Little Things mean a lot -- $35,000 price reduction - realtors loose

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Home Stager with Stage-Show-Sell

The house that is our competition has been reduced $35,000.   In my books that mean the realtor has lost $1050 in commissions.   Wouldn't it have been cheaper and smarter to pay for a consultation with a stager?

 

The presentation of rooms is so important. Little things mean a lot.  Fresh color on the walls.  Bold colors in the rooms and the correct placement of furniture.

We can call it de-cluttering, re-designing or staging.  What matters is that it's done.

Marianne and I finished staging a home this past week. The sellers know when they put it on the market that they wanted it sold.

They wanted to purchase a new home then put the old one on the market.  The did not want to be living in it while is was on the market.

We realize that not everyone can do this esp. in this economy.  They are lucky and smart.

I started working with them last June so they had the time to do all of my little "honey do" projects.

They painted and cleaned and tweaked here and there.

 

Yellow paint is now gone.  Bed direction is changed.

Draperies are open and clutter removed.

 

We used their furniture and used our bedding and extras.

 

This is what their small bedroom looks like now.   This will be their MLS photo

childs bedroom

 

This is one of their competitions MLS photo.

bad MLS photo

This is the 2nd bedroom in the house we just staged. 

Before

 

 

 

After

The walls were painted.  It's difficult to see with the afternoon sun streaming in.

Exercise equipment was removed and the bed was moved to another wall.

 

 

 

Our competition MLS photo and they have just reduced their price by $35,000 and are going for a short sale.

I know that if they had called in a stager first the house would have sold and they wouldn't be in this short sale situation.

 

What do you think??

Our living room   before

 

 

 

 

After.  The walls were painted.  The couch from the FR was moved to the LR and slip covered.

 

formal living room

Competition Living Room

 

Why aren't the realtors working with a stager to have the homes sell faster and for more money?

 

Sellers.   Don't wait for your agent to bring up staging.  Call a stager today

 

 

 

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Stage-Show-Sell, offers affordable home staging solutions in the Birmingham - Bloomfield and surrounding areas in getting your home ready for the market. We service both home sellers and realtors. We have the experience, our own rental furniture and accessories to stage many homes. We specialize in Estate work. The house can be put into our hands for the whole process of getting the house on the market

 

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Rainmaker
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Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
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Can you add pics of the house that you worked with before the changes?

Mar 04, 2010 04:43 PM #1
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Wanda Richards
Shows Great Home Staging and Web Solutions - Roanoke, VA
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Great point!  By the way...your staging looks great. 

Mar 04, 2010 04:52 PM #2
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Are these similarly priced homes?  The contrast is enormous between the living room you staged and the sad, depressing looking living room of the competition.  I hear your frustration and agree whole heartedly.

Mar 04, 2010 04:59 PM #3
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Lin Wetzel
Outstanding Staging - Stroudsburg, PA
People Prefer OUTSTANDING Properties! tm

Virginia, great job on the staging. By the way, you should come up with another description for "the competition" because they really are not any competition to your staged home.

~ Lin

Mar 04, 2010 06:48 PM #4
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Yours looks modern and updated and the comp looks old and outdated. It's unfortunate that the comp is going into a short sale situation, it brings the other houses down too. When will sellers realize they will more than return their investment when they can get the buyer's eyes perspective of their home before it gets listed!  Home Staging consults are the best bang for your buck!

Mar 04, 2010 07:56 PM #5
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Virginia- Not only did you do a great job with your Staging but you made your point in your post with your use of the other listing's MLS photos.  I'd love to see the "Before" photos of your house.

Mar 04, 2010 09:09 PM #6
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Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

The other listing looks terrible....by any standards but up against your staging....OMG!!!

Mar 04, 2010 09:24 PM #7
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Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

The other listing looks terrible....by any standards but up against your staging....OMG!!!

Mar 04, 2010 09:26 PM #8
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Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

The other listing looks terrible....by any standards but up against your staging....OMG!!!

Mar 04, 2010 09:27 PM #9
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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

I will just say "Ditto to Lin Wetzel's comment!!!"   

Mar 04, 2010 10:21 PM #10
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Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Shanna,  I added the before photos.  Thanks for the suggestion

Kathy,  I agree with the other listing.   Marianne and I teamed up on this staging job.

          P.S., I make her do most of the work :-)

Wanda, Thanks.  We really appreciate it

Lin and Cathy,  They are our competition on the MLS.   It's a shame what happening to the prices here. Short sales and foreclosures are every where.  The seller is aware and is pricing well.

Sally, I'm happy that the 'competition is not staged.   That should help the seller of this home.  His gain.

Next post will be the baths and master bedroom.   I've found other homes in the same price range that will knock your socks off.

Mar 04, 2010 10:33 PM #11
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Marianne Sweet
Home Sweet Home Staging - Rochester Hills, MI
Home Sweet Home Staging, LLC Rochester Hills, MI

"P.S., I make her do most of the work :-) "

Haha!  I just do the actual "staging".  YOU get all the prep done, which is just as important!

Mar 05, 2010 08:01 AM #12
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Virginia - Great comparison! Hopefully, realtors in your area will see the staging connection after your staged home sells!

Mar 05, 2010 08:28 AM #13
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Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Marianne,  you bet I do most of the work :-)      Coaching sellers to paint, wash windows, replace glass that's fogged over, change knobs that don't work, update bathroom mirrors, have carpets cleaned and then clean the whole house like their mother-in-law is coming over for the white glove treatment.

Then I pack my car 6 times with items to stage with and put them in the rooms that I think they belong in, blow up the beds,  move frames to where they belong, make the beds   ...only to have you grab my bedding and move it to another room :-)         What an interesting team we make.

Mar 05, 2010 10:32 AM #14
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Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
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Very interesting "Show and Tell" to share with Realtors.  Thanks, Virginia - Julie

Mar 05, 2010 02:18 PM #15
Rainer
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Marianne Sweet
Home Sweet Home Staging - Rochester Hills, MI
Home Sweet Home Staging, LLC Rochester Hills, MI

That's why you make the big bucks!

Mar 06, 2010 05:21 AM #16
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
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LOVE what you did to the place!! Especially the bedroom with the yellow walls!  Love the open windows!

Apr 28, 2010 03:06 PM #17
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Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Carla, thank you.  I truly loved the transformation.   The seller was amazed that this was his home

Apr 28, 2010 08:43 PM #18
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