Staging Success Stories

Jun 28
2013

Research has shown that staged homes sell in less time and for a higher price than non-staged homes.  The following are examples of homes staged by Amazing Spaces to support that research…

 

Minneapolis:  Sold in just one day for $12,200 higher than asking price!

Actual days on market:  13

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Maple Grove, MN:  Sold in two weeks!

Actual days on market = 37

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Mound, MN:   Sold in one month, FSBO!

Actual days on market:  113

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Champlin, MN:  Sold in one week!

Actual days on market:  29

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Living Room & Kitchen Area

Sep 26
2011

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This small living room and kitchen floor plan is typical of many Minneapolis area homes.  We start with a fresh coat of paint in a soft linen color for the walls and a crisp white to highlight the trim.  Outdated furniture is replaced with modern but comfortable chairs much more suited to the space and to the younger audience likely to be looking at this home.  Taking out the area rug reveals the beautiful hardwood floors and also helps to open up the space.  Heavy, dark curtains are replaced with a sheer window scarf that frames the large window and allows more natural light to flow into the room.  A large silk plant and pair of lanterns are placed on the upper ledge to draw more attention to that architectural feature.  One bar stool was removed, and place settings for two are added to make the counter area an inviting dining spot.  Removing the items from the refrigerator gives the kitchen a clean, uncluttered look.  The result:  an open, inviting living room and kitchen that is staged to sell!

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Family Room – Vacant vs. Staged

Sep 25
2011

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Placing a seating arrangement in front of this beautiful stone fireplace helps potential buyers imagine themselves relaxing in a cozy retreat.  Random stacks of books and DVDs on the built-in bookshelves are stored behind cabinet doors and replaced with carefully arranged vases, silk plants and picture frames to make the entire space more inviting.  The once empty mantel comes to life with some appealing accessories.  Two coordinating art prints are hung vertically to add the finishing touch.

Great Room Makeover

Jul 27
2011

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The key selling features of this great room are a fireplace, vaulted & beamed ceilings and a large window.  The dark wood paneling not only created a dated look, but it camouflaged those key selling features.  Painting the paneling a soft cream color made all the difference and really helped make the room’s best features stand out.  Updated furnishings, artwork and accessories are arranged to showcase the fireplace and give the space a comfortable ambience.

 

This home sold in less than one week after being staged!

Great Room Staged To Sell

Feb 07
2011

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Vacant homes can be some of the most difficult to sell.  Aside from lacking a warm, inviting atmosphere, many potential home buyers find it hard to imagine themselves in the space.  This particular home, located in an upscale neighborhood, sat on the market for over a year when vacant, but sold in 36 days after being staged.

Living and Dining Room – Before & After Home Staging

Feb 07
2011

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The goal with this combination living and dining room is to make the areas feel more spacious and improve the flow from room to room. By removing the entertainment stand and positioning the shelf unit underneath the wall-mounted TV, the space already seems bigger. Accessories were kept to a minimum, and drapery panels re-hemmed to reach the floor.

Family Room

May 05
2010

The furniture arrangement in this lower level family room gave the room a lop-sided appearance. Centering the entertainment center on the wall opposite the couch helps balance the room and make it feel less crowded. Gold-framed mirrors and silk greenery draw attention to the fireplace. A floor lamp was added to brighten up a dark corner and existing lighting turned on to provide a cheerful glow. 

Living Room Before / After

May 05
2010

The long, narrow living room in this South Minneapolis bungalow was divided to create separate living and dining areas, making the space more functional. Updated furnishings, artwork and accessories appeal to more potential buyers. Mis-matched window coverings were replaced with matching scarves to frame and highlight the large  windows. A fresh coat of neutral-colored paint helped to hide dingy walls and brought out the architectural details in the woodwork. 

 

HOMEOWNER TESTIMONIAL:

 

“Debra gave us great quality at a reasonable price. She made our hum-drum, small house look modern and desirable. Everyone who came through said how great it looked, whether they were interested in buying the home or not.

Debra’s eye for style and hard work helped us to secure two offers in only 4 days on the market – even during these tough economic times. I would recommend Amazing Spaces to anyone interested in making their home outshine the rest.”

                                                                                                                                                                                  

Roberta G.

 

 

 

 

Living Room Before / After

May 16
2009

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Living Room Before

Living Room Before

 

BEFORE:  Special features in this living room like the fireplace, bay window and French doors are difficult to distinguish at first glance. The bright green wall color is too taste-specific for most potential home buyers, and the furniture arrangement makes it difficult to navigate through the space. 

 

LIVING ROOM - AFTER
LIVING ROOM – AFTER

AFTER:  Changing the wall color to a lighter shade instantly makes the space feel more spacious and open. Swapping the large table at the entry point for a smaller one provides a view to the fireplace and clears the path into the room. The dark area rug was removed to further lighten up the space and show off gleaming hardwood floors. The sofa was repositioned to draw attention to the bay window, and the oversized coffee table was replaced with a smaller one. A few simple accessories add the finishing touch.

 

 

Living / Dining Room Makeover

May 16
2009

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Living / Dining Room Before Makeover

Living / Dining Room Before

 

BEFORE:  Despite the white walls, this combination living and dining room seems dark and has no flow through the space. Country-style furnishings make it feel old and outdated, and the view is blocked by curtains.

Living / Dining Room After Redesign
Living / Dining Room After

AFTER:  Painting the walls a rich gold tone brings much-needed warmth to the space. The dark trim was painted white to create contrast, highlighting the dark wood floors. Side-panel drapes frame the windows and the view, allowing plenty of light into the room. A lighter, neutral-colored rug helps to define the conversation area, and updated furnishings are positioned to allow traffic to flow from one space to the other.

 

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