Home Staging Asheville WaynevilleI’m not sure what’s worse… Trying to sell a vacant home or trying to sell a home that’s only partially furnished… Buyers have a hard time visualizing vacant properties and homes that are only partially furnished can be a real turn-off.

I recently had the opportunity to stage a home that has been on the market for over 3 years.  Partially furnished and unoccupied, this home is in an upscale golf course community where the market has not yet recovered.

I was lucky that the homeowner was very open minded and willing to take my suggestions, such as painting the blue bathroom a neutral color, staining the deck and and investing in a reasonable home staging budget.

Home staging services for vacant, occupied or semi-furnished homes does not have to be cost prohibitive.  Interview professional home stagers in your area, review their portfolio and confirm that they have a strong, working relationship with both home sellers and local Realtors.

Living Room - BeforeWhen you walk through the front door of this home, the view is simply spectacular!  The furniture however, was mismatched, dated and dreary.

Living Room - AfterI brought in new furniture that both lightens and brightens, and appears warm and inviting.

Kitchen - BeforeThe kitchen is quite large with lots of work space, but it appeared cold and stark with no emotional connection points to entice a buyer.

Kitchen - AfterUsing a black and white color scheme, to tie into the cabinetry and counters, I styled the kitchen to help buyers easily visualize preparing a meal, entertaining friends or lingering over a hot cup of coffee as they enjoy the breathtaking views from the breakfast nook.

Master Bedroom - BeforeThe master bedroom was a challenge.  The homeowner decided not to repaint the navy walls into a neutral palette.

Master Bedroom - AfterI added a plaid navy and white comforter, some pillow shams, a couple of bedside lamps, a breakfast tray, and as this home is in a golf course community, the latest edition of GOLF magazine.

Master Bathroom - BeforeThe master bathroom, though large and filled with potential, was painted blue, a color preferred by the home owner, but not necessarily by a large number of home buyers.

Master Bathroom - AfterThe bathroom was repainted in a nice neutral color and I added some chocolate and blue towels and accessories to soften the hardness of the tiles and flooring.

Family Room - BeforeThis family room is huge! The windows overlook the glorious mountains, but the room was awkwardly designed and posed some real design challenges.

 I removed the TV and created a family space that not only allows an unobstructed view of the mountains, but works well with the architectural design of the room. Note: The seller asked that nothing be hung on the walls.

Family FunWhen staging a home, it’s okay to have a little fun, as long as it’s in good taste! As this is the “family room”, I created a cute scene using the Scrabble board.  The letters on the board spell out “I love my new home”!

Guest Bathroom - BeforeNot much to say about this guest bathroom.  It needed to be staged.

Guest Bathroom - AfterAlthough people don’t buy homes based on the guest bathroom, it’s still important when staging a home.  I continued to work with the palette that carries through the home, by adding a new shower curtain, some accessories that match the hardware, and some nice, fluffy towels.

Deck - BeforeThis home has a lovely wrap around porch that needed a good cleaning and re-staining.

Deck - AfterThe porch easily represents additional living space that can be used for many months of the year.  I created a scene to help buyers visualize how they might use this wonderful area.  

Deck - After

You can view additional before and after home staging photos here.

Forgie Home Staging & Redesign offers affordable home staging services in the Asheville and Waynesville, NC area.  We also provide online e-decorating services and e-Home Staging Services for those living out of the area.  

Call us today to schedule a consultation or to learn more!

Until next time,

Elayne