SHOULD I STAGE THE WHOLE HOUSE?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 0528582

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SHOULD I STAGE THE WHOLE HOUSE? 

 

Yes,  because the whole house is for sale.   That is not meant to be a glib statement.  As a professional home stager and Realtor since 2006, I have become increasingly aware of how emotionally attached we are to the way we live in our own homes.  What is perfectly comfortable for living is not necessarily how the home should be marketed for maximizing your profit from a sale.  

 

I don't mean to make everything about money, but let's face it, most of us need every penny from a sale we can get.  So now is not the time to be penny wise and pound foolish.  Every room of your home is valuable real estate and we need to help the buyer realize just how very valuable it is. That is what is going to get you more money from the sale of your home.

 

 

 HOW DO I STAGE THE WHOLE HOUSE WHEN IT'S VACANT?ASP stager

                             

 

A full service home stager will discuss options for staging furnishings and decor with you in a written proposal.   I have found the least expensive staging plan  is to rent key pieces and use add in decor provided either by the homeowner or the stager. The skill of the stager is in the plan and the interior design of furniture arrangement with decor added.  

 

Sometimes owners decide to stage it themselves and and go  rent their own furniture.  However, having a  tan vinyl  couch pushed against a wall with a brown coffee table in front of it -  is not staging.  It screams low rent district.

 

 One house I went in had furniture, but the tags were still dangling from the lamp and the lamp did not have a light bulb put in it.  That was just sad! 

 

 

 

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 This was a vacant living  room staged with a rental loveseat.  

All other furnishings were provided by the stager.

 

 

 

Staging is the decorator icing on the cake.   A plain, unfrosted cake has value, but a frosted cake adorned with roses and "Happy Birthday" written on it has increased value.  

 

 

 

 

 

  

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Beverly Carlson,  REALTOR, GRI, ASP, IAHSP, RESA

Broker

Carlson Properties           

Abilene, Texas

325-721-2429

To See Abilene's Staged Homes, go to www.stagedhomes.com

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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
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Hi Beverly ~ usually, we stage the "impact" rooms, those rooms most likely to influence potential buyers. We rarely stage secondary bedrooms unless the space is overly small or large, or the layout is odd.  This also keeps costs down for our clients :-)

Mar 16, 2013 07:02 AM #1
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Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

Hi Maureen Bray,  I love your staging by the way and thank you for commenting on my blog.

I am just getting the thought out there that staging works on the WHOLE house, both vacant and occupied.

Sometimes in an occupied house, the homeowner doesn't really want to clean out all the rooms, yet this is a problem when you are selling, because nobody is interested in looking at a room full of boxes, much less buying such room!

In a vacant home, I have observed that sometimes when the living and dining is staged and the rest of the house is empty it is like going out to dinner and forgetting to get totally dressed!  When one gets dressed up, one puts on the whole outfit!  One really doesn't want to think too hard about this analogy  

I have had my shortest days on the market in those homes that have every space staged.  

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