August 2012 Featured Before and After

This living room is from the same home as the kitchen in the last post.  Notice that while doing the granite we also extended the bar area to provide more seating.  This home does not have an informal dining area, so this small change will make a huge difference in how buyers see the home!

Orwell Living A

Orwell Living B
To save the homeowners some money, we reused their existing seating, but replaced the dated end tables and brass lamps with a more current style to update everything.  We also had the homeowners add draperies to soften the hard angles and frame the view of the St. Croix River.  And lastly, we angled the layout to open up the room.  If you can avoid it, you never want buyers to enter a room looking directly at the back of a sofa.  It creates an uninviting feeling to the room.

August 2012 Staging Tip

Granite prices have come down significantly in recent years, and because many buyers expect it in the home they want to purchase, regardless of price range, you may consider replacing your dated countertops.

Orwell Kitchen Before Orwell Kitchen After

Doesn’t it make an amazing difference?  We also had the homeowners switch their pulls and light fixtures from brass to nickel.