Will Staging a 1936 Portland-area Cottage Help it Appeal to Buyers?

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Our Portland home staging company recently staged a charming older cottage in a nearby suburb.  The seller had already moved to their new home and the listing agent realized that a vacant home holds little appeal for potential buyers.  When a buyer walks into a vacant home they often have a difficult time figuring out how to use the space, and staging successfully addresses that issue.

It's also true that when a home is vacant, small imperfections in things like paint or flooring may become items to focus on, since there's nothing else to look at.

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This vintage 1936 cottage was previously beautifully decorated by the seller, but when she moved out with her furniture, it seemed smaller than it actually is & not cozy or inviting

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By using appropriately-scaled furnishings we can show buyers that the living room has enough seating for a conversation area

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The bedroom looked forlorn without any furnishings

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Staging allows the buyer to imagine living here

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Staging also allows a buyer to be "beckoned" from one area to another, to encourage them to want to see more of this homehome staging tips lake oswego oregon
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Now this is much more welcoming ....
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When your home is on the market don't leave money on the table by leaving your property vacant.  Maximize your equity with the powerful benefits of home staging.

~ Staging and Interior Photos by Room Solutions Staging ~

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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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Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Kathy ~ The bedroom needs furnishings to make it feel cozy.  Fortunately the listing agent realized this and made arrangements to hire us!

Jul 27, 2012 05:21 PM #23
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Valerie ~ Thanks for stopping by to check out the cottage!  It was fun to stage it, wish I had some photos of the gorgeous gardens ...

Jul 28, 2012 03:45 AM #25
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Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Maureen, a 'nice fireplace house' has become a HOME that will make the buyer stop looking. I liked how you worked with the blue walls in the bedroom. First thing that could come in mind when the house is vacant is to repaint the walls. Bringing yellow in you made this taste specific blue bedroom into very neutral and appealing to more people.

Jul 28, 2012 12:30 PM #26
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Anna ~ You're right about the blue walls in the bedroom ... likely a buyer will paint them unless they love blue as much as the seller did :-))

Jul 28, 2012 01:10 PM #27
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Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Maureen you have done a sensational job of staging this property.  Very lovely

Jul 29, 2012 05:18 AM #28
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Wendy ~ Thanks so much for your kind words -- they're much appreciated!

Jul 29, 2012 05:35 AM #29
Rainmaker
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Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Maureen~ I'm seen the proof staging works, I firmly believe staging sells home better! 

Jul 31, 2012 02:13 AM #30
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi John ~ It's great to hear from another AR Realtor that you believe in the power of home staging ... thanks for dropping by!

Jul 31, 2012 11:08 AM #31
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Maureen - This home is adorable, and made even more adorable with your tasteful staging.  I love the way you've accessorized all those book shelves.  Perfect balance and harmony.  Someone is one lucky buyer!

Aug 01, 2012 01:23 AM #32
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Tessa Skeens
Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign - Grand Junction, CO
Staging For Realtors, Builders & Investors

Maureen you are absolutely on the money, a small home really needs to be staged with appropriate furntiure to appear livable. "Beckoning" is right, it's the promise of more. What a great term to use!

Aug 01, 2012 01:40 AM #33
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Sally ~ The book shelves are fun to accessorize ... they take a lot of inventory too.

Hi Tessa ~ It can be tricky for buyers in a small vacant home because their first response may be "our furniture won't fit here" so we used a standard-size sofa and loveseat in the living room to show them.

Aug 01, 2012 03:53 AM #34
Rainmaker
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Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Maureen, I love what you did with this cottage!  It is so welcoming!

Aug 03, 2012 11:04 PM #35
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Sharon ~ Glad you like the staging ... it's a darling home.  Here's a photo of the front ... complete with picket fence, arbors, and an english garden Lake Oswego Oregon cottage for sale

Aug 04, 2012 06:26 PM #36
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Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Maureen, You staged this home so well that my buyer fell in love and made an offer. We are now pending..so get ready to De-Stage! Had we walked into an empty house and seen it as the pictures show before, although a lovely home, it would have needed vision. Thank you!

Aug 16, 2012 01:33 PM #37
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Cindy ~ OMG I can't believe it!!  What an amazing coincidence that you showed this cottage to your buyer.  It really is a wonderful location, charming home, and lovely gardens.

And, this story might make a fun blog .... what do you think?  I'm getting some ideas :-)

Aug 16, 2012 01:44 PM #38
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Maureen, I love the charming features in this home and the staging has just enhanced it all!

I had my husband at a de-stage today and he couldn't believe the difference once the house was empty. He started picking apart sll the litle things and I said 'see what a difference Staging makes!?!'

When a home is Staged there's less focus on the little things that might not be perfect in a home!

PS I wish there was a 'Like' button for Cindy's comment! Way To Go!

Aug 18, 2012 01:48 PM #39
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Peg ~ Congrats on the quick de-staging at your property ... you're so right about the fact that potential buyers will just see any flaws when a home is vacant ....

and yes, no kidding I too wish there was a "like" button for Cindy's comment above!  I just couldn't believe it because I've talked with Cindy on the phone but we've never met un person  ... it was such a fun surprise to see that it was her client who's buying this darling cottage home.

Aug 18, 2012 02:57 PM #40
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Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS
iTexas Realty Co. - San Antonio, TX

Hi Maureen-

This makes a stunning difference.  I love that you have used such elegant classics that photograph well.

--Sara in San Antonio

Aug 19, 2012 12:34 PM #41
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Sara ~ Thanks for your lovely comment ... it's much appreciated!  We love that the buyer's agent commented here, too :-)

Aug 19, 2012 12:49 PM #42
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Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Maureen, I can SO see a blog or two coming!

Aug 21, 2012 02:09 PM #43
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