Sold In Two Months... After 2 Years on the market

Home Stager with Simple Inspiration Home Staging

A while ago I ran into a friend who I had lost contact with.  After a few minutes sharing important details and events that have occured in our lives since we had seen each other last, she casually mentioned that they were struggling to make two mortgage payments and were possibly looking at a short sell or even a forclosure if they could not sell their house soon.  I asked her if the house was vacant or if it had been staged.  She told me they had a few items in the house and she had staged it the best she knew how.  She indicated she would love to hire a stager, but there truly was no budget for staging.  I offered a possible exchange of labor with her husband (a remodeling contractor) for some future repairs on my home and they jumped at it. 

We made an appointment for me to see the house and I suggested they paint and replace some of the carpet in the bedrooms.  After they had completed the necessary fix ups, we headed to my warehouse to load up some art and accessories to complete the items necessary for a great staging.  They had pulled the house off the market a few months earlier so they could search for a new REA, so once the staging was completed they were able to make a clean start with the MLS system.  With the house back on the market,  we all waited with fingers crossed.  Interest in their house was beyond what they had ever seen and after only TWO MONTHS on the market they SOLD their home to one of the first people who looked at it.   I have since recieved a new garbage disposal and have had my backyard  fence repaired.  I also have my eye on new granite counters for the kitchen.  I hope this helps to keep everyone inspired and thinking creatively during these rough times.  It's never so bad that we cannot help oneanother. 

Happy Staging. Please enjoy the Before and After photos of this project.


Living Room BEFORE


Living Room AFTER staging


Dining Room BEFORE


Dining Room AFTER staging


Boy's Room BEFORE


Boy's Room AFTER staging


Master Bedroom BEFORE


Master Bedroom AFTER staging


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Todd Wakefield
KW Commercial Lake Cities - Firewheel - Plano, TX

Trisha - nice work on all your posts!

Jul 01, 2008 09:42 AM #5
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging


Great transformation!  It really does make the difference when homeowners stage their properties. Congratulations on this success story! 

Jul 02, 2008 02:10 AM #6
Barbara Cluck-Miksits
BCM Home Staging LLC - Ridgewood, NJ
Home Staging - New Jersey

Trisha, What a transformation!! You did a fantastic job on this home. This is why it sold. Congratulations.

Jul 03, 2008 11:49 AM #7
Patty Hill, BIC
Local Homes and Land, Inc - Summerville, SC
Local Homes and Land, Inc

Trisha, Wonderful story.  I think you will be friends for life.  Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!

Jul 03, 2008 01:35 PM #8
Michelle Hall
Century 21 Hecht - Denver, NC

What a major difference in the den.  Before it was so dark and kind of gloomy.  I had to take a second look because it looked so much brighter.  Great job - hopefully she will sing praises of you to everyone she meets.

Jul 04, 2008 11:53 AM #9
Phyllis Pafumi
ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey - Old Bridge, NJ
ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ

The dining room table reminds me of a coffin, pretty creepy, what a fantastic job on the staging in this room, also the bedrooms look soooo much bigger.

Phyllis Pafumi

Jul 04, 2008 01:52 PM #10
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

GReat job

what did you use for the boy's headboard?

Jul 05, 2008 10:37 AM #11
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

I love what you did in the bedroom -- so much lighter and brighter and we need that in Oregon don't we!  What a joy to create a trade that benefited you both -- I'm sure he will recommend you in the future to his associates!

Jul 13, 2008 04:58 PM #12
Betty Haney
Haney Consulting - Calgary, AB

Trisha you did a wonderful job of staging!  I love how you were able to help your friend and help yourself.  Betty

Jul 13, 2008 05:37 PM #13
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Great job, Trisha.

Congratulations.  Your post is being eatured in the group; Staging Before & After Pictures.


Jul 15, 2008 12:16 AM #14
Trisha Lane
Simple Inspiration Home Staging - Portland, OR
Simple Inspiration Portland Oregon

Hi All,

I have been busy playing in the sun and not on the rain, so please forgive the slow response to your valued comments...Hope you are having a great summer.

Maureen, Yes they had many rooms the homeowner had custom painted.  Good for living not for selling.

Joyce, My friends are feeling so much relief after the sale of this property.  The financial strain the were under for so long is not completely gone, but the stress of coming up with an additional mortgage payment each month is.

Kathy, Yes they are!  Thanks for stopping by and for the feature!

Michelle Finnamore, I love Big lots and that's where I got the trees.  They are so versatile.

Todd, Thanks for stopping by, your kind words mean alot.

Michelle, I wish all homeowners could see the value staging brings to their properties.  It is an important element for a sale in this competetive market.

Barbara, It was a great house.  It just needed a little polish.  Thanks for stopping by.

Patty, Funny you should mention that.  We actually have become closer friends and spend a great deal of time together.

Michelle Hall, The paint color was the first big item on my list of things that needed to be changed right away.  The warmer paint color made a great big difference.

Phyllis, It was a make shift table the homeowner put together.  They had the round table, but did not realize it would actually work better in that space.

Virginia, The boy's headboard is an unfinished pine headboard I picked up on clearence at a local store for only $40.00.  It is lightweight and works well with boy's or girls rooms.

Margaret, Thank you..The master was so gloomy and yes we definately need the warmth of color in the northwest.

Betty, This was a very rewarding project for me.  It is always a good feeling to help out someone who is truly in need.

Jul 16, 2008 05:03 PM #15
JoLynn Pipkin
Simple Details Redesign, LLC - Snohomish, WA

That is great news all around!!  I am staging my first vacant house starting tomorrow!  I was originally scheduled to two months ago but the house sold with a back up offer, so they thought.  The deals fell through so here I am with a real challenge on my hands.  You did a great job congratulations to you!  It makes me not quite so nervous about my first real endeavor!!

Jul 16, 2008 05:47 PM #16
Trisha Lane
Simple Inspiration Home Staging - Portland, OR
Simple Inspiration Portland Oregon

JoLynn, Best of luck to you with your first vacant.  I really like them as I get to choose all the furnishings and accessories that go in them to help with the flow of a home.  Everything goes well together and does not distract the buyer away from the home's best features.  Take your time and remember to keep it simple.

Jul 16, 2008 06:05 PM #17
Kathy Riggle
Houston Home Staging

Hi Trisha

The furniture arrangements compliment these rooms well.  Great staging!

Jul 17, 2008 11:13 AM #18
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Trisha,

The monochromatic gray made the living and dinning room seem like a funeral parlor. I like how you dragged the 80s bedroom into the 21st century. Congratulations on your success!


Jul 19, 2008 09:33 AM #19
Trisha Lane
Simple Inspiration Home Staging - Portland, OR
Simple Inspiration Portland Oregon

Kathy, Thank you for your kind words.

Kimo, The gray walls were very depressing, here in the Pacific Northwest we have very little sunshine so the warm color tones work best for most homes.  I agree that it had a "funeral parlor" feeling. Thanks for stopping by.

Aug 19, 2008 06:46 PM #20
Tanya Venable
Orlando, FL
SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant

I am jut seeing this post. Congratulations Trisha, you did a fantastic job!

Aug 26, 2008 08:57 AM #21
Peg Prather
Vancouver, WA
Vancouver, WA

Trisha; very nice work! How nice of you to offer to do this for a trade, they really must be grateful. They must have also been amazed at the few things it took to transform the house. I'm glad to see that you got some wonderful work done on your house, too. Everyone wins!

Sep 01, 2008 11:56 AM #22
Patty Carroll
Vancouver, WA

What a great story. The pictures look great and you have got to feel good for helping your friend get their home sold so quickly in todays market. Good job!

Sep 01, 2008 12:10 PM #23
Lisa Roy
SPACELiFT HOME STAGING, Greater Vancouver - Vancouver, BC

WOW on the dining room!  That alone made a huge difference.  Nice job!

Sep 02, 2008 04:01 AM #24
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