also provided suggestions for easy cosmetic updates that were also cost-effective.  When you're selling a home in today's challenging market, why give buyers an excuse not to write an offer?  When buyers see outdated features and fixtures, it's too easy for them to walk away, and look for a home that's 'move in ready.'

These sellers were open to painting the interior, which was needed to give the house a fresh, new energy, so we gave them  neutral paint colors that buyers love.  They'd already wisely decided to change out the carpeting.  We suggested a few new light fixtures in key places where they'd impact a buyer's 'feeling' about the house (entry, dining room, master bedroom), and  gave them links to the best prices locally & online.  Here are a few Before & After photos that show this home's transformation:

Before, the family room walls were stark white and the room appeared cold & empty: home staging hillsboro oregonhillsboro oregon home stagers

Adding furniture, buyers can see how the space could work (much better than viewing an empty room).

In the dining room we suggested a warm neutral paint & changing out the dated brass chandelier: home staging hillsboro washington county oregonhome staging portland OR

For the cost of paint + $100 for the new chandelier, buyers can now see themselves living here!

90% of today's buyers use the internet to preview homes before deciding whether to see them in person.  This master bedroom needed new paint & a light fixture to replace the dated brass fan: portland oregon home stagersreal estate staging hillsboro oregon

With furniture, the room actually looks bigger, doesn't it?

Buyers' first impressions are always important.  Before, here's what you saw from the entry: portland oregon real estate staginghouse staging hillsboro OR

                  We staged this area to give buyers something to draw them into the space.

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If you're selling your home, be sure to contact your local professional home stager for easy tips on making it appealing to your target buyer ... you'll be glad you did!

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Room Solutions Staging offers expert home staging services in Portland, Oregon to homeowners, real estate agents, and builders. Our proven home staging techniques will help reduce your property's market time and maximize your equity. We'll prepare your property or listing to look appealing to your target buyer for the online photos as well as for in-person viewings. Our owner and principal stager Maureen Bray is a nationally-recognized home staging expert who enjoys sharing her passion for staging with others.  To schedule a Verbal Staging Consultation filled with our staging tips and advice, contact us @ 503-246-1800.

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Comments (37)

Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Hello Maureen!  Changing out those fixtures, painting - plus your furnishings selections also make this house look much more upscale.  That's how to create a desireable environment.  Simply lovely!

Sep 06, 2011 08:12 AM
Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

Hi Maureen,

Beautiful staging going on in this home.  I love what you did.  Simple but very effective.  Sometime I need to have you come over to my home and tell me what you think (not for free of course), that is if you don't fall over from everything I have.  Talk about full to the max and I have even let go of a lot of "things".  My home is like a gallery in most rooms because of all of my paintings. They go up and down depending if I sell one or not.  I know I need to paint the whole house room to room, and even though I am great with color, this is my home and I am not so great, my imagination goes haywire.

When I am ready and if you are willing, I will make an appointment with you.

Sep 06, 2011 11:48 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

hi Julie ~ As stagers we do this every day, right?  Most sellers just need a bit of guidance.  I'm so glad this family was willing to make a few small changes, which were enhanced by the staging.

hi Mary ~ Thank you!  I would love to help you, of course!  Your art work is so beautiful and I'm sure it enhances your home.  Just let me know when you're ready and we'll set something up :-)

Sep 06, 2011 11:58 AM
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Maureen---I love whenever you post before/after pictures.  You are the textbook for great staging.  The rooms now make sense and they are very warm and inviting.  Have to go back and admire the pictures a few more times. 

Sep 06, 2011 05:08 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

hi Janet ~Oh, thank you for that nice compliment!  Making the home warm and inviting is important so that buyers can relate to living there ... we find it's important to stage for the target buyer.

Sep 06, 2011 06:25 PM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

The paint change in the DR was dramatic to showcase the great ceiling. Well...changing out that light fixture helped too, ha. Each room looks wonderful.

Sep 07, 2011 02:47 PM
Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

What a difference your staging has made to showcase this home Maureen.  It is so much more inviting and presents a lifestyle many long for.  Great work as usual!

Sep 08, 2011 12:23 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

hi Shar ~ That ceiling wasn't noticed before the wall color change, was it?  Amazing what a little paint can do!

hi Michele ~ Thanks, we know that presenting a lifestyle is something builders have been doing successfully for years in model homes.

Sep 08, 2011 04:07 AM
Karen Gray Plaisted
Design Solutions KGP~ Home Staging and Interior Decor - Warwick, NY
Staging Spaces, Renewing Places, NY

Maureen you really do make a difference in the homes you touch, what a beautiful job! I couldn't agree withyou more that first impressions are always important!

Sep 08, 2011 08:17 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Marueen,  I love seeing these kinds of transformations and I love be able to show sellers that it can and should be done.  You are GREAT at what you do.  I know your sellers and agents must love you!

Sep 08, 2011 10:09 AM
Tessa Skeens
Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign - Grand Junction, CO
Staging For Realtors, Builders & Investors

Great tips Maureen! Sometimes just ol white won't do. A little color goes a long way to warming up a space and making it inviting. I've noticed dark molding and trim is more common out west and making the walls a warm neutral plays that up much better than white. Nice work as always!

Sep 08, 2011 10:32 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

hi Karen ~ Thank you for your feedback -- those first impression are everything, aren't they?

hi John ~ Your comment is much appreciated, thank you!  I love my sellers and Realtor partners, it's true!!

hi Tessa ~ You are so right, a little color can make a big difference in how buyers react to a home. Thanks for your kind words.

Sep 08, 2011 02:50 PM
Liz Murray
Renaissance Home Staging & Redesign - Chandler, AZ
Professional Home Stager

Maureen,.. you certainly have a flair for making simple sensational!   You certainly demonstrate why staging can make a huge difference in how a home shows on line.

Sep 08, 2011 03:57 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

hi Liz ~ That's very nice of you to say, thank you.  Aren't we lucky to be doing work that we love so much that it doesn't feel like "work" at all?

Sep 08, 2011 07:04 PM
Jacki Kennedy
Staged to WOW Home Staging & Redesign - Baytown, TX
Staged to Wow, Houston TX

Maureen what a great transformation. Everything looks great.

Sep 09, 2011 01:44 AM
Mary Lou Teague
HOME STYLE AND STAGING LLC - Knoxville, TN
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

Wonderful before and after shots, your work is really very nice. love your color choices. Thanks for sharing...

Sep 11, 2011 04:09 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

hi Jackie ~ Thanks, the sellers were happy with the easy updates combined with the staging.

hi Mary Lou ~ We like to add color accents since they help the buyer's eye to keep moving around the room, making sure that they notice the best features of the home itself.  Thanks for the compliment!

Sep 11, 2011 04:47 AM
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

Maureen, I love how you explain the thinking behind the staging.  I am going to reblog for the education on staging vacant spaces.

Sep 11, 2011 04:23 PM
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Maureen, another WOW transformation with great explanations to help others understand our processes.  (Love the sign in the bedroom window too.)  Low costs, big results!! 

Sep 13, 2011 02:26 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

hi Beverly ~ Thanks for the reblog!  We can help educate people when we explain the "why" of what we do when staging.

hi Ginger ~ Who doesn't like to dream, right?  This was a fun project with homeowners who were very motivated to do whatever needed to make their home appealing to buyers.

Sep 13, 2011 04:33 PM