In a perfect world, home sellers would be able to move from their properties during the marketing period. However, many wish to stay until their properties are sold. This creates a challenge when showcasing homes for sale.
While a home’s furniture, arrangement, and decor may work for the sellers, buyers are often more attracted to neutral, spacious properties that look ready for their own customization. That’s where Staged Interior comes in: our staging services for occupied homes range from consultations to full stagings with additional rental furnishings. The result is a home prepared to appeal to more potential buyers.
Staging Team Leader Shannon Ries recently headed up a large occupied staging project where the challenge was to create multiple “zones” in each main room to create a more spacious feel. The family room included a separate nook, but it needed a defined purpose for buyers. Before home staging, there were many large furnishings in this space making it difficult to maneuver through the open layout.
We swapped out the rectangular dining table for a circular glass table, perfect for family game night.
Across from the game table, we recreated a seating area with smaller, neutral, on-trend furniture. The fireplace in the family room was angled in the corner making it difficult to use all the extra space created by the addition. We scaled down the furniture and made use of the angles to open up the space to allow people to move more easily around the room.
In the living room, we used the client’s current furniture but changed out the accessories to bring in a more sophisticated luxe look.
Our team put together a neutral palette complete with a touch of metallics to highlight the new gray paint color on the walls.
We even put a plan together for the basement to showcase the versatility in the space. Prior to staging, the basement bedroom was the family catchall and guest room.
We opened up the room and created zones for an in-law suite or a live-in nanny. Now there is a defined bedroom area, lounge area, and desk space.
This property was competing on the market with another staged property next door, (which we had also done), so it needed to look unique. Our team decided to change the lighting fixtures, as well as freshen up the rooms with new paint, including on the kitchen cabinets.
In an occupied home, we focus on depersonalizing the interior space and removing visual clutter. We may remove some furniture to open up spaces for maximum appeal. Usually, we use selected furniture and accessories currently in the home, then bring in items from our own inventory to create a dramatic new look. The result is a house that feels like new. Contact us today to schedule your occupied staging consultation, so we can become your partner in making your property look its best for potential buyers.