|Adding a little interest and sparkle|
|The living area|
|The old bench and leaning art and windows give a loft like feel|
I've been busy staging a 2 bedroom Live/Work Condo/Townhome for sale. This home has 400 sq feet of commercial space on the ground level with separate parking and entrance.
The first step in staging a home is knowing your market. The target market for this home is a self employed young professional. An Accountant, Psychologist, Lawyer, Interior Designer etc. Young, because it is a tall house, lots of stairs and not suitable for young children and pets. I wanted to create a young, urban vibe, so I staged it in a Loft Style. A few antique pieces, large art, some old windows leaning against a wall. We didn't furnish the entire house. Just added pieces to "suggest" a layout.
The living room is a living/dining combo, and has a bit of an awkward layout. I looked at previous listings and they show the space NOT being used to it's advantage. I wanted to show buyers how their furniture could be laid out to make good use of the space. The TV is usually the first thing buyers are concerned about fitting into a living/family room combo. By placing the long antique bench along the one wall, this presents the impression that the TV can fit there nicely. It is easy now to picture the TV on this wall without having to ugly up the room by placing a large TV. The other issue is the kitchen has plenty of space for a large dining table, and most people would dine in there, however, should a buyer wish to have a more formal dining space, I created a "dining area" at one end of the living room. Instead of dressing it for dining, I used 2 interesting chairs and a large old table, perfect for creating the "impression" of a dining room, but also a great place to have a work area for a laptop. (remember we are targeting a young business owner who needs a place to throw his/her work in the living room.)
So essentially what I have done is.
- Added a few interesting furnishings to add PERSONALITY
- "SUGGESTED" where the TV can go
- Created the "IMPRESSION" of a dining room, where there really isn't one.
- Gave it a bit of a LOFT feeling with some old worn pieces.
- Emphasized the NEW with perfectly painted walls, polished floors, windows and bathrooms.
- Created a sitting and dining space OUTDOORS.
- Added good ART to make it look more upscale
- Created SPACE by NOT adding too much (no sofa but is clear where it can go)
What I have done goes against most "STAGING" rules. When I stage a home, I like to add a personality to the place. I like to give it a LOOK. I dress it for the buyer I believe (and the agent) is going to want to live there. This house is in a niche and limited market, it needs and EDGE.
|Main entrance. Antique bench with large vibrant art in the small entry|
|I added a large desk and two armchairs to create a desk area, but also to suggest that this area could be used for dining.|
A tray with wine suggests "entertaining"
|A simple scheme using white, grey/taupe and art and a few accessories|
|This is my Felt Art piece "White on White" It worked well on this wall|
|And a few accessories to create a little "wow factor"|
|A couple of Muskoka chairs and a Dash and Albert Outdoor rug|
|You only need the bare minimum. Bed, nightstand., lamp|
|2nd bedroom. It was stark until I added the blue pillow|
|All the art and Bits are leaning. Not one hole in the walls to repair.|
The large deck is right outside these patio doors. I used the red outside and in to link the 2 spaces.
And if you think the furnishings look familiar, you are correct. Some is from the Razmataz shop, and the rest is from my cottage (waiting for it's new home). Rather than put it in storage, I backed the truck up and unloaded it here to stage this house. I always tell homeowners to scrounge staging pieces from wherever they can. For instance if you have miserable dining chairs, ask a relative to switch their better ones for a little while. BORROW, don't BUY?
So, I was most excited for the agent to see it today after the carpets were cleaned, and the painter left and all my work was completed. And to plant the FOR SALE sign. You can imagine my HORROR as I pulled into the complex this afternoon to see that the same house 5 houses down was having a FOR SALE SIGN installed on their lawn. I haven't seen inside it. My staged house is priced 5K higher. We shall see if our STAGING works.