Staging, DeCluttering, Makes Quick Sell above Market Price

Due to a family death, a client had one week to prepare a Tennessee home for Open House and Auction.  Quick decisions allowed us to clear out all the personal items in the home-photographs of family, trophies, awards.  Furniture was removed from every room allowing each area to seem larger.  Dated window treatments were either replaced with inexpensive blinds or removed completely.

BEFORE Living Room

AFTER Living Room – tables along walls removed and sofas pushed back to give more room in center of floor.BEFORE Dining Room



AFTER Dining Room – oversized china cabinet removed, guests can easily walk around table now. Fresh flowers are an added touch for the open house.

AFTER Kitchen – Dated window treatments removed and counters cleared of clutter.BEFORE Master BedroomBEFORE – Master Bedroom


AFTER Master Bedroom – Twelve small frames replaced by one framed print, two oversized chairs removed opening more space.

BEFORE Master Bedroom


The owners were chain smokers and by adding Glad Plug-in in each room and adding fabric softener sheets to the cold air returns the smoke smell was almost unnoticeable.  Fresh flowers the day of the open house presented a totally new home that sold that day for $15,000 over the market estimate.

This is the only time I will reveal a client’s identity…it was me.  I have worked with clients for 12 years as they experienced what life and death brought.  Now I know first hand what clients experience when loved ones pass.  My brother passed 4 years ago and his wife joined him last spring.  I know many thought I was moving too fast.  I did keep some items that were special to them, but also allowed their friends to come by and choose their momentos.  It is just “stuff”, but allow yourself to cry and enjoy the opportunity to revisit memories of a lifetime.

BEFORE – Man’s Room

AFTER – Man’s Room – while the room was perfect for my brother, an avid hunter and fisherman, I knew that this small room needed to grow as it was also the second bedroom. The walls cleared and only desk and computer desk remained.

I did move faster than most because I live in Los Angeles and had limited time in Tennessee to get the work done.  But the home was not on the market for a day, and sold at auction by Sam Furrow and my realtor Tom Pettitt of Realty Executives.

Now I am able to move on, enjoy the momentos kept, and not be cluttered with things that just do not mean anything to me.  If you find yourself in the same situation, go at your own pace, but try to make quick decisions.

Staging can take place by just packing and putting extra items into storage.  But remember this is a great time to really deal with extra clutter for good.

If your home needs staging and you just don’t know how to start….Get It Together LA!

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