Missoula Real Estate - Home Staging Works - A Case Study in Missoula's 44 Ranch Estates!

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Home Staging has been shown to sell homes faster, and for more money than unstaged homes. We have absolutely found this to be the case. In our experience, staging a home prior to putting it on the market will greatly improve your results. We believe in home staging so much that we offer a free home staging consultation when we list homes.

Over the summer, we sold a home in Missoula's 44 Ranch Estates. This was a beautiful new construction home that had been listed for awhile by another company and had not sold. We listed the property and staged the Kitchen, Bathrooms, and key elements such as the fireplace with small "vignettes". The Staging added color and "warmness" to the home.

The staging worked so well that when we received an offer on the home, one of the contingencies was that we include all of the staging items in the sale of the home! We ended up receiving 2 offers on the property - one was Cash for close to the purchase price. The second offeror ended up having the builder build the SAME home on a nearby lot in the same subdivision! So this builder received 2 sales in one essentially!

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Rosland Norris
Norris & Norris Properties, LLC. - Augusta, GA
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Wow! Details, details. If you do the staging yourself where do you purchase the items for the staging or do you work with rental items? Where can you get training on home staging? I know this is definately needed in my area. I don't see a lot of agents using this technique, but I have suggested it several times but, just don't know where to start. Any information you can provide would be helpful. Rosland (Rnorris@c21larrymiller.com)

Oct 05, 2008 10:27 AM #1
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John Mulkey
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I'm convinced too. I recommend that anyone wanting to sell in this market do some staging. It's cheap when you consider interest costs as well as the possibility that the home will sell for more.

Oct 05, 2008 10:58 AM #2
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Monica Bourgeau
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Hi Rosalind - we purchase the items ourselves and try to get creative. We often use Ross & TJ Maxx, especially for towels which you need a lot of for the bathrooms. We haven't started using furniture yet, just vignettes, but are planning on decorating a model home soon. RealtyU has a course in home staging.

Oct 06, 2008 12:21 AM #3
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Allen Tate - Concord, NC

Great case for home staging. Nothing is worse than a cluttered home or vacant home that is empty and neglected. Thanks for sharing.

Oct 06, 2008 02:02 AM #4
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Monica Bourgeau
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Thanks Allen, it's all about putting your best foot forward. You wouldn't go to an interview without sprucing yourself up so why should your house?

Oct 06, 2008 03:03 AM #5
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Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
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The home looks great staged . . . awesome job. I always tell clients that your house only has one opportunity to make a good first impression!!! I have a new listing that has been staged, and it makes a huge difference when people walk in the door.

Oct 06, 2008 03:35 AM #6
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Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
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Kevin & Monica,

You two are so smart!  What better tool for you to add to your real estate service, than professional home staging!  You two have obviously experienced the results personally and have found the many benefits of staging your listings...THAT's AWESOME!  Did I mention how SMART you two are? Continued success! ;)

Roslind,as for your comment and interest in home staging...please check out stagedhomes.com                                                                                                                You can learn everything there is to know about home staging through this course, very educational!  You'll never sell another property without staging it first, once you've taken this course.  Makes great business sense!  Good luck to you and much success!

Oct 16, 2008 04:06 PM #7
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Eileen Begley
Coldwell Banker, DelMonte - Carmel, CA
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No question, staging helps enormously. Doing vignettes is comparatively inexpensive.  Marshalls, Costco and the Dollar store are great resources.

Oct 18, 2008 04:45 PM #8
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