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Plain Vanilla or Banana Split??

Home Stager with Egan Design Group Inc.

Hi all,

In presenting our model homes and inventory property for sale there are 2 schools of thought. There is always the "Safe" way, leave everything painted builder white and use vanilla beige counter tops etc. Then there is the "Wow" way, spice things up a bit with some exciting color. Use cutting edge fixtures and interior merchandising. This is the way to get some attention and be remembered  and set apart from all the models a buyer will go through in a weekend. Let the buyers see something that they saw in a magazine somewhere. Let them feel they could live their dream and not just a another vanilla house. Entice them, excite them. In this competitive market why not be the EXCITING builder, the one that your buyers tell their friends ,"you have got to go see this house it is amazing!" If you hire an experienced interior merchandiser this excitement can be achieved within your price range.

In today's market don't settle for being Plain Vanilla when you can be a Banana Split!

Denise Allen
Resh Realty Group - Chesapeake, VA
Realtor@ Chesapeake, Hampton Roads

We always use safe colors and the fixtures are always fixtures that they buyer can purchase in the price of the house.  They get an allowance and the stager has to stay in that budget for fixtures.  Our two story we just finished just got a "WOW" today from a prospect.

May 06, 2008 01:06 PM
Patti Egan
Egan Design Group Inc. - Viera, FL
As I said, there are two schools of thought. I'm glad you have found a winning formula in your market.
May 06, 2008 02:00 PM
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

It looks like red is a hot color pardon the pun, this decor really makes an impression and it is miles away from going safe but I like the daring colors for a model it is very different.

May 12, 2008 02:53 AM
Jim Fischetti
The Fischetti Group/Keller Williams - Wake Forest, NC

Great point!


Super post.


Best wishes.


Jim in Wake Forest, NC

May 12, 2008 09:13 AM