You are probably aware that a home stager is vital if selling a vacant house as it gives a prospective buyer the size and scale of each room.  It is also vital to use a home stager if you are still living in the house so that the home’s features are best enhanced.

But, did you know it can also be helpful to use a realtor who is also a stager when you are searching for a new property?  When showing this home recently, I saw potential in putting in bookshelves, built-ins, or even a fireplace with side bookshelves in this living room where the TV is located.  Going even further, they might want to replace the carpeting with a wood surface.

I suggested putting two chairs with a side table in between in front of the windows while leaving the sofa in the same place.

The kitchen was remodeled and has lots of storage space.

In another recent showing with a higher price-point, the owners realized the effects of staging both in their online photos as well as in their in-person showings.

In this house, even though the kitchen was not recently remodeled, it was perfectly appointed, thoroughly cleaned and decluttered.

There are pros and cons for every house.  One of the houses had a basement room that could be converted into a bedroom if an egress window is added.  The other house had a 1-car garage.  Location matters to most people, especially considering property taxes, school districts, or close amenities.

Being a certified home stager is valuable when a prospective buyer asks about paint colors, lighting fixtures, kitchen counter tops, flooring, or ballpark estimates of updates or light remodeling.  One person asked if chickens were permitted (yes, up to 4 hens).

Contact Gina Newell at Premiere Stagers & Realty, 608-345-9396 for information on staging, selling, or buying.