Recently I met with a Realtor that called me for a bid on a Temecula, CA vacant property. She understood the benefits of staging but had never used staging before. This property had previously been on the market for many months. The Realtor had gotten the listing one week ago and was trying to figure out why the property hadn't gotten an offer.
Upon entering the vacant property I viewed this.....
A sad blue vacant Living Room with a lonely chair and dated window treatments.
Then I saw this...
A sad blue vacant Dining Room with more dated window treatments.
The Realtor then asked me if she thought the home seller needed to change the carpet. I didn't hold back and told her without a doubt YES! The carpet was dating the house and potential buyers would have to start their own "To Do" list. I also told her that the dated window treatments should be removed. She said those treatments were from 2 owners ago back in 1989!
Well the home seller wanted to stage the property AS IS and didn't want to hassle with the carpet change and was willing to offer a $10,000 discount.
Well, I wasn't comfortable staging the "blue" house so I called a flooring company that I use all the time and had them give a bid on the carpet. The home seller loved the bid and agreed to change the carpet for 1/2 the price of the carpet discount!!!
A few days before I was set to stage (but still no signed contract in hand...because the client is out of the area) the Realtor called me and said I have some good news for me and some not so good news for you. The house got an offer! I was thrilled for her and told her that even though I didn't get the job my goal is the same as hers...to get the house SOLD!
Am I disappointed I didn't get to stage...yes, a part of me is sad. Am I glad I was able to help her and her seller...absolutely! :)
Sometimes a little staging goes a long way!
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