DESIGN SMART Home Staging & Redesign

"Home Staging is ALWAYS less than the first price reduction."

Home Staging

"The INVESTMENT in Staging is ALWAYS less than the first price reduction."


Staging is  a marketing tool!  When you put your home up for sale, it becomes a “product” that Buyers will be comparing to the other “products” on the market before they make a purchase.  To compete in the marketplace, your home has to be priced correctly and be more attractive and appealing to the largest number of Buyers. The process of staging transforms your “Home” into a “Product.” Staged homes are carefully crafted to present a lifestyle that Buyers find appealing, inviting, and intriguing. People want and need to be inspired when they walk into a home, and they need  to be able to envision themselves living there. They also need to be able to see and remember the wonderful features of your house, because  as Barb Schwarz says, “We can’t sell it if we can’t see it.”

Staging  is about neutralizing, depersonalizing, and de-cluttering your home. You wouldn’t sell your car without detailing it first, and you shouldn’t sell your house without staging it either. You deserve to get the most amount of money for your house! No matter what type of real estate market you are in, staging helps you sell for more money and in quicker amount of time. Working with an Design Smart Staging Expert will give you the Staged Home Advantage!

Buyers shop for houses differently than they used to. 90% of buyers are looking on the internet first, so they are looking through the eyes of the camera! This means that they are qualifying, or eliminating, properties based on the way they look in pictures. We all know from personal experience that the camera hides no flaws!  When you work with a Design Smart Staging Expert, you expect us to help you prepare your house for sale so it shows better than the competition. With your Staged home on the market, you can be sure you’ll be moving. . .and when  you move you’ll need to pack. . .so just pack up early!

Why do I need to Stage® my Vacant home?

Vacant rooms are confusing to Buyers. They need to be able to visualize where their furniture can be placed and what type of room it can be. To the contrary of what most people think, Vacant Rooms Look Smaller than those with furniture in them. That’s because there is nothing to show proportional space. They will wonder if their furniture will fit in an empty room, and in most cases will assume NOT. Staging allows you to  paint a picture for Buyers with furniture and accessories.

Should I wait to see if my house sells before Staging it?

Absolutely NOT!  You only have one chance to make a first impression. The best time to Stage® your home is before you put it on the market so that the greatest number of Buyers can see how wonderful your house is. Buyers and real estate agents only know what they see, not the way it’s going  to be. Also, you want your appraiser and your real estate agent to value your home at the highest possible price.

Examples of clients that use the Staging to Sell Service:

*    Homeowners that want to sell their home for higher profit and in a shorter amount of time

*    Real Estate Agents that want a Unique Selling Proposition (USP) to stand apart from their competition

*    Real Estate Agents that want to sell their listings for higher profit and in a shorter amount of time

*    Builders that understand that Vacant Homes stay on the market for a significantly longer period of time than Occupied Homes

*    Builders that want to use the incentive of Staging to Sell to entice buyers to their properties

*    Real Estate Investors that understand that Vacant Homes stay on the  market for a significantly longer period of time than Occupied Homes

Occupied Homes


Staging Consultation for Occupied Homes:
This option is the most budget friendly available. Design Smart Home  Staging will travel to your home, tour it with you room-by-room, and  give you up to one and a half hour of professional advice on how best to  prepare and stage your home, using your existing possessions. We’ll  share tips for showcasing your home’s best features, re-positioning  furniture, and strategic placement of other items. Once the tour is over, you will know what to do to stage your home so that it looks its  best.  This is for the Do-It-Yourself home sellers or for those with small budgets.

Investment:  $200.00-$300.00 (fee depends on location and size of home)

Home Staging for Occupied Houses:

We provide hands-on Staging services once a Proposal for Services has been accepted or, if requested, after the Home Consultation for fine-tuning.  We Stage® your home by de-cluttering your rooms and by using your existing décor and furnishings with our creative expertise.  

Investment:  varies depending on project

Vacant Homes


Proposal for Services:

We  would be happy to come and visit your home for a brief period of time to assess what is needed for Staging your home using our services.  We then prepare an estimate for Staging Services with two or three Staging options and provide a written Proposal to you within 24 hours.

Investment:  No Charge

Home Staging for Vacant Houses:

We provide hands-on Staging services once a Proposal for Services has been accepted. We Stage® your home by using rental accessories from our inventory and/or from third party rental companies.  

Investment:  varies depending on project

Additional Information

We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and checks as payment for our services. 

To schedule one of our Home Staging, Interior Design, Home Design Services, call Lisa at (360) 480-5810 today. 

Our Professional Policy is that our Services are paid at the time of  service. We require a non-refundable deposit for shopping services that is applied to the overall fees. You will be provided a detailed receipt for all services rendered.  

Although our primary region is the greater Thurston County region (Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater), we serve outer areas as well.