Even if you don't feel like it -- fake it!

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Home Stager with Perfect Transformations Home Staging

Sometimes we just have to "fake-it!"  I just finished doing a home staging consultation on a very large, expensive and nice house.  It needed some tweaking here and there, but overall it was in pretty good shape.  Then, we went outside.

Apparently these folks rarely if ever use their patio and it showed.  They had a lovely yard, well-kept, but not too many plants or colorful flowers.  The patio chairs were stacked.  There was dirt and spider webs everywhere.  The chair cushions were in terrible shape.

So, after a look around, I suggested we show off this area as additional living space.  With fall approaching, it's a perfect time to enjoy a bererage out on the deck, and even eat out there!!  This seemed quite foreign to my clients.

Anyway, long story short, we cleaned it up put the chairs in order and added some nice touches such as potted flowers, a tray of glasses on the table, a nice birdbath in the flower bed and when there's an open house or a showing, they will put out some colorful placemats and dishes.  What a novel idea!!

If you aren't staging the outdoor areas, you are missing a big part of the process.  A lot of people use their decks and patios as an extra room.  This is just as important as the front lawn, or any other room i the house.  If your clients aren't big on being outdoors, tell them to "fake-it"and pretent like they are!  It will help them in the selling process to highlight this area, and buyers will see themselves sitting out there sipping a cold drink or entertaining their friends.

Newly cleaned up deck

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Rainmaker
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Virginia Tatseos
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I agree whole heartily    Staging the deck, patio, porch ads that extra living space to the home.

I'm always amazed when deck are used to store things instead of an extra space to enjoy

August 21, 2008 10:33 PM
Rainer
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Stefan Geyer
SOA Realty

Debbie, another reason to hire a stager...because there are simply becoming to many things to remember to do! 

August 22, 2008 09:24 AM
Rainmaker
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Terrylynn Fisher
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Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com

CURB appeal is now on the photos on the internet.  Everything must show well.  Good post.

August 22, 2008 09:44 AM
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Leah J. Armstrong
Home Staging Port Moody B.C.
House to Home ReDesigns & Real Estate Staging Vancouver B.C.

Absolutely make use of outdoor space!  It's lifestyle selling - make sure there are lots of flowers!

August 22, 2008 09:36 PM
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