Home Staging Works for $88,000 Houses, Too!

By
Home Stager with RE:STYLE LLC

From Drab To Fab

RE:STYLE Home Staging and Redesign's associate, Tonya Seckinger, just completed staging this 830 Sq. ft. house in Whitmore Lake, Michigan. The transformation from a sad, empty house to a warm, inviting home was nothing short of miraculous! Of course, this is often the case with professional home staging. But when the house isn't a million dollar baby, it seems like it's even more amazing. Watch as a drab little rental morphs into a happy place someone would want to call home:

Living Room Another angle of LR

LR after Living room

Kitchen  Master

iKtchen after Master After

Bath  Bath

Bath after Bath after

Now this house looks like a real value for the money! It was just listed, so I'll keep you posted on the sales results!

 

About RE:STYLE LLC

RE:STYLE LLC is located in Brighton, Michigan, and helps homeowners & realtors sell homes more quickly and more profitably by using proven home staging methods to ensure that listings appeal to a broad range of buyers. For more information, please contact RE:STYLE at 810.333.5240 or visit http://www.restylestaging.com

 

 

 

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  1. D H 10/07/2008 07:45 AM
Topic:
Home Selling
Location:
Michigan Livingston County
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Realtors®
Stage It Forward...
FOR SALE BY OWNER - MARKETING(FSBO)
Staging "Before" & "After" Pictures
VACANT HOUSE STAGING & NEW HOMES
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real estate staging
staging vacant homes
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home staging in michigan
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Rainer
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Debbie Fiskum
Perfect Transformations Home Staging - Denver, CO
Perfect Home Staging - The Home Decor Genie

Hi - it really looks great!  I wish more sellers would take the advice and stage their homes.  They think the cost of staging is expensive - but then they don't count the cost of holding their home when it doesn't sell for months.

Debbie Fiskum, Perfect Transformations Home Staging, Denver, CO

www.ptstaging.com

Oct 06, 2008 06:27 PM #7
Rainer
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Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

Great transformation Kathi!  The furniture certainly made it feel larger and brought so much life to your photos.  Well done!

Oct 06, 2008 11:11 PM #8
Rainer
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Teresa Mills Schremm
Looking Fine by Redesign, LLC - North Olmsted, OH
Online Home Staging - Coast to Coast, ASHSR

A beautiful transformation, Kathi...so warm and inviting!  A vacant home is cold and lifeless...no matter what the price point is.  EVERY home can benefit from staging...you proved it here!

Teresa

Oct 07, 2008 12:23 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Kathi - It's surely a happy place now.  You did a wonderful job and should be extremely proud.  And... I agree, all homes can benefit from staging.

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

Kathy

Oct 07, 2008 12:28 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Kathi Presutti
RE:STYLE LLC - Brighton, MI
Re:Style, LLC

Tori Lynn:

You are lucky to have a Realtor who makes the investment! Was that the house where you had the cute after photo of the lving room? Yea for staging!

Debbie:

Yes, you're so right. And if Realtors would only help us by poiningt this out...

Michele:

Thanks! Tonya did a great job!

Teresa:

As you said, the proof is in the photos--thanks!

Kathy:

Whoo-hoo! Thanks so much for the feature! (And the nice comments!)

Oct 07, 2008 01:11 AM #11
Rainer
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Chrissie Sutherland
Ready Set Stage - Greensboro, NC

Very nice.  It is amazing how different a place can look and feel when it is beautifully done.  Great job.

Oct 07, 2008 01:31 AM #12
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Jill Schmit
Micoley & Company - Green Bay, WI
ABR, ASP, GRI

It's nice to see a well-staged lower price category home. It is often difficult for buyers to imagine themselves in a smaller home. It shows that staging can work at every level - from modest to extravagant homes. Great work.

Oct 07, 2008 01:50 AM #13
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Linda Sticklin
Home Staging & Organizing - Berwyn, PA

I think there is still a misconception that staging only benefits high priced homes. You help set the record straight with your before and after photos--good work!

Oct 07, 2008 01:52 AM #14
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Lisa Roy
SPACELiFT HOME STAGING, Greater Vancouver - Vancouver, BC

I think a lot of homeowners and Realtors think that staging is very costly.  It is about constantly educating them otherwise.  I let people know every chance I get.  A lot of our jobs are occupied so it is a little easier to sell the price because there are not any expensive furniture rentals.

Oct 07, 2008 02:08 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Kathi Presutti
RE:STYLE LLC - Brighton, MI
Re:Style, LLC

Chrissie:

Thanks! I do believe it's the feeling that is the most important, and why photos, no matter how great, never really do staging justice.

Jill:

Even I was surprised how much bigger it looked!

Linda:

Thanks so much!

Lisa:

Yes, staging occupied homes is less expensive. But all sellers need to realize that by selling their houses faster, they are recouping any money invested in staging. And we need to help this see this!

Oct 07, 2008 08:50 AM #16
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Vicki Styons
RoomBenders - Columbia, SC

I love it , love it, love it.  So small but now so cozy and interesting.  I especially like the tiny table and chairs--perhaps a bit small to use but they make it look complete.  The kitchen and bedroom came to life under your guidance!  It now looks so inviting.

Oct 08, 2008 02:18 PM #17
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Kathy Riggle
STAGING SMART N SOLD - Houston, TX
Houston Home Staging

You did wonders with that bedroom, too.  The bed angle works with just the right size table beside it! Really shows the possibilities of this house!

Oct 09, 2008 11:13 AM #18
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Phyllis Pafumi
ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey - Old Bridge, NJ
ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ

Wow how great this transformation is..the house is ONLY $88K?? Now I have a question..what was the staging budget? I ask not to be noisy BUT I have a builder who needs his $299K house staged and he won't spend more than $300, is that nuts?

I wish he would JUST let me do what I need to do instead of looking for a bargain.

Phyllis Pafumi

Oct 09, 2008 12:21 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Kathi Presutti
RE:STYLE LLC - Brighton, MI
Re:Style, LLC

Vicki:

Yes, it is amall, but we wanted to show at least somewhere a person could eat, besides a TV tray! Thanks for the compliments

Kathy:

I think the bedroom is the biggest transformation--thanks!

Phyllis:

That is nuts!  This was almost like moving in! For that amount ($300), I would do accessories only. But if the house could get you more (lucrative) business, you may want to think of it as a marketing expense. it's always a struggle to get paid what you're worth. I am trying not to be a non-profit!!!

We add a lot of value, and need to be paid for that!

 

 

Oct 09, 2008 02:44 PM #20
Rainmaker
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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

Kathy the place looks fabulous!  I love staging small spaces.  You gave this some so much style!! 

Oct 09, 2008 04:38 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI

Great presentation, showing how any home can benefit from setting the stage!

Oct 10, 2008 01:49 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

We must shop at the same place, I swear I have all but a few of your items shown in the LR.  Love the Bedroom.  What a big difference...great job!

Oct 10, 2008 01:07 PM #23
Rainer
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Joan Inglis, Master Accredited Staging Professional
Carolina Spaces, LLC www.CarolinaSpaces.com - Charlotte, NC
Home Staging, Model Merchandising, Interior Design

I love what you did and what you used.  I have 2 previous investment rental properties coming up to stage in this same price range.  Staging works regardless of price!  You proved that here.

Joan Inglis, ASP, ASPM, President Charlotte IAHSP Regional Chapter

www.lakewyliehomestaging.com

 

 

Oct 10, 2008 02:14 PM #24
Rainmaker
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Kathi Presutti
RE:STYLE LLC - Brighton, MI
Re:Style, LLC

Cathy and Mary:

Thanks so much!

Cindy:

I believe the furniture was purchased from Cort/Insatnt, sofa table and cube from Target, accessories from consignment shops and the art from Bombay Co. (sadly gone now)! Great stagers think, and shop, alike!

Joan:

Thanks! and happy staging to you!

Oct 15, 2008 05:01 AM #25
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Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Great job.   We need to get the word out that staging is for everone and in every price range

Nov 05, 2008 01:36 PM #26
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