Happy Friday! I am so excited to go on a date to Tucanos with the hubsters tonight! I hope you get to do something fun.
Can you stage to sell a very nice million dollar home with a huge budget? All. Day. Long. Can you stage to sell a middle America 1970's split level with a bad paint job and old carpet with a very tiny budget? Not so easy... but YES!
Today I'm featuring the house that we staged at my home staging training in Colorado Springs. Here are my girls. I'm the one in the dress with the black stripey things at the waste. Karen, the APSD founder, is the gorgeous blonde to the left -- LOVE her!
I don't have a picture of the actual house, but this is a very similar house with a better paint job. Imagine it.
Here we are again (I'm the one in the super awesome pants -- no offense anyone else). We were trying to think of things to do to make the curb appeal better. Just so you know, we ended up rearranging some pots and we would have done everything mentioned in this post about curb appeal if we had the time.
We were given a few storage containers of decor items to use for the entire house. There were also 3 or 4 chairs, 3 ottomans, 1 love seat, a coffee table and a small side table. There were 0 beds, 0 kitchen tables, 0 couches, and 0 things to hang on walls. Our job was to figure out how to make it look great with a few items. The point: you CAN stage on any budget!
This is the living room before (with all of the stuff out for us to choose from).
And after -- seriously, that was almost all the furniture except for 2 more chairs.
The other side of the living room -- a ledge overlooking the door between the levels.
Here I am with my new friend and fellow APSD home staging certified trainer from Canada, Kristy, trying to figure out what to do to stage the inside. My hair was on like day 4 of no washing. Don't judge. It was a long and busy week.
This is the master bedroom. Here's a tip for you. If you are staging and don't have the furniture you need (ie beds), do not make a pretend one by putting a blanket and pillows on the floor like a made bed. Go with another scene.
This is the basement. I don't have the before picture but let me tell you. This looks SOOO much better. This is the last chair we had.
The kitchen before.
And a baby room (okay I guess we had another chair, but you get the point, right?). The picture is taken from the door and the duck is positioned as though it is leaving the room with the baby ducks following behind.
The great part about this is that the home went under contract in 4 days! FOUR days!!! I don't know the exact statistic, but the national average of days on market is around 6 months. That's like 5 months on the market and 1 month with an accepted offer. So, we shaved 4 months and 26 days off of that. Not bad, huh? That's a lot of $$$ in mortgage payments.
I got permission to post the letter to the APSD home stagers from Karen about this house.