Saturday, March 30, 2013

Wow 'Em With Key-Area Staging

Add Interest with Key-Area Staging
It may sound strange, but one of the hardest sells for a real estate agent is a vacant house. Empty rooms confuse buyers and offer them only a dull, lifeless impression of a property. Unfortunately vacant homes are a mainstay of the real estate market, so learning how to deal with them is a must for sellers.

If it is in your budget, the easiest way to remedy the problem of trying to sell a vacant property is to furnish it. There are many furniture rental companies that work with sellers on a short-term basis. Typical room rentals range from about $150 - $500 per month; providing traditional groupings such as a sofa, chair, coffee table, end table, table lamp, and floor lamp. To furnish a small, three bedroom home, you could expect to pay around $750 - $2500 each month, plus the cost of any art, accessories, or special accent pieces.

A more affordable way to add personality to a vacant home is to dress up key areas like kitchens, baths, fireplaces, and other important amenities with modern and colorful accessories. Key-area staging adds interest to an otherwise bland space. Better still, it helps spark a buyer's imagination; giving them a glimpse of a property's potential.

Take a look at the Before & Afters of this "dressed up" vacant home:

Kitchen BEFORE
Kitchen AFTER

Kitchen AFTER

Kitchen AFTER

Bar Area -BEFORE
Bar Area - AFTER
Powder Room - BEFORE
Powder Room - AFTER
Family Room - BEFORE
Family Room - AFTER
Full Bath 2 - BEFORE
Full Bath 2 - AFTER
Formal Living - BEFORE
Formal Living - AFTER

Full Bath 1 - BEFORE
Full Bath 1 - AFTER
Dining Room - BEFORE
Dining Room - AFTER

Master Bath - BEFORE
Master Bath - AFTER

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