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Stagers stepping out of the box...

When staging a property... scale, proportion, color and style matter greatly. 

That is why we have developed  our own extensive Staging Prop Library that allows our Property Stylists to select just the right pieces that subtly blend in, yet enhance the properties overall appeal. 

Comprised of neary 2000 items and valued at nearly $70,000 (as of July 2006) we have the "right stuff" to make a listing look FANTASTIC, including: Furniture, Framed Art, Accessories Plants & Trees, Lamps, Baskets, Rugs, Draperies, Bath Linens, Books, Electronics, Bed Linens and more.

Investing in a Prop Library makes good business sense for 2 primary reasons...

  1. It demonstrates our long term commitment to staging
  2. It removes the seller's burden to shop and buy stuff just to sell their house.

OK... it is late on a friday. So, I welcome any other ideas anyone has that would add value to the realtor and the seller.

Well that's enough for now... CRAIG

Comment balloon 4 commentsCraig Schiller • July 28 2006 06:03PM



If you ever get a truck like Oprah has and feel like traveling to the east coast, call me.  Sounds so much easier than the shopping I have to do to stage my properties.  I'd be happy to turn over the reins.  See, I'm learning. :-)

Posted by Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert (Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103) over 14 years ago

I saw a home that was professionally staged and it looked great... TOO great to be honest. The computers and monitors were cardboard boxes, the and books on the tables and desks and bookshelves were fake... but it LOOKED nice; even the fruit in the bowls in the kitchen were fake.

The agent had cookies slowly simmering in the oven at 180 degrees; just enough to make them smell fantastic, but not enough to cook them so you could eat them.

The candles in the bathroom and livingroom were great... it just added to the ambience of the atmosphere.

BUT --- it was mostly FAKE props........ and I didn't like the slick advertizing taste left in my muoth at the end of viewing the property.

I would rather have the home be either vacant or lived in, but kept WELL....... instead of a SHOW....... reality is where I am at and my clients thank me for it.

There is something cheapening about a home that LOOKS lived in but ISN'T and is just made to APPEAR that way....... IMHO.......

Maybe your company does a better job at it ~~~~~ hmm?

Posted by Alexander Harb, Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing (Knights Investing) over 14 years ago

One of my sellers took a piece of plywood and covered it with fabric (an instant bed), used the same fabric on the windows and a chair and extra pillows and created a "complete" bedroom out of a tiny office room. It worked!




Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 14 years ago

Fake plant ok, fake TV not ok.

Vacant houses are staged to give prospective buyers a better idea of what it would look like if it was occupied, not to deceive them that it is. 

Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) over 13 years ago