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Highlights from a Home Stager: Why Would You Stage A Perfectly Good Property?

20 Feb

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Bridgeview Condominiums in Old City

 

Every day we meet with homeowners, builders and realtors who want to know about staging- How it works, Why it works, Will it work…  So, we thought we’d take it back to the beginning and talk a little bit about why staging adds value, how we approach the process, and why we think Sunflower Creations is successful at helping get homes sold all over Philadelphia and surrounding neighborhoods.  If you are considering staging, – please read on.  If you are already a believer, you can skip the boring text and just look at the pretty pictures!

 

So, Question #1:  Why would you stage your home prior to listing it for sale?  Basically, either because the property is vacant, or because you actually live in your home and everything isn’t perfect at all times.  We will talk more about occupied staging in our next post, but today we’re going to focus on vacant home staging.

  1.  It all begins with the click of a link…  It doesn’t matter if you are listing your family home, a rental property, or a new build- the fundamental process is the same- the more interest you generate, the more traffic you get to the listing.  The more traffic you get, the greater the potential for more offers.  And the more offers you get, the more you- the seller- are in control of the deal.  Since we have the internet, most prospective buyers will be introduced to your home, along with about 400 other homes that meet their search criteria, by being presented with a thumbnail photo that will appear approximately 1*1 inches on a phone screen.  Make the most of that inch.  A photo of walls is pretty easy to skip.  A photo with colors and shapes might grab a viewer’s attention for just a second longer, and that second could be the difference between a showing and a pass.  (Small aside- whether you hire a professional stager or do it yourself, hire a professional photographer.  Again, the picture is going to dictate how the story goes- make it a really good picture).

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2.  You didn’t do all the updates you intended...  So, maybe you never got around to installing stone counter tops in the kitchen, or perhaps you ran out of time before you had a chance to remodel the closets, or maybe the original hardwood floors could have used a sanding but …  It’s time to list- it is what it is- and you are pricing the property appropriately.  Staging is a good idea for you.  We do not stage to cover up problems- what we do is create a aesthetic that feels fresh and welcoming.  We help prospective buyers see the full potential of the home by highlighting the best parts.  A side effect of that is focus less on every scratch in the floor or chip in the paint. We make prospective buyers say, “This house feels like home to us.  All it needs is (a coat of paint) (a sanding of the floors) (a bathroom update), but it’s totally move-in ready”.

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3.  The home is brand new construction…  It’s literally perfect, but you should stage it…  Here’s a couple things about new construction  (a) It can feel very sterile because everything is new, and that is not inviting.  Even just a light staging provides the opportunity to bring in some softness and variety of texture. (b) Much of the competition is staged, so you need to stay competitive.  Again- it’s not just about having a great property;  It’s about getting prospective buyers to notice it.  (c) Architects and builders have the ability to visualize the finished product, which is what makes them good at their jobs. Most homebuyers do not have that ability.  And open-concept floorplans are especially difficult.  If potential buyers can not envision how to live in the space, they will move on to the next listing.

So, Thanks for stopping by today!

We hope you found this information helpful- and feel free to pass it along to your friends or clients.

If you’d like to set up a quick complimentary consultation, contact Ali at akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com or 267.207.9898.

For vacant home staging, a consult 2-3 week’s prior to intended completion date is ideal. And in the case of occupied home staging, the more time we have prior to listing, the more we can help you perfect your product.

Tune in next time, when we’ll turn the focus toward occupied home staging.

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Highlights from a Home Stager: Thoughful Design in Passyunk Square

23 Jan

Here’s a sweet spot in South Philly.  East Passyunk is such a phenomenal neighborhood if you are into eating, shopping, leaving your house:)…  And this home would be phenomenal even if you didn’t feel like going anywhere!  It’s compact, but functional- and our client did a great job of opening up the space through his selection of finishes:

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There’s tons of exposed brick that carries through to the 2nd floor.

 

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Of course, the open floorplan makes the space feel airy.  So does the bright white on the walls.  Also, the high-hung light fixture keeps things fluid.

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White kitchen cabinets pop, and open shelving keeps a smaller space from feeling confining.

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Just enough brick to make it interesting, but the white walls open up the room.  

 

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And, a sliding barn door (see it in the background?) is a very stylin’ way to save space.

 

 

Thanks for looking!

Click here to see the full property listing.

Click here to see more staged South Philly row homes.

If you are preparing to list, or if you have clients who are preparing to list, lets discuss! For vacant home staging, a consult 2-3 week’s prior to intended completion date is ideal. And in the case of occupied home staging, the more time we have prior to listing, the more we can help you perfect your product.

Contact Ali at akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com or 267.207.9898 to get that ball rolling. Or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home.

…Home Staging in 19128, 19127, 19119, 19118, 19130, 19121, 19123, 19125, 19134, 19103, 19102, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19146, 19147, 19139, 19143, 19145, 19148, 19004, 19003, 19035, and all Philadelphia and Surrounding Suburbs.

 

 

Highlights of a Home Stager: Industrial Living

16 Aug

Industrial lofts are being transformed into beautiful apartments all over the city. But not everyone can see the potential in the brick walls of old factories.

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That’s where we come in!

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Bright colors liven up the living space and give the cold brick walls a much homier vibe.

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Bright colors keep the loft feeling young and fresh.

(Click here to see the full property listing)


Check out some more homes we’ve staged!


Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

Providing quick, reliable and professional service

Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices

Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably

Making every project our number one priority

We’d Love to Work With You On Your Next Project:

Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental

Occupied Home Staging Consultations

Builder’s Services and Finish Selections

Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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…Home Staging in 19128, 19127, 19119, 19118, 19130, 19121, 19123, 19125, 19134, 19103, 19102, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19146, 19147, 19139, 19143, 19145, 19148, 19004, 19003, 19035, and all Philadelphia and Surrounding Suburbs.

 

Highlights of a Home Stager: Nooks and Crannies

19 Jul

 

genMid.6898064_3_1Philly is busting at the seems with industrial lofts turned apartments, but not everyone can see the potential in an unfurnished open space.

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Lofts are filled with unique nooks and crannies. To some they might seem like wasted space, but when staged this nook makes for a perfect sitting area, unlike any you’d find elsewhere.

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An open air loft is a huge selling point, but if it’s undefined it may leave home buyers wondering what use it could serve.

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Giving the loft a defined purpose shows its potential.

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There’s no denying this place has character!


Check out some more homes we’ve staged!


Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

Providing quick, reliable and professional service

Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices

Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably

Making every project our number one priority

We’d Love to Work With You On Your Next Project:

Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental

Occupied Home Staging Consultations

Builder’s Services and Finish Selections

Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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…Home Staging in 19128, 19127, 19119, 19118, 19130, 19121, 19123, 19125, 19134, 19103, 19102, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19146, 19147, 19139, 19143, 19145, 19148, 19004, 19003, 19035, and all Philadelphia and Surrounding Suburbs.

Highlights of a Home Stager: No Staging Too Small!

21 Jun

Stagings can be helpful to properties large and small. While large spaces can be overwhelming to home owners, small spaces usually make it hard for buyers to realize their potential. Staging is the best way to show someone that the space can fit all you need.
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For this studio apartment, we used every inch of space in a functional manner. The hall entry was equipped with two large closets, making the closet in the living space redundant. We used a small bar table to create a much needed dining area.

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The living area in the studio was designed using small scale furniture, which showcases the room for comfort with out overwhelming the space.

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And finally, the kitchen. Accessories make it more welcoming, and functional.

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(Click here to see the full property listing)


Check out some more homes we’ve staged!


Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

Providing quick, reliable and professional service

Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices

Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably

Making every project our number one priority

We’d Love to Work With You On Your Next Project:

Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental

Occupied Home Staging Consultations

Builder’s Services and Finish Selections

Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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…Home Staging in 19128, 19127, 19119, 19118, 19130, 19121, 19123, 19125, 19134, 19103, 19102, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19146, 19147, 19139, 19143, 19145, 19148, 19004, 19003, 19035, and all Philadelphia and Surrounding Suburbs.

Highlights of a Home Stager: Lofted Living

7 Jun

Lofts are becoming more and more popular as builders continue to convert historic building into living spaces. Living in a building rich with history has become quite sought after, but can come with many complications.

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A large problem with lofted living spaces is a lack of adequate lighting. When staging lofts we use many table lamps to adjust for the minute overhead lighting.

 

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A flowing layout is important, much like with any other open floor plan.

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Another problem that often arises when turning an industrial loft into a home is the lack of natural lighting. This loft installed a glass window in the guest bedroom to allow natural light from the living room windows to reach it.

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Bright art and light colored bedding distracts from the fact that room does not have exterior windows.

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Many industrial lofts have exposed ducts, which add interest, but can also get in the way when designing. Staging these areas shows prospective buyers that the ducts don’t have to limit their furniture layout or design.

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The loft’s master bedroom has the same problem of a lack of exterior windows. To allow natural light into the room the architects decided to refrain from adding a door to the bedroom. We once again used light colored bedding to create a brighter atmosphere.


(Click here to see the full property listing)


Check out some more homes we’ve staged!


Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

Providing quick, reliable and professional service

Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices

Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably

Making every project our number one priority

We’d Love to Work With You On Your Next Project:

Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental

Occupied Home Staging Consultations

Builder’s Services and Finish Selections

Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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…Home Staging in 19128, 19127, 19119, 19118, 19130, 19121, 19123, 19125, 19134, 19103, 19102, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19146, 19147, 19139, 19143, 19145, 19148, 19004, 19003, 19035, and all Philadelphia and Surrounding Suburbs.

Highlights of a Home Stager: Functional Design in Small Living Spaces

24 May

City living comes with some great advantages, but with many disadvantages as well. One of the largest complaints of city living is the lack of living space. Part of our job is to comfortably create two living spaces within one.

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This living space needs to have a duel purpose, both a comfortable and inviting living room, and a designated dining area. Using a glass dining table creates the much needed dining area without taking up visual space. A creative solution to a small space problem.

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The home’s design made the most of the small living space. An added counter creates more dining area great for morning coffee or entertaining guests.

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Creating duel function living spaces means more room for the bedroom. This spacious bedroom is a bright retreat in a condensed city apartment.


Check out some more homes we’ve staged!


Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

Providing quick, reliable and professional service

Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices

Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably

Making every project our number one priority

We’d Love to Work With You On Your Next Project:

Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental

Occupied Home Staging Consultations

Builder’s Services and Finish Selections

Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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…Home Staging in 19128, 19127, 19119, 19118, 19130, 19121, 19123, 19125, 19134, 19103, 19102, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19146, 19147, 19139, 19143, 19145, 19148, 19004, 19003, 19035, and all Philadelphia and Surrounding Suburbs.

Highlights of a Home Stager: Luxury Staging in Rittenhouse Square

10 May

This luxury staging was deigned with modern, sleek designs in mind. A uniquely shaped sectional adds more interest in the large open living space. Many new luxury homes have large windows to let in as much natural light as possible. However, this tends to make future home owners weary about furniture layout. Bringing the sectional forward creates space between the window and the room, keeping the airy feel.

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A wide living space requires multiple seating areas. Keeping the furniture style and colors consistent is essential to creating a cohesive style throughout a large room.

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The dining room and kitchen were designed with many modern fixtures and finishes. In order to keep the staging consistent with the home’s style we used a combination of furniture with wood finishes and white sleek materials.

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The spacious master bedroom was also designed with a large picture window. Strategically placing a settee  angled in front of the window makes it seem less overwhelming.

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The guest bedroom is bright and airy. A slight and consistent pop of color adds interest, while keeping the design neutral.

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A bonus family room continues the modern style with sleek wooden furniture and a modern sofa in a neutral color scheme.

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Check out some more homes we’ve staged!


Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

Providing quick, reliable and professional service

Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices

Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably

Making every project our number one priority

We’d Love to Work With You On Your Next Project:

Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental

Occupied Home Staging Consultations

Builder’s Services and Finish Selections

Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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…Home Staging in 19128, 19127, 19119, 19118, 19130, 19121, 19123, 19125, 19134, 19103, 19102, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19146, 19147, 19139, 19143, 19145, 19148, 19004, 19003, 19035, and all Philadelphia and Surrounding Suburbs.

Highlights of a Home Stager: Making small spaces work!

26 Apr

Having a small space doesn’t have to be detrimental to selling a home. The key is to not overload the space, making it seem smaller than it is. -

Extra seating is a common request, but too much seating would make this living room seem small and closed off. Leaving a wide opening to the kitchen created visual space, and makes the living room appear larger.

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Having a designated dining area is a huge seller in a small home. By using a high top bar table we raised the dining away from the floor creating the illusion of more space.

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The bedroom did not have a lack of space issue, so we used bright and bold colors to make it pop, creating a lasting impression.


Check out some more homes we’ve staged!


Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

Providing quick, reliable and professional service

Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices

Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably

Making every project our number one priority

We’d Love to Work With You On Your Next Project:

Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental

Occupied Home Staging Consultations

Builder’s Services and Finish Selections

Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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…Home Staging in 19128, 19127, 19119, 19118, 19130, 19121, 19123, 19125, 19134, 19103, 19102, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19146, 19147, 19139, 19143, 19145, 19148, 19004, 19003, 19035, and all Philadelphia and Surrounding Suburbs.

Highlights of a Home Stager: Open Floor Plan

1 Mar

This elongated open floor plan may seem like a headache to furnish for home buyers. Creating different spaces breaks up the space and shows viewers one floor plan option they have. isirk9wjadv9ro1000000000A sitting area by the fireplace makes for a warm and inviting entry.isahnmpt9ki75p1000000000A designated living area is separated from the entry, but still open and airy. is2fglv62xefro1000000000The bright and inviting living room.isu8e9d0yo6iro1000000000A spacious kitchen layout.isq94fe7v8fizo1000000000A colorful bedroom retreat


(Click here to see the full property listing)


Check out some more homes we’ve staged!


Thanks so much for looking!

Sunflower Creations is The Philly Home Stager because we are dedicated to:

Providing quick, reliable and professional service

Creating fabulous looking homes at competitive prices

Helping to sell your home quickly and profitably

Making every project our number one priority

We’d Love to Work With You On Your Next Project:

Vacant Home Staging and Furniture, Art, Accessories Rental

Occupied Home Staging Consultations

Builder’s Services and Finish Selections

Interior Design

and more…

For a free consultation, please contact

Ali Kutner, Home Staging Coordinator

267.207.9298

akutner@sunflowercreationsonline.com

or visit us at Sunflower Creations Home

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…Home Staging in 19128, 19127, 19119, 19118, 19130, 19121, 19123, 19125, 19134, 19103, 19102, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19146, 19147, 19139, 19143, 19145, 19148, 19004, 19003, 19035, and all Philadelphia and Surrounding Suburbs.