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Staging towards the latest trends


When you are getting ready to sell your house, you become the Chief Marketing Officer of your property.  It is your job, with the help of a homehome stager and an experienced Realtor to sell the merits of your home to potential buyers.

In addition to editing your accessories,providing a fresh coat of buyer-friendly paint, addressing deferred maintenance projects and improving your curb appeal, something you might consider staging with the latest trends in mind.

Recently I read an article in Realtor Magazine about the Hot Housing Trends for 2015.  It listed 21 items that were considered to be what homeowners were looking for.

Obviously a seller does not want to make major improvements and changes that would not be financially sound, however, there are some things that a seller can do that will help tell the buyer that the house is trendy!

after bedroom-staged1.Luxurious Master Bedrooms

You don’t have to tear down a wall or buy Pratesi linens to add luxury to your bedroom. Here are some inexpensive tips you can do:

-Clear the room of anything non-sleep related.  No workout equipment or desks.

-Clear out all of the stuff you’ve placed in the room because you have no idea where else you can store it

-You owe it to yourself, so if you don’t already have a comfy bedspread or comforter, buy one.  You can pick something that will carry over to your new home.

-Add some pillows- not the ones you actually use, but the ones that make the bed look plush; you’ll never use; and everyone else thinks you’re crazy because you just take them off at night.

- Add light.  Ninety percent of the bedrooms I see lack lighting.  Often they only light they have is the small overhead light that is standard with builders. Add a lamp for each nightstand.

- Add artwork.  


2.Spa bathrooms

Think of the Ritz.  Once again, edit all of the personal items you have on the countertops.  We really don’t want to see your toothbrush!  

- Ditch those skimpy towels!  Fluffy whites!  And you can purchase those at Target.  You can also use them in your new house.

-Check out your mirror.  This is an area where you may have to open the wallet.  If your mirror is desilvering, and depending upon the space, you can add a frame to it. You can go to your local hardware store or check our Mirror Mates online.

-Put the bathroom scale away!

-Add accessories like an orchid, tall apothecary jar filled with soaps or potpourri or hand towels.

- Add some art.  And no, you don’t have to limit it to bathroom art.  bathroom staged

3.Outdoor living

This is where those of us in South Florida should focus.  

-Remove everything that has nothing to do with outdoor entertaining, including pool equipment!

-If your outdoor furniture is on its last leg, paint it, clean it or toss it.  

-If your budget will allow, purchase some comfortable chairs and a table and chairs.

-Remove empty pots, dead or in the process of dying plants.

-Add colorful plants and flowers only if you’ll be able to maintain them.

-Many of us have outdoor fire pits.  Don’t hide them behind the garage.  Make them a focal point.  Clean them up, add some comfy chairs.  

-Clean the grill and the grill area!  If you have an outdoor kitchen, make it look inviting.

4.Home office

Most new homes have a dedicated home office.  If yours does not and if your home has sufficient bedrooms for potential buyers, why not show one of the rooms as a possible home office.

-If you have a small desk in the room, you can show it with a daybed or small sofa, letting buyers know that this room could work either way.

-Don’t junk it up!  

-Add lighting to the desk area.

-Bring light in via the windows! (ie, clean them)

-Don’t make the room look like an afterthought.

-If you have a small sofa or daybed, add color with small pillow to make it look inviting.


You don’t have to break the bank when selling your house. Focus on the trends or key areas that buyers want and show them the possibilities.



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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor

Wonderful, easy to follow suggestions, Kathy. And I love the terminology of Chief Marketing Officer!

Oct 13, 2015 05:55 AM #40
Carra Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO

Very helpful ideas and the perfect post to send clients making a move to coming from a professional!  Thank you Kathy.. my favorite new term  "editing your accessories"

Looking forward to having you as a guest on the "Transition Living Real Estate Team tm" show!  Finding a "happy place" with existing furnishings and "coloring" them up with new hues"  Going to be fun!  

Oct 13, 2015 06:36 AM #41
Judith Sinnard
SMARTePLANS; Houston, Texas - Houston, TX

In Houston we "live" outdoors and showing your outdoor porch as "living space" gets buyer's attention ... for low cost... outdoor area rug, outdoor draperies; flexible tubing to decorative pots; firepit, etc.  .. you dont' have to spend a lot of money to get the effect of , "Man, there's a whole 'nother room out here!"

Oct 13, 2015 07:10 AM #42
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I never knew there was a name for the edges of mirrors turning black.  What a terrific idea to fix it!

Oct 13, 2015 08:06 AM #43
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Kathy - As always, you offer us excellent and productive advice, and these are all easily accomplished and sure to be effective. Thanks.

Oct 13, 2015 09:03 AM #44
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

And to make a bedroom a home office, you only need a desk, a lamp, a chair, a  green plant, and one fantastic piece of neutral art.

I like to put a memo pad and pen  on the desk and write across the top TO DO!  and  guess what is entered as the #1 task?   

#1:  "Buy a house"   

Oct 13, 2015 10:17 AM #45
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Another outstanding post . . . . Congratulations on earning a gold star.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Oct 13, 2015 03:24 PM #46
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Kathy. A well deserved feature, you always do such a great job sharing the latest trends and coaching us as to what to do when it comes to staging.

Oct 13, 2015 07:15 PM #47
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Kathy.  Looks like I'm in good company.  This is the second post I've opened today and both are features....  Priceless, just like the people I follow..

Oct 13, 2015 08:13 PM #48
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Good Morning Kathy - I really appreciate this post. Clean and neat doesn't have to be costly! Plus, they leave lasting impressions too! Thanks again Kathy for sharing your expertise!

Oct 13, 2015 11:10 PM #49
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Some very simple yet cost effective way to make a home more appealing to a potential buyer

Oct 13, 2015 11:22 PM #50
Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Kathy Streib I've mentioned this to you several times now. The comment reply directly under the comment completely disappears when the "show all comments" button is clicked. Since I usually get in early my comment is "above the fold" and to see it I need to show all comments. Guess what?

All your replies disappear. Is that really what you want?

Bill Roberts

BTW if you don't believe me, check it out for yourself.

Oct 14, 2015 12:28 AM #51
Bill Schallmo
The Virtual Realty Group (Newport Beach, CA)The OC - Newport Beach, CA
Focus on the details

Kathy Streth - Here in Orange County, CA, we like to introduce sellers to some fairly serious realities early in the sales process. Our 21-point seller preparedness guide, which I won't cover in its entirety, has 5-main points that always includes the staging conversation. 1.) remove clutter (including all 450 pictures in the hallway) 2.) a complete cleaning including windows, 3.) Paint rooms that have not been painted in the last 10-years 4.) Clean carpets 5.) Stage as recommended by a staging pro.  


This is a great way to make sure the photographs of the property don't look uninviting and dingy. With listings going around the world on social media with 30-seconds of posting them, quality photographs are important and staging in a great way to ensure the best shots. 

Oct 14, 2015 03:27 AM #52
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

super tips! like the one about the fluffy towels does brighten up the house!

Oct 14, 2015 10:56 AM #53
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

This is good advice for home owners and especially good advice for home sellers.

Oct 15, 2015 12:50 AM #54
Pat Braithwaite
Braithwaite Realty - Marietta, GA

Kathy, Thank you for the great tips. The 2 bedroom side lamps and buying for future home were awesome tips. 

Oct 15, 2015 01:13 AM #55
Sonja Patterson
Executive Real Estate Services - College Station, TX
Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou


Love your picture of the "spa bathroom".  Model homes are a wonderful example of staging for success.   :)

Oct 15, 2015 04:13 AM #56
Praful Thakkar
eXp Realty - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Kathy Streib working on the most recent trends and staging accordingly do help sell the home faster for sure.

(Though I was surprised to see Master Bedroom as #1 - one of my listing has an excellent master bedroom and have heard all kinds of phrases for that home...and...)

Oct 16, 2015 02:50 PM #57
Kim Boekholder Utah Real Estate
Results Real Estate 801.580.5624 - Draper, UT
Broker, Results Real Estate

I love the tip of removing everything that does no thave to do with sleep.  My bedroom would look so inviting with out all the other stuff.  I need to do this 

Nov 13, 2015 04:24 AM #58
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Kathy, these are easy solutions to make a big impact. Thanks for sharing!

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