Thursday, May 31, 2012

Occupied Property Staging

When an occupied home is staged, the staging process changes as compared to the process for a vacant home.  A couple of steps are added to best prepare the home for sale.
Here is how we get your occupied home ready to sell!
1.       A visit from Tilt
I arrive at the home and take a very careful look at both the interior and exterior of the home. I make notes on the things that need to be changed, de-cluttered, rearranged, organized, painted, cleaned, repaired, etc.
I snap a few photos for my own reference.
The planning process begins here. I begin mentally staging the home--what furniture we will use, where we will place it, how we will create focal points, etc.

2.       Written List of Recommendations
Shortly after the visit I send homeowners a detailed list of recommendations. These are tasks for the homeowner to complete before the staging day.

3.       More Planning
I write a list of items (accessories, linens, art, mirrors, furniture, greenery, etc.) that I will need to give the home its final look.
A staging day is then chosen that will work for Tilt, the homeowners and the movers.
4.       Inventory Selection
I go to the warehouse and select the inventory to be used.

5.       Staging Day
                  The stagers (myself and an assistant or two) arrive on site to begin prepping the home before the movers arrive with inventory. Once the inventory has arrived we begin unpacking and get to work!
After a full day of moving furniture, accessorizing, hanging art, changing out linens and more--the home is ready to be photographed for the listing. 
For the homeowner the transformation happens in two phases:

                 Phase 1: after they have completed their homework
                Phase 2: after we have had our staging day
                    *Phase 2 is the most rewarding part!
For Tilt the process takes:
A homeowner visit
Hours of planning
A couple of hours for inventory selection
Occasional shopping trips if inventory is low or if something special is needed
A few hours of administrative tasks (dealing with contracts, payments, scheduling movers and assistants if needed, etc)
And a full staging day
(It is also necessary to go back once the home is sold to take everything apart, wrap it, pack it and return it to the warehouse--this is the de-staging process.)

In the end--the process is an amazing transformation that is well worth it! Staged properties, of course, spend less time on the market and sell for more money!

These are some photos of a recent staging job. This occupied home received the accepted offer after just 10 days on the market! We staged almost every room in the home but I will just share a few photos today.
Note: the original photos are the ones that I quickly snapped for my own memory-- I decided to post them today because of the content of this post. Normally they are not shared but used as a planning tool.
Dining Room

Phase 1:

Phase 2:

Living Room

Phase 1:
Phase 2:


Originally:                                           Phase 1:

Phase 2:

Bonus Room
Originally:                                            Phase 1:

Phase 2:

Little Girls Room
Originally:                                    Phase 1:

Phase 2:

So that is a little bit about how we stage occupied homes!

Have a wonderful day everyone!

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