A Bachelor Pad No More!
Our company just completed staging a house in Ann Arbor (Michigan)--and the Realtor made the staging investment! I thought I'd share some before and after photos to demonstrate how staging with RE:STYLE can completely change the functionality as well as the look and feel of a home.
I must apologize upfront, as these photos are not up to my usual standards, and I will be retaking the Afters. (Regretfully, the Befores no longer exist--duh!)
This is what you saw when you walked in. The lockbox was actually on the sliding doors off the deck, as there is no walkway up to the front door!
We moved the TV and switched out the big couch with the love seat in the Living Room. Then we added artwork and accessories to warm the space, and some margaritas to show a lifestyle! We also added extra lighting. And wait until you see how we utilized his (very heavy) cocktail table upstairs, and the big pillows...
The rug was too big--it made the Living Room look smaller and covered those nice hardwood floors (a feature!), so...
We brought in a smaller rug, moved his ottoman to this room, added accessories and changed out that utilitarian floor lamp for something with more pizazz! We moved a table that was also in the overcrowded Family Room to the far wall and set up a bar/entertainment center. Who wouldn't want to live in this happening house, where fun and entertainment are key?
The bathrooms needed some definite help!
Doesn't this look much more spa-like?
Then there were the bedrooms...
Walls are still green, but isn't this more inviting? We used a table we found in the Sunroom for the nightstand, and just covered it with a table cloth. We did change out the comforter, and added the headboard, and pillow. Of course, we added a lamp, and other accessories.
See, there's that plaid again! We had planned to move the bookcase to another area, and put the bed in the corner, but then we discovered the bookcase was bolted to the wall!
Now the Master looks like a 5-star hotel, instead of a no-tell motel! We brought in the chair, end table, lamps, artwork, bedding and accessories. As you may have noticed, since the walls were gray (too cool a color for staging), we complimented them with gold and red, to warm the spaces.
Here's our most creative staging--look how the coffee table and pillows from the Family Room became a window seat!
What a great place for the kids to sit and read while their Mom or Dad is in the office...
There was also an empty room that need definition--so we made it a sitting/reading room since it's off the Master:
Hope you enjoy what RE:STYLE has done! I'd be happy to discuss (through private emails) what we charged, and get input from others as to what you would have charged, to stage this house. It's listed at $199,000. We spent:
1 hour planning
1 hour packing
2 people spent 7.5 hrs each (15 total) staging
Estimate 2 hours to de-stage
Estimate 1.5 hrs to put everything back in the storage units
I'd love to hear from stagers and Realtors alike!