Have you ever wished you could do something over, because you knew that given the chance you could do it better?
When I began staging, before I considered doing vacant stagings, I staged my own home which had been for sale for more than 2 years (2010 was a very bad time to sell a home). I used the furniture that I had at the time. It was an eclectic mix to say the least. Before I was a home stager, I was a single mom working in the corporate world and décor wasn’t high on my priority list.
Now, almost six years later, specializing in vacant stagings, I often think about that home and wonder how I might have staged it if I had the inventory I have today.
Right after Christmas, I received a call from a homeowner about staging a vacant home that had been on the market for more than 30 days with no offers. I viewed the home online. Although it was not in the same neighborhood as my home had been, there was something oddly familiar about the layout.
The next day I met the homeowner at the home and sure enough . . . it was the exact layout of my previous home with a few differences in windows and flooring. The kitchen eat-in-area is in direct path from the front door to the great room, not your typical layout. It took everything I had not to beg the homeowner to allow me to stage this vacant home. It was my chance for a do-over!! Luckily, I didn’t have to beg. This smart homeowner wanted to get the home sold and, so she decided to stage. I staged the home on Saturday, the listing was refreshed with the new photos on Monday and it was in contract by Tuesday!
Here are the photos of my home as I staged it in 2012 along with the photos of my do-over that I staged last week.
The Great Room: Just as décor wasn’t a priority, neither was paint. Like many homeowners, when I moved in, this paint color was current and when it came time to sell, I thought it was fine; it was neutral. I didn’t have anyone to tell me how important the paint color was.
The Kitchen – Eat-In Area: Because the kitchen table was in the direct path from the front door to the great room I thought it might be best to minimize that area. I opted for a small, counter height table with only 2 chairs. Green and terracotta were the current colors; you can see them repeated in the pillows on the sofa.
A regular height table keeps the view into the great room unobstructed and 4 chairs shows how big the space really is
The Kitchen – Countertops: Yes, mine had granite . . . not at first, but it was suggested that granite would sell the home. I rarely make that suggestion to my clients; as I’ve learned granite alone does not sell a home. I never did like the granite counters. Maybe if I had changed the paint color it would have made a difference.
No granite, but a beautiful kitchen nonetheless
The master bedroom: One of the rooms that I did paint; it had been marigold. Gray was making its debut. Today, I would not suggest a focal wall. I’ve learned, the flow and choppiness of the change in colors equates to “small”.
(In case you’re wondering, they are not the same pillows)
The Master Bathroom: One thing that’s different in all the stagings I do today . . .
Professional Photography! All photos of last weeks staging were taken by JPG Media.
Well, that’s it . . . my do-over. I no longer have to wonder “what if”. It’s been fun to look back and gratifying to see the improvement I’ve made. 😉 And even better, I was able to help a wonderful couple move on from the past and into 2018. That’s a great start to the New Year!