Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Room for Improvement: Home Staging
Trying to sell your home? Then you know how hard it is in today's market, but there are some things you can do to help sell your home fast. Our makeover maestro Martin Amado, is helping one real estate agent stage a home with a design that can get it sold.
WSVN -- Martin Amado: "Three factors a potential buyer will be looking at if you're selling your home are location, price, and, of course, it has to look great. We already have the first two points going for this house, so let's work on the third by staging it to get it sold on today's Room for Improvement."
Martin Amado: "OK, Luly, so tell me why you want to go ahead and stage your listing?"
Luly: "Well, after a few months of the home being listed, we figure that rather than to drop the price again, the staging would be the best. We really want the buyers to come in and be dazzled by their first impression."
Martin Amado: "All right, perfect. Let me get to work, Luly, and, hopefully, I can get it sold for you."
To make the foyer more inviting, I bought this table and lamp set, which is great in our budget because I'm actually using the lamps in the living room, and that way it gives us more bang for our buck."
Martin Amado: "All right, the foyer is done. Let's move on to the living room."
Now, we could either spend $600 on a brand new sofa or $50 on a slip cover. What do you think?
Martin Amado: "And, of course, here's the lamp that came with the console table that we used in the foyer."
Martin Amado: "So, for $70, we have ourselves a coffee table."
Martin Amado: "All right, now we need some window treatments, so let's go find some."
Martin Amado: "I'm separating the window treatments in the dining room area to actually use in the living room, and that way both spaces will tie in better together."
Martin Amado: "By using the window panels only on either side of the glass doors it helps to frame the home's best feature, the beautiful view."
Martin Amado: "All right, so the final space is the dining room."
The dining table before belonged more in the breakfast nook. By swapping out the chairs and adding a longer table cloth to the existing base now it looks like we have a brand new table, and the entire space looks more elegant.
Martin Amado: "So, if you're having an open house, here's the last tip, go ahead and light some candles around the spaces to enhance the ambiance for the buyers."
Luly: "Oh, my God, this is beautiful. Oh, my, what a difference. Oh, my goodness, this looks like a whole different house."
Martin Amado: "To all the viewers, thanks for watching, and we'll see you next time on Room for Improvement."
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