Before & After: Landscape Staging

I am wondering if you have hired a landscape stager for a home you sold?  Or maybe you offer this as a professional service? I have done the job of Landscape Staging a couple times here in the Greater Boston Area and I have a few tips to share….but I am wondering if you have any stories of staging (or just generally preparing a home’s landscape to be sold) that you might share.  I would love to see some before and afters and hear tips that you think worked and had the biggest impact.   I am going to add this to my Thursday line up of garden makeovers.  So check back here for regular (I am not promising weekly) landscape staging tips and before and after shots.

This garden was staged by Our Gardener in Ft Lauderdale Florida and I think is a *huge* improvement.   The biggest change here was to remove the weeds and overgrown shrubbery.  This really is the #1 thing to consider when landscape staging….Make sure that the most interesting parts of the Architecture can shine through — yes, the whole property is for sale but the house is what people really look at specifically and if the house looks good it from the outside, more buyers will be drawn into the inside.   Seriously, you wouldn’t even know that this was a Spanish styled house in the before picture.  Perhaps the sellers desired an enclosed front courtyard – but even if it were nicely maintained, it is better now — open and showing the home itself. The fact is…most buyers do drive-bys before scheduling a showing….and often they decide against seeing the inside based purely on the curb view.  So make the curb view the best you can and let the house shine through!

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

2 Comments

  1. Helen on March 19, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    This transformation does look amazing. And the idea of being a landscape stager is such a good one that I’m going to pass it on to one of my professional gardener friends as a perfect addition to his gardening services.

  2. Greg on January 5, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I’m not sure what staging means to everyone in this context but to me it’s something more temporary and what I see in your pictures look like long term improvements. I offer the same kind of services you did here and I actively market them to real estate agents and I cover it a bit in my blog. I always tell customers thinking about selling their home that the first thing a buyer will see when they arrive is your front yard. No buyer wants to cleanup someone else’s neglected yard they want to feel calm and welcomed when they pull into a driveway.

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