A Case for Staging: Before and After

Silicon Valley is a pretty savvy real estate market and most sellers are well aware of the advantages of staging a property before sale. But for those few of you who are not completely convinced (or for those of you who just love a good before and after), here are some before and after pictures from a recent listing of mine that might knock you off that fence.  

(Staging credit: Shiri Weinstein, owner of Shirful Designs)  

BEFORE: The living room was dark, lived-in and cluttered 

BEFORE: The living room was dark, lived-in and cluttered 

AFTER: The living room is tidy, bright, and neutral

AFTER: The living room is tidy, bright, and neutral

BEFORE: The kitchen walls were a combination of unfinished drywall and peeling wallpaper 

BEFORE: The kitchen walls were a combination of unfinished drywall and peeling wallpaper 

AFTER: Wallpaper removed, drywall and trim completed... 

AFTER: Wallpaper removed, drywall and trim completed... 

 ...modern paint color and accessories transform cabinets and flooring from old and tired to retro-chic

 ...modern paint color and accessories transform cabinets and flooring from old and tired to retro-chic

BEFORE: Dusty rose and dingy 

BEFORE: Dusty rose and dingy 

AFTER: Removing the cabinet and a lighter, more contemporary paint really open up this small space

AFTER: Removing the cabinet and a lighter, more contemporary paint really open up this small space

BEFORE: Child's bedroom with unfinished paint 

BEFORE: Child's bedroom with unfinished paint 

AFTER: Tidy and modern 

AFTER: Tidy and modern 

BEFORE: Partially finished room off of kitchen

BEFORE: Partially finished room off of kitchen

AFTER: Bonus room is finished, tidy and has a purpose

AFTER: Bonus room is finished, tidy and has a purpose

BEFORE: Dingy outdoor dining space 

BEFORE: Dingy outdoor dining space 

AFTER: Power-washing and accessories completely transform this space 

AFTER: Power-washing and accessories completely transform this space 

BEFORE: Backyard deck and hot tub 

BEFORE: Backyard deck and hot tub 

AFTER: Freshly cleaned and stained, with accessories and new sod 

AFTER: Freshly cleaned and stained, with accessories and new sod