Sellers Who Can't Afford to Stage - You Can Still Shake Ya Tailfeathers!

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Home Stager with FEATURE THIS... Real Estate Staging & Interior Decor

As a stager, I have to make important calls all the time when counseling people how to best showcase a room for the least expenditure of time and money.

 

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The solutions vary, but the one thing that doesn't is the introduction of CONTRAST to make the featurable elements stand out in the memory of buyers.

Nice Medium-dark stained cabinets don't stand out on a red wall, no matter how talented you are as a stager with accessories.  A gallon of paint for $35 will to the trick, however.

The nicest flooring in the in the world won't do squat for an all-panel dining room with stained wood built-ins. But, a 69 cent maple laminate floor and another one of those $35 gallons cans of paint in a nice, light color WILL.

Neither of these rooms were staged, as it was not in either budget to do so, but the agents involved were smart enough to consult a professional stager for advice ANYWAY on what they COULD do with their budgets that they did have.

I don't tow the party-line that every house needs "staging",  but I do wholeheartedly believe that every house  going to market needs to consult a stager!  

 

Michelle Molinari



Co-Owner, Feature This... Real Estate Staging, www.FeatureThisDotDotDot.com

Certified Property Consultant (CPC) & Certified Staging Professional (CSP)

SAR Staging Instructor, Staging and Redesign, www.StagingAndRedesign.com

Lead Conceptual Designer, www.CurbAppealConcepts.com

Vice- President of Acadiana Real Estate Staging Association, www.AcadianaRESA.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Sharon Tara 09/02/2013 12:16 AM
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Kim Gaston
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Michelle, well said. We wear lots of hats, including Home Consultant as well as Home Stager. I love that you recommended the laminate flooring over something like beige carpet, much better!

Dec 13, 2011 08:26 AM #1
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Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
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I had a client do a major kitchen remodel last year in preparation of selling his house. Unfortunately, he didn't contact a agent or stager. The home is lovely but it's not selling because it doesn't have an open floor plan. He did have the ability to open a wall but it never occurred to him. Had he consulted with an agent or stager, he would have known this up front.

Dec 13, 2011 08:29 AM #2
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Agree, Agree, Agree!  It doesn't have to be expensive to improve the appearance of an area.  It may take some creativity though, and most sellers don't have that.  Always best to consult a professional!

Dec 13, 2011 08:56 AM #3
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Michelle Molinari
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Kim - Thanks. I love to buck the system, and when every competing house has dark wood flooring, you can always count on me to go the other way.

Light flooring makes the houses I consult on stand out. Light floors appeal to the firts-time home buyer who is looking for a big house & yard for a small price. Plus, NOBODY has maple floors in Louisiana. They look so fresh and clean, with that retro Swedish Modern vibe that fits right in with a 1960- 1970's era ranch style house that still sports some 70's elements.

Dec 13, 2011 10:20 AM #4
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Michelle Molinari
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Tammie - Thanks for commenting. There are so many times I am called in after a renovation and had to change something that was JUST DONE. Wasted money!

Dec 13, 2011 10:22 AM #5
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Michelle Molinari
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Thanks Sharon - A stager will help you get your house back on track for the price of a cart of groceries at Walmart and save you so much time and money when selling!

Dec 13, 2011 10:24 AM #6
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Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

Good call, Michelle, and in the best interest of your client.  Getting rid of that horrible green carpet and replacing with a beautiful floor made a huge difference!

Dec 14, 2011 07:31 AM #7
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Michelle Molinari
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Thanks Diana! And thanks for commenting, too!

Dec 14, 2011 12:10 PM #8
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Kathleen Vail
Fresh Design Home Staging - Lebanon, TN
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I love how you took a cramped, ugly little room and opened it up. It doesn't look like inexpensive flooring- it looks like opportunity!

Dec 17, 2011 12:16 PM #9
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Michelle Molinari
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Thank you Kathleen.

I think all involved (including myself) were nothing short of shocked at the result. That room was where the front door opened up into. It was such a strange and terribly dated room with no discernible purpose. Pumping up the built in cabinetry with contrasting elements, adding a chandelier, and  laying some inexpensive laminate flooring makes for a much more impressive entry/dining room combination.

Dec 17, 2011 01:51 PM #10
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Time to get back to work!

Dec 26, 2011 11:11 PM #11
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Heather Goodwin
Licensed by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission - Shreveport, LA
Coldwell Banker Gosslee
What a difference some paint makes! There's always SOMETHING that can be done to improve the appeal of a house. I'm always amazed at the agents that don't offer the seller the option of a staging consultation.
May 21, 2012 10:51 AM #12
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Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
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Hi Michelle,

Brilliant!

A dramatic difference for a small price.

Thanks for sharing

Phil

Jul 10, 2012 07:33 PM #13
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