Staging an owner occupied home for sale presents an obvious challenge: the people have to live there. Few homeowners can sustain “show-to-sell” condition for very long. Our professional consultation provided this couple, relocating back into Manhattan, a step-by-step plan of action to make their one bedroom apartment look clean, updated, de-cluttered and ready for the next owner’s toothbrush!
Master Bedroom. The enormous armoire had become the focal point of the room (not to mention all of the clutter on the night stands , the floor and under the bed).
We added a bedskirt (a great way to hide clutter under a bed!) and rearranged the furniture in the master to allow the tree-lined street to be the focal point of the bedroom and balance the weight of the furniture across both sides of the room.
Living Room. The living room was dripping with clutter and the seating arrangement did not make the space feel spacious and accommodating. Our plan included removing recognizable photos, organizing the shelves to show space and leaving the top of the bookcases bare to accentuate the ceiling height.
We offered a new furniture arrangement (which included removing one of the 2 area rugs). Wires were neatly tucked away. Electronic safely stored inside consoles. The result: a very welcoming space to watch TV or entertain guests.
Dining Area. In the dining area, there was bad lighting, poor furniture placement and a tablecloth. The problem with table cloths is how often they get cleaned, and the deep suspicion we all carry that that happens rarely, at best!
We gave 4 simple suggestions for this dining area overlooking the main living space:
- Remove tablecloth
- Remove rug
- Change light fixture
- Move the table away from the railing to show rooms for chairs all the way around the table
The net result? An accepted offer on this property – 7 per cent above ask – one week after listing.
We love those numbers at Amazing Space NYC. Call 917-428-3965 to see what we can do for your owner occupied listing!