First Time Home Stager - Part II

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Hey Gang:

So this is another project I recently completed for a woman (different woman from Part I) who is considering becoming a Home Stager.  This was her first attempt at a vacant stage for her friend who is the REALTOR/Builder.  I believe she did an excellent job, what are your thoughts?

Greensboro Photographer, Andrew Mayon, Greensboro Real Estate, Triad Real Estate

Greensboro Photographer, Andrew Mayon, Greensboro Real Estate, Triad Real Estate

Greensboro Photographer, Andrew Mayon, Greensboro Real Estate, Triad Real Estate

Greensboro Photographer, Andrew Mayon, Greensboro Real Estate, Triad Real Estate

Greensboro Photographer, Andrew Mayon, Greensboro Real Estate, Triad Real Estate

Greensboro Photographer, Andrew Mayon, Greensboro Real Estate, Triad Real Estate

Greensboro Photographer, Andrew Mayon, Greensboro Real Estate, Triad Real Estate

Greensboro Photographer, Andrew Mayon, Greensboro Real Estate, Triad Real Estate

Greensboro Photographer, Andrew Mayon, Greensboro Real Estate, Triad Real Estate

Greensboro Photographer, Andrew Mayon, Greensboro Real Estate, Triad Real Estate

Greensboro Photographer, Andrew Mayon, Greensboro Real Estate, Triad Real Estate

Greensboro Photographer, Andrew Mayon, Greensboro Real Estate, Triad Real Estate

Greensboro Photographer, Andrew Mayon, Greensboro Real Estate, Triad Real Estate

Greensboro Photographer, Andrew Mayon, Greensboro Real Estate, Triad Real Estate

There you have it.  Any professional thoughts and opinions you'd like to share for this first-timer?

 

Greensboro Photographer Andrew Jay Mayon Specializing in Real Estate Photography

Sheppards Run Kernersville

 

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Rainmaker
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Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

Hi Andrew, Very pretty house!  Wow, for a first time stager this is a great job and a lot of furniture.  I especially like the 's bedroom.  An area rug in the living room might have been nice, but perhaps the client requested no rugs on the hardwood floor.  Your photos are wonderful, as always!

Feb 24, 2010 08:47 AM #2
Rainer
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Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Again.....GREAT pictures!!!!  She did a good job with a lovely home!!!  I agree with Suzanne about the son's room....the baseball "stuff" on the bed look to posed.  I would have added an area rug in the Living Room for color/warmth.....and I do not like the red towels!  I think something more spa would be in keeping with the home!

Feb 24, 2010 09:20 AM #3
Rainer
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Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Very pretty--looks like a great home to work with.  I agree that the shirt on the bed could be offensive to some--they may not like that specific team, so why chance it, but I like the baseball theme.  Nice job--Stager and you!

Feb 24, 2010 09:43 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

First I have to say how smart this new stagers are to hire you to take photos!!!  Love this house and agree about the themed boys bedroom.  Athletic fans can be adamant about their teams and although silly it's an objection that's easy to overcome. 

Feb 24, 2010 10:29 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

Very nice work and great photos!  (You should give us some tips.)  The only thing that jumped out at me was the red towels hanging in the bathroom, but who can't change out a set of towels?  Nice job!

Feb 24, 2010 12:02 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Great photos Andrew!   Just giving you some feedback on the staging as you requested (which was great for a beginner) .... the wall decor placement in several of the rooms is too high or too far apart if part of a grouping.  No need to "stage" the boys room with all that sport stuff on the bed.  The kitchen has 9 of those marinated vegs bottles and that's about 6 too many -- less is more in the kitchen; remove the personal photos.

Feb 24, 2010 12:20 PM #7
Rainer
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Andrew Mayon
Triad Real Estate Photography - Greensboro, NC

Thanks everyone for your input.  I have sent this link to the client and i am sure they will find your feedback very useful.

Feb 24, 2010 12:35 PM #8
Rainer
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Chrissie Sutherland
Ready Set Stage - Greensboro, NC

Wow, where did she get all that furniture???  I think she did a great job for her first time.  Much better than I did on my first job.  I think you have some great advice from the other professionals, so I'll just leave it at that.  (I do have to say Maureen is absolutely right about the bottles in the kitchen, that immediately caught my eye).  You photos are fantastic as always.  Thanks for sharing. 

Feb 24, 2010 02:47 PM #9
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Ha!  I was also going to mention that the kitchen counters seem cluttered.  My other concern is that the bed in the master bedroom is honkingly huge.  I would have gone with a more streamlined bed frame in order to make the bedroom look more spacious.  Also, the bathroom towels seem a little sloppy.  Overall, a very nice job - it must have been a lot of work!  Oh, and great photos! 

Feb 24, 2010 03:01 PM #10
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Angele

Thanks for all the feedback!  I am pondering if this is worth all the effort or not!  Funny thing on the two things that were most mentioned.  I had a friend with me at when I went by to do towels curtains, and the little touch ups ... I had cream colored and red towels ... she hung them ... Andrew and I looked at them and didn't like them but didn't have anything to swao them ... I am SOOOO going over there and getting those out now!  Never thought about the team name ... should have ... I am the only female of a male dominated sports nut household!  I had three team shirts hanging in the closet and accidently broke the hanger to one ... lesson learned ... I will remove it too!  So is this worth the storage fees and cost of all this mess?

~ Angele

Feb 24, 2010 03:02 PM #11
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Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Nice job of the photos. As usual.

I thought the kitchen a little clutter.  Less is more.

The boys room. ... I agree with the remove the shirt.

The girls bedroom wall are very very busy.  I would suggest removing at least 1/2 of the stuff on the walls

 

Otherwise.   Great job

Feb 24, 2010 04:40 PM #12
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Andrew Mayon
Triad Real Estate Photography - Greensboro, NC

Angele:

I believe for a first go around you did a GREAT job.  These ladies are pros and they have given you excellent feedback if you choose to move forward.  I would suggest contacting Chrissie Sutherland and discuss the business of Home Staging.  She is very good and very knowledgable (and I think she'd LOVE to have access to your HUGE furniture inventory =P)

I hope we get the opportunity to do more projects in the future.

Ladies - As ALWAYS, it is a PLEASURE to work with y'all and I appreciate your professional advice for Angele.

 

Feb 24, 2010 04:42 PM #13
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Leslie Godbold
WZGM AM1350 Independent Asheville Radio - Asheville, NC
Leslie Godbold host "Positively Living" Radio Show

Hi Andrew, Great Photos as usual.

Staging looks beautiful but a little too much. In staging, less can be best! (I agree with the other comments).

The staging is to showcase the home and it's features, not the decorating. In looking at this property, what stands out? The decorating or the home's features?

Angele, Great first job. You definitely have the talent. Keep to the staging and merchandising guidelines and you will have a great future.  

Happy Staging!

Leslie

Feb 24, 2010 05:21 PM #14
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Another beautiful home and fabulous photos, Andrew!  I would agree with the others on the amount of bottles in the kitchen, the red towels, and the Red Sox shirt.  Overall I feel there was too much stuff brought in for most of the rooms.  I can't believe this was vacant!  She either has a lot of inventory or she did some major shopping! 

I would be careful when hanging artwork, not to get too carried away.  The more you hang, the more holes are left in the walls when they come down.  The pictures behind the master bed are too far apart.

Feb 24, 2010 06:03 PM #15
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Andrew Mayon
Triad Real Estate Photography - Greensboro, NC

This is Andrew's wife - Sylvia...

After reading all your comments, I had to leave some as well!  You are all trained stagers so you notice things that the average person would not.  I am that average person.

I happen to love the contrast in the bathroom with the red towels.  I don't understand why a set of "red towels" would make a potential buyer not be interested in the home. 

I also did not think that the kitchen counters were too cluttered.  It gave the room some warmth. 

The only thing that caught my eye was the team jersey on the bed in the boys room.  However, I think both kids rooms are very adorable.

Angele, I think you did a FABULOUS job!  Thank you for giving Andrew the opportunity to showcase your work! 

This website is a fabulous platform for all of you to share your thoughts and comments.  I am happy to see so many who admire my husband's photographs.  Makes me proud!

 

 

 

Feb 24, 2010 06:16 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Andrew/Sylvia - are there before pictures you can add to this post?  

Kathy

Feb 25, 2010 07:58 AM #17
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Andrew Mayon
Triad Real Estate Photography - Greensboro, NC

Kathy:

Sorry, there aren't any before pictures...=(

Feb 25, 2010 01:24 PM #18
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Angele

I have several CANNON ELPH (HAHAHA ANDREW) photos of beofre that I can email to Andrew.

~ Angele

Feb 26, 2010 01:50 PM #19
Rainer
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SHARON CHARBONEAU
UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES - Sechelt, BC

Again Andrew, this is a great idea.

In response to your wife's comments, the red towels are striking, however they don't work with the look in the bathroom.  In staging, we are going for a look that brings out the best in each room and stay with neutral colors as a general rule.

I would have gone with a chocolate brown, cream or even terracotta colour towels.  Plus the bottom of the towel should stop before the tile.

We de-personalize the houses we stage to avoid negative comments or reactions.  As a fellow stager mentioned, sports fans are loyal to their teams and may not appreciate the team featured on the shirt.   Besides, the shirt isn't necessary, nor are the other items on the bed.

I wouldn't say the counters are cluttered.  What is their provides colour; however the colour will still be effective with a few less pieces.

And I agree, the art work is hung too high and too far apart.

Overall, there is nothing wrong with what was done.  It is a great job.  The comments are from home stagers who focus on details, which may not be noticed by the average buyer.

Andrew, your photos are fabulous and we may not appreciate exactly what you do to make them so impressive.  It is the same with stagers, home buyers may not understand exactly why a stager's work is impressive.

 

Feb 27, 2010 12:48 PM #20
Rainer
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Judy Colburn
ProStaged Homes - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Glendora, San Dimas Covina, Home Staging

Overall this project was well done. Re: comments on the Red Sox shirt - in keeping with the theme (and having been born and raised in Boston), I would have framed it and displayed it as artwork.

Sylvia, you are very right - the towels (nor anything else she did) would deter a potential buyer from making an offer on this property. As stagers we are more critical than the average person.

Angele you have talent and should keep with it. We all learn with trial and error. I would suggest that you browse before-and-after photos and you'll get a better idea on artwork and accessories.

Andrew - you are an artist. Gorgeous photos.

Feb 27, 2010 03:32 PM #21
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