Home Staging can Really Open up the Space ~ even in a Cottage
UPDATE: This adorable home received an offer after only 2 days on the market, and is now SOLD!
One of the benefits of professional home staging is that the home is seen at its very best, including showing as much “space” as possible. Potential buyers who view a home are usually wondering, “will my furniture fit here?”
One of our goals in staging is to make sure that buyers will “see” the space that the house has, so we don’t use unnecessary furnishings. We’ve found that this approach makes the house the “star” of the viewing, rather than the furnishings; the homes that we’ve staged over the past two years have an average Days on Market of less than 28 days. One of our recent staging projects was a 1,275-sq ft home where we needed to show buyers that it’s roomier than it might appear when empty, or when viewed with too much furniture.
Here are some Before & After Photos of this Portland cottage-style home, starting with the living room; we suggested a more neutral wall color, and staged the room with just enough furniture so that buyers could “see” the space that they’d be buying:
In the guest bedroom, the furniture was over-sized and crowded this small room. Staging it as a child’s room made sense since the target buyer is a couple or family with one child:
The master bedroom presented a challenge because of its size, so we staged it to show buyers that there’s room for two nightstands — perhaps they’ll want to install a plasma screen on the wall opposite the bed:
In the dining area, the previous rectangular table was too large to allow for movement, so we selected a glass-topped round table and used just 3 chairs. Buyers will see that a 4th chair will fit, but our goal was to show as much space as possible:
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Room Solutions Staging offers help to Portland Oregon metro area homeowners, Realtors, builders, banks and investors in preparing homes for the market. Our home staging clients love our service and our staging statistics! Our home staging services in the Portland OR metro area include consultation reports, staging for both vacant and occupied homes, and interior redesign projects. For a complimentary home staging proposal, please contact us @ 503-246-1800.