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PLAIN JANE

Ever walk into a house that was so plain it made you feel like you were in a hospital? After seeing a few too many home shows, some sellers get rid of too much.  

All the pictures come off the walls, even the ones that might add a little color or life to the room. End tables have nothing on them but a lamp. The furniture is the same color as the walls. Everything is cleared out of the curio. The dining room table is an empty slab.  

Wait a minute! Where's the warm, cozy feeling? What happened to the bright pillows? Did you used to have a centerpiece on the table? Take a look at the model homes. They're not completely barren. Get rid of clutter, but don't get rid of all signs of life. The refrigerator magnets can go, but hang on to the bowl of fruit. Keep the table set as if you were expecting guests.  

Bring the home back to life. Add some silk trees or flowers. Buy some pretty towels or soaps. A little red or orange accent will perk up a room and be more inviting. Place a few candles for easy color.  

I found that often sellers who work in a rather sterile environment feel right at home with the "hospital look," but the home certainly shows better with a dash of color.    

Comment balloon 7 commentsShannon Moore • August 15 2006 06:28AM

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Yes, isn't it funny when you step through the door you know the home has been over-staged.  Sometimes the only proof of life is looking in the refrigerator!
Posted by Kristal Kraft, Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022 (The Berkshire Group Realtors) about 13 years ago
I've got color for you. I live in an area where a lot of people from up North retire. I guess their dream of owning a Florida home comes with visions of decorating it in "Miami Vice teal" & "flamingo pink". Sometimes I forget what the word neutral even means! :)
Posted by Mrs. Sheri Ann Johnson, GRI (Tropic Shores Realty) about 13 years ago
Fresh flowers work great. I move them from room to room when photographing the home.
Posted by Mitchell J Hall, Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn (Compass) about 13 years ago
We have that problem to the extreme.  Lots of empty homes on the market.  Even with professional staging they feel not so loved.  
Posted by Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky, Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel (Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel) about 13 years ago
If you want to get top dollar for a home, it has to show that is worth top dollar.  Getting rid of too much can definitely hurt the bottom line.
Posted by Christopher H (REAL ESTATE) about 13 years ago
It's always interesting that in resales we tell sellers to clean up the bedrooms and the kitchens, and the model homes spend money to put clothes across the bed, and phony food on the counters.
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) about 13 years ago

Plants... they are a secret to good staging.

Every home we stage we bring in the tons greenery, much to the home seller's surprise.  But once the see what it does... they get why we do it.

 

Posted by Craig Schiller about 13 years ago

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