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St. Louis Park home – Small Home Staged & Sold!

Staging a Vacant Farmhouse For Sale

This vacant 1800’s farmhouse had been updated with new light fixtures, refinished floors, paint and more, but without staging, it felt cold and empty.  Said the homeowner, “…it made the house a home.”

Living Room – BEFORE

Living Room – AFTER

Dining Room – BEFORE

Dining Room – AFTER

Kitchen – BEFORE

 

Kitchen – AFTER

Master Bedroom – BEFORE

Master Bedroom – AFTER

Guest Bedroom – BEFORE

Guest Bedroom – AFTER

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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Family Room – Vacant vs. Staged

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Placing a seating arrangement in front of this beautiful stone fireplace helps potential buyers imagine themselves relaxing in a cozy retreat.  Random stacks of books and DVDs on the built-in bookshelves are stored behind cabinet doors and replaced with carefully arranged vases, silk plants and picture frames to make the entire space more inviting.  The once empty mantel comes to life with some appealing accessories.  Two coordinating art prints are hung vertically to add the finishing touch.

Family Room Staged To Sell

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The lower level family room in this home lacked purpose and was more of a pass-through area than a functional space.  After the pile of toys were stored in a closet and the iron & ironing board moved into the laundry room, the fireplace is defined as the focal point by positioning a sectional sofa around it.  A silk tree adds balance and frames the left side, while a large mirror and simple accessories give the mantel some pop.  To give the space a cozy feel, we added a soft blanket and several throw pillows.  Wall art helps to coordinate the overall color scheme.

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!

Great Room Staged To Sell

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Vacant homes can be some of the most difficult to sell.  Aside from lacking a warm, inviting atmosphere, many potential home buyers find it hard to imagine themselves in the space.  This particular home, located in an upscale neighborhood, sat on the market for over a year when vacant, but sold in 36 days after being staged.

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.

Family Room

The furniture arrangement in this lower level family room gave the room a lop-sided appearance. Centering the entertainment center on the wall opposite the couch helps balance the room and make it feel less crowded. Gold-framed mirrors and silk greenery draw attention to the fireplace. A floor lamp was added to brighten up a dark corner and existing lighting turned on to provide a cheerful glow. 

Living Room Before / After

The long, narrow living room in this South Minneapolis bungalow was divided to create separate living and dining areas, making the space more functional. Updated furnishings, artwork and accessories appeal to more potential buyers. Mis-matched window coverings were replaced with matching scarves to frame and highlight the large  windows. A fresh coat of neutral-colored paint helped to hide dingy walls and brought out the architectural details in the woodwork. 

 

HOMEOWNER TESTIMONIAL:

 

“Debra gave us great quality at a reasonable price. She made our hum-drum, small house look modern and desirable. Everyone who came through said how great it looked, whether they were interested in buying the home or not.

Debra’s eye for style and hard work helped us to secure two offers in only 4 days on the market – even during these tough economic times. I would recommend Amazing Spaces to anyone interested in making their home outshine the rest.”

                                                                                                                                                                                  

Roberta G.