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Highlight an empty home’s layout with staging

comp:000050bb0aa7:0000001616:5f21 0 <div class="the-content clearfix"><p>Many times, new layouts in old homes can and do confuse <a href="http://www.zillow.com/learnmore/what-zillow-offers-buyers.htm">buyers</a>. Where would the sofa go? What about the television? Where do you eat? This is especially true in <a href="http://www.zillow.com/dc/">Washington, DC</a>, where many times the row homes were built with walls and distinct functions per room, and later developers and <a href="http://www.zillow.com/directory/home-improvement-general-contracting/">contractors</a> removed the majority of the interior walls, giving the old home a new and open floor plan.</p> <p>Home <a href="http://www.zillow.com/directory/real-estate-services-staging/">staging</a> helps to answer tough design-related questions for potential buyers, so they can instantly see how they might live in the space. Below are some before-and-after pictures taken of a recently completed vacant staging project in Washington DC.</p> <p>This is the main family room space, with the picture being taken from the kitchen/bar point of view.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/files/2012/12/Living-room-before-e1354648566898.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-105567" title="Living room before" src="http://www.zillow.com/blog/files/2012/12/Living-room-before-225x300.jpg" alt="" width="225" height="300" /></a></p> <p>Now is the after: You can see the sofa in the foreground with additional seating featured across the room. The picture also gives a sense of space in the room — there is a good amount of it! And notice the addition of the window seat in the bay window.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/files/2012/12/Living-room-after.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-105568" title="Living room after" src="http://www.zillow.com/blog/files/2012/12/Living-room-after-e1354648724157.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" /></a></p> <p>Now for the master bedroom. The room sits just above the family room, so the bay window feature is found in this room as well.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/files/2012/12/Bedroom-before.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-105569" title="Bedroom before" src="http://www.zillow.com/blog/files/2012/12/Bedroom-before-225x300.jpg" alt="" width="225" height="300" /></a></p> <p>And the after picture has a bit more of the room, again giving a nice spatial sense of the room and how it could be pulled together.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/files/2012/12/Bedroom-after.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-105570" title="Bedroom after" src="http://www.zillow.com/blog/files/2012/12/Bedroom-after-e1354648871395.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" /></a></p> <p>You almost lose the sense that this bedroom is in the city — with the sun filtering through the tree and the blinds.</p> <p>A properly staged space can help buyers get a sense of how to live in the space, reduce the number of guessing games and hopefully bring in offers quickly.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/2012-11-02/buyers-are-bringing-color-back/">Buyers Are Bringing Color Back</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/2012-09-27/showcase-art-to-brighten-your-home-for-staging-or-living/">Showcase Art to Brighten Your Home</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/2012-09-17/decluttering-your-home-for-the-real-estate-market/">Decluttering Your Home for the Real Estate Market</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Roslyn Ashford, MBA, is a former corporate recruiter turned home stager, and native Washingtonian (as in DC). She hosts a bi-weekly tweet chat for home stagers and loves to stage small and vacant homes. Learn more about her <a href="http://www.rarooms.com/">growing company here</a> or <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/wdchomestager">follow her on Twitter</a> to keep up with the daily hilarity!</em></p> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></p> </div>
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