Staging Through the Eyes of a Buyer

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A Realtor client of Design To Market took the time to call me this afternoon and share a comment made to him by the buyer of a home he had listed.  The buyer pulled him aside at the closing to share that he felt the home had been staged very well. 

You might wonder why I have taken the time to make this into a blog post but I felt this was a telling insight into the buyer experience.   Obviously this buyer did not feel tricked and he definitely liked the home enough to purchase it.   Often sellers worry that their home will looked staged and that it will be a turn off to prospective buyers. As you can see by this quote, this is probably not the case.

Tastefully adding attractive furnishings to a vacant home or filling in open spaces in an owner-occupied home can be the final step that is the essential ingredient to selling a home.   


Design To Market has been staging homes in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky since 2004.  For more information about our Cincinnati  and Northern Kentucky home staging services please call 513-265-0952 or visit our website at






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Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass


A vacant home seems so - vacant.  What a difference your furnishings and staging has made here.

Nov 29, 2010 02:36 PM #1
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Cary, NC
Raleigh - Cary Relocation & Luxury Home Specialist

Jo, I showed a home this weekend that was stages so well my buyers didn't even notice until they realized there was no food in the fridge or cabinets.  There were very subtle "gives".  Either way, once my buyers found out the home was staged, they commented on how much better it was viewing this home that had been staged vs. the home a few doors down that was empty.

Nov 29, 2010 02:37 PM #2
Bruce McCallum
DFH Real Estate, Victoria, BC 800-668-2272 - Victoria, BC
Homes In Victoria BC

Yes, I agree as well and currently have a home on the market that has been makes a huge difference and actually gives the Buyer ideas on decorating once they take possession.

Nov 29, 2010 02:40 PM #3
Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market

We also get feedback the the level of showing activity increases once the staged photos are added to is definitely a draw to get people in.

Nov 29, 2010 02:41 PM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jo- What a good point you made!!! Some people may be concerned about their home appearing "staged" but as done by a professional, staging enhances the appearance of a house.. never seeks to conceal or deceive!

Nov 29, 2010 02:47 PM #5
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager


Staging a home really makes a connection with the buyers!  It creates a lifestyle that they are looking for.  Many times we have been asked by the buyers Agent if the buyer can purchase the staging furniture, rugs and accessories!  A staged home says; "Welcome Home".

Nov 29, 2010 05:40 PM #6
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Jo - I agree with Bruce above.  A "staged" home actually gives a potential buyers ideas for optimum furniture placement and decorating.  The above is a great example of how staging adds warmth, whereas vacant feels cool.  Thanks for posting this.

Nov 29, 2010 09:58 PM #7
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

A vacant home says "no one lives here" and staged home says "come in and stay awhile" 

Beautiful photo and comparison!!!

Nov 29, 2010 11:21 PM #8
Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market

I often wish I could be a "fly on the wall" to hear the reaction to our projects.  I think it is reassuring to understand that the buyer of this home saw staging as a positive and effective selling tool.

Nov 30, 2010 12:04 AM #9
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

There was a key word in your blog and that was the word "tastefully." It's so true and your work is proof of that. I've had several buyers want to purchase the items I've placed in the home which is always a nice compliment.

Congratulations. Your home staging is being featured in the group Staging Before and After Pictures.


Nov 30, 2010 06:55 AM #10
Judy Colburn
ProStaged Homes - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Glendora, San Dimas Covina, Home Staging

I agree with all the comments - spot on. I've read that buyers tend to set up the home they purchased by placing furniture  in the same places the previous owner had it. Empty houses often intimidate buyers. Staging gives buyers ideas on how to set up their new home with optimum furniture placement and flow and creates that needed emotional connection. You are so right Jo.

Nov 30, 2010 12:31 PM #11
David Ames
Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco - San Francisco, CA
San Francisco

Tasteful is the operative word here, Jo...beautiful work!  It already feels lived in, yet ready for "guests" and very welcoming.

Nov 30, 2010 09:45 PM #12
Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market

Thanks for the comments.  I think that it is great that the concept of staging is now an established marketing tool accepted and often expected by both buyers and sellers!

Dec 01, 2010 01:04 PM #13
Kristine Ginsberg
Morris County, NJ: Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Morris Plains, NJ
Morris County, NJ Stager

Warm, cozy and tasteful - beautiful job. Perfect example of the skill and talent of a great stager Jo! 

Dec 01, 2010 07:40 PM #14
Tori Toth
Stylish Stagers, Inc. - Howard Beach, NY
888.667.6643 NYC, HSR, SAR, RESA, IADIE, LIBOR

I agree. I love that you kept the red too!

Jan 02, 2011 12:42 AM #15
Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Real Estate, Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee

Very nice, I love looking at these home staging pics..The vacant homes seem much smaller to me!

Jan 06, 2011 04:25 PM #16
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