From Sparsely Furnished to Staged and Sparkling - Before and After

Posted by Sara Ifert on Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 at 2:06pm.

When a buyer first steps into a staged home during a showing, they usually find it easier to picture themselves living there. A vacant or sparsely furnished home can be more challenging for buyers, because it can be tough for them to imagine where their furnishings will go.

A recent client worked with Shelley Lazzareschi to sell the condo they weren’t living in. They had been living in northern Wisconsin and had never fully moved into their Madison condo after it was built, so it was minimally furnished. Renting furniture for staging was cost-prohibitive for the seller, so Shelley and Debbie Lea from Showcase Home Stagers assisted the client by doing the staging themselves. Debbie and Shelley spent a few hours shopping for various items like artwork, rugs, small tables, and other home decor. They also pulled items from their own storage, including bedding, pillows, plants, lamps, chairs, stools, kitchen decor.

Everyone pitched in and moved four car-loads of items into the condo, and Debbie and Shelley staged the space. The condo sparkled after it was staged. Scroll through the before and after photos. Before photos are on the left, and the stunning post-staging results are on the right.

Living Room Before and After

Moving the couch and adding more seating creates a cozy conversation area in front of the fireplace, and the rug helps bring it all together. Fresh artwork, lighting, and plants spruce up the space and create a more lived-in vibe.

Kitchen/Dining Room Before and After

The kitchen and dining space felt sparse before, but adding some cookbooks, basic cooking supplies, stools, and place settings makes it feel functional. Artwork, plants, and a rug soften the edges of the dining space and creates a welcoming ambiance.

Master Bedroom Before and After

The master bedroom was minimally furnished and didn’t inspire feelings of luxury. The addition of linens, lighting, a rug, and other accessories offers a more relaxing and cozy look that lets buyers see the master bedroom as a peaceful sanctuary within the home.

Second Bedroom Before and After

The second bedroom received a bright makeover with new linens, a cheerful painting, plants, and coordinating home decor. Buyers can now easily visualize this space as a welcoming guest room or second bedroom.

Staging Success

The condo was listed for $399,000 and sold for $396,000 with an accepted offer in just over two weeks. Staging definitely helped show a condo worthy of the listing price, and helped the buyer get a real sense of what it would be like to live there.

Staging works to sell your home faster and at the best price, and we provide our sellers the resources to stage their home and create a beautiful listing. Even during the pandemic, we can provide many of our services, including staging, virtually. Are you looking to sell your home this spring? Schedule a virtual consultation with us and we’ll work with you to find the best ways to list your home for sale.

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