What is the Value of Staging your Vancouver Home?
A Case Study with Before/After Photos
Home Sellers often wonder about the value of staging their home. Yes, there’s an upfront, monetary investment. There’s also always that unknown risk that your home might not sell. Yet, the decision to stage carries so many benefits: better presentation online, increased traffic to the home, enabling the Realtor® to add those magic words “shows beautifully”, and creating an emotional connection with the buyer to the home. Here’s an example of how we helped some home owners in Coquitlam get their home sold quickly, and move on with the rest of their lives.
The initial visit to this home was to get a feel for the scope of work, and also to give the Home Owners a “to do” list to prepare for their home to be staged. Was this a multi-million dollar, new build home? No. The reality is that all homes deserve to be staged and show their very best when they are placed on the market. The Home Owners followed our advice unquestioningly, painting out some rooms a more neutral colour, editing furniture and removing artwork, ready for us to return to stage and create magic.
Before – Foyer This is the first impression you get when you walk into the home. The look is dated and uninspiring.
After – Foyer We created some contrast in colour and interest. This Foyer peaks your interest and encourages the Buyer to want to see more.
Before - Dining Room This dining room was actually being used as a sitting/music listening room. No problem when you’re living in the property. When you’re selling, however, rooms need to show their original, intended purpose. As surprising as it may seem, most Home Buyers can’t imagine the room as a dining room if it’s not presented that way. They’ll leave the home saying “nice house, too bad there’s not a dining room”!
After – Dining Room We relocated the dining table from the kitchen which fit perfectly in the dining room space. Some simple but effective dressing finished off the whole look, et voila, the room now says “dining room”.
Before – Living Room The living room looked washed out with no contrast in colour. The living room furniture looked quite “granny” and made the whole living room look older than its time.
After – Living Room We relocated the den furniture to the living room to give some depth and contrast in colour. Was this a perfect solution? No. However, it saved the Home Owner money and we were still able to update the look of the living room. Let’s face it. The buyer would be a young family moving in, so we needed a more casual, relaxed, yet updated look that would appeal to this demographic.
Let's not forget that the devil's in the details. We also created beautiful vignettes that capture a Home Buyer's attention, emotions and heart strings. This is key in engaging a Buyer with a property at an entirely different level.
Was there value in staging this property? Well, you tell me… the property was sold, with subjects removed in exactly 30 days. The Home Owner received full asking price. Another property successfully sold with the help of Exit Stage Right, Home Staging Vancouver.