• No Offers – Then Staged & SOLD In Just Two Days


    Seattle real estate market is HOT!

    The combination of Seattle’s job growth and a record low inventory has turned the Seattle real estate market into a seller’s market. This is a solid fact.

    We are seeing houses sell for more than their asking market price after receiving multiple offers. Homebuyers are prepared, preapproved and many are willing to buy their dream homes without even inspections.Read more

  • All Year Around Garden & Curb Appeal

    Just because it may be wet and cold outside, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have outside focal points and interest in your gardens.  Nor does it mean that you can’t achieve an attractive curb appeal. It’s easy to have a year round garden here in Northwest. There are many steps that you can take and there are an abundance of plants and shrubs that you can choose from to brighten up your winter gardens whether you are selling your home or staying put. 

    Here are a few simple and quick tips that can help to add interest to your winter gardens and liven up your curb appeal during these dark and cold months:

    • First of all and most importantly, don’t forget the power of mixing and layering different evergreen plants. I’ve applied this same approach for my own garden and the result is quite dynamic. These plants usually come in different shades of green and a collection of them are always refreshing and beautiful. Also, when you are buying plants, keep in mind how they look in the fall. Some bear beautiful berries or their leaves or bark may take on fall colors such as some Dogwood trees 

    winter gardens for homes for sale

    • Winter Daphne shrubs are some of my most favorite shrubs. They are evergreen and during the winter months they bloom and the scent is heavenly. Their leaves can be variegated and are beautiful year round.
    Tips on winter curb appeal for homes for sale
    Winter Daphne is not only beautiful but the scent is heavenly.
    • Hardy Cyclamen are wonderful perennials and so easy to take care of.  When all the flowers are dying out and little else is growing, these small precious flowers bloom and add soft colors that brighten up the garden. They love the cold and snow. I like the fact that they easily multiply. Plant them under trees, in the shade or on the banks. The flowers might be small but the impact is big.
    winter garden tips for homes for sale
    Hardy Cyclamen are one of my favorite winter flowers 
    • Annual Cyclamen are a cousin to Hardy Cyclamen. These flowers have larger blooms and the colors are much richer. They are a perfect plant choice for your pots.
    • Hellebore plants are just fantastic. Whether you put them in pots or in the ground, these flowers will surely create visual interest to any spot. Hellebore flowers come in different colors including deep purple, light purple and white.  

    There are many other plants and shrubs that you can add to your garden to create interest and color. You can find out more by visiting your local nurseries. The plants and flowers mentioned above are a good and easy way to start this project. 

    Create a year round garden and enhance your home’s curb appeal. This way, you’ll enjoy and get more out of your garden.
  • Queen Anne Neighborhood Craftsman Home Staging – A Builder’s Own Home

    Queen Anne Neighborhood Craftsman Home Staging – A builder’s own home where every detail has been taken care of beautifully!

    The Queen Anne neighborhood, a sought after Seattle darling of areas, sits on a hill close to the downtown area with a lot of old charm of its own. An abundance of Craftsman Style homes is one the most charming aspects of this neighborhood. However, I have come to know that not all Craftsman homes are created equal. This particular house, being a builder’s own home, is an example of this.  The beauty and craftsmanship of this house is obvious from the curb before you even enter the house.

    Staged Craftsman Style home in QUeen Anne
    When you want to sell a home, this is the kind of curb appeal that you want to have. Immaculate garden, beautiful planted pots for added color, and freshly painted and stained porch and stairs.

    Our Staging Strategy for this Queen Anne Craftsman home located at 813 West Newell Street and listed at $1.3 million, was to keep everything elegant and simple. By doing this, we were able not only able to emphasize the luxurious life style of the home, but also we were able to allow the beautiful finishes and details to speak for themselves.

    • Carefully and thoughtfully selecting furniture pieces and accessories for every home, we are able to create the right life style for each home for the targeted buyers. This approach that we embrace at Seattle Staged To Sell takes time and dedication and our home staging statistics strongly supports this effort. 
    An elegant library/music room with all the details of a craftsman home
    •  This room was a perfect setting for a library and/or music room. By keeping the colors muted, we were able to  direct the home buyers eyes to the craftsmanship of the details.
    staged craftsman style family room
    Family room with beautiful Craftsman Style windows
    • We selected a petit sectional and added cream pillows along with the black and white wall art pieces to ensure that the beautiful windows were showcased.
    Craftsman style bathrooms
    Keeping the bathrooms simple was the best home staging decision for this Craftsman house in Queen Anne.
    • The bathrooms of this house were so beautiful and elegant and for this reason, less was more for this room. This approach is another reminder that home staging is not the same thing as home decorating.  Home staging is for the targeted buyer and this concept is, unfortunately, something lost with some home staging approaches. 
    Staged Craftsman home style master bedroom
    Beautiful Craftsman Style built-ins in the master bedroom
    • This master bedroom had beautiful built-ins and we wanted to showcase that. In addition, some of the shelves had electric plugs and we let the home buyers know by adding a small lamp inside one of the shelf units. Everything in this room is classic and simple. The bedding and the accessories repeat the wall colors.
    craftsman style kid's room staged
    Who said classic can’t be fun?
    • We kept this child’s room classic and added the element of fun to it by our colorful accessories and lanterns. This room was ready to welcome those young home buyers. 

    This is how the listing agents described this Queen Anne Craftsman home in their marketing:

    Picture perfect Craftsman on lovely street close to everything. Builder’s own home constructed in 2002 to exacting detail, w/ classic high-end finishes & ideal layout. Grand entry flanked by living rm & library, formal dining w/ built-ins, butler pantry & kitchen/bkfst/family rm span back of home, open to covered porch, patio & lush private yard. Upstairs are lg master, WIC & luxe bath & 2 addl BRs, bath & laundry. Daylight LL w/ lg office/media, guest suite, 2 car gar. An amazing pristine home!

    When you hire and team up with us to stage your home, you will get a detailed home staging design especially created for YOUR home and YOUR targeted buyers. We have the experience and the knowledge to know what it takes to sell your homes and our track record echos this statement. 


  • The Home Seller who Finally Learned to Trust the Home Stager

    home sellers who finally learned to trust the home stager

     ften times I come across of home sellers who are either so attached to their homes that is really hard for them to let go or home sellers that just can’t fully trust other professionals to help them with preparing their homes for the market. Both of these types of home sellers can create problems and sabotage their own success.

    Even though more and more home sellers are informed these days about the benefits of home staging and how important it is to get “me” out of the picture and instead concentrate on the potential buyers, there are those home sellers out there who are not quite there yet.

    One of our Mercer Island home sellers, Andrea, fell into the second category.  She had a hard time letting go and trusting us. The interesting point here is that she had called us on her own and prior to hiring a real estate agent. She was informed enough to know that her house had to be staged, but she also had her own ideas.

    For those of you who are not familiar with the Greater Seattle Area, Mercer Island is one of the most affluent communities and has highly rated public schools. Many families try to buy homes in Mercer Island because of their great schools. Andrea, who had amazing taste, had made all the right choices for renovating her Mercer Island home. Each of the bathrooms and the kitchen were inviting and glamorous. 

    The problem was, Andrea, had her own ideas about the staging, such as not wanting pillows on the sofas and wanting black and white prints for the walls. She also was determined that we should use a single bed in one of the bedrooms that in my opinion, needed to have a queen size bed. She told me over and over that a queen size bed would not fit in the space. But to Andrea’s surprise a queen bed did fit in this room easily and we showcased it as a beautiful teen room. For this house, it was very important to showcase another bedroom with a queen size bed vs. another twin bed.

    Mercer Island home staged kid's room in Seattle WA
    This house showcased a room for a younger child and one for an older child or a teen. By creating different options like this whenever possible, you are showcasing the possibilities to the home sellers and this is a wise approach.

    As a professional home stager, it is my job to help the home sellers achieve their sales goals and sometimes, I have to start by earning their trust bit by bit. After all, I do understand that homes are the biggest investments of most home sellers. I visited with Andrea several times and discussed my ideas with her. I also let her know that NOW it was not about her anymore, it was about the home buyers. I asked her for the trust and reminded her that she has hired me for a reason and she should let me do my job. She wanted to come on the staging day and help me stage her home but by the end of our second visit, she knew that as home stagers, this is not how we work. 

    Mercer Island home staged house by seattle staged to sell

    Andrea took a leap of faith and entrusted her beautiful house into our hands. On the first day, approximately 80 agents came through the house and the first agent who came in had a written offer for the full asking price. Andrea’s house was basically SOLD in ONE HOUR!

    I really enjoyed working with Andrea and staging her home was just a delight. As a home stager, I earned the trust of this home seller and this was the key to this happy ending. By trusting us, Andrea allowed us to stage her beautiful home for the home buyers by finally having peace in her heart that her staged home was going to look different from the way she had decorated her own home. As a home stager, the greatest honor that home sellers can bestow upon us is their trust and this is something we treasure.


  • As Professional Home Stagers, We DO Walk the Walk & We De-Clutter

    Recently, we left our SODO warehouse and moved into a different space. Our new warehouse is much larger, has an office and is much more accessible from all of the freeways. It would would have been much easier for us to pack everything and just move it all into our new warehouse since the additional space was more than enough to accommodate it all. But as professional home stagers, we do walk the talk and we de-cluttered our warehouse!

    Most of us have had to pack and move to a new home, and some, like myself, even had to move to a new home in a different state or country. Some people, like empty nesters, may have to downsize while others, such as families with small children, are moving into larger homes. Regardless of whether you are moving into a smaller or bigger space, it is always essential to de-clutter your items. 

    As a home stager, we continually have to shop and add to our inventory. Different homes require different types and styles of merchandise and we always need to freshen up our designs and follow some of the new trends and colors. 

    When I began the Seattle Staged To Sell company, I had this philosophy that whatever items we were not going to use or were not in that mint condition that they needed to be, we’d donate  to our favorite charities. This not only has been good for us as company, but it has also been a way to give back to the city that we love to live and work in.

    As a home stager, I sometimes come across resistance when I tell my clients, the homeowners, that they need to detach and de-clutter their home before putting it on the market. Often I hear stories about why they should keep this collection or that piece. For these clients, I take my time and help them realize that they are selling their home and not their furniture or collections. 

    And it never fails — when the homes have been de-cluttered, the home owners fall in love with their home again and feel a sense of peace. A de-cluttrered de-cluttered  home is truly a sanctuary.

    Warehouses are the second home for professional home stagers. Not only do we spend a lot of time there, we also spend a lot of time handling our inventory.  When we pack and donate the pieces that we loved and have used over the years, we know that these beautiful pieces have served us and our clients well and it is time for them to go to someone else’s home where they can continue to be appreciated.

    For us to be efficient home stagers and to be able to create beautiful staging designs, we need to have our own warehouse in perfect shape and this means that everything has its own place and we can easily see and locate each item.

    Therefore, when we as professional home stagers provide advice to our clients, we also walk the walk and follow that same guideline!

  • 2 Common Home Staging Myths

    Do you ever wonder how some myths start and evolve? I am not sure myself, but as a professional home stager in the Greater Seattle Area, I still find that I have a need to educate home buyers and realtors and bust the home staging myths one by one!

    Two Home Staging Myths:

    Myth #1. Empty rooms appear bigger, since vacant rooms look like they have more space

    This is one of the biggest home staging myths of all. Rooms actually look BIGGER rather than smaller when they are staged. It is all about having correctly scaled furniture for each room and this is true for everyone. In the same way that you shouldn’t stage big rooms with tiny furniture pieces, you also shouldn’t stage smaller rooms with oversized furniture pieces. 

    As a Seattle home stager, I get the opportunity to stage many condos, townhouses and homes with small square footage or houses that have small bedrooms or living rooms. We select the right scale of furniture that is best suited for these rooms. This way, we take out the guess work for the potential buyers like “can I fit a sofa in the room?” or “can I entertain my guests in this small living room?” or ” how am I going to fit a dining table in this small space?” 

    There have been times when home owners have asked us to stage only one of the bedrooms that were exactly the same size. But when the staged room appears bigger than the other room after staging, the realtors have to put silent cards on the empty room walls saying “This room is exactly the same size as the staged 1st bedroom.” Since 95% of the home buyers view homes online, it is even more important to stage the smaller rooms. 

    This Seattle condo in the lovely Capitol Hill neighborhood has a small living room. Since we knew that the potential buyers were going to be a young and professional person or couple, we wanted this space to appeal to these types of clientele.  We knew that the buyers of this house were the kind who look for a “hip” place that they can relax in as well as entertain. Therefore, we selected a modern full sofa and a large ottoman as a coffee table since an ottoman can also be used as seating. We added interest and more function to this small living room by using the big wall to create a bar and additional storage.  Because of staging, the potential buyers of this Seattle Condo could see for themseleves that not only could they relax comfortably in their new home, but they could also entertain their friends and families. 

    Staged Seattle condo
    839 sq/ft Seattle Condo Listed at $269,900

    Myth #2. It is not worth it to stage homes with lower listing prices.

    According to NAR, the National Association of Realtors, more than 50% of home buyers are first time buyers. In addition, today’s home buyers, thanks to home and garden programs like the ones on HGTV, are more educated in home-buying and desire to a purchase a home that offers more.

    Again, as a Seattle-based home stager, I know that there are many condos, townhouses and homes in the Greater Seattle area that are listed below $500,000. Once these homes are staged and showcased, they sell faster and for more money.  

    The above condo in Capitol Hill is listed for $269,000. But now that this small condo is staged, the potential buyers will see a grander space that they can visualize themselves living in. This condo feels and looks larger and more exquisite because this message has been set for them through staging. The vacant condos in this area will add even more value to this staged condo and therefore, they will help this condo to sell faster.

    Two home staging myths are now busted.