This Painted Lady Looked like Too Much Work for Portland Buyers

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Home Stager with Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR
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As home stagers in Portland, Oregon we often see homes that linger on the market, homes that aren't professionally staged but that could use a stager's help to improve their appeal to potential buyers.  We've noticed that Portland homes that were built about 20 years are showing their age!   These homes were built in the early-to-mid 1990's; they often sport brass light fixtures and hardware, oak cabinets, wallpaper, and pastel-colored walls.

Today's savvy buyers prefer a home that looks "move in ready."  They've watched HGTV and want a home that's fresh, modern, and that doesn't require their time and money once they've moved in .... they want their weekends free to enjoy their family, friends, and leisure activities.

Room Solutions Staging was asked to provide a staging quote for this vacant Portland-area home, which had been on the market for several months without an offer.  This spacious home had some wonderful features, but here's the first two rooms buyers saw just off the foyer: 

Pink room before staging by Room Solutions

 Dining room before staging by Room Solutions

The living room and adjoining dining room both had pink walls and pale pink ceilings, along with floral window swags ... all of which were in style 20 years ago, but not what today's buyers are looking for.  We recommended a neutral wall color along with removing the window swags and replacing a few brass light fixtures in this home.  Here's how it looked after some easy and cost-effective changes:  Lighter, brighter, fresher, more what the target buyer was seeking:

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http://www.roomsolutions.com/portland-home-staging-photos.html

The result of these easy changes is that this home SOLD after staging!  Just removing the most dated-looking aspects of the home showed buyers that this lovely home COULD indeed be easily updated. Happy Sellers, happy listing agent, and satisfied buyers = a winning combination!

If your home needs a few "tweaks" contact Room Solutions Staging ... we'll be happy to help!

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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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Janelle Ancillotti
Seneca Home Staging - Syracuse, NY
HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY

Maureen,

I remember reading this post a few months ago, and was so impressed by the results in the before and after photos. I don't know why I didn't comment then, but this was an amazing transformation that is truly inspiring!

Aug 03, 2014 01:47 AM #74
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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"

Thanks Janelle .... making these changes is what made it possible for buyers to connect with this home.  Paint, a couple of new light fixtures, and staging provided a great ROI for these sellers.

Aug 03, 2014 09:30 AM #75
Rainmaker
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Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Maureen, what an incredible difference your staging made in these rooms!

Aug 11, 2014 03:58 PM #76
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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"

Thanks very much Sharon!

Aug 12, 2014 02:19 PM #77
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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You must be busy working your staging magic, Maureen. Hope you've also had to time to enjoy our beautiful Northwest summer. D 

Aug 17, 2014 04:35 AM #78
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Wow Maureen!!  What an incredible job.  You've turned this home into a real desirable beauty.

Aug 18, 2014 09:12 PM #79
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Maureen,

What a transformation! You brought this home up to date with painting, eliminating the brass and some great staging items! Sellers out there are you seeing and believing?? 

Aug 30, 2014 09:52 PM #80
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"

Debb, Gabe, and Dorie ~ Thanks for stopping by to comment on my post!

Aug 31, 2014 04:06 PM #81
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Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Maureen,

Wow, the color selection was spot-on! It made a dated doughty look appear as a new build. Did you pull the color from the wainscoting because it is an elegant match of buttermilk and key lime pie, delicious.

-Peace,

Sep 25, 2014 08:43 AM #82
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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  Kimo, thanks!  Since the carpeting was old and likely to be replaced, I just used a color that worked with the wainscoting ... you're right :-)  Just love waking up dated rooms like these!!

Sep 25, 2014 11:41 AM #83
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Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Very nice transformation, and I really like the colors that you used also. Excellent job staging!

Oct 01, 2014 01:22 AM #84
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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"

Sharon Paxson thanks for your feedback!  It's much appreciated.

Oct 01, 2014 03:14 AM #85
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
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Maureen, what an awesome transition! It looks up to date and appealing!

Oct 09, 2014 01:53 PM #86
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
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Hi Marueen,
WOW!  What an amazing difference!  A little staging goes a LONG way!

Oct 16, 2014 02:41 AM #87
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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Hey, Maureen!  Love your after photos!  Good staging makes such a big difference. 

Oct 21, 2014 01:01 PM #88
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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"

Evelyn ~ Thanks, it's always fun for me to see the transition, too!

Wayne & Jean ~ Small changes can indeed make a big difference when a house is on the market ... glad you like it.

Pat ~ Always nice to hear your feedback ... hope you're doing well!!

Oct 21, 2014 03:21 PM #89
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Scott Gleason
RE/MAX Select - Westfield, NJ
Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist

That's an unbelievable improvement, Maureen.  A great example of why home stagers can make the difference between a sale and no interest at all.

 

 

 

Dec 10, 2014 07:20 AM #90
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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"

Thanks for stopping by Scott Gleason -- your kinds words are appreciated!

Dec 10, 2014 01:50 PM #91
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Perfect staging. Thanks for sharing your photographs.

Feb 18, 2015 02:26 AM #92
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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"

You're most welcome Roy Kelley!

Feb 18, 2015 08:36 AM #93
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