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You will smile until you realize you had to sell or Stage a house just like this

Thought everyone could use a mini lesson in colour today.

This website has stories about interior indiscretions that will make you wonder what the homeowners were thinking when they put their home on the market.

We have all been there-either as a Realtor or as a Home Stager.

Trying to market a house that has been painted entirely in burnt orange.

Or every surface has been painted shades of green or blue or purple.

When you are selling your home, loud vibrant colours will not market your property to the most people.

How many homes have you seen with bright orange walls everywhere?

That's exactly the same number of buyers you will attract to your property for sale.

I tactfully suggest to my clients that a neutral colour will attract more buyers when they are looking online at listing photos.

Not to mention shorten the number of days on market.

When buyers leave a property painted like this, all they are talking about is the bright orange paint throughout the main floor living area. They miss the features of the property entirely. Advantage Staging will motivate your client to make the necessary changes to get the property on the "must see list" of buyers.

Investment, minimal.

Impact, Priceless.

Advantage Staging will give your property an advantage in the marketplace everytime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comment balloon 18 commentsMichelle Finnamore • February 11 2009 10:56AM

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Wow!  That is so bright, I had to put on sunglasses. lol  I think the best color is real estate beige, it goes with everything.

Posted by Mary PAUL, ABR, CRS,GRI, e-PRO, (RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR) over 10 years ago

Michelle,  I think you could have some fun with this one.  You know how they do the "green screen" for weather broadcasts?  Get matching orange shirt and pants and do a marketing video in front of the orange walls.  You would get a really interesting "talking head" effect that would certainly have buyers and sellers talking and probably end of with millions of hits on you tube.  Thanks for the morning chuckle.

Posted by Brian Leavitt (Northstone Real Estate Inc.) over 10 years ago

HI Mary, I definitely needed sunglasses here!

I know we live in a cold, snowy area of the country and that painting a colour like this is very warm and cozy for when you are living there. But when it comes to selling, neutral is the only way to go if you want less DOM and are asking top dollar in this tough selling market.

Hi Brian, That's too funny. I love the idea for you tube. :)

If you click through the link in the post you will find the first story actually mentions the homeowner wearing the same colour as the walls and disappearing except for his head and hands.

 

 

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 10 years ago

Now I have to confess that I have a wall in our family that is painted "mango" . . . I love it -- but it would be painted a neutral color if I was selling my home!  I've done three consultations this week and seen walls painted bright blue, bright purple, dark maroon, dark rust and dark yellow.  Seems like I'm a broken record . . paint a neutral color, paint a neutral color!

Posted by Margaret Oscilia, Home Stager, Salem Oregon (Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon) over 10 years ago

HI Margaret, one wall is okay and you do live there so enjoy it while you can because you know it's gotta go when you sell!  :)

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 10 years ago

Hi Michelle,

Wow, that's a colour alright!  I hope your home owners understood what you were saying when you mentioned neutralizing.  I'll bet they absolutely love that colour since it's everywhere.  Homes like that one are so great to stage because with a lick of paint and a little re-arranging it looks brand new. 

Anne

Posted by Anne Bourne (StagingWorks) over 10 years ago

Unfortunately they did not change the colour, nor did they have me stage the home.

I know I could have helped to market this home, but sometimes clients are so attached to their love of a colour that they cannot see why anyone else wouldn't love it too.

In this market, it is not the time to be emotionally attached to your home. You have plans to move on, so you have to do what is necessary to get where you are going and start to live your new plans.

 

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 10 years ago

I can top your bright orange!  This week I did a staging consultation for a townhome with bright yellow in the foyer, down the hall the living room was painted a bright purple and the kitchen, off the hallway, was painted a bright red.  This home has been on the market for 60 days and the MLS listing description reads "this home boasts vibrant colors".  Well, that was an understatement!  It should have read "Garish, Mardi-Gras" colors.   No wonder this home has been sitting on the market all this time.  Have to love neutral beige!

Posted by Deb Waters (Rearrange with Style) over 10 years ago

Thanks for a great post Michelle, that room just screams halloween.

Posted by Karen Hubert, Home Stager (Center Stage Design-real estate staging, Ancaster/Hamilton) over 10 years ago

Hi Deb, wow that one sounds like a real eye opener.

Hi Karen, I hadn't thought about it like that, but you're right. I love orange probably more than most people but only as an accent. I remember my husband buying a bright orange car before we were married. It had a black stripe down the centre of it. That didn't work for me either! Too much of a good thing.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 10 years ago

Yes I remember my burnt orange home! Here's a photo. We neutralized with white bedding but neutral walls would've been preferable!

orangebedroom

Posted by Annie Pinsker-Brown, Stage to Sell, Los Angeles Home Stager (Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging) over 10 years ago

Hi Annie, I think your solution is perfect for the burnt orange room pictured.  Unfortunately, my burnt orange dilemma was the entire main floor. No opportunity to use white as a foil to the orange. Dark brown sofas, tv cabinet, kitchen pub tables and chairs etc.  It is still on the market with no showings. I have contacted the Realtor to see what the feedback has been and it is a suspected. No takers on the "orange home".

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 10 years ago

Well yes a whole floor that color would be awful! Hopefully they will realize they have to paint.

Posted by Annie Pinsker-Brown, Stage to Sell, Los Angeles Home Stager (Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging) over 10 years ago

I come across them sometimes because some people around here like the SW look with accessories, that is hard to neutralize.

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) over 10 years ago

Hi Cindy, it really is hard for some people to let the memories go of their home and that is why it is hard for them to change a colour or store something away. Once they make the mental disconnect and decide that they really are moving, the suggestions are carried out to sell the home. It's just getting the seller to that point before the listing photos are taken and the showings start!

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 10 years ago

Michelle -- I'm happy to confess that my daylight basement family room has a bright "mango" colored wall and it has really transformed the space to light and bright . . . but if I was selling you know what I'd be doing -- REPAINTING! 

Posted by Margaret Oscilia, Home Stager, Salem Oregon (Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon) over 10 years ago

Hi Margaret, absolutely right!

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 10 years ago

Michelle -=

I know this is a really old blog posting, but I have run into this too -- recently, for an agent who hired me to stage an estate home, and he said right off the bat when I suggested repainting the orange-yellow walls that the owner would not be willing to do that. Looks like it finally got an offer that is going through after two months, though, thankfully. It really is difficult when sellers won't repaint (I also have a burnt-orange wall below the chair railing in my dining room, and as much as I love it, I know when we sell in a few years, it will have to go.) Going to write a blog post on the whole color issue next myself, thanks for this reminder!

Posted by Amy Bly, Styling Homes for Selling and Staying (Great Impressions Home Staging/Interiors) over 8 years ago

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