Trying to Sell Your Home While Living in it? Call Sunflower Creations for Help Staging to Sell

25 Nov

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We’re always blabbing about how staging a vacant home makes it feel lived in, cozy, and energized–  Yada, yada…

But we do not talk as much about the other scenario- The lived-in home, that appears, perhaps, a little too lived in, too cozy, and too energized!

Now, we are not just Stagers;  We are human, too.  And we know a few things:

(1)  We never have enough storage space

(2)  The longer we live in one place, the more we accumulate

(3)  Our own weird furniture  and personal junk is THE BEST!!  And, everyone else surely thinks so, too!

Um, well, some of these statements are true…

So, when we get called to consult for a lived-in home staging, we start with a walk-thru, and end with a room-by-room plan of attack.  We know that in many cases, we are the last call before the property gets listed, so at this point, home owners are not looking to do major renovations (Although, if they are, we can manage those projects, as well).  In many cases, we are called in to fine tune.

We were asked to consult with these Headhouse Square home-owners/sellers,  in order to create the best presentation for showings.  I must say that these guys did an amazing job of decluttering and depersonalizing.  Ironically, the home-owners told me that they had pared down so much before listing, that they had been repeatedly told that the property looked sterile.

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We brought in some generally appealing art and accessories to mix in with the homeowner’s beautiful book collection.  We also packed away a ton of books, and rearranged shelves to create maximum impact for MLS photos and showings. We did similar reworking throughout the house–  Moved art around, added focal points, created storage solutions for the kid’s rooms, and provided a quick pre-showing check-list for the home-owners to follow at a moment’s notice.

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When we consult on this type of project, one thing we really keep focused on is how to make it work for the life-style of the home-owners.  We assisted a Queen Village family with three small children.  They had this fabulous entry parlor with a cool modern fireplace, but because of their busy lifestyle, the space had become a bit of a mud room.  It (a) did not make the phenomenal impact that they wanted potential buyers to feel upon entering the home, and (b) called attention to their need for more closet space.

We provided paint color suggestions for some accent walls throughout the home, a de-cluttering plan, and staging for the newly-fabulous entry parlor!


(Before and After!)leithgowWe also used a trunk with storage as a coffee table so that the home-owners could stash our breakables away from the kiddies between showings.  Then all they had to do was whip out our pictures to reference, reset, and go!

Next, we run over to a Society Hill condo with amazing views and need for just a little space planning!  These sellers had some really cool furniture, and we removed about half of it!  We flipped the sofa around to open up the space, and to draw the eye to the beautiful skyline.  Just a little more rearranging, decluttering, and primping before photos/video/listing

towers towers2 towers4 towers5Thanks so much for looking!

Incidentally, two out of the three properties featured above sold in 47 days and 14 days!  The average number of days-on-market for Philadelphia homes in 2013 is 84 days.

If you are having a tough time trying to sell your home while living in it, or if you are getting ready to put your home on the market,

contact us for a consultation.

Our “look” helps homes sell quickly and our process keeps clients coming back time and again.

Contact Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator


or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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