Does Staging A Bookcase Really Help Sell My House? FAQ

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Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

Home Staging isn't just about furniture and paint colors. Home Staging is about creating appeal and value through strategic marketing. Each room is prepared to show space and function. The intent throughout is to increase the perceived value of the home in the minds of buyers.

My goal as a home stager is to make potential buyers believe a house is worth its asking price...to believe it's been well maintained....to see its value.

One way stagers create value is by creating space.

One way stagers create an impression of being well maintained is by creating order. 

Bookcases and built-ins offer a great opportunity to demonstrate exactly how stagers do both.

 

In most homes bookcases and built-ins serve as a convenient catch-all.  In addition to books, they tend to overflow with small collectibles, sports memorabilia, remotes, dvd's, photos, toys and games. The contents of the shelves remain there, not because of their visual or sentimental value, but because the homeowner has become used to them being there.

If you are preparing to list your house for sale, don't underestimate the power of organizing and staging this area.

There are several reasons you should take the time to address your bookcase clutter.

1.  You are going to have to remove it all when the house sells. Doing it now can actually improve the house's appearance and help create a more positive overall impression.

2.  The more organized and orderly your house appears, the more buyers will believe the house has been well maintained.

3.  When there is less on the shelves, the items are perceived as more valuable. Nice things equals nice house in the minds of buyers.

4.  Too much clutter distracts buyers from actually appreciating the architectural value of the built-in feature. However, a few strategically placed items draws attention to the feature.

 

Tips for decorating your bookcase shelves:

 

Start by completely clearing the shelves.  Determine what will be kept and what will be discarded. Divide the discarded into four groups:  Prepack, Donate, Trash, Sell

 

Rather than lots of really small items, place a few medium to large size items. 

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When placing books, stand some up and stack some on their side.

 Each shelf can have any combination of books and/or decorative pieces.

  

Leave some open space.  It's ok to keep some shelves empty.

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Combine items of different sizes and heights.

 Give a small item additional height by placing it on a stack of books.

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Use decorative storage boxes or baskets to hide remotes and other small items.

 

Try blending in items of the same color.

 

Try using items that are the same color but in different prints and patterns.

 

Groupings of three work well.

 

 

 

If it's too overwhelming to do yourself, call a home stager for help.    You will get advice on using what you already have and suggestions for new purchases.  Sometimes it takes fresh eyes and a creative approach to get that new look! 

 

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Sharon Tara
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Pat Starnes  I would love the opportunity to work with you! I hope you find the help you need to prepare that listing.

Jun 10, 2017 09:31 AM #30
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Tammy Lankford,
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well none of them (the befores) compares to my stuffed book case.  I need my own library.  But I love my books and I visit them often.  

My actual plan is to move first then stage my house with somone else's "things" after painting and replacing flooring.

Jun 11, 2017 07:39 PM #31
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Tammy Lankford,  Moving out prior to listing is the ideal situation. I'm currently "looking" and if I find something I like (which is seeming more and more impossible these days) we plan to sell our home. We would love to be able to buy and move prior to listing.

As for your bookcase....you love your books and you visit them often...nothing wrong with that! No need to do a thing if your house isn't for sale.

Jun 12, 2017 06:09 AM #32
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Sharon Tara, boy i wish I could get  you to hire in Denver for just 2 hours to tell my wife what I been always telling her.

 

Jun 13, 2017 03:37 PM #33
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Sharon,

This is just another great example of why sellers should be consulting stagers.  You did a very nice job with your examples to get the point across.

Jun 13, 2017 03:52 PM #34
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Will Hamm  Maybe some Before and After photos will help your case!

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  Thank you! I wish more sellers (and agents) appreciated the value!

Jun 14, 2017 05:57 AM #35
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Karen Hellier
Freelance Writer - Big Canoe, GA
Freelance Writer for Professionals, North Georgia

The photos you used really helped demonstrate your point, Sharon. And it is amazing how just a few small changes can really make a big difference. Thanks for sharing.

Jun 14, 2017 07:08 AM #36
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Karen Hellier  Thank you! Having photos really helps sellers appreciate the value of making the changes!

Jun 14, 2017 07:37 PM #37
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Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Sharon, great ideas, tips, and examples.  I looked up from my office desk to the two walled bookcases in front of me and thought:  tomorrow... Must do tomorrow!  Hahaha ~

Jun 14, 2017 08:34 PM #38
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Jane Chaulklin-Schott  Take a before and after and write a post to share with us...PLEASE!!!!!

Jun 15, 2017 06:53 AM #39
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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Thanks for the tips, Sharon; the before and after photos are a great visual aid.

Jun 15, 2017 07:16 AM #40
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sybil Campbell  Hopefully this inspires sellers to make the extra effort to make their home look its best!

Jun 15, 2017 07:28 AM #41
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Patricia Feager
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Good Morning Sharon Tara - I like this post a lot. From what I've learned you can either stage to live or stage to list. When it comes to selling properties, there's only one right answer. 

Jun 15, 2017 08:42 AM #42
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Patricia Feager  I do both staging to list and to live. I prefer staging to list because it's much easier creating appeal to the masses than it is appealing to the homeowner.

Jun 15, 2017 01:39 PM #43
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Janice Hope Zaltman LEED AP
Keller Williams Partners - Hollywood, FL

 Great tips. When I first starting reading your post...was thinking of all the positive books I could put on the shelves. In this case, less is more! 

Jun 23, 2017 02:54 PM #44
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Janice Hope Zaltman LEED AP  I know a stager that has some pretty funny titles selected for a shelf in a bathroom. Humor is a wonderful thing.

Jun 24, 2017 09:58 AM #45
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Paul Simon has his books and poetry to protect him. He probably wouldn't want a stager to rearrange them unless he had a good Realtor to show him the way.

Jul 25, 2017 02:40 AM #46
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Wow! Just look at all the comments already. It appears you touched on a popular topic. I can easily see the improvements in your  after photos

Jul 25, 2017 04:39 AM #47
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Sharon. Alas, I'm afraid my shelves look like the before pictures. I have so much I love. It does look better simple though.

Jul 25, 2017 06:09 AM #48
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sheila Anderson  You are not moving so as long as you are happy that is all that matters!

Jul 25, 2017 05:49 PM #49
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