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Kids are "King", but Queens get more respect...

When touring the average bedroom, do you ever hear a potential buyer say, "I wonder if we could get a twin bed or crib in here?"  Probably not.  Sometimes you have to literally show the potential of the space at it's maximum value...particularly when the bedroom may be on the "small" side or have some particularly awkward layout that might prohibit the buyer from "seeing" otherwise.  I often take this approach when staging vacant properties and starting from scratch.  Don't get me wrong.  Staged "Kids rooms"  can add great value and whimsy where applicable.  We've done plenty with great effect!  On the other hand, those kids are going to grow up someday and want to ditch the twin bed for something more adult.  Why not help that future vision by showing them, "this is a house you can grow into comfortably"!   

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Comment balloon 83 commentsDavid Ames • September 08 2010 04:03PM


Let me be the first one to say "WOW."  I love your stagings, David. In these photos, I especially like your bedding (minus the bed pillows) in the first shot. Classy look.  And love how you placed two bed pillows laying down and the other two up.  It's these small details that truly make a difference. 

And you're right, allowing the buyers to envision living in a grown-up world is important.

Congratulations. Your home staging is being featured in the group Staging Before & After Pictures.


Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager ( over 7 years ago

Nice title.........

Is that Queen Elizabeth's coronation in the photo on the wall?    Just wondering how Queenly we were getting with this blog <G>!

Well, you've made your bed, now go lay in it......oops, you sold it!

Posted by Alicia Barrington, Houston Home Staging Presents Alicia Barrington (THE ORIGINAL HOUSTON HOME STAGING) over 7 years ago

Thanks Kathy.  I like your line: "living in a grown up world".  Could be a great title for another blog. 

Good eye there, Mr. S. (LOL)... Sorry to disappoint, but it's just a mannequin wearing a wedding dress.  (note to self: must frame a picture of QE for next stage). 

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

David- Love the Title, and love your Staging.  You're right, "kid's" rooms can add whimsy but it's nice to show that the room can "grow" along with the child.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 7 years ago

Beautiful bedrooms! Gives me some great ideas.

Posted by Linda Thompson (Selling By Design-Staging) over 7 years ago

I totally agree. Guest room looks more sophisticated. What are those 3 pieces that make headboard? First Ithought that you painted framed canvases but not sure.

Posted by Anna Dovger, Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX (Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607) over 7 years ago

Thank you, Kathy.

Linda, that's always good to hear.

Anna, they're 3/8" plywood squares that were stained and polyurethaned.  We made "nine" total to be used in all kinds of configurations...sometimes as linear art (architecturally speaking).

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

Anna...Here's an example of where we used them to fill in a large blank wall and add linear perspective in a subterranean family room setting (without turning it into an art gallery, which would have been fine, too).

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

Your work is always beautiful David. Love the lime green bedding. Thanks for sharing about the Plywood Squares. Did you sand them to make them smooth? What about the edges? They don't look rough and like plywood at all!

Posted by Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M (Rooms With Style) over 7 years ago

Looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing. You are sooo creative!

Posted by Anna Dovger, Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX (Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607) over 7 years ago

Sanded, caressed, and loved!  ;-)

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

David - I totally agree with you on this topic. As much as it would be cute to do a really done up kids room (we have done that and have seen it done to extremes) staging is all about creating broad appeal. Staging second and third bedrooms as grown up areas not only gives parents the right impression about how much room the kids have to grow into, it also impresses parents with older kids who want some separate teenage spaces.


Posted by Heather Cook, Quality Home Staging (Rooms in Bloom Staging & Design Inc.) over 7 years ago

Gorgeous bedding and I just love the pillows David! You inflated the spaces incredibly!!

Posted by Cathy Lee, ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA (CL Design Services Home Staging) over 7 years ago

David - Let me be the 14th person to say 'WOW'!  Ok, now I'm being serious here - you need to write a staging/home decor ideas book, and include all your diy projects and artwork.  How great would that be?  A published Realtor®/Designer.  Then give me the first autographed copy! Also give copies to all your home buying/selling clients.

Love, love the bedding with the black accents, gold cushions and (no doubt) original gold artwork.  I agree, I would err on the side of older, sophisticated, rather than younger child's room.  You never know, the new buyer may not have kids and would prefer to use the extra room as a guest room or office.  Great work!

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) over 7 years ago

Uh huh,  a mannequin in a wedding dress......sure, not difficult to believe.  Or, you could have tried:  "I went to an all boys school, and when performing Shakespeare (because of a lack of females) the males played the female roles,  and this is a picture of me as Lady MacBeth".    

I'm sure that it is a mannquin in a wedding dress... yes, I'm sure it is! 

Posted by Alicia Barrington, Houston Home Staging Presents Alicia Barrington (THE ORIGINAL HOUSTON HOME STAGING) over 7 years ago

David...I am with Sally. You need to write a book or have a TV show or something...Your work is absolutely exceptional!! Love the clever the beds. Those plywood panels ROCK!!!

You continually inspire me to push myself further and further...Thanks for sharing your experience and wisdom!

Your reign has now begun as I crown you "King of the Staging Rain!"

(Come on gave me "Green Machine" you deserve at least this much..LOL)

Posted by Valerie Sagheddu, ~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA (Apostle Art Home Staging & Design) over 7 years ago

Fabulous work, David!  I guess after I get my house decluttered and painted in the colors of 2011 as I prepare to downsize, I will have to go out and buy all new linens.  Sigh . . .

Posted by Mary-kay Canfield and Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in The Villages and Summerfield FL (REMAX Premier Realty - The Villages) over 7 years ago

Great work David- rooms look amazing!

Posted by Anonymous over 7 years ago

Dittos on what Sally and Valerie said!  Excellent point, though, David.  Now I'm reconsidering Staging a bedroom with a twin bed...I could use a blow-up.  Thanks, Julie

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) over 7 years ago

Loved the bedroom transformations and the stained/sanded plywood panels as well! Also, you gave me a great idea I hadn't thought of with the small area rug in the first bedroom placed horizontally under the foot of the bed -- that would have looked great in an apartment I just staged. :>} Next time! 

Looks like you are lucky you get to do vacant stagings and/or bring in a lot of your own furniture -- my stagings are always occupieds or using what's there (to date, since I started my staging business in Jan. anyway). I'm dying to get my hands on a vacant property one of these days!

Great job!

Posted by Amy Bly over 7 years ago

Excellent point! This just proves that a picture is worth 1000 words. 

Posted by Gayle Barton, Forsyth County Real Estate, Cumming GA Homes For Sale (404) 710-0204 (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY Georgia Properties) over 7 years ago

you rock at home staging.....I fought my wife on doing it for a while b/c of the price, BUT, it is SO SO worth it....I was SHOCKED at what a difference it makes.

Bottom Line - pay the money for staging and get your home sold for top dollar...period.


Posted by Ben Benita, Short Sale Negotiator, Author ( over 7 years ago

Your work is impeccable...curious if you can share how much it cost, what did you bring in, what did you repurpose from the homeowner...



Posted by Annie Holdreith (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International/Manhasset, New York) over 7 years ago

Did someone say staging is not important...take a look at those photos.  They are excellent and your work and creativity shine through.

Posted by Simon Mills (Mills Realty) over 7 years ago

I wish staging were the norm in our area.  It is impossible to get most seller's to do it themselves let alone pay a professional!  It does not matter how many thousands of dollars we tell them they are leaving on the table by neglecting this very important step!  You show case the why this should be done very well.

Posted by Kimberly Brandon, Broker/Owner (Smart Moves Real Estate) over 7 years ago

What a transformation! I say if you have the room, use it!

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA (Safe Haven Realty) over 7 years ago

Good staging idea! You're right, no one asks if a crib will fit in the room!

Posted by Lynn Cromer (ReMax Advance Realty) over 7 years ago

Great post.  I had not considered the difference it makes until seeing the before and after shots.

Posted by Mike Weber, 40+ years in Northern Colorado (Keller Williams Realty Northern Colorado) over 7 years ago

David:  Beautiful, beautiful rooms!  I was holding an open house once and the furniture placement in the family room made the room feel small and awkward ("Where would we put our TV?").  My sister and I picked up and moved furniture to make for a more family friendly / everyday use layout and the potential buyers loved it.  We all have to remember that a family may someday live there so the space has to show it's not only beautiful but functional.  Carrie

Posted by Carrie Sampron, ABR SFR & Kathy Sampron (303) 931-3629 Highlands R (Home Smart Realty Group) over 7 years ago


 Are you a stager? Or a Realtor where staging is a hobby? I am not criticizing or being sarcastic I am just curious.

Posted by Robert Amato (Bob Amato of Empire Home Mortgage Inc) over 7 years ago

Wow what a great example of what a good stager can do for a home.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 7 years ago

It always amazes me just how often potential buyers say "my bed wont fit in here" when viewing an empty bedroom.  It's only when they actually see the bed that they realize the room is fine.

That's why we need stagers...great work David!

Posted by Alan M. & Associates ( (RE/MAX Crest Realty - Vancouver, BC Canada) over 7 years ago

Beautiful photos - and a sound idea. Kids do grow quickly!

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 7 years ago

David, love the AFTER bedrooms.  Only once did I use a twin but your point is well taken.  Love looking at your photos to see examples of where design is're so "fashion forward" with your stagings.  You really need to do Design Star!

Posted by Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging (Certified Staging Professional) over 7 years ago

Broad appeal...that's it exactly, Heather.

Thanks again, Kathy. :-)

Sally and Valerie ~ It goes without saying that your comments force me to take a "deflation" injection after reading them!  (Feeling a little like Violet Beauregarde, but with a big head to match).  How about a collaborative piece?  Tips, Tricks, and Templates surrounded by anecdotes and various bites of wisdom from all my stager friends?  ;-)

Julie ~ You're refering to a mattress, right? (baddump bump)!


Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

This is a brilliant idea!  If you had simply said it without the photos, it wouldn't have made such an impact, but this is amazing.  This is a point I won't forget :)

Posted by Leigh Ann Holman, REALTOR - Century 21, River Valley, Arkansas (479)774-5166 (Leigh Ann Holman - Century 21 Glover Town & Country) over 7 years ago

LOL, thanks Chris...don't despair.  (And don't forget your BB&B coupon)!

You will, Amy!  Vacant stagings are fun, (whether you rent or own your own stock), because you're in complete control on some level. It's all in the details once you've found the right basics/foundation.

Gayle ~ So true.

Thanks, Ben.  All the stagers here will love your last comment!  Three cheers to that statement.

Annie, just so there's no confusion, each of the scenarios above were from 3 different installations.  All were vacant.  The last one (on the bottom) did leave a few items for me to use: The armoir you see in the photo, plus a secretary desk and a dining room set).  Example: The top photo was a 3 bdr. flat + office = $6,120 (applying our standard 60 day contract).  Hope that helps...

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

LOL (again), Tom.  As a matter of fact, I DID go to an all boys catholic high school (and I'm not even Catholic)...

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

You're too kind, Simon.  Thanks.

If it isn't yet, Kimberly, it will be in time.  Once it takes hold, there's no stopping it.  Trust me.

Absolutely, Cynthia.  (BTW...noticed you're up in Sonoma, Hi neighbor!) love your profile segment that touches the topic on Senior, and very interesting.  Would love to hear more.

Lynn & Robin ~ I haven't heard it yet, and I've been doing this a long time.

Pass it along to your clients, Mike!

Carrie ~ Sounds like you performed a little staging magic of your own.  Good job, and congrats!



Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

Hi David,  Great post and accompanying pics.  A great stager and a wide angle lens make a terrific result !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 7 years ago

Such gorgeous rooms. Your work is impeccable!!

Posted by Heather Tawes Nelson, Associate Broker, ABR, CLHMS, CRS - Scottsdale, AZ (Realty ONE Group) over 7 years ago

Hi Robert.  I'm a Realtor first...the staging business evolved over time (almost accidentally).  We recently sold the business last month (after an approximately 7 year run) because wearing "two hats" was becoming a little overwhelming.  The stager we sold to, took over the warehouse and all the inventory.  Now I will have a personal staging 'go-to' guy without having to manage the whole process. 

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

Thank you Gene and Alan. The staging community thanks you, too!  It's a visual world for the most part.  Sometimes we just gotta show them.

That they do, Marte.

Thanks for the ego inflation, Ginger.  Quite honestly, I'm surrounded by some amazing talent in this town, so I'm continually inspired by creative and imaginative people every day.  We all learn from each other, right?! 

Awesome, Leigh...take it, and work it!'re right, sometimes a wide angle lens can help, (as long as it doesn't overly distort the perception of the space).  Nothing worse, in my opinion, than a buyer coming to view the home only to find out that it seems significantly smaller compared to the online photos.

Why, thank you, Heather!


Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

Great title for this blog post David!  It really caught my attention :-).  It's SO true that buyers will wonder if a room will fit their bedroom furniture if it's empty.  Your staging is fantastic.  Love your choice of bedding. 

Posted by Charlene Storozuk, Home Stager - Burlington Ontario (Dezigner Digz) over 7 years ago

Many have chimmed in but as I tell my daughter when she says "Your right Mom"'d think I would tire of hearing it...but yet I never do!!  So I will hope your not tired of hearing how great these look!!!!!!

All kidding aside....the bedrooms look FABULOUS....I too love the way you made up the beds.  Will assume these were vacant stagings so they continued to look GREAT for the duration of the listing!  GREAT details with the staging!

Posted by Kathy Burke, S.F. East Bay Home Staging (Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA) over 7 years ago

Great post! You do some fantastic work on homes, great job.

You are VERY right, Queens do get more respect :)

Posted by Andrew Stutz (Rock Solid Real Estate Co.) over 7 years ago

Thanks, Charlene...I feel a little guilty that the title didn't lead to something more "spicey"

OK, Kathy, you're right, we never get tired of hearing it.  When your daughter tells you "you're right, Mom", now THAT'S something!!

Thank you, Andrew.  :-)

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

Your staging helps the buyers understand the possibilities so much better than empty rooms might.  This should help bring in the best offers from the buyers who can see the various options.  Great Work!

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) over 7 years ago

Looks alot more dramatic and gives the optimum effect of space you are looking for. Heck, almost any room can take a crib right?  Good post.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 7 years ago

Woah, those before and after shots are striking... I can hardly believe they're the same rooms!

Posted by Torgie Madison, Websites and Contact Management (Quicksilver Real Estate Solutions, LLC) over 7 years ago

Great ideas and great post. Thanks!

Patricia/Seacoast NH

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 7 years ago

David, excellent visual example! Love your work!

I always get asked, if a king size bedroom will fit in the room (bed and night stands). It usually helps if there's a queen bed in the room. Then you can see that twin will def. fit, and king probably will, too... 

Posted by Anna Tolstoy (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Beautiful job staging, I am sure this made a huge difference in the price the seller got for the house.

Posted by Christa Ross, Helping you buy and sell Pittsburgh's Best Homes (RE/MAX Select Realty - REALTOR and Green Homes Specialist) over 7 years ago

Looks great. The furniture really helps to show the true size of the rooms. Obviously this is very beneficial for potential buyers. Thank you.

Posted by Scott Baker, Realtor Homes for Sale in Cincinnati, West Chester, Mason, OH Area ( Coldwell Banker West Shell) over 7 years ago

Wow, very nice use of space, and color. I like the way to integrated it into a post for Realtors about space and responses.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 7 years ago

Thanks Steven, (and it did work!)

Right, Lyn...and no TV in these rooms (wink).

Neither could the sellers, Torgie.  ;-)

You're welcome, Patricia...and thank you.

Anna, tha question comes up a lot here as well.  Since California Kings are only 6 inches wider on each side and 4 inches deeper, it's pretty easy to determine whether or not it will fit.  (Regular Kings are 7 inches wider on each side, but they have the same depth as a Queen)

Thanks Christa, and yes...they did!  Here are the stats: The first (3 bd, 2ba condo/flat) was listed for $1,095,000, ratified in 9 days (at the asking price) and closed escrow in 34 days.  The second (2 bd + office, 2 ba condo) was listed for $695,000 and closed escrow in 30 days at asking. The third (3 bd, 1 ba SFR) was listed for $849,000, closed escrow in 16 days (all cash) for $975,000.

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

Thanks Scott...and obviously for sellers as well!  ;-) 

I can't help it, Missy, I've worn "2" hats for so long!  Thanks for coming in and taking a look.

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

Hey David, what smart looking bedding while showing the true potential of the space. Your photos speak louder than words, spot on!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch, Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal (Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio) over 7 years ago

Another "WOW!" Your pictures tell a compelling story, David. Definitely makes sense to stage bedrooms as adult spaces. I'm a believer.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) over 7 years ago

Thanks, Cynthia!  I can't believe I missed your Blog post on "teamwork"...awesome write up there!  If I put my home on the market, I too would have someone else come over to help me "edit"/change where neccessary.  A second pair of eyes (even when you're in the business) is crucial to catch what you otherwise might not "see". 

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

I'll bet you see a lot of that on the Peninsula, as well, Lottie!  When the property is vacant, it makes that scenario that much easier to attain.

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

Lordy lordy, those are some awesome pictures!  Makes me want to live there!  Do you have any more pictures to share?  I want to see MORE!!!

Posted by Melissa Brown, Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale (Helen Adams Realty) over 7 years ago

Great Job David, the difference is huge. Love the contemporary clean look. Thanks for sharing

Posted by Ina Bylyku, MBA (All Nations Victoria Gardens) over 7 years ago

Hi David -- You do amazing work!  The befores make me want to run while the afters evoke calm, serenity and are so inviting, it makes a HUGE difference! :)

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 7 years ago

This is a great way to show that a picture is worth 1000 words.  It shows your point so well.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 7 years ago

The redone rooms are WOW -- very nice job -- all the best.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 7 years ago

I actually do, Melissa, but I may save them for another "before & after" blog coming soon.  Stay tuned.  ;-)

Ina and Chris ~ thank you, and thank you.  :) Leigh said earlier, without the photos, it wouldn't have had the same impact.

Bob & Carolin ~ I thank you, too.

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago crack me up!! Willy Wonka is my all time favorite movie ever : )

I was going to ask you how your head was doing lately.

Warning...AR could be dangerous to your health...and your ego...LOL!! Well deserved my friend!

Posted by Valerie Sagheddu, ~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA (Apostle Art Home Staging & Design) over 7 years ago


These are dramatic examples of what the proper staging can do to help a home sale. These before and after photos are like day and night.

Sellers need to take this information to heart - it can make all the difference in getting their homes sold.


Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) over 7 years ago

Great post! Kudos for you as the smart Realtor!

Posted by Deb Harshman, REALTOR & ASPMaster Stager, The Selling Advantage (Long and Foster Real Estate & Owner of Staged Home Decor) over 7 years ago

David, it is easy to visualize a rooms purpose, but often difficult to visualize furniture sizes. Great job and nice photos. A very good case for staging a home.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 7 years ago

Terrific idea! It takes hard work and real professionalism to go this extra mile. Great job!

Posted by Kathy Smiley, Westlake Village, CA - "Making YOU Smile!" (Rodeo Realty ~ Fine Estates Westlake Village) over 7 years ago

Morning, Val! No worries...I'm staying off the everlasting gobbstoppers. ;-)

You're right, Claudette.  It CAN make all the difference, (and often does).  p.s.(you might enjoy an earlier blog I did on painted paneling...VERY dramatic.  It may takes some scrolling back, but not too far).  :-)

Thanks Deborah, you're too kind.

Thanks Michael.  So true on most "modern" dwellings.  I'll take that one step further...Many of the Victorians out here with their original floor-plans have rooms that don't make sense in today's living scenario (I mean, who needs a "fainting" room anymore? friend Tom Scanlon might, but that's another story).  I often have to show a purpose (or at least one good one) for these rooms to make them work.

Thank you, Kathy.  (it's a good thing I actually enjoy doing it).


Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

Great job David.  Thanks for sharing this wonderful tip.  The before and after pics are amazing.

Posted by Allen Shipman (Shipman Partners) over 7 years ago're welcome, and thank you.

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

Beautiful staging!  The value added with those layouts should make all your sellers very happy.

Posted by Kim Bartells, Result Driven Real Estat - Marketing Expert (TC Business Management, LLC - over 7 years ago

These rooms are beautiful and I totally agree staging the rooms for adults is the way to go!!

Posted by Cindy Garruba (North Fork Home Staged to Sell) over 7 years ago

They were definitely happy.  Thanks Kim.

Whenever possible, Cindy!

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago


You have great staging style...  as you proved in these gorgeous rooms that you staged.  Congratulations on the quick sale of all three homes, it's no wonder why.  Staging really is creating a lifestyle that buyers find irresistible as you have shown us here!!! 

Posted by Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager (Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging) over 7 years ago

Hi Linda...thank you , and thanks for popping in to look!  I admit, creating the "lifestyle" makes the work fun and less formulaic.

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

David - I love seeing the comparisons of space usage.  When I bought my own home, it was so cluttered, and in such disarray, I had to visit 4 times before I made an offer.  And I'm in the business. 

I had so much difficulty divorcing myself from the seller's stuff that I couldn't see it working for me - even though I knew the floor plan well.  Finally, I waited for the sellers to go to work, so I wouldn't have the distraction of their talking.  I used the lockbox to let myself in one last time.  I moved all the books and magazines piled on the couch, and made myself a space to sit down with a piece of graph paper, and literally penciled in my own furnishing on the paper.  I made a list of things I'd need to do before I moved in.  That orange shag carpet was #1 on the list.   Some sellers don't realize how important it is to clear out rooms, and make them show to their highest and best use.  Your illustrations do that so well.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 7 years ago

Isn't that interesting, Myrl?  Sometimes even I have a hard time navigating the clutter in these situations.  If WE can't see it, then that says it all right there.  Are you listening, Sellers?  ;-)

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago
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