How One Young Family Got a Quick Sale and a
Good Price for Their Large Condo

A large condo can be difficult to sell, especially when it's surrounded by other similar homes on the market. This is the story of one young couple who made a serious commitment to staging and their amazing results.

Dan and Lisa's Story

Dan and Lisa and their two small children lived in a beautiful large condo with soaring ceilings and open rooms. The problem was that the kids were getting older and there was nowhere for them to play in this bustling community. It was time for a real house with a yard, grass, and a place to ride their bikes.

When I first saw their home, I wondered if they would be able to pull it off. They had only three weeks to get ready and their home reflected their lifestyle, busy! Their commitment to staging, however, was unwavering. And their attention to detail produced some dramatic results.

Living Room Before


Living Room After

What Happened in this Room?

  • TV, toys, large neutral play rug and bookshelf were moved out

  • A console from another area of the house is a "dressier" look for the niche

  • A mirror over the console fills the space and provides some nice reflections of artwork in other areas of the house

  • Sofa was moved out, and a smaller loveseat was pulled closer to the fireplace to show it off

  • A pretty striped rug brings in some color, along with the new red pillows

  • A side table and two chairs from the dining room complete a conversation area without blocking access to the room (see why this is important in arranging furniture )

  • Shades are pulled open and all set at the same level to let in light and show off the windows

Kitchen Area Before


Kitchen Area After

What Happened in this Room?

  • All the toys were packed, and everything was cleaned off the counters

  • An adjoining area that also contained bookshelves and toys was turned into an office with one large picture adding color to the wall

  • Staging the kitchen with some greenery on top of the cabinets and a tall floral in the corner of the peninsula shows just how spacious, and special this area of the house is


Dining Room Before



Dining Room After

What Happened in this Room?

  • To make the room feel bigger, everything was moved out except the table and two dining chairs (the other two created a sitting area in the living room)

  • Two colorful pictures fill the large wall space and echo the red in the living room

  • A silk tree fills a tall empty corner

  • Table is set ( staging a dining room ) with pretty placemats, dishes, and flowers to invite the buyer to imagine themselves enjoying a meal in their new home

Master Bedroom Before


Master Bedroom After

What Happened in this Room?

  • All the clutter was removed

  • New bedding (which they will be able to enjoy in their new home) dresses the bed

  • A large piece of artwork fills the empty wall above the headboard

  • Larger matching lamps fit the space better

  • Side chair was moved to an empty corner to create a cozy place to read and to allow access to the windows

  • Coordinating throw pillows pull the look together to create an inviting master bedroom (more tips for staging a bedroom)

Dan and Lisa were willing to work hard and to spend a little money (on items they can enjoy in their new home) to show the buyer just how special this large condo is.

The Outcome?

This large condo was under contract, with a solid offer, in two and a half weeks. In spite of a soft economy, with lots of similar condos in the area on the market.

It pays to outshine the competition.

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