Home owner occupied staging
Many people think that staging your home means taking everything out, and replacing it with rental furniture and accessories brought in by a designer. This sounds overwhelming, expensive and very time consuming. That’s why at twig DECOR we have a different approach. We work with what you own first and foremost. We pack up stuff that doesn’t work in your home, giving you a head start on the packing process and add small pieces to give your home an overall beautiful look that will make buyers fall in love at first sight.
We meet with the homeowner and go through each room in the home talking about changes that would benefit the sale of their home. To most sellers, dealing with the thought of making so many changes and finding the time to get their home ready to hit the market is very stressful. This is where I come in. I can either work side by side with the homeowner to accomplish everything we need to get done or I can just do everything myself with my team. This process is fast and I move quickly. Most homes can be completed in less than 30 hours. During the first meeting which lasts between 30 minutes to an hour I find out the following information:
- What items in your home do you love the most? This helps me determine your individual style. This is important because anything I add to the home, I want the homeowner to love and feel comfortable living with until they move and hopefully they will like the new items so much, they incorporate them into the decor of their new home if they decide to purchase them from me.
- How much time do we have until the pictures will be taken? The house must be “market ready” before the professional real estate pictures are taken for marketing. This is very important. My motto is we start with the large obvious areas and as time permits we move towards cleaning and organizing drawers and cabinets.
- Special considerations? Every family has a unique situation and I am always willing to work within each family’s needs. Such as, if you have a child on the spectrum and they need their room situated in a specific way, I won’t change the furniture placement if it would upset the child. Does anyone in the home have sensory issues? My husband and oldest daughter hate the feel of velvet and would go crazy if someone put a velvet pillow on our couch, so I don’t. Is someone obsessive compulsive and needs certain items in specific places or it will cause them anxiety? These things are important to learn about each family, so each member can feel comfortable in their home. I am always trying to alleviate the stress in making big changes in any way possible. Selling a home is very stressful and I try to help reduce the anxiety of the process.
- What is our budget? How much do you need to spend to make your home appeal to every potential buyer who walks through the door? We will figure out this number based the current state of your home and how much time I estimate it will take me to declutter and organize. You pay me $45 an hour to declutter, pack up, organize, and rearrange furniture, etc. Then after this is all completed I “stage” your home with items from my inventory. I work with the existing furniture as much as possible. Usually I only need to add accessories, plants, mirrors, art, pillows, bedding, or small pieces of furniture to make your home “market ready”. For this process I will charge you a specific fee based on the items I use. I will give you an estimate before proceeding with the step.
After I find out the above information, I take pictures of every space in the home. Most clients know after spending 30 minutes with me if they want my help or not. If you decide to hire me I will give you an estimate for goods purchased and take a deposit for the purchases I plan on making. So this is how my fees work:
FEES: I charge $65 an hour for myself. If I need to hire help with moving furniture during this phase, I will charge $85 -$350 depending on what we are moving. I will always tell you this in advance and we will discuss exactly how much I will be charging you before I just go ahead and hire additional help.
HIRING ME: When you hire me I will ask you to sign a contract and give me a cash/check/credit card/electronic transfer as a deposit for my services. The remaining balance is due upon completion of the job. I accept all major credit cards.
After you give me a deposit, we will then set an appointment for when I can get to work. When you see me next I will show up with packing boxes, paper and tape. Day 1 is always about decluttering and what a better way to get ready for selling your home than to start boxing up stuff you don’t need? To learn about my decluttering process keep reading here:
Here are a few before and after photos.
This is a kitchen nook in a very beautiful home occupied by 2 small boys and their parents. The family is very clean, which is why they have the plastic mats under the spaces where the boys eat. They have never updated the table because the boys spend lots of time coloring at the table so why ruin a beautiful table? The toile bench cover came with the house and is not the homeowners style but she never bothered to get another one made because once again the boys sit, spill and color in that area. The chairs are cheap IKEA chairs but are safe for the boys. So how did I make this unattractive yet functionable space look great on a budget with not much time. Note, this was a 3800 square foot home, I had only 4 days and each room needed something so I had to work fast.
And the after! I replaced the white table with an inexpensive black table from IKEA along with a matching bench. The bench is longer than the table so it balances the proportions of the built-in bench. I took away the end chairs and replaced them with IKEA stools to make the space look larger. I covered up the toile bench with inexpensive bright pillows, added a runner, 2 colored orchids and a bowl I found in the homeowners cabinet. I will look through you cabinets looking for accessories before I go out and buy something. I like to use what you have on hand. And last but not least, I removed the plastic mats and markers and put them in a nearby cabinet so Mom could use them for the boys when she wasn’t showing the house.
This is a formal living room are which was painted a cooler palette than the rest of the home. Note, I took this initial picture with my iphone and the second image is from the professional, which is why the lighter is so much better. As you can see they have a beautiful rug and a good couch but the coffee table doesn’t match the decor. The white leather couch doesn’t really go with the warm-toned side chairs so I had to figure out a way of bring the cool and warm tones together. We didn’t have the money to buy another coffee table so I made it work. Here is the result:
Pretty dramatic difference. In this space I moved the white leather couch, so it was facing the fireplace. I draped a super soft gray throw blanket over the back of the couch to soften the white leather look. I kept the coffee table and just added a few updated accessories. The candles and flower vase belonged to the homeowner, I just took them from another space. The lamp on the side table was also from another room in their home. I added the pillows, took everything off the mantle and cleared away all the clutter. I spent $150 in goods making the transformation of this room. This is the first room a buyer sees when they enter the home and now it looks like a place they would like to sit down and relax in.
In these bookshelves the homeowner has personal pictures, books, accessories, a plant and lots of different items.
I removed everything from these shelves, found the books that bindings matched the decor and simplified everything. Now when a potential buyer looks at these shelves they see order, cohesion and extra space. There is no chaos, it is now pleasing to the eye. To see more before and after photos, click here.
If you are interested in working with twig DECOR, please contact me at:
firstname.lastname@example.org/ 949 422-7877