West Cobb Magazine

Home – A Before & After Look – November

Jan Britt, a local interior designer, who has written for West Cobb Magazine, for the past 2 ½ years was selected by Comcast/Zeel TV to host a new tv show called Staging Pros. The show is a reality show where a home for sale is selected and Jan and her team will go in an identify what needs to be done to get the home read to sell.

 The “Staging Pros”  Pilot Episode By Jan Britt

Our first home was in West Cobb and I worked closely with Jean, the homeowner to help her get the home ready to sell with an advantage the competition. The first part of the process was to go through the house room by room to identify the problem areas.  The problem areas in Jean’s house were the paint colors, too much furniture for the room, not enough accessories or pictures and to clean up the house a little.  It was wonderful that this house did not need a great deal of work to get it ready to sell quickly.  My goal when I stage every home is to make sure it has the “WOW” factor when you walk into a room.  Being an interior decorator and window treatment specialist I know how to add the special touches to achieve the look a house must have to sell it faster. The way you live in your home and the way you prepare to sell your home in this market are two different things.

33 Living room beforeJean the homeowner has her list of items to accomplish to help us stage the house.  She has a painter she loves so we are going to enjoy watching him paint the royal blue walls to a neutral color.  You do not want an overwhelming paint color to be the first emotion you feel when you walk into a room.

Jean and I went shopping at Old Time Pottery in the Marietta /Kennesaw area and bought the supplies we needed to stage the house.  Putting the pictures that we bought from the store up on the wall made such a difference in adding color and style to her rooms. I redesigned her custom made window treatments in her great room/ living room to make a large impact on the wall.  I needed the color and the “WOW” factor as you enter the house and I was able to achieve that goal with the use of the window treatments and by rearranging the furniture. 

You will notice the center of the window treatment points down.

34 Living room after

I wanted it to point down and out the windows so the potential home buyer would look outside.  The outside looked professionally landscaped and was so beautiful.  It looked like a small park with a good size waterfall.   My goal was not only to show how nice the house was, but to also find a way with illusion to point to the outside to show that back yard. This is part of the illusion a stager must know how to do to show off certain qualities of a home.  The window treatment idea worked!    We had the open house and many of the neighbors and real estate agents came by to see the house.  I loved talking to the neighbors as they walked into the house.  They saw such a difference from before the staging to after we finished staging the house.  They kept saying how nice the house looked and they could not believe how much larger the house looked.  Some said the room color is not the first thing that hit them any more since we painted the walls the neutral color. 

Staging Jean’s house for Zeel TV/Comcast pilot has been a pleasure.  Her home should  sell faster because it has been staged properly and will stand out from its competition.  Her house has fantastic curb appeal and is just as inviting inside as it is outside. As soon as the show is scheduled, I will let the readers of West Cobb Magazine know when it will be on and on which Comcast channel.

Below are a few more of the before and after staging  pictures.

Jean 2 before

Kitchen - Before

Jean 1 after
48 before

Master Before

50 after


Jan Britt HeadshotAbout the Author: Jan Britt, is owner of Jan Britt Interiors in Marietta. She  is an interior decorator and a professional home stager. She teaches at Kennesaw State University and has appeared on HGRV. She may be reached at decorate@decoratewithjan.com or (770) 919-2393 or go to her website at www.janbritt.net. Her new show, Staging Pros will be airing in Cobb on Comcast Channel 26 in the near future

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