• Debbie DeMarais

Before and After Images That Capture the Power of Home Staging

I could probably write a book about the power of home staging—if I only had the time. Since I don’t, I decided to gather some impressive before and after imagery from my years as a pro home stager.


Some are vacant staging projects, where the homeowners have already moved out. Others are recently completed new construction (i.e. model homes, or show homes). I’m tasked with creating interest in an empty home. With furnishings and décor arranged to complement and expand the space, suddenly the rooms spark the imagination. Even more importantly, staged rooms slow a buyer down. Whether walking through or scrolling online, the arranged space draws attention, adding those critical extra moments of consideration that lead to offers.


In occupied staging projects, the homeowners still live in the home. It’s my job to ensure that the home is arranged for maximum appeal to the buyers. I do that in two main ways: decluttering and depersonalizing. Decluttering opens up the space enhancing the flow and scale of the home. Depersonalizing helps a buyer imagine themselves living in the home, creating their own memories in a fresh and clean space.


Take a look at the comparisons to see the transformations. Then let me know which ones I should include in that book I’ll write…someday.



Vacant Home Staging Comparisons


Empty historic Santa Fe home living room, with corner kiva fireplace and plaster walls

BEFORE

Historic living room in Santa Fe home with modern furnishings and a lit corver kiva fireplace

AFTER

 

Vacant open floor plan of newly constructed home with slate accent wall and wood kitchen cabinets

BEFORE

Staged model home open floor plan including dining, living, and kitchen spaces with mountain view

AFTER (Image courtesy of Luis Castillo of Lucreative Agency)

 

Large vacant formal dining room with plaster walls, fireplace, and traditional New Mexcio banco seating

BEFORE

Furnished living room in luxury Santa Fe, NM home with fireplace and banco seating

AFTER (Image courtesy Marshall Elias Photography)

 

Vacant open concept floor plan with tile floor, corner kiva fireplace, and wooden ceiling

BEFORE

Open floor plan home in New Mexico with contemporary furnishings, corner kiva fireplace, and wooden ceiling

AFTER (Image courtesy Jonathan Tercero of Narrative Media)



Occupied Home Staging Comparisons


Cluttered living room and dining room in Santa Fe family home

BEFORE

Furnished dining room and dining room in Santa Fe home with view to kitchen over counter seating

AFTER

 

Historic family home in Tesuque Village, NM with vintage furnishings and traditional wooden ceiling

BEFORE

Historic living room in southwest style house that includes corbels and traditional wood ceiling design

AFTER (Image courtesy Marshall Elias Photography)

 

Cluttered sunroom hallway with brick floor, house plants, and wooden ceiling

BEFORE

Sunny hallway in southwest style home with brick floor, picture windows, and tounge-and-groove wooden ceiling

AFTER


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