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How To Sell Your Home: Home Staging

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This 2BR 2BA Pasadena condo has been on the market for quite some time. It is large (1330 SQ FT), spacious and has a lot of new updates like granite counters, laminate flooring, fresh paint and new appliances. But those updates weren’t enough to generate a sale.

Living Room Before

Dining Room Before

The unit was in need of a good cleaning, some lighting and more personality. The main living area is very large and often times, this can be intimidating to buyers. They don’t know what to do with all that space and the lack of light can be depressing. Sellers have to show buyers what can be made of such a space. Along came Pro Staged Homes and now this unit is inviting, enticing and charming.

Living Room After

Dining Room After

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We finished up staging a 3BR 1.5BA Covina home last week for a new client and agent. The home is 1605 SQ FT and the living room and dining room take up the bulk of the space for the entire home. I advised and recommended that sellers stage these two room and the master bedroom. The main living areas are huge and the bedrooms are on the small side. Their two biggest challenges?


1) A large living room and dining room that will intimidate potential buyers because they will not have a lot of ideas as to how they will fill these spaces.

2) All three of the bedrooms are on the small side and potential buyers will wonder if their furniture will fit – especially in the master bedroom.

Living Room Before Living Room Before


Dining Room Before Dining Room Before

Pro Staged Homes set about staging this home by defining the space and arranging the furniture so that potential buyers could get an idea of how they could use the areas.

Although the seller used the dining room nook as a home office, we didn’t think that was a good use of the space for staging purposes. We used the nook for a buffet server and small seating area for guests.

Dining Nook After

We centered the dining table and chairs in front of the fireplace and set the table to reflect a warm and inviting setting where potential buyers could imagine serving their families and guests a lovely dinner. The fireplace is lit during open houses for that extra emotional appeal.

Dining Room After


Dining Room Table

The living/family room is also large in proportion to the kitchen and bedrooms and could easily fit a pool table or home theater and seating. We chose a sofa and loveseat and added a flat panel tv and console. We placed a writing desk and chair on the opposite end of the room. To draw buyers in, we had the real estate agent place her Guest book on the desk to draw buyers into the room.

Living Room After

Living Room After

We placed a queen sized bed in the “master” bedroom so that potential buyers could see that it fit comfortably with plenty of space for nightstands on each side of the bed.

Master Bedroom

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Still don’t think staging is worth it? This cute La Verne family home was staged on August 18th and is due to close escrow on October 1. That’s 45 days from listed to sold folks.

3BR 2BR 1511 SQ FT Home Year of Construction: 1963 LISTED AT: $359,800 2735 8th Street La Verne CA 91750

Home Staging: Kitchen

Beautiful home situated in the city of La Verne. The property is a standard sale and is in excellent condition due to extensive remodeling. Appliances Included.

Home Staging: Staged Living Room

The property is definitely one of a kind. Note: This property was staged by Pro Staged Homes. We are not real estate agents or brokers.


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My friend has decided to sell her home and asked me to help her stage it for sale. My friend is a huge believer in staging and I will go as far as to say she is my biggest fan and has promoted me to everyone she knows – without me even knowing it. Through her, I received another staging job. Anyway, she told me up front that she needed a lot of help, that it was a big house and she was really overwhelmed. Of course I agreed and we set up an appointment for me to do a walk-through.

This is the first room I saw as I entered the house;

Living Room Before Living Room Before

The formal living room was being used as the kids playroom. The kids are ages 5 and 2 and they are very active. It is important that they have a place to play and being a 2-story home, my friend wanted their playroom downstairs where the family spends the bulk of their time. Completely understandable for living purposes but not for selling.

After finishing the walk through, it was clear what we needed to do. First of all, we have to turn the playroom back into the living room – not only because that is the rooms’ intended purpose – but also because it is the first room you see when coming into the house.

This is a large home and there is a living room, family room and upstairs bonus room. So here’s what we did. We removed all of the toys and furniture out of the room and moved the furniture from the family room into the living room. The living room is smaller so to make it appear more spacious, we took the chair and ottoman out and packed them away.

Family Room Before Family Room Before

In a perfect world the playroom would go but this is an occupied home and the family must be able to continue to function while the home is on the market. So, we took the furniture from the unused upstairs bonus room and moved it downstairs to the family room and because the kids still need a place to play, we made the upstairs bonus room the playroom.

Living Room After

Family Room After Play Room After

Playroom After

After a lot of hard work, we were all pretty happy with the results. The house shows really well and buyers have been very positive about the property. The first people who came through submitted an offer. We’re expecting this home to sell fast!

When selling a home while still living in it, changes have to be made that can and will create inconveniences for the family. In this case, we really needed to keep the play room but by moving it upstairs and keeping all the kids toys contained to that one space, buyers can see the home’s beauty and function and it makes “sense” that there would be a play room. Yet, they can envision using that bonus room to suit their needs.

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No it was all three!

We were called to duty for a variety of needs for this particular homeowner. The homeowner is getting on in years and the home has become cluttered with a lifetime of memories, momentos and just plain junk! They bought the model back in 1992 and although they had put in new kitchen countertops a few years back, everything else was exactly as it was back then. He needed to pare down – at the age of 79 and a widower of 5 years, the 2000SF home is just too much to keep up with. He also wanted to make sure that the house would be in the condition needed to ge the highest and best selling price.

In our mini-remodel, we tore out all of the carpet and tile and installed wood laminate flooring throughout the house. We painted every room and updated all of the lighting fixtures, wall and switch plates, toilets, faucets, mirrors and window treatments. We installed the new comfort-height toilets, and put in rocker switch plates, faux-wood blinds and verticles, brushed nickel ceiling fans, chandeliers, door knobs, entry door hardware and fixtures. We threw out bags and boxes and boxes and bags of junk and held a yard sale to get rid of everything that was in good, usable condition and donated what was sold.

In our redesign, we used what the homeowner already had but we removed all of the clutter and excess furniture from every room and purchased new artwork, rugs and accessories for the bathrooms and main living areas of the home. To give the outdated dining chairs a more updated look we recovered them in a spa blue striped fabric and coordinated them with curtains, artwork and a table runner. We used the same fabric to make throw pillows for the living room sofa. The bathrooms were the only rooms where we replaced everything that had been in them.

The main kitchen area was in pretty good shape so we just cleaned it up, removed some of the clutter from the counters, cleaned out and organized the cabinets and brought in a few updated accessories.

In our staging, to prep for eventual sale we used neutral paint colors and more colorful updated accessories. When the time comes to sell, we’ll bring in updated furniture in the main living areas and depersonalize the homeowner’s office, photographs and book collections.

We put a lot of hard work into this project and the homeowner is absolutely thrilled with the results. Not only is it easier for him to keep up with, he’s hired a cleaning service to come in every other week to make sure the house stays in selling condition now that it’s done.

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You Don’t Have To Spend Money Prepping Your Home For Sale

According to HomeGains’ 2009 National Survey and based on the 12 areas of home improvement identified by real estate agents in their 2003 study, cleaning and de-cluttering your home will Master Bedroom Before increase your home price between $1500-$2000 and will net you an ROI (Return on Investment) of 872%! Unstaged Master Bedroom Of the realtors surveyed, 98% recommend that their clients clean and de-clutter before selling. After Just tidying up, hanging up your clothes and removing uneccesary furniture and belongings will help you sell your house faster and for more money. Staged Master Bedroom And that doesn’t cost you a penney to do! Hiring a professional home stager may get you a higher selling price and ROI.

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