Posts Tagged ‘Reston Home Staging’

Busy, Busy, Busy

May 24, 2009

Wow, it has been a busy spring! I hope everyone has been able to capture the increase in activity over the last several weeks. I know the properties we have staged have been selling like proverbial “hot cakes.”

Our oldest property, in terms of days on market, just sold. Even though it took 3 months, our average DOM held steady at 23 for all of 2009, thanks to several recent properties selling in less than a week.  

Staging is not as glamorous as the HGTV shows make it out to be. While I love the quick sales of our staged properties, it can mess with your mind a bit when you spend so much time making a home beautiful, then go undo it 30 days later. But, hey, Preferred Staging is here to help you sell homes, so we are happy that we contribute to a great result of a quick sale.  

Recently, I was asked to do a consultation for a townhouse in Reston that sits right on a beautiful lake.  The home owners are both very talented artists, and their home was their personal art gallery.  The paint colors were bold and bright, and there was an eclectic but successful mix of contemporary and traditional furniture and art.       

The owners loved their house; it was truly a reflection of all they loved.  Unfortunately, the interior is what I call “style specific”, meaning that the decorating was specifically their style and would not appeal to a broader target pool of buyers.  

Luckily, virtually all the work to be done was cosmetic, so the staging consultation also included a color consultation.  The owners had done as I had suggested in the consultation – both painting and staging – and I was called back a week or so ago to take my after photos.

All I could say was WOW!  The transformation was fabulous! The full listing is here and before and afters here.  

Another recent townhome, this one in the Ballston area of Arlington, Virginia was great to stage. They key feature in this home was a great fireplace surrounded by built-ins. There was no question what the focal point of the home was.


Since the fireplace was dominant and protrudes into the room slightly, we staged with lighter furniture so as not to compete with the weight of the focal point.       

The rest of the before and afters can be found on our web sight.   Please have a happy, safe and productive (if you are working) or non-productive (if you are resting) Memorial Day weekend.  

All the Best!  

Monica, ASP


Preferred Staging

the art of home preparation

Lighting the Way to Your Home Sale (Holiday Home Staging, Part 4)

November 21, 2008

OK, so now we move to the topic of holiday lighting. If you have just joined us, this is Part 4 in a series of holiday decoration articles specifically written for homes for sale in the Washington DC, Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland markets. If you live here, you’ve come to the right place. If you don’t, well, you are welcome too!


You can review previous topics here:

Part 1: Keeping the Holidays While Your Home is on the Market

Part 2: Wreaths Around Washington DC

Part 3: To Lawn Art or Not Lawn Art


This is Part 4: Lighting the Way to Your Home Sale (cute, huh!).


OK, so we have created a focal point to the home with an attractive seasonal (rather than holiday) wreath hanging on the front door. During the day, that is all I recommend. Any other visible decorations serve as a distraction. At night, however, we need something more.


When your home is for sale, the lighting I recommend is a spot or flood light illuminating the home. Look at it this way, it gets dark around 6pm during the short days of winter. If a buyer wants to drive by a home after they get off of work, or better, they are testing the commute to your home (that’s a great buying sign!), you want the buyer to be able to see the home! If all they can see is a dark shadow sitting back from the road, what type of impression will that leave?


Sure there are exceptions to this recommendation…if you live where a spot light will annoy your neighbors, or the home is well illuminated with street lighting and a spotlight would be washed out you may want to go another route…tomorrow, we discuss tasteful holiday lights.


All the Best,


Monica Murphy


the art of home preparation