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Considering Marketing an Adult Lifestyle home in Green Briar/Briar Hill or Tecumseth Pines? Consider updating dated wallpaper and/or panelling!


As many of you know, I market homes in very unique adult lifestyle communities, Tecumseth Pines and Green Briar/Briar Hill in New Tecumseth.  I found this great series of posts written and published by Ginger Foust, an Active Rain Blogger and Home Stager from Oakhurst, California about preparing a home owned (usually for a long time) by a senior citizen or couple.

In this post, Part Five, Ginger discusses the homes with dated wallpaper and panelled walls.  Updating this can make a world of difference in attracting a buyer...

Thinking of marketing your home in Tecumseth Pines or Green Briar/Briar Hill? You owe it to yourself to talk to me before you choose your realtor!  Call me, Chris Smith @ 1.866.936.3500


Selling Grandma's house is often difficult, even when selling to another grandma.Dream Home Staging Training, Fresno, Ca 

In Oakhurst and Fresno California, our home staging company is frequently asked to do consultations and stagings at homes owned by seniors in Oakhurst, it's surrounding communities and in Fresno communities.   

 Here is what we often see:

  1. Decades old floral and plaid furnishings and window coverings.#1
  2. Outdated kitchens and baths with oak cabinets, brass fixtures and vinyl flooring, #2
  3. Outdated light fixtures, #3
  4. Carpet & other flooring issues #4
  5. Wallpapered and paneled walls #5
  6. Rooms cluttered with years of collectibles and memorabilia.
  7. Family photos everywhere.

This blog post is #5 of a series addressing each of the above with photo examples and solutions.  Most of these issues can be addressed with low-cost, creative thinking and a simple consultation our Oakhurst based home staging company to help seller's move forward in the sales process and increase their chances in many that sale faster and for money return on this major investment.

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Most of us older than 30 have lived in a home with these features: wallpaper and paneling.  There certainly was a time, in the past when they were both popular decorating trends and favorites of many home owners. Personally, I love wallpaper and all of my homes, in the past 40 years, had wallpaper.  Even our custom home in the 90's had wallpaper borders and I loved them, but before that house went on the resale market, all of those borders were removed.

However, with few exceptions, these items are no longer desired in the homes of today.  Removal is what most professional home stagers recommend when preparing a home for sale.

The following photos are examples of homes that we've staged where the savvy sellers opted to eliminate wallpaper and paneling.  Keep in mind that these are occupied stagings where using what the home seller already owned was necessary to stay within limited budgets.

In this first example, the client first called us in for a redesign and at that time we discussed resale.  One year later the house was ready for staging.

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In this next example, simply removing the wallpaper border and replacing grandma's frilly bedding was all that this room needed to be more appealing to buyers. 

Dream Home Stager Training, Fresno CAIn this last example, this home had wallboard with attached wallpaper that could not be removed.  A good primer then paint and some staging helped sell this house.  

Dream Home Stager Training, Fresno CAIf a potential buyer walks into a house for sale and that house feels like grandma's house, they will probably want to move on to the next listing. 

A staging consultation helps seller's know what to do with their home to appeal to the most buyers in this century!  Call a professional home stager in your area today. 

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 Home Stager Training, California

Dream Interior Redesign and Staging by Ginger Foustis a full service, licensed and insured CSP ® Professional Home Stager , Interior ReDesign/Decorating Specialist, consulting and training company. 

 Locally serving the California foothill and mountain communities of: Oakhurst, North Fork, Bass Lake, Coarsegold, Ahwahnee, Wawona and Mariposa.  Also serving areas of: Fresno, Clovis and Madera, California and Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

 We provide Virtual and Conceptual Staging Worldwide and we will very soon be offering Professional Stager Training in California, Nevada, Idaho and Hawaii, as part of the International CSP ® training program, Certified Staging Professionals.

Click here to see short slideshows with examples of our work. When the first show is over, click on OTHER SHOWS to see more. 

 Visit our website at for more information of call 559-877-2442


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