Many will think that poorly prepared listings are a rare case, but unfortunately I rarely see listing photos that couldn’t be improved.

Home sellers count on real estate professionals to advise them on how to sell their homes the quickest, for the least hassle, and for the most money. Some agents are afraid to:

  • hurt feelings or make their sellers uncomfortable,
  • don’t want to spend the time needed to fully explain what needs to be done to prepare the home for sale,
  • lack faith in the ability of their seller to improve the property,
  • are naive on the nuances of home selling psychology and marketing at it’s finest,
  • underestimate the power of photos in his market where 90% of home buyers are shopping for homes on the internet!

Gotta love this example from a fellow blogger:

Via Alan May, Coldwell Banker Evanston Realtor®, Evanston Real Estate (Evanston Condos, Evanston Homes, North Shore Homes):

How do you prepare a home for a quick sale? YES, this is a property currently for sale on our MLS.  When it popped up on my screen it actually made me “gasp”.

Most properties could benefit from a decluttering, or a stager… but this property… I think it may be beyond staging or decluttering.  I think this one may call for an Exorcism.cluttered rooms will not attract home buyers

There isn’t a surface that doesn’t have “something” hanging on it, or from it.  There isn’t an uncovered surface. It’s literally a cacophany of colour and junk.

I can’t believe that the agent listing this property allowed these photos to be taken, let alone published on the MLS.

Perhaps, in defense of the agent, the place looked much worse before the photos and the agent thinks that NOW it looks so much better… “You should have seen the junk that she got outta this house!”Listing photos are the key to attracting home buyers

Do you think these photos show the property to its best advantage?  Do you think it does the property a good service, and will help it sell?how to stage a room for sale?

Yikes!!  It makes me think that Linda Blair must live here. As you cross the threshold, the walls will begin bleeding and a disembodied voice will quietly cry… “Get out” (oh, wait… that was the Amityville Horror).

Oh, well… they’re both appropriate here. I think this is enough to make the average stager cry.


Selling your home?  If your photos aren’t fabulous be prepared to have a lower selling price or a very long wait in this real estate market!

Margaret Oscilia Home Stager Salem OregonMargaret Oscilia is a Professional Home Stager serving Salem Oregon and surround areas who specializing in helping home sellers maximize their equity when preparing to sell.  Moving or improving? Creative Concepts and Contracting has the expertise to showcase your home’s full potential, stretch your budget, and maximize your time.

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Wanting to improve home organization in 2010?

Wishing your closets and cupboards had more room?

Thinking of selling your home and wondering if you should remove clutter?

Today’s a great time to get started on these goals — take tiny steps and soon they can be accomplished.  Here’s a quick tip to get you started!

Putting away your new Christmas gifts?  This is a perfect and easy time to  remove older items and donate them.  Make it a game for you and your family and get some quick and easy decluttering done.  If you received six new items – what six things can you toss, donate or recycle?  Kids will more willingly make room for new toys and discard older ones too.

In with the new and out with the old! Make it fun, fast and best of all – you’re on your way to a better looking and feeling home!

Margaret Oscilia – Home Staging and Redesign Specialist  503-881-0886

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Want to improve the look and feel of a room? One of the quickest ways to improve a space is by removing cluttering.

When we help clients “declutter”, frequently they feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.  If you want to live a more organized life in 2010 or are planning to sell your home, here are a few decluttering ideas to get you started!

Start small – a bookcase, a shelf a drawer.  Don’t try to tackle an entire room or house in one day.  It’s much better to take this process in small steps on a regular basis than becoming overwhelmed and discouraged.

Remove everything from the space you are decluttering.  Before putting it back into the space ask yourself these questions:

  • Is it necessary or does it bring me joy?
  • Do I similar items that I like better?
  • Has it been used in the past year?
  • Could someone else benefit better from owning it?
  • Could this be used in another area of my home more efficiently?

As you sort these items put them in piles to:

  • Donate/give away
  • Put away elsewhere in the house
  • Sell (do you really have time to do sell it and is it really worth the effort?)
  • Garbage

Put the items to donate/give away in the car and take care of it the next time you go out.  Take the items to put away within the house and do it right away.  If selling – list it on craigslist, ebay, paperback swap today (if you don’t have time now you probably won’t later either so reconsider donating).

Take this kitchen for example.

It has lots of counter space, but the window and sink area are packed with cookbooks, plants and more.

The view from this window is beautiful, but buyers will notice the “things and clutter” – NOT the view!

For better organization and a sleek look when selling clear off the fridge!  Mingling reminders, calendars, art and notes isn’t effective!

After decluttering this space, it is more restful to the eye.

Here’s another example.

If you are planning to sell your home, storing things on the counter indicates to buyers that:

  • your home lacks storage
  • the kitchen cupboards are inadequate
  • the home owner is disorganized or sloppy

All these are negative messages you don’t want to portray!  Seeking a more organized lifestyle?  A counter full of items encourages more items to be placed on the counter — easily becoming an overwhelming and cluttered space

This decluttered home sold quickly — beating out dozens of competing properties! Whether creating a look you love or one that will be envied by others, decluttering is the first step to an organized and great looking home!

Margaret Oscilia | Home Staging and Redesign Specialist | Creative Concepts and Contracting
Cell 503-881-0886 

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Thinking about putting your home on the market?

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Do you think people will understand that you are getting ready to move and see past your “stuff”?

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We all live busy lives and when you’re getting ready to move its hard to keep things spotless

does it really make that much difference if there is a little clutter or things lying around?

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Will serious buyers be able to see the room sizes,

features and the beautiful amenities your home has to offer?

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Can’t they see the potential of this fabulous home that is so spacious?

Do you think it’s a waste 0f your time and money on to think about home staging?

Hoping that you can list your home “as is” and everything will be just fine??


With more homes on the market buyers can be choosy and most look first on the internet —

your home won’t even get a viewing appointment if it doesn’t look great in photos!

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Not only can buyers not look past your “stuff”, but they will remember it — and not your home!

If you are preparing your home for sale – remember that the first impression is the only impression!

These before photos were taken when we provided a staging consultation for a busy family who was preparing to move.

They were motivated and did everything we advised.  Home staging goes beyond cleaning and decluttering – our advice also addressed the important first impression, room flow, lighting and much much more!

When we returned a week later, we brought some decor items which they rented from our staging company.

Furniture was rearranged,

some art and decor added

and now the sparkling clean home was ready to list!

This specific home was in a subdivision with over 25 competing properties.

It sold in 26 days with an excellent offer.

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Home staging highlights the amenities and shows your home in a beautiful way!

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A professional home stager will provide you solid advice, furniture and decor rental and less stress in the process.

Home staging consultations,

color consultations,

model homes and

rental furniture, decor and art

— what is it that will help your home compete in a buyers market?

We’ve got some ideas for you!

Creative Concepts and Contracting to prepare to sell professionally and successfully!

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Nearly every home I visit has a stash of no longer used “valuables” — an old computer monitor, cameras, pdas, game consoles. These items were expensive when we purchased them, and even if no longer in use, it’s hard to give them away and finding someone to buy them may be challenging.
recycle electronics

Here’s a great option I just came across that I had to share! recycling electronicsCostco has partnered with Gazelle and is offering Costco cash for your unwanted:

* Cell Phones
* Digital Cameras
* MP3 Players
* Laptops
* PDAs
* GPS Devices
* Gaming Consoles
* Camcorders
* Video Games
* And More

Sounds easy . . enter what you would like to trade in and Gazelle lets you know the value. They send you a shipping box and pay for the postage. You get a Costco Cash Card and don’t send these items to a landfill! Sounds like a win-win to me! I’ll be checking out the value on my old pda . . . and a few other things we’ve got kicking around here as well. For more information or to give it a try check out the website here.

If you haven’t used it in a year do you really need it? Thinking about decluttering and finding it overwhelming? Creative Concepts and Contracting has great tips and ideas to make the process streamlined and effective. Whether you’re moving or improving, home staging can help you create the spaces you love!