shows great home staging: From SAD to SOLD in 3 Days! - 09/18/11 07:45 AM
Some homes just feel sad when you enter them.  Years of neglect have taken their toll.  In previous real estate markets they would have been listed as "fixer uppers" and buyers looking for a deal, would snatch them up and make them look new and fresh again. Now with so many foreclosures on the market, these "fixer uppers" are no longer such a great deal and buyers are passing them over for homes that are "move in ready".
Below are before and after photos of a home we staged recently. It was only on the market 3 days before it received … (15 comments)

shows great home staging: Spring is Popping Up All Over...Even In Our Staged Homes! - 03/13/11 10:08 AM
After an extremely long and hard winter here on the East Coast we are starting to see the early hints of Spring in Southwest and Central Virginia.  The grass is starting to turn green and daffodils are blooming.  Soon the tulips will be popping through up and start to sprinkle their beautiful colors everywhere.  The dogwoods are budding and in a few weeks Virginia will be in full bloom.
This past week we staged a fabulous home in Concord Virginia.  This quality built home has received the coveted Earthcraft Platinum certfication...making it the most energy efficient home you can buy.  This … (7 comments)

shows great home staging: My First Time... - 01/20/11 07:25 PM
Several months ago I was inspired by a blog post written by Michelle Minch about her first staging experience http://activerain.com/blogsview/1923538/my-first-home-staging-job-2001 .  So today when I am trying to decide what to write about, I decided the best place to start was at the beginning of my staging career.
I started selling real estate after we purchased our first home and the agent that worked with us made it seem so simple and so much fun.  I enjoyed looking at homes. I had a brand new credit card with a zero balance, a little money in my savings account, and a new … (7 comments)

shows great home staging: What Is Your Home Telling Potential Buyers? - 05/01/10 06:05 AM
Do you know what your home could be telling potential buyers behind your back? Our homes speak to home buyers in many ways.
Before I was a home stager, I was a REALTOR for many years.  When I first started selling real estate, long before Buyer Agency was available in our area, we were allowed to post in the mls why a home was being offered for sale.  It clearly stated in the listing "death", "divorce", "relocation", just to name a few.  When Buyer Agency became available, this information was removed from the listings yet buyers continued to ask the question... … (4 comments)

shows great home staging: How Will The New EPA Rule On Lead Paint Effect Your Staging Business? - 04/25/10 02:54 PM
In April 22, 2010 the EPA's new rule on lead paint practices went into effect.  For some reason I had not heard about this until about a month ago, while in Sherwin Williams, I overheard some of the painters talking about it.  I immediately signed up for the Certification class but was told there was a waiting list and it could be a couple of months before I can get in a class. As we all know, common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to … (15 comments)

shows great home staging: Extreme Staging - Before and After Photos of Condo Project - 04/08/10 07:12 PM
We recently completely an "extreme" staging project. It took almost 4 weeks from start to finish but the results speak for themselves.  Below are before and after photos with staging details.

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shows great home staging: When Plain Vanilla Just Won't Do... - 03/06/10 07:15 AM
I will be the first to admit that I like vanilla ice cream...but nothing makes vanilla better than a few sprinkles, some hot fudge or some other decatant topping.  This week we staged a plain vanilla townhome and turned it in to a yummy ice cream sunday.  We added a few sprinkles of color here and there and now it pops with color and personality.  Below are a few of the mls photos before we staged and then the new photos we took after staging:     
  
  
When selling your vacant home call a professional stager and … (16 comments)

shows great home staging: Before and After Extreme Staging Photos - 01/27/10 09:01 PM
Extreme Staging...that is a new term I have given some of our recent staging projects.  These projects have required a lot more than just decluttering and adding some new furniture and accessories. These projects have required that we determine what can be done to help the sellers realize the most money for their property in the least amount of time...maximizing their profits in an challenging market. Below are some before and after photos of our latest Extreme Staging Project.  The photos speak for themselves.
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After Extreme StagingBefore Extreme StagingAfter Extreme … (9 comments)

shows great home staging: Update on "Please Help Me Make This Bath Spectacular" - 01/27/10 08:41 PM
Several weeks ago I wrote a blog post "Please Help Me Make This Bath Spectacular".  As usual my AR friends came through with some great suggestions and ideas so I wanted to share with you the before and after photos of this updated bath.  We have taken it from 1984 to 2010.Before Photos:After
Watch for my blog post with before and after photos of the entire staging project to be posted soon.
You can read the original blog post and comments by clicking on the link below:
http://activerain.com/blogsview/1381718/please-help-me-make-this-bath-spectacular-
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shows great home staging: Promoting Your Staging Business While Giving Back To The Community - 01/24/10 06:09 AM
A few weeks ago I received a request for an unusual staging assignment.  Goodwill Industries and Habitat for Humanity was given a generous donation of furniture and other items from the historic Patrick Henry Hotel.  The collection included a mixture of antique pieces, art deco pieces, and traditional Thomasville furniture. They wanted Shows Great Home Staging to "stage" several different rooms with furniture from these collections to show potential buyers what they could do with the furniture.  They also wanted us to take a few pieces and "transform" them and give them a new look so buyers could see what could … (17 comments)

shows great home staging: New Year... New Web Site - 01/10/10 10:26 AM
Our web sites need "staging" just like the homes that we stage.  The Shows Great Web Site was looking a little tired and outdated and needed a new fresh look.  We have just launched our new web site and I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.  We have added new features such as a link to our Facebook Fan Page and a Talk To Us Now Button.  In the next few weeks we will be adding more links such as the Perferred Partners Page for our REALTOR clients and a link to search our virtual tours.http://www.showsgreat.biz
 
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shows great home staging: A Sneak Peek at Extreme Staging Project / Redesign Project - 01/10/10 09:14 AM
The past couple of weeks we have been working on a new staging / redesign project for a client.  It is a condo that was stuck in a 1980's time warp and needed to be brought up to date before hitting the market the middle of January.  To make matters worse, the condo had been rented for several years and the tenants had pretty much trashed the interior.
Living Room Before:Living Room After:The window treatments, curtains and wallpaper have been removed.  The walls were painted with a Sherwin Williams Latte to tone down the peach tones in the ceramic tile around … (12 comments)

shows great home staging: Can Somebody Please Tell Me Where I Left My Fairy Dust? - 10/16/09 09:09 PM

Ask any stager and they will probably tell you, staging is hard work. This past week I saw just how hard staging can actually be. I spent the entire week without makeup, in old clothes doing hard, physical work.  We packed, we cleaned, we removed wallpaper, we painted, changed light fixtures, did landscaping and so much more, but in the end, the results made it all worthwhile.  Especially when the owner called me her "fairy godmother".  You see, the present owner had lived in this home for over 49 years and now it was time to get this home on the market and do … (11 comments)

shows great home staging: You Have To Wear Many Hats To Be Successful In Today's Real Estate Market - 09/26/09 08:36 AM
To run a successful staging business you must be able to wear many different hats.  The more you can balance those hats, the more successful your business will become and the faster you can grow your business while maintaining a consistent flow of income and business opportunities.  Below are brief descriptions of each hat you must wear: Business Manager -  Prepare and implement business plan with goals for growth and detailed plans to achieve those goals. Must prepare an annual operating budget and make sure the company operates within that budget. In charge of hiring subs and employees, as needed, and overseeing them.  Inventory control.  Marketing- Promotes the business by continuously marketing to … (16 comments)

shows great home staging: 14 Days...Amazing Results...Lots of Before and After Pictures... - 09/08/09 05:41 PM
We just finished our latest staging project.  In real estate...time is money so we were on a tight schedule to get in and finish the job in 2 weeks.  Thanks to the help of a great staging team and subs and we managed to get it done! Yeah!!!
Take a look at some of the before and afters:The Kitchen was dark due to the dark cabinets, black range and refrigerator, and black counter tops.  It also appeared cluttered and small when it was well laid out and offered a great work space.  The hardwood floors were showing lots of wear.  We had … (19 comments)

shows great home staging: Before and After Photos - When Color Changes Everything - 08/08/09 07:07 AM
This post is a follow up to several blog posts I wrote a week ago about a staging project we were working on that we had to make a few color changes before we could stage with furniture.  The home was vacant and although the colors probably worked well with the previous owner's furniture and accessories, now that the home was vacant, the colors were just too dark and strong for most buyers. Living Room Before was a dark tan with a golden tone and even the ceiling was painted the same color. The stairwell was a deep burgandy and even the ceiling was painted that color … (18 comments)

shows great home staging: Staged To Sell - 7905 Sequoia Drive - 08/02/09 12:11 PM
This home was a pleasure to stage.  The beautiful hardwood floors, designer colors, and the open floor plan were a home stager's dream.  Plus it was CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN!
7905 Sequoia Drive in Roanoke's North County AreaMLS # 747874  - Offered At $294,950
 Best one floor living in Roanoke County! Immaculate 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath Brick Ranch in terrific neighborhood! Open floor plan, sensational master suite, gourmet kitchen w/ new solid surface countertops, gleaming hardwoods, extra large dining area, gas log fireplace in living room. 2-car attached garage, plush landscaping w/ deck & brick patio w/ arbor, k-guard gutter system. Downstairs … (0 comments)

shows great home staging: Days 3-5 Of Follow Me To Work For A Week - 08/01/09 06:36 AM
It has been a busy and productive week at Shows Great Home Staging and Web Solutions.  We started the week changing out some interior paint colors and preparing two vacant homes for furniture delivery.  Next we de-staged a recently sold listing.  (It has previously been on the market over a year and went under contract only 45 days after staging) yippee!!!  We moved that furniture to our new staging project and the rest into the warehouse for the staging projects coming up on Monday. 
All in all it was a very productive week.  We completed new two staging projects.  Completed 4 staging … (5 comments)

shows great home staging: Day 2 - A full day of painting and preparation. - 07/27/09 06:39 PM
I hit the floor running this morning because I overslept a little.  I did not get up until 5:45 and that is late for me.  I started my day by emailing a couple of staging proposals that I had completed over the weekend and sending an email to a potential client, declining to do the work on his flip.  We just did not see eye to eye on what needed to be done to get the property ready for the market. I am feeling much better now that is done. Next I am off to Lowes.  Once again buying paint and hardwood floor polish … (1 comments)

shows great home staging: Day 1 - Toning Down Paint Colors For Broader Market Appeal - 07/26/09 04:33 PM
Typically our work weeks begin on Monday but this week we got an early start by working on Saturday  because we have a full week ahead of us with 2 homes to unstage and 2 (possibly 3) vacant homes to stage. The day started at Lowes at 7:30 picking out paint colors to tone down the bright colors in our current staging project.  I decided on a soft beige for the Living Room and Dining Room, trimmed out in white.  We will use a lighter color up the stairway to lighten the dark stairwell.
Dining Room Before:Hallway and Stairwell:
Bedroom:8 hours, 4 painters, and 2 coats of primmer later what a … (10 comments)

 
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