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vacant home staging
Maggie Nicols is Lay of the Land's home staging specialist. Along with her team, Maggie stages vacant homes in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. If you are a real estate developer, a real estate agent, or an individual looking to sell your now empty home we are here for you.Studies show that professionally staged homes sell faster and for more money than empty homes. So contact us to set up an in home consultation where we will customize a staging plan for you.
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I cannot say enough good things about Maggie, owner of Lay of the Land Staging. Her professionalism and attention to detail are second to none. She spends time getting to know her clients and their homes, which is important. Every home has a certain character, and she definitely works to highlight that in a home. Following an in-depth conversation that we had about my house and my concerns/desires for the look I wanted, she thoughtfully designed a staging concept that far exceeded my expectations. We had an offer on the house within a week of listing. I highly recommend! You will not be disappointed.
Maggie, at Lay of the Land Staging was extremely enjoyable to work with! Not only did she go beyond our expectations with her staging abilities, she is professional and very friendly. It's easy to see she loves what she does! Our property sold in under three weeks and highly accredit that success to her impeccable staging. Without a doubt, Atlas Estates will continue to work with her.
"Given the varied architecture of our homes, we've often struggled to find stagers who feel comfortable accommodating a range of interior styles. Since working with Maggie, we've been consistently impressed with her adaptability, design knowledge, and truly unique inventory. Highly recommend Lay of the Land Staging to anyone looking to sell a home at lightning speed."
- K Bennett Development Group
frequently asked questions
What is home staging?
The goal of staging is to make a home appeal to the broadest number of potential buyers. People form a first impression in about seven seconds so when they walk into a home we want to make it a good one. For vacant homes we aim to create a space where the buyer can imagine themselves living and accurately visualize sizes of rooms.
Can you give me a quote over the phone?
The cost of each stage varies depending on many factors; the number of rooms staged, the size of the rooms, the location of the home, and list price of home. Because there are so many variables we offer free consultations to provide clients with an accurate quote.
Can I choose which items you will use in the staging ?
All design decisions are made by Lay of the Land Designers. Our inventory is always changing and updating so trust us, we want your home to look it’s best too. The artwork, furniture, and accessories may not be your personal taste but the goal is to sell your home, so we aim to appeal to the broadest number of potential buyers.
What is the difference between home staging and interior decorating?
Home staging is for properties about to be listed for sale. Stagers furnish a space to appeal to the broadest audience of potential buyers. Clients do not make design choices that fit their personal taste, the staging company chooses all furniture, decor, and accessories from their stock of inventory. Interior decorating is about creating a home that aligns with their clients personal style and taste. It is much more customized and tailored to their clients' wants for the space they are living in.
What types of homes do you stage?
We stage vacant homes. Only 10% of people can visualize what an empty space will look like furnished. Empty homes and empty rooms tend to look smaller and can leave buyers questioning whether or not their furniture will fit in the room. So staging helps buyers by showing proper furniture placement and scale and gives each room of the home a purpose.
Do I have to stage the whole home?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. We focus on the rooms that are most beneficial to stage. Giving a good first impression to potential buyers is key so we always stage the entryway or entry room. The other main rooms are the living room, dining room, kitchen, primary bedroom and primary bathroom. We also suggest staging any oddly shaped rooms. Currently showing there is space for an at home office is very beneficial as well. Having an in-home consultation with one of our designers helps make a plan of which rooms would be best to stage.