Check out the ‘Before’ and “After’ Videos! The big challenge with this property was that it had so much competition on the market at the same time. With 40+ homes, some detached, some townhouses, listed already, this property could sit a long time, while its owners were left in limbo. The home itself, a detached, single-family, 4-bedroom, 3 1/2 bathroom house about 5 years old, had many assets: big windows giving lots of natural light, gleaming hardwood floors, and enough storage space to make you sing. So why did it make a poor first impression?
I realized that, due to the close proximity of adjacent homes, the owners had installed (too) effective opaque blinds on all the windows facing neighbours, so the whole place seemed dark and a little depressing, albeit private. Job 1 would be correcting the furniture lay-out, by removing some items entirely to temporary storage, and redeploying other pieces where they would show off the size of the rooms. Job 2 would be adding light so all the good qualities of the house would shine out and appeal to a prospective buyer. Job 3 would be injecting much-needed warmth and colour into the house, once the owners packed away the non-essentials I identified for them.
Here’s where we started:
The ‘BEFORE’ photos
Here’s what staging did for this home:
The ‘AFTER’ Photos
As they say, a picture is worth a 1,000 words. This lovely home sold in 3 weeks, leaving most of the already-listed properties still on the market.
Trust me, staging is not a scam. It’s one of two essential parts of selling your house – you need a good real estate agent AND a good home stager.