A Sampling of Vacant Homes Staged in 2016…

Staging Success Stories

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

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This small living room and the 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 Outdated furniture is replaced with modern but comfortable chairs much more suited to the space and to the younger audience likely to be looking at this home. Sometimes, furniture can make all the difference in how people will view the home, which is why websites like https://www.homeaccents2.com/Living-Room.html/ are perfect for getting inspiration and ideas for living room designs and furniture. Furthermore, taking out the area rug reveals the beautiful hardwood floors and also helps to open up space. Having the hardwood on display allows its beauty to shine without being covered up by a rug. Some would worry about the upkeep of cleanliness of the wooden floors, but they’re so easy to clean if you get the best hardwood floor cleaning machine. This way they stay sparkling with limited effort on your behalf! The rug can either be placed elsewhere or gotten rid of. 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. Already the room is feeling lighter and less solemn. 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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Girl’s Bedroom Staged to Sell

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Too much furniture in this girl’s bedroom make what is actually a spacious room feel small and cramped.  Removing some of the smaller pieces and arranging the bed and night stand on the wall next to the window helps open the space.  We opened the curtains to let in the natural light and make the window feel as large as possible.  A neatly made bed and simple bedside accessories are all that’s needed to complete the staging.

Office Before & After Staging

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Office space in the home has become high on a buyer’s list of criteria, so it’s important to make that space appear as functional and appealing as possible. This office area was extremely cluttered and lacked organization. The plaques on the wall were very personalized making it difficult for a potential buyer to imagine it as “their space.” Bringing in a floor lamp from a spare bedroom added much-needed light, and an outdated light fixture on the ceiling has been replaced. A bench below the window offers a place for visitors to sit and makes the room feel more relaxed and comfortable. The file cabinet has been cleared and some labels were added, made from some flexible magnetic tape. This makes it look more professional and organized. I was considering getting rid of the file cabinet altogether while in the decluttering period. Where would I store my paper files? I’d get rid of them and convert them to more efficient, easily accessible files on my computer through a company like FilecenterDMS.com. It would certainly clear up some space in my office and it would be easier to find important data I needed. However, I’ve put it off now in a bid to see my office having the ability to look clean even with paper files still around. Moving the bookshelf next to the file cabinet helped to organize as well as extend the space making the office area appear larger. Neutral artwork adds a nice touch without being too personal, and notice how one large wall hanging makes the space seem less cluttered than many small wall hangings.

Kitchen & Dining Room

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Adjacent to the great room in the previous post is this open concept kitchen and dining area.  The same cream colored paint over the wood paneling makes this side of the room feel updated and spacious and shows off the gorgeous vaulted and beamed ceilings.  Additional updates included new granite counter tops and light fixtures.  Counter tops have been cleared of clutter to give a cleaner, more spacious appearance.  The wood cabinets were cleaned and polished, and the back plates were removed to give the cabinet hardware a fresh look.  Moving the table perpendicular to the wall opens up the traffic flow and adds to the feeling of spaciousness.  Silk greenery above the island cabinet helps to highlight that unique feature and draw the eye upward to the gorgeous vaulted and beamed wood ceiling.

Great Room Makeover

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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!

Master Bedroom – Before & After Staging

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In staging this spacious master bedroom, we added a bed skirt and some pillows to dress up the bed, along with a nightstand with a lamp to add light and functionality.  The desk was accessorized and positioned to face into the room.  Extra items like the TV and luggage were put out of sight to make this space an inviting and relaxing retreat.

Bedroom – Staged To Sell

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Little was needed to take this guest bedroom from “so-so” to “wow!”  We started with a smaller bed to make the room feel less crowded, and dressed it with simple bed linens to complement the lavender walls.  The dresser drawer was replaced, and accessories placed on top inviting those who enter this room to RELAX.

Living and Dining Room – Before & After Home Staging

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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.