Trina Buchanan
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

“Trina Buchanan is talented at home staging because she understands the importance of finding pieces that align with the style and character of the home and how to place furniture so it complements the space.  When done right, people can picture themselves living in the home and then fall in love with it.  Trina pays attention to details and as a result, she took a lovely home and made people want to move right in; the look was both classic and fresh. Not only did we have multiple offers, but people were taking photos during the open house and asking if they could come back just to see the house even after we were under contract!  She met some very tight deadlines because she truly understands the importance of timing. In addition, her communication was also excellent. I think it is important to mention, that Trina was also lovely to work with because she is so warm and generous.  The sellers loved her work so much, they are working with her on their own home design. As a Realtor, I would refer Trina again without hesitation. As a homeowner, when I finally have time to redo our living area, Trina will be my first call.” – Michelle B, Realtor


Trina, thank you for making the difference. Even though my new listing was a tiny, dated rental, you used your magic to overcome the condition and transform it into a beautiful updated home. The sellers are investors that requested top pricing. I’m sure that it would not have gone under contract as quickly or come in over the asking price if not for your expert staging. Thanks for working within our challenging deadlines, showing up as scheduled and putting your heart and soul into my listing. It's hard to find someone who truly cares and goes above and beyond – your personal touch made all the difference and I cannot thank you enough! PS My clients especially loved what you did with the front entry- turning that dreary space into a welcoming retreat really set the tone - so many compliments at my open house!” – Rebecca F, Realtor


“Trina did a wonderful job staging our condominium. She demonstrated a great sense for the possibilities of the unit and made it look spacious and inviting. Her sense of color utilization was excellent and made it feel warm and modern as well. Additionally she made the small entry porch feel like a bonus room with the addition of 2 small chairs and 2 small tables. I think her efforts made a big difference in helping to justify our sale price. We plan to use her again.” – Dino & Sharon D, Clients


“Trina did an amazing job on staging our home for sale. It looked hip, cozy and the furniture and accents chosen truly helped highlight our home’s attributes. Trina was efficient, quick to set up and always available for any questions. If you want a true professional with an eye for flair to help sell your home quickly, use Trina Buchanan!” – Stacie F, Client  


“My million dollar listing needed some serious help after a family illness forced the sale of this gorgeous estate. Trina has the expert eye to overcome the challenges we faced to get this property quickly on the market for top dollar. Her compassion, and direction gave my Seller's confidence. She really cared about my clients, and worked within their necessary limitations to showcase their home and highlight the features. The pieces she chose were perfect. She has an amazing talent and engaging rapport. It was a positive experience start to finish.” – Becca F, Realtor


“Upon my initial consultation with Trina I was impressed. She listed intently to my needs and concerns. She had an immediate understanding of our design style and pulled everything together nicely. Our house looks amazing!” – Denise R, Client


“Wow! Trina made our average looking and somewhat dated home come to life. What a difference she has made to the general look, feel and overall flow of our huge yet oddly shaped living space. From start to finish, Trina’s team was professional, creative and responsive. They made sure that each detail was just right.”  – Judy P, Client


“We look forward to working together again soon! Thanks again for your inspiration and dedication. We have received positive remarks about the appearance of our home from everyone who has come to visit.” – Dean & Christine F, Clients



Research has proven that when a house has been properly staged it sells faster and commands higher prices than un-staged properties.

Your style may not be the style of your prospective buyers, in fact chances are that both styles are very different. Part of my job is to present your property as an attractive blank canvas where buyers can see themselves creating their own style with their personal belongings. Wouldn't you want to bring your own personal style into your new home?

Personal belonging will distract a Buyers' attention from the house itself. You want them focused on picturing their own personal belongings in the house. Eventually you will have to pack up your things anyway. Just consider removing your personal belongings as getting a head start on your move by doing some of it now.

Time is money when real estate is concerned. If people think your house has not been well-maintained, they are going to come with a lower bid than thy would have offered for the house if it was in much better condition. Statistics show that sellers can get anywhere from one to ten percent more in the dollar value of a property when a home has been staged.

A person is going to decide if they are open to considering your house in the first 45 seconds. What you have to do is impress them when they drive up and walk through that front door. Typically, buyers look first at the family room and if they like that, they'll continue to the kitchen, and if they like that, they'll want to look at everything else. If their first impression doesn't excite them, you risk having showings where people turn around and walk out in the first five minutes.

What to Remove

  • Decluttering your house is essential. The more decorations and other personal items in your property, the smaller the space will look and the more difficulty buyers will have imagining themselves living there.
  • Declutter all closets to look bigger. Closet space is an important selling point for buyers; 20-30 percent open space in each closet can give the impression of roominess.
  • Clear counter tops and other work spaces to show potential.
  • Put away all toys. Even though families with children may be looking at the property, having toys everywhere will make the house look cluttered.
  • Clean, Clean, Clean. Having a sparkling clean house is the easiest way to help your house make a favorable first impression.
  • Sellers, including pets, should be out during showings. Valuables and prescriptions should be secured or removed.

You don't need to remove ALL personal items or pictures. Some family pictures can actually be important in showing the warmth of your house. You just don't want so many that potential buyers will want to look at your pictures and stuff and not at the house.

What to Move

  • Rearrange furniture by moving furniture off the walls. Use sofas, chairs, and lamps to create inviting conversation areas.
  • Create a master bedroom that can appeal to everyone. Move furniture to create a clean, neutral master bedroom.
  • Place something that draws the eye to the top of the stairs or down hallways to create interest, and encourage people to explore the whole house. Suggest moving a piece of artwork, painting an accent wall, hanging a light or even placing a rug.
  • Move furniture into any empty room, so that every room has a clearly defined purpose. Suggest creating an office, a guest room, or another kids' room. Showing the value of all the rooms in the house will have a big payoff.

Some things to consider:

  • If your house is empty, add some furniture and decorations into the property to help buyers picture what living there will be like.
  • Thoughtfully bring in a few things that will really make the house charming. Freshly cut flowers or a bowl of fresh produce on the kitchen counter will really make the room pop.
  • Adding area rugs can help work around the cost of refinishing floors.
  • Don't forget to stage the outdoors. Create a lifestyle people want, play up what your neighborhood, or area is known for. Add elements in the backyard, such as a bench swing or a patio table and chairs.

Curb Appeal

Many times buyers will do a quick drive-by to decide if your house is worth touring. Since the first thing buyers will see when arriving at the property is the exterior, curb appeal is crucial for making a good first impression. These improvements can have a high return on the ultimate sale price.

  • Power wash siding and walkways
  • Make sure your house numbers are easy to read
  • Plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery
  • Mow lawn, reseed, or add fresh sod as needed
  • Clean front windows