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Staging it worth it?

Staging the outside is as important as Staging the inside. How many potential buyers pull up in front of the property and will never see your beautiful Staging job inside due to the less than stellar appearance outside?

I have a garden person that edges the lawn, sidewalk and driveway plus pulls out all those weeds. For $150 the place looks like a park when she is done. A true star on my team.  Clients always comment  that if they had known that they could have lived in a park like setting in Barrie for only $ 150 they would never let their property fall into such disrepair.  Stage the outside?  Absolutely!!!!

Advantage Staging will market the features of your property to stand out from the competition every time.

Investment, minimal.

Impact, priceless.

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Comment balloon 8 commentsMichelle Finnamore • June 26 2008 12:39PM


Hey, Michelle. I agree 100% with you, after all you are making a first impression with the exterior. Thanks for sharing and I wish you well, Jim

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Hi Michelle,

Absolutely!  This is very important, the first impression driving up to the home is vital and then standing in the backyard the client visualizing how they would relax in that space is just as important.  Thanks for sharing and have a great week.  Michael A. Caruso

Posted by Michael A. Caruso (Surterre Properties) almost 11 years ago

HI Jim and Michael,

The realtors really appreciate the fact that I Stage the outside of the property. I don't usually tell them ahead of time so when they drive up they are truly blown away by the transformation and can't wait to see the inside.

The neighbours are happy about it too as it sets the precedent for the  new owners.

I also Stage the next door neighbour's home on the outside if it is a shared laneway. When we have a bin dropped off to throw away the garbage I have the homeowner mention to the next door neighbour that he ordered a bin but it is way too big for what they have. Seeing as how it is paid for already they are free to throw whatever they have laying around the outside of their house in too at  no charge. If the next door neighbour is elderly, the homeowner does it for them. How about that? Everyone wins!!!  :)  I love happy endings.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 11 years ago

We ALWAYS try to stage the outdoors.  If the yard or curb is in terrible condition, to a prospective Buyer, all they will see is $$$$$$ to make the yard acceptable (just like really bad wall paper inside the home).  Great Post!

Posted by Connie Tebyani, Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County (Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro) almost 11 years ago

Hi Connie,

That's a good analogy. When people see wallpaper all they can think of is that is will be way too much work to remove. Same thing with yard work. If yard is in  poor condition, the potential buyer will cringe at the thought of getting it back in to shape. Better to take the bull by the horns and tackle it before they have a reason to lower the asking price.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore CSP Advantage Staging almost 11 years ago

Lovely example Michelle! Regards-Kathleen G

Posted by Kathleen Garvey, Denver's Neighborhood Expert - Listings & Sales (HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Denver) almost 11 years ago

Hi Michelle...The difference is worth every bit of that $150. 


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) almost 11 years ago

Yes I am very fortuante to have Holly on my team. In 8 hours she can transform most properties into park like settings. The clients and Realtors are always astonished at how much she accomplishes in that amount of time and the results always pay off.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 11 years ago

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