Posts Tagged ‘Loudoun County Home Staging’

Fairfax Station, VA Home Staging Success Story and New Home Staged in Tacoma Park, MD

February 10, 2013
One of our biggest challenges recently just turned into a huge success. We staged a $1M+ home in Fairfax Station recently. The home had wall paper throughout that needed to be de-emphasized. Well, we came, we staged and the home sold in 10 days. The Realtor said she was absolutely convinced that the staging sold the home.

New Staging in Takoma Park

We just completed staging a wonderful renovation in Takoma Park. These stagings are always a lot of fun! Renovations always have unique characters that we need to work with and bring out. When one of the owners came into the home after we had finished, she said she wanted to cry!
For more before and afters, please visit our gallery of Washington DC area home stagings.

All the Best,
Monica, ASP
Preferred Staging – Washington DC Home Staging
the art of home preparation

The Kids Room – Buyers Will Want to See the Floor (Part 2)

February 18, 2008

Previously, we focused on a staging a child’s room. The focus there was to manage the toys and remove unnecessary furniture to make the room appear larger. A child’s room is easier to stage than a teen’s because we have more influence over a child. With a teen, the objectives are the same – clear the clutter and open the room up – but the tactics are different.

Make sure the teen understands what is happening and why. They many not want to move; they may actually resist moving and work against the seller’s efforts to keep the home presentable. Moving is probably the most traumatic event they have experienced. As a parent, the seller must create a win-win environment.

At the risk of getting into the realm of parenting, I am going to suggest a technique that will help get the teen on to the “let’s sell the house” team. My suggestion is quite simple – bribe them! Teens can always use some extra money, so lets use that to our advantage. Another suggestion is to accommodate their need for an individualized space without scaring off buyers.

Let’s talk about the financial incentive first. The teen must understand that their room must be kept clean and neat. One idea is for the parent give the teen an amount of money each week. It is their money, but they cannot spend it until the end of the week. Check their room each day. If the room is not clean, the teen must pay back one-seventh of the week’s incentive.

The biggest issue for a teen room tends to be clothes. Clothes everywhere, except where they should be. First, get anything out of season stored away. Second, place extra shoes in a box in the garage. And third, if the teen has a collection (CDs, baseball cards, dog collars, whatever) it needs to be stowed away.

If the room needs paint, paint it, but here is one area where the seller may be able to compromise with the teen if there is an issue with repainting, as the current paint color may have been a very personal choice. Neutralize the paint color on all the walls except one. On one wall, paint with chalkboard paint. This black paint allows the teen to draw whatever they want on the wall, erase it and do something different next week. It is a great outlet for personal expression and the single wall can easily be repainted. Potential buyers may actually like it!

If this is not a viable option, consider allowing the teen to choose the color of the fourth wall (within reason), or allow them to choose the paint color and accessories for their room in the new house. This will give them something to plan and look forward to, as well as feel involved in the selling/moving process. When preparing your home for sale, getting your teen on your side may not be easy, but it pays huge dividends in the long run.

All the best!



Preferred Staging

the art of home preparation