The difference staging can make: another example

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

I am a huge proponent of staging properties, whether occupied or vacant, staging is well worth the effort and investment.

The difference staging can make: another example

When I listed a colonial on a pretty cul-de-sac in Glenn Dale, MD last summer, the owners and I had staged the property utilizing existing furniture and bringing in accessories from both our homes (yes, I frequently use my own stuff to help out my clients). It was decluttered and depersonalized, spruced up and warmed up, organized and ready. It showed beautifully and resulted in 3 offers.

Fast forward 5 weeks. Our buyer defaulted at the 11th hour and the contract fell apart the day of closing. After the owners and I had cleared out the property, of course. It was empty, bare, cold ... sans personality. We quickly put the house back on the market but the feedback we received from the first few showings was, well, depressing. We went from "beautiful home", "wow" and 3 offers the first time around to "it's OK", "the rooms are too small" and "it's overpriced. NOT the kind of feedback we were hoping for! 

So we regrouped. We temporarily took the house off the market, worked the phones to find a stager who a) was available on a short notice and b) did not already have all their inventory in other homes and scheduled the professional photographer for an interior reshoot. 

We lucked out when we found Flavell Home Staging. Jessica and her team were not only a pleasure to work with from the initial contact to the day the house was destaged, they also did an amazing job! By staging the key areas, the house was transformed back into a home... warm, inviting and beautiful. Buyers could once again get a feel for the space and the room sizes which helped them envision how their own belongings would fit.

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The results speak for themselves. The feedback we received after Flavell Home Staging worked their magic was 100% positive. We once again heard potential buyers say "wow" as soon as they entered, "this home is wonderful". And, again, we received 3 offers.

The property SOLD for $11,000 over list price. Flavell Home Staging had a lot to do with that!

So if you are thinking about selling your vacant home in Montgomery, Howard or Prince George's County in Maryland, consider contacting Jessica Flavell first. You can reach her at (301) 802-8367 or Tell her Andrea Bedard with Thompson Company, REALTORS send you and ask her to work her magic. You won't be disappointed. Her results speak for themselves.

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Thompson Company, REALTORS

16910 Oak Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905
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Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD, who has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers in Montgomery and Howard County, MD (and beyond) for 16+ years now. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running, hiking, and traveling, speaks German, reads a lot, blogs a little, and drinks too much coffee. 


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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I have a listing that I really need to have that conversation with a seller.  It's VERY expensive here because they have to come from the Atlanta market, but some homes just really need professional staging

Jan 07, 2016 12:41 PM #1
David Jones - Aliso Viejo, CA

Living proof of the benefits of staging. The better a home looks, the faster it will sell and for more; all other things being equal. You would think it is common sense, but maybe not. Thanks for sharing.  Dave

Jan 07, 2016 12:43 PM #2
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'm glad you had great success with this staging company and that you got well over list!

Jan 07, 2016 12:51 PM #3
Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Ormond Beach, FL
Regal Christie's International Real Estate

There is no doubt that staging makes a huge difference. Nicely done. 

Jan 07, 2016 01:02 PM #4
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

What a great story!  Obviously I LOVE seeing any and all examples of the power of home staging! Beautiful job by Jessica at Flavell Home Staging 

Jan 07, 2016 10:49 PM #5
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Andrea, having a home staged does improve that WOW factor, and congratulations on securing an offer OVER list price! 

Jan 08, 2016 11:19 PM #6
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Wow, great job!

Congrats on selling $10K above asking price.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Jan 16, 2016 06:11 AM #7
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Thank you Andrea for taking the time to share your experience with staging a home yourself and then with a professional staging company.

Having a great team to call in to prep your listings resulting in an offer $11,000 over asking makes you a star in the sellers eyes. I think they will be a great referral source for you from now on!

Mar 28, 2016 09:54 PM #8
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